Ready, player? 8 series and movies inspired by video games

23 June 2022

Ready, player? 8 series and movies inspired by video games

The worldwide video game industry is worth over $300 billion with nearly three billion players, all enthralled by complex worlds where their every choice has consequences, winners and losers. It’s no surprise that the stories and universes are rich material for Hollywood.

From Showmax Original horror series Pulse to HBO’s new hit The Last of Us, to the latest incarnation of classic game Mortal Kombat, these series and movies are set in the world of gaming, or based on popular games.


The Last of Us

Pedro Pascal leads this thrilling post-apocalyptic HBO drama, adapted from the legendary video game. A smuggler is tasked with escorting a teenage girl across a deadly post-pandemic United States.


This Showmax Original isn’t based on a video game, but the story is set in the world of game development, and gamers will definitely recognise the high-tech survivalist storyline.

A group of game designers become trapped in a real-world version of their own creation when they’re cornered in their high-rise office building by a madman who just wants to play.

It stars Tarryn Wyngaard, Thapelo Mokoena, Sven Ruygrok and more talent, and was picked by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the 25 buzziest series at this year’s MIPTV, a leading global TV market in Cannes, France


Mortal Kombat (2021)

This film is jam-packed with action and gore, just like the video game. MMA fighter Cole Young joins forces with Earth’s best warriors to protect the planet from ruthless Outworld warriors. This reboot of the film series is based on the wildly popular video game franchise.

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms (2021)

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms is on Showmax

This animated film stays true to the franchise’s gory martial arts combat. The Earthrealm heroes travel to Outworld to defend their homeland.

Tomb Raider (2018)

Fulfilling her father’s last will, Lara Croft is seeking a mythical island probably lying off the coast of Hong Kong. Will she solve the mystery of his mysterious death? With Alicia Vikander and Dominic West.

Need For Speed (2014)

If you love Fast and Furious you will definitely love Need For Speed. This high-octane street racing movie with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul will keep you on the edge of your seat. Based on the racing video game first released by EA Sports in 1994.

Doom (2005)

Doom with Dwayne Johnson is on Showmax

Things have gone very wrong at a military science base on Mars and the marines go in to deal with it. What awaits them is beyond their worst nightmares… Loosely based on the classic first-person shooter game that was first launched in 1992. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Karl Urban. 

For the kids

Talking Tom & Friends (2020)

Talking Tom and Friends is streaming on Showmax

Talking Tom was first introduced to us way back in 2010 in his funny app, where Tom and his animal friends would repeat back to you anything you say in a funny voice. .

Tom is now in a series, but he’s still as silly as ever. Things don’t always go according to plan, but Tom and his friends are on a mission to make their dreams come true.

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