Top Video Game Novels Of All Time

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I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t read JRR Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings books until I saw the movies,. After I had watched the movies, it made me so much more intrigued about the lore. We as gamers love books that are based on our favorite games. On the other hand, there are those of us who don’t understand these novels based on video games at all- after all, if we had wanted to read, would we be playing video games in the first place?

Still others of us view video game novels as poor cash ins, poorly written and not worth our time when there is so much else that literature has to offer as a medium. I get that some of us are like that, and view video game books as a waste of time. I’m here to tell you that there are some books in this feature that are actually worth reading and really worth investing the time and money in.

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Note: List is in random order.

Killzone Ascendancy

32. Killzone Ascendancy

While Killzone remains a beloved franchise, there is something about it that has always seemed off to me. However, it’s very hard to deny that it has some great backstory and lore. Killzone Ascendancy, released right after the third game, does it all justice. For those of you who are fans of the series, the book revolves around the game’s plot, and gives the gamer a deeper insight into the  war between the Interplanetary Strategic Alliance (ISA) and the Helghast.

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  • great article!

  • Radalan

    Since the events in Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne predate the events of Dragon Age Origins, it’s obviously a prequel. Not a sequel.

  • Steven Greer

    Checked this list for just one reason, to make sure that Eric Nylund’s Halo novels were in it. Nylund is (this is just my opinion of course) hands down one of the best authors I’ve ever read. Seriously, for me it goes Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Kevin Hearne and Eric Nylund in the number four slot. It’s a shame he’s not here (again, my opinion only) as it feels like a catastrophic oversight. If you have even one iota of interest in Halo and dig reading as well, I strongly recommend Halo: The Fall of Reach, Halo: First Strike and Halo: Ghosts of Onyx. His Mortal Coils series, a planned quintology that’s fallen on hard times due to licensing and his new 9-5 with Amazon’s game story division, is also really, really good. Most people say that it starts a bit slow, which I never really understood – I swear this guy could write toaster instructions and I’d be enraptured, but it has so much subtle depth and really takes off after a few chapters.

    Read ’em. Go on… stop looking at me like that. Gitcha some readin’!!

  • tokie_mcbong

    This guy has included some of the worst examples of books based on videogames, while completely omitting some of the best – WHERE is Bioshock: Rapture? That book is incredibly good, not just as a videogame novel but as a book in its own right. If you read it not knowing it was based on a videogame, you wouldn’t even guess that it was.

    Also, he includes 4 examples of Assassin’s Creed books, but only ONE Halo novel. The Halo series of books are exceptional, particularly the later, more recent ones. The Forerunner series by Greg Bear, again, don’t even read like ‘videogame novels’ at all, and are fantastic works of science fiction in their own right.

    Dead Space: Catalyst, is not that good in my opinion, and is actually an example of bad storytelling – the author takes way too many liberties with the lore of the series, relies on ridiculous coincidence, and contains some of the most far-fetched and contrived events I’ve ever read. Martyr was actually really good (apart from the ending), which is bizarre considering it’s the same author.

    I really resent even the implication that books based on videogames are somehow ‘banal’ – I have read some truly shockingly bad books that are original works, whereas some of the best books I’ve ever read were based on videogames.


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