Chatfield's hyperbole aside, it got me thinking: What if I were to compare games to things I actually understand, like movies? Here's what I came up with:
- BioShock = Citizen Kane
The definitive classic of the form, depicting the story of an extremely powerful man who comes to ruin through his own hubris. And mutants.
- Half-Life 2 = Children of Men
A horrific menace is slowly destroying the world in a very photogenic, compelling way. Lots of shooting ensues.
- Assassin’s Creed II = The Dark Knight
A story about a crazy person who dresses flamboyantly, climbs buildings, and fights the bad guys who killed his family. Didn’t realize it could make you have feelings and stuff, did you?
- Dante’s Inferno = Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Let’s take a classic story and turn it into garbage. Done.
- Fallout 3 = Casino Royale
A “gritty reboot” that actually worked. Better than the original.
- L.A. Noire = L.A. Noire
Essentially a movie that occasionally stops and waits for you to press a button. Also, it's been distilled into book form, for those who can't abide buttons.
- Portal = The Hangover
Given the time and budget for this project, it was unreasonably good and funny.
- FEAR = The Departed
So many exploding heads…
- Batman: Arkham Asylum = Iron Man
A licensed property based on a superhero has no right to be this brilliant.
Feel free to add your own in the comments!