Top-Rated Video Games That Are Based on Books

The Witcher novels by Andrzej Sapkowski

Despite the compelling storylines and mature themes present in some titles, video games still get a bad rap for being childish and thoughtless. However, like any other form of entertainment, some games do appear to be childish, but other games make use of literature to explore the complexities of topics such as politics, society, and philosophy.

Here are some of the best video games based on books you can play on the best gaming laptops from Sager Notebook:

The Witcher

The Witcher III Wild Hunt Gameplay Screenshot

The successful Witcher franchise is based on The Witcher novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The high fantasy novel focuses on the Geralt of Rivia, who with his supernatural abilities, hunts down his prey. What started out a compilation of short stories, Sapkowski found success with the release of ‘The Saga,’ the full-length novels.

In 2007, the Witcher video game franchise got its start. The game and books feature the same characters, but is set many years after the events of ‘The Saga.’ The novels have a total of six books. The original five books were written between 1994 and 1999, while the sixth book was written in 2013 and serves as a prequel.

Assassin’s Creed

Assassin's Creed Enzio jumping in for the kill

Assassin’s Creed is another series that owes its plot to a novel. According to one of the game’s producers, Assassin’s Creed was inspired by the novel Alamut released in 1938 by Vladimir Bartol. Alamut was a Persian fortress during the 11th century. This fortress was controlled by a group of assassins led by Hassan-I Sabbah.

The historical facts from Alamut were adapted into the world of Assassin’s Creed. As a matter of fact, of the lines used in the novel, “Nothing is an absolute reality, all is permitted,” was reworded in the game: “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.”

Metro 2033

Metro 2033 Soldiers in the Snow

Metro 2033 is post-apocalyptic survival horror game. It’s based on a novel of the same name by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky in 2005. Just like you play in the game, the story is set in the subway system of post-apocalyptic Moscow which was devastated by nuclear war. Arytom is the protagonist in both the game and novel.

The author is credited for both writing the novel and the story for the video game adaptation.


BioShock gameplay screenshot

This one is a well-known fact. BioShock was based on Ayn Rand’s novels. The in-game city of Rapture is based on the Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy of pure self-interest. There are a lot of giveaways in the game as to what it is based on such as the name of the characters. Andrew Ryan alludes to Ayn Rand herself, Frank Fontaine from the ‘Fountainhead’ novel, and Atlas from ‘Atlas Shrugged.’ BioShock explores and critiques Ayn Rand’s objectivism and applies it in a world that you as a gamer can appreciate.

These are all games that you can enjoy on the 14” inch gaming laptops from Sager Notebook. Enjoy the best of both worlds with these games based on books!


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