Much is made of the union between movies and video games, but little is spoken of virtual TV show adaptations. It's fair to assume that without the same stringent time restraints that plague movie games, TV shows could fare far better during the development process.
Unfortunately, however, this is far from true. As Cyanide's recent Game of Thrones release highlights, transferring the magic of the small screen to the computer monitor is no easy feat, and something tends to get lost in translation. We take a look at some of the TV shows that have been transformed into video games.
> Read our review of the 'Game of Thrones' game
24: The Game
One of the better TV video games, 24: The Game is a third-person shooter, combining action set pieces with puzzle segments. Featuring a solid and unique storyline, great voice acting and stylish presentation, the game is let down by a dodgy camera, poor brain teasers and terrible driving sections.
It did offer some interesting innovations, however, with interrogation sequences, in particular, singled out for praise. Breaking suspects with Jack Bauer's good cop/bad cop routine is priceless.
Lost: The Video Game
One for fans only, Lost: The Video Game sees players explore that famous and oh-so-mysterious island, solving puzzles, performing tasks and speaking to other inhabitants. Despite an interesting story arc - set alongside the first few seasons of the show - and some nice visuals, the game is far too short and a little too easy, but perfect for nabbing Achievements.
With too many insider references and plodding gameplay, Lost: The Video Game is unlikely to appeal to anybody with only a passing knowledge of the show.
Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game
Instead of combining tense and complex surgical procedures with the difficulties of maintaining personal relationships - like the Trauma Centre games, for example - Grey's Anatomy avoids the engaging gossip that defines the show and introduces a series of pointless mini-games, which serve only to flesh out the title in the cheapest of fashions.
Perhaps an attempt to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, the Grey's Anatomy game eliminates any sense of challenge and subsequently any feeling of satisfaction.
In what seems to be a recurring theme, NCIS has its roots in the classic adventure games of the past, but fails to deliver the challenge and complexities of the genre, making it another title that fails to deliver a satisfying gameplay experience.
With stiff competition from the likes of Heavy Rain and L.A. Noire, this is one game that you won't want to investigate.
> Read our review of 'NCIS'
Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock
The recently-released Doctor Who game is the first part of a planned trilogy. Featuring multiple time zones, an authentic voice cast, lots of puzzles and classic enemies, The Eternity Clock should have been the definitive Doctor Who video game outing.
Unfortunately, the game is riddled with bugs, dated platform action, poor visuals and unimaginative co-operative puzzles. Here's hoping that the developers spend their time fixing these problems for the planned sequels.
> Read our review of 'Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock'
The X-Files Game
With X-Files creator Chris Carter on board and a strong voice cast consisting of series regulars, not to mention classic adventure gameplay, The X-Files Game had a fighting chance of making a splash in the virtual environment.
Unfortunately, this cinematic point and click adventure title failed to deliver a compelling gameplay experience to match its mysterious and suspenseful story. One for die-hard fans, this would have made a better episode than video game.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
There have been lots of CSI games over the past decade, which makes their lack of quality all the more baffling. Sharing traits with classic point-and-click adventure games, players search for clues, analyse evidence and interview suspects in an attempt to solve a series of cases.
Despite appearing on a wide variety of platforms such as the PC, PS2, Nintendo DS, iOS and even Facebook, the CSI games are a little dull and fail to offer much of a challenge.
The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of General Lee
Out of all of the TV video game tie-ins, The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of General Lee arguably had the most potential. Utilising the series's over-the-top vehicular action, Return of General Lee should have been more fun, but was let down by sloppy gameplay mechanics and lazy level design.
For a glimpse of what might have been, check out the Stuntman games, whose 'Whoopin' and a Hollerin' levels do a fine job of parodying The Dukes of Hazzard.
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