Video games are often designed from scratch and a large number of individuals are responsible for writing, designing, and innumerable other tasks. However, lately, we’ve seen a hand full of games that were inspired by popular books. Generally, books and comics are inspired by games but in this round-up, we’ll be gathering up the best books turned into games that you ought to check out.

Our Picks for Best Books Turned Into Games

The Witcher Series

It may come as a shock to you but all the Witcher games are based on a variety of Witcher books and short stories written by Andrzej Sapkowski. First published in 1993, Andrzej has written a handful of Witcher books and novels, and much of the ideology in Witcher games are based on the works of Andrzej Sapkowski.

The book ‘The last wish’ laid the foundation of the Witcher franchise and started the journey of Geralt of Rivia and his adventures. In the Witcher trilogy, most of the storylines, characters, and settings are inspired by the books. However, Witcher 3 seems to be a bit different from the original works of Andrej, but the core elements of the game were nonetheless, inspired by events that occur in the books.

Tom Clancy’s Series

Whether it’s Ghost Recon or Splinter Cell, the majority of events in Tom Clancy games are based on the original works of Tom Clancy.He first wrote books and novels on military intelligence in the early ’80s and a majority of his books were a hit among the enthusiasts.

Among all the games in the franchise, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is the closest to the book, and the characters, storyline, and overall ideology seem to be quite familiar. For action-packed games, Tom Clancy’s games have contributed significantly to the success of the genre and if it wasn’t for Tom Clancy’s incredible ability to write compelling tactical novels, the action-games genre wouldn’t be the same. 

Metro 2033 is an FPS survival game released in 2010 and it was developed by 4AGames. Looking back, it’s wise to say that Metro 2033 was really ahead of its time because the graphics were quite stunning and we had a great time playing this one. Metro 2033 is based on the works of Dmitry Glukhovsky, a Russian author famous for writing fictional novels and books.

Metro 2033 was heavily inspired by the book of the same name that was published in 2002. Critiques believe that the developers managed to greatly visualize the experience of the novel. There were some inaccurate details but they barely had any impact on the final look of the game. Dmitry Glukhovsky wrote a number of books but Metro 2033 managed to gain popularity all over the globe.

Lord Of The Rings: Battle For Middle Earth

When it comes to the best fiction books of our time, the Lord of the Rings series would always be found at the top of the charts. The struggles of Sam to fight merciless creatures of the middle earth to Gandalf preventing evil from proceeding, Lord of the Rings was a roller-coaster of a journey that we’d never forget. The long list of Lord of the Rings books was written by J. R. R. Tolkien, one of the most renowned fiction writers of all time.

Since the LOTR books were published, a number of LOTR games were developed by a large number of developers over the year. But, Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth I & II seems to impress us the most with their attention to detail and adaptation of the books. Furthermore, Most of the LORT games that you’ll find in the wild are based on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien and all of them have similar core elements.

Assassin’s Creed

Not the direct adaptation of any book, but Alamut, written by Vladimir Bartol in the late 1930s inspired the events in Assassin’s Creed games. The book narrates the life of Ḥasan ibn Ṣabbāḥ, founder of the order of Assasins (Hashashin) who assassinated high-value targets all over the world.

In all Assassin’s Creed games, we get to see fictional characters with different storylines which had nothing to do with Alamut but, the central idea revolving around the order of Assassins can be seen in each game of the franchise. However, Odyssey and Valhalla were focused on a fictional world with the heavy implementation of RGB elements that drifted off the concept presented by Ḥasan Ibn Ṣabbāḥ.

Spec Ops: The Line

As you can guess from the name, Spec Ops: The Line is a third-person shooter set in the war-torn deserts of Dubai. The game is said to be an adaptation of Heart of Darkness, written by Joseph Conrad. In his book, Joseph tells the story of a group of soldiers tasked with rescuing their mates in a war-torn Congo.

The game isn’t a direct adaptation of the book but, the body and storyline of the game are pretty much inspired by the work of Joseph Conrad. The game also follows the tale of a group of soldiers fighting terrorists in the middle of nowhere. Developers managed to offer a memorable visualization of the book and since it’s a shooter/survival game, there were many inaccurate details that may have drifted the course of the game into a different lane.


The incredible action RPG that left us in awe, BioShock is a direct adaptation of the work of Ayn Rand’s novels and short stories. Her famous philosophy, Objectivism, directly influenced the settings of the BioShock series.

Ayn Rand was a renowned philosopher and her work was appreciated beyond the seven seas. Ayn Rand’s philosophies and fictional work were heavily focused on Capitalism and individualism. In a similar manner, BioShock adapted Rand’s visions of isolationist capitalism. Her vision is properly visualized in the BioShock franchise and each moment can be thoroughly enjoyed with the franchise.


These were our picks for the best books turned into games and with a handful of them in the wild, it wasn’t easy to hand pick each one of them but, with the views of critics and gamers in mind, we came up with these titles. If you believe that we’ve missed out on some truly exceptional titles then feel free to hit us up and suggest a few worthy titles.

That’s all folks!

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