Games created off the back of well-known television shows
Whether it's the weekend or finding a few hours during the week, there's nothing quite like making a den on the sofa or in bed and binge-watching your favorite TV shows.
Netflix, Sky and various other entertainment services have huge libraries of recommended shows to sink hours into, and no doubt your friends and colleagues will always have some new additions that think you'll love. Watching shows is great, but it's even better when we get to see those characters, stories and inspirations come to life in video game form.
If you've watched every episode of your 'to watch' list and need to satisfy your cravings, here are some great Steam PC games that are based on hit TV shows.
Narcos: Rise of the Cartels
Based on the hit Netflix show, Narcos: Rise of the Cartels takes you to 1980s Colombia, where the fires of El Patrón's empire have been lit, its influence spanning borders, and expansion unabated. Influence and corruption is rife; with cops, guards, politicians and those in between falling into the pocket of the Medellín Cartel, and after years of production, America is finally taking notice.
In this turn-based strategy title, you'll see the war from both sides in two unique campaigns. Choose to side with the DEA and fight alongside Steve Murphy to bring down the drug empire, or choose to side with the Narcos in order to help found, grow and expand the empire under the watchful eye of El Patrón.
Your units have the ability to move individually one after another, or multiple times within one turn, meaning the pace always being ramped up. Plan your moves wisely but be cautious as there are always consequences to your actions. Iconic characters from the Narcos TV show are available to control and play including El Mexicano, Murphy, Peña, Primo and many more.
Every 'leader' character offers unique gameplay abilities and perks to help turn the tide of battle.
The Walking Dead
In a five-part series, Telltale's The Walking Dead brought the popular TV series, and award-winning comic book series, to gamers in a unique artistic, story-rich style. In the first series, you play as Lee Everett - a convicted criminal who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead.
With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption in a world gone to hell. With a tailored game experience, you'll live with the profound and lasting consequences of the decisions that you make in each episode.
In fact, your actions and choices will affect how your story plays out across the entire series. You’ll be forced to make decisions that are not only difficult, but that will require you to make an almost immediate choice.
There’s no time to ponder when the undead are pounding the door down!
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Know worldwide for its crude and controversial humor, South Park is one of the longest-serving adult cartoon TV shows after reaching its 23rd season in 2019. Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have overseen their franchise delve into the world of video games since 1998, but it wasn't until recent years that the games really picked up, including the 'Overwhelmingly Positive' rated South Park: The Stick of Truth.
Developed by Fallout: New Vegas devs Obsidian Entertainment and published by Ubisoft, Stick of Truth is an adventure RPG featuring turn-based combat. From the perilous battlefields of the fourth-grade playground, a young hero will rise.
As 'New Kid' you'll arm yourself with weapons of legend to defeat underpants gnomes, hippies and other forces of evil. Discover the lost Stick of Truth and earn your place at the side of Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as their new friend.
Succeed, and you shall be South Park’s savior, cementing your social status in South Park Elementary. Fail, and you will forever be known… as a loser.
Please note that, while South Park: The Stick of Truth is available on Steam PC, Fanatical offers the Uplay PC game only.
Peaky Blinders: Mastermind
A multi-award-winning BBC and Netflix TV show, Peaky Blinders transported us back to post war Birmingham, UK, following the rise of the Shelby family's empire. Based on the events of Season One, Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is a puzzle adventure strategy game that follows lead character Tommy as he successfully uncovers a sinister plot to put the family out of business, proving himself worthy of being the true mastermind of the Peaky Blinders.
The 'Mastermind' element refers to Tommy's ability to plan complex scenarios in his head. You'll get to exercise this power by taking control of key members of the Shelby family including Tommy, Arthur, Polly and more.
Become the Mastermind as you freely reset and rewind each character's path in order to tune all of their actions for perfect coordination. Achieve the highest mission rating by strategically utilising characters and stealth to solve increasingly complex puzzles with optimum timing.
Each character’s actions are automatically logged in a timeline which you can freely reset, fast-forward and rewind, until the plan is perfectly adjusted. Each mission is an increasingly complex puzzle to be solved undetected and on time - so choose the right characters and abilities to coordinate and execute the optimum plan.
Peaky Blinders: Mastermind arrives on August 20th, 2020.