The power of branding has become mightily important in video gaming. While new franchises launch successfully every now and again, there are more failures than successes when launching a new IP. Despite this, it’s rare and unfortunate that a video game adaption of a film, television show or book is any good.

The majority of summer blockbusters (last summers Battleship and The Amazing Spider-Man for example) usually have a video game tie-in and the odd television show (Prison Break, CSI, Game of Thrones) has had video game tie-ins released in the past. With the focus on brands that apparently equal good sales (which can definitely be said of original video game franchises like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed and Grand Theft Auto), it has not been as successful for film/TV tie-ins.

When you look at the long list of films/television shows/books that have been transferred to our gaming screens over the years and have been so poorly received, it is really disappointing to see such a long list of failures and near misses. However, with it only getting more expensive to produce new games, big name franchise tie-ins will surely become a big part of the future of gaming. Already being an established name brand, the success is already there, the only thing needed is to build a game world that should do the original media justice (it has been done before occasionally, the most recent and obvious being the the episodic The Walking Dead game).

Here are seven media franchises that are screaming out for a next-generation game and that could actually be good and worth your hard earned cash…

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This article was first posted on February 12, 2013