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5 iconic games stories based on books. If you want to learn about such video games, read this article. We’ll list you some of such creations. 


Games Stories Based on Books

Not always games’ stories are original — some of them are based on something. For example, some creations are based on Disney movies, e. g. Cars, Toy Story 3, Aladdin and the Lion King, and the list goes on. And when it comes to books, we also can find some examples. And in this article, we’ll tell you about such games with plots that can be discovered in literary works. All these games are well-known. So maybe you’ll be surprised. 

Lord of the Rings

The fact is that even two games became an embodiment of a book plot — Lord of Rings: Battle for Middle Earth and its second part. The first part of this game came out in 2004, and the second one — in 2006. They are underpinned by J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel is called The Lord of the Rings. Such games immerse us into the atmosphere of a book and a film that was created in the novel.  Also, such games can’t be liked by their fans without the main things of the Lord of the Rings Universe: 

  • Hobbits
  • The Mass Scale of The Battles
  • The World of Middle Earth

The second part of the game differs from its predecessor by its additional options and units. Apart from it, in the Battle for Middle Earth II, you can command armies of Dwarfs, Ringwraiths, Humans, Goblins, etc. 

The Witcher Series

As in the case of Lord of Rings, there are two parts of The Witcher game that are made upon books written by Andrzej Sapkowski. Such novels have the same name as games — The Witcher. 


The plot of this game is full of choices. It means that you can influence future events rather than just follow the creation’s plot. Many gamers appreciate such an opportunity in products because they want to interact with game characters and think about what replica to pick out. It’s much more interesting to play if you know that the end of the story depends on you, not already game schemes. This is one of the reasons why gamers love The Witcher and other creations that are with the open world, such as Fallout or Detroit Become Human. 

Read: Witcher 4 Release Date, System Requirements, Trailer & Rumors

The Witcher 2 and 3

Apart from it, there is one more game from The Witcher series — The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Fans tried this creation in 2011 on PC and in 2012 on an Xbox 360. Such a game has a sequel — The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. And again, it’s based on novels by Andrzej Sapkowski that have the same name. 


The main advantage of the third part of this series is that it has a more open experience and more options to choose from. Also, developers focused on Geralt’s interactions with other characters. Gamers consider the third part of The Witcher series one of the greatest games in the world. 

American McGee’s Alice

It’s a horror game with elements of action and platforming. And you’ve probably guessed the basis of this creation is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll. 


If you want to experience new feelings in a child story, American McGee’s Alice is the best bet for you. Such a game can be considered the dark version of the well-known novel. The horrifying art style, twists and turns in the plot, puzzles that you should finish and all that jazz make you perceive Alice and her adventures in another way. 

S.T. A. L. K. E. R: Shadow of Chernobyl

After the bang on Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, you’re in the exclusion zone. But in 2006, there was a new bang. And now, such a zone is occupied by militaries that can shoot anyone who wants to get into the exclusion zone. Such people who are eager to go to such a place are called stalkers. They find strange ‘artifacts’ that are full of Chernobyl energy.

Check: Stalker 2 Release Date, System Requirements, Trailer, and Rumors

It’s interesting that such a game is made upon the book Roadside Picnic written by brothers Strugatsky… in 1972 when there were more than ten years to the nuclear disaster. 


The Metro Series

Russian gamers know the Metro series from books with the same name written by Dmitry Glukhovsky.  If you like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and other first-person shooters because they bore you, it’s a good idea to try Metro. In 2010, it came to Metro 2033. After a short time, it can be renamed to Metro 2033: Reduce. In 2013, Metro: Last Night, the sequel to this creation, saw the elephant. 

Recommended: Metro Games In Order: Complete List 

Metro enables you to feel the experience of surviving in Moscow that is ruined after the nuclear war. Lands are uninhabitable for living; therefore, all you can do is spend your days in metro tunnels. 


As you see, the book basis doesn’t prevent games from being amazing and liked by fans of gaming. So if you like to replay your favorite creations, it’s a good idea to read a book. By doing so, you’ll immerse yourself in the vibe of their Universe; as a result, it will be more interesting to replay the video game than to read a papersowl review to perform the boring paper assignment.

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