Virtual reality is increasing in popularity, with everyone from Sony to Samsung getting in on the action and pushing the creative boundaries of this new technology. The year 2016 has been a weird one; it has given us a few tragedies alongside the many fantastic movies that could bridge the gap between reality and this cutting-edge technology. Here are seven movies that could be game-changers if converted from the silver screen into immersive VR environments.
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Who doesn’t want to be as badass as Wade Wilson? With virtual reality, becoming our favorite sarcastic antihero would be within (a tiny) arms reach. The numerous action scenes along with quippy dialogue would make this a fantastic addition.
2. Suicide Squad
The Suicide Squad mobile game was lacklustre, but perhaps virtual reality could be the right technology to reprise the squad. Each member could be included either by letting us play as multiple different characters, or by creating a multi-player experience. Roaming the gloomy streets of Midway City with bad guys (you know, the actual ones) jumping out at you? Count me in, Puddin.
3. The BFG
Something for the younger audience, this year's remake of The BFG would provide some breathtaking locations for a VR game. The magical, dreamlike colours and stunning visuals seen whilst exploring fantasy London (and the infamous Giant Country) would enliven game players as it with cinema-goers. If you are yet to see this film, check out the trailer (in all of its ethereal beauty) below:
4. The Jungle Book
Similarly, The Jungle Book has outstanding CGI that would work well on a gaming platform. Swinging through treetops with the jungle floor miles beneath you would create an electric atmosphere. ‘Man Cub’ Mowgli’s righteous quest to end Shere Khan, as well as his encounters with King Louie and Baloo, would create a fun playable aspect for the game. Being the fourth-highest grossing film of 2016 so far, the beloved childhood classic could do well in game form.
5. The Revenant
Released in the UK in January, The Revenant would be an undeniable choice for an action-packed VR game with its fortitude, freezing temperatures and fights. Based on true events, The Revenant's reality is closer to ours than most - and you know you want to take on that grizzly bear — who wouldn’t? The ruthless, sub-zero setting would probably look something like Edge of Nowhere — check it out here:
6. The Wave
Really — a disaster movie bridging the gap between technology and real life? What would you do with an 80 meter tall tsunami lurking behind you — and creeping ever closer? For a catastrophe this dramatic, the game would have to use technology to create fully immersive experience and what would be better than VR to provide this?
7. Star Trek: Beyond
The classic 'Good vs. Evil' story is a tale we've seen countless times in games and movies alike. There have been many Star Trek instalments in the gaming world; most recently Star Trek Bridge Crew, which was made for Oculus Rift VR. Its mission? Exploring space as a member of the Federation. Improving on the visuals would add another dimension and allowing it to relate back to the recent film would give it some focus. As well as this, the futuristic CGI would provide an entrancing gaming experience.
Look At What 'Stranger Things' Have Created With VR!
Everything from The Hunger Games franchise to Gotham's Arkham Asylum have been immortalized by VR in recent times; it is impossible to know what is coming next. Whether you are for or against the new technology, it is unlikely to fizzle out like some of the other high-tech novelties that came before it. Grab your headsets and prepare for amazement - technology and actuality will never be the same again.
Which of your favorite 2016 movies would you love to see immortalized in VR? Let us know in the comments below!