5 Story-Rich Games Inspired by Books and Novels

We’ve played a lot of games without knowing where they came from or what developers were inspired by when they created these iconic games. This is a list of our favorite games that were inspired by books. 

Several games have been inspired by books and novels, and we’ve unknowingly played many of them. This list includes games that were inspired by novels or books that you may have read, and some that might interest you.

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Call of Cthulhu 

Call of Cthulhu is a first-person action-adventure horror game published by Focus Home Interactive for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The video game is technically based on the 1981 tabletop game, in which players used the main character’s senses and intelligence rather than brute force to overcome obstacles and puzzles, as in the Lovecraft horror novels, which were first published in the pulp magazine ‘Weird Tales’ during February 1928. 

In the 2018 video game, players take control of a private investigator war veteran, Edward Pierce. He is contacted and asked to look into the case of the Hawkins family, who all died in a mysterious fire. Edward slowly learns more about each family member, but by continuing his research, much more sinister and unforeseen things start happening. 

Metro Series 

Dmitry Glukhovsky‘s novel Metro 2033 set up the Metro series, which now includes three video games and three books to conclude the story. Players must try to survive in a post-apocalyptic Russia after a nuclear attack kills millions and forces Russian citizens underground as radiation spreads through the streets. If you’re unfamiliar with the Metro series, you can either read the first book or play Metro 2033, as the game is a true adaptation of the first book and shares the same title.

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To continue with the story you’ll have to play the game Metro: Last Light, read the novel Metro 2035, and game Metro Exodus. The story of the Metro series runs side-by-side with the books, giving fans a visual representation of how the world of Metro would actually look. 

Click here to buy Metro 2033

Click here to buy Metro: Last Light

Click here to buy Metro: Exodus

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 

Tom Clancy games have grown in popularity, but many of the releases since Ubisoft acquired “Red Storm Entertainment” have been nothing like the books. Tom Clancy founded Red Storm Entertainment to promote his books, and he developed a game called ‘Rainbow Six,’ based on his most recent book of the same name.

After Ubisoft acquired the name Tom Clancy, the games drifted further away from the source material with titles such as Tom Clancy’s Division, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction. In Tom Clancy games, Ubisoft has a lot to offer, from multiplayer, story, RPG, and much more. 

Click here to buy: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege 

Click here to buy: Tom Clancy’s Divsion II 

Click here to buy Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction 

Cyberpunk 2077 

Cyberpunk may have undergone many changes and may even be highly enjoyable today, but do you know how the developers came up with the concept? Rather than a traditional novel or book, the developers were inspired by Mike Pondsmith‘s tabletop roleplaying book.

Although the game is only inspired by science fiction and storytelling, many of the roleplaying books take place prior to the video game’s timeline, with only a few name drops and easter eggs that true fans will notice. 

Click here to buy Cyberpunk 2077

The Witcher  

The Witcher is one of the most well-known titles for gamers and actually helped the book garner the fame it truly deserved! Andrzej Sapkowski wrote a short story titled “Wiedzmin” (translated into English as “Witcher”), which slowly grew into many short stories and novels that now have 10 books, three video games, and a Netflix show! 

The games were inspired directly by the books, with towns, vast creatures, and, most importantly, the story remaining consistent. The game follows the Witcher, also known as Geralt of Rivia, as he travels across towns, defeating creatures for a large sacks of gold, but soon learns of a larger threat and that’s intwined with his fate! There’s no need for us to encourage you to read the books because you won’t be finished with the series once you finish the game. 

Click here to buy The Witcher: Wild Hunt

We hope you enjoyed our picks of games that were inspired by books. Stay tuned for more exciting gaming content!

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