As we all know, the world of video game movies has been a tough one for studio execs to crack. Nearly every movie based on a video game has been wretched, and it just doesn’t seem to show any signs of letting up.
However, it seems that Avi Arad, one of the bigwigs responsible for Marvel’s recent comeback, has optioned the rights from EA to produce a movie based on the RPG Mass Effect. Pretty wild.
If there’s any universe/story out there that could translate well to the big screen, it would be Mass Effect’s. One of the things that I think is terribly underrated in gaming is story/mythology/atmosphere, and Mass Effect had those qualities coming through in spades. I loved the universe, and I think it’s got a lot of potential.
On the flip side to that, though- playing Mass Effect is already like playing a sci-fi film anyway, only YOU get to control the outcome. Wouldn’t Mass Effect lose some of its appeal if you’re just watching its events unfold for 2 hours, rather than adventuring with the characters yourself and shaping the story as you see fit for 15 hours or more?
How many of you guys played Mass Effect? What do you think about this?