The Best TV Adaptations of Video Games, Ranked

Bear in mind when film diversifications of video video games had been universally horrible?

That is a distant reminiscence as a result of, as a tradition and a collective, we have seized upon an answer: TV exhibits. Ever since some vivid spark determined to cease shoehorning 30-hour video video games right into a inflexible three act construction, diversifications of basic video video games have gone from power to power. Netflix, particularly, has had an unbelievable run, producing and streaming some really unbelievable TV exhibits based mostly on the video video games all of us love.

The Final of Us, at present airing on HBO, is a beneficiary of this transition and it appears to be like like many extra are on the best way.

However, for now, listed below are some TV exhibits, based mostly on video video games, that you may watch proper now.


I’ve waxed lyrical about Cyberpunk: Edgerunners earlier than, and I will do it once more.

This was my favorite anime of 2022, and perhaps my favorite present interval. Visually, there’s nothing fairly like Cyberpunk: Edgerunners and narratively it is as tight as a drum. The brief, frenetic tempo of the 20-minute episodes put you on a curler coaster nearly instantly. You may end this present with out respiratory, and begin watching it yet again.

We’re barely midway by means of the primary season of The Final of Us, however it’s already a smash hit. Unopposed within the schedule, this completely made adaptation of the Naughty Canine basic is all anybody desires to speak about — and with good cause.

Not fairly as schlocky as The Strolling Lifeless, however extra approachable than Station Eleven, The Final of Us is placing a fragile stability. It is most likely our favorite dwell motion online game adaptation ever. Extraordinarily good.

(I am holding this at quantity 2 for now. If it sticks the touchdown I would push it up.)


Arcane is loosely based mostly on the lore of League of Legends, a aggressive on-line multiplayer MOBA performed obsessively by thousands and thousands. It is most likely the final sport you’d count on to see made right into a TV present, however right here we’re.

As a result of Arcane does not simply exist — it guidelines. It was arguably one of the best present Netflix launched in 2021. It has a beautiful, utterly distinctive aesthetic that elevates all the things. It is stunning to have a look at, and the story additionally delivers in spades.

However yeah, a fast Set off Warning: Think about Dragons does characteristic closely within the soundtrack. Do not say I did not inform you.


Technically The Witcher relies on the sequence of novels, which ultimately grew to become a trilogy of critically acclaimed video video games, however let’s be actual right here for a second: The TV present does not occur if it wasn’t for the runaway success of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Regardless, for now, the present is great. We have an fascinating twist within the story with Henry Cavill leaving the present and being changed with Liam Hemsworth, however even when that falls aside, there are nonetheless a couple of high quality seasons of The Witcher within the books. Give it a go!

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I like Castlevania the online game, however at this level I really feel like — by way of cultural relevance — the Netflix TV present has utterly eclipsed it.

It is really wild {that a} huge price range TV present, based mostly on a considerably ignored online game sequence may be such an enormous hit, however that is a testomony to only how good Castlevania is. The perfect half — it continues to get higher. We’re 4 seasons deep now, and there is not any dip in high quality but.

The Pokemon Firm

It is nearly laborious to contemplate Pokemon as a online game adaptation. After actually a whole lot of episodes throughout dozens of TV sequence and films, I consider the present as one thing separate to the video games.

Regardless, given the cultural impression of the Pokemon present, I would be loopy to depart it off this checklist. So right here it’s!

Paramount Plus

Alright, hollup. Let me cook dinner.

Sure, I get it. This new TV model of Halo dramatically diverges from online game’s comparatively simple story. Sure, Grasp Chief takes his helmet off and that is upsetting. However come on man… Halo was by no means The Final of Us. It was by no means going to carry as much as straight ahead adaptation.

I feel what we get, finally, is a reasonably stable sci-fi motion present that I fairly loved watching. This one was renewed for a second season on Paramount, so we’ll be seeing extra Halo on our TV screens fairly shortly.


Cuphead is an odd one. It is a cartoon, based mostly on a online game which is, in itself, a homage to cartoons made within the Nineteen Thirties.

It does not 100% work, however it’s lots of enjoyable, and exquisite to have a look at. Episodes are good and brief too.

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