The Last of Us is the highest-rated video game adaptation of all time


Jake Valentine

Wealth of Geeks

The Last of Us on HBO & HBO Max resurrected the cable platform’s ratings once again, with 8.1 million pairs of eyeballs watching the eighth episode. That’s 74% more people than watched the first episode two months ago, itself one of the most-watched premieres of modern TV.

The Last of Us sets the bar as the highest-rated video game adaptation of all time. Accounting for movies and television shows, The Last of Us edges out other acclaimed hits like The Witcher, Arcane, and 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

A recent study from online casino guide 6Takarakuji reveals the top ten rated video game adaptations. Analysts took the IMDB ratings for the original video game adapted material.

There have been video game adaptations into movies and television shows for decades. Unfortunately, most have been bad, but things have been trending in the opposite direction recently. Here are the top ten video game adaptations.

The Last of Us (2023)

Starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, the HBO series boasts a 9.1 rating on IMDB. This isn’t far off from the rating of the original PlayStation 3 video game (9.7).

Its combined IMDB rating is 9.4

The Witcher (2019)

Starring Henry Cavil, Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher has an IMDB rating of 8.1. Alongside the IMDB rating for the game (8.5), it has a combined rating of 8.3.

With the upcoming departure of Henry Cavil as lead Geralt of Rivera, many wonder what it means for the future of the series. Liam Hemsworth will take over the role.

Arcane (2021)

Based on the online multiplayer game League of Legends, Arcane resonates with gamers and non-gamers alike.

The popular anime, which airs on Netflix, has an IMDB rating of 9. That dwarfs the IMDB rating for the League of Legends game (7.2).

Castlevania (2017)

Another Netflix anime, Castlevania, is based on the long-running video game series. The anime series has an IMDB rating of 8.3. Alongside the 7.8 rating for the original 1986 video game, its combined rating is 8.05

Halo (2022)

Airing on Paramount Plus, the 2022 Halo television series is controversial to many fans. Due to this, it fails to meet its lofty expectations and has an IMDB rating of 7.1.

The 2001 Xbox video game Halo: Combat Evolved has a rating of 8.8. Together, the combined rating is 7.95.

Tron: Uprising (2012)

Tron blends the line between video games and film, so seeing it appear on this list is natural.

The 1982 Tron has an IMDB rating of 7.5, while the 2012 sequel, Tron: Uprising, has a rating of 8.2. Together, that’s a combined rating of 7.85.

Dragon Age:

Absolution (2022)

Over a decade after the release of Dragon Age: Origins (IMDB rating of 9.1), the BioWare roleplaying game came to Netflix as an animated series.

Unfortunately, the anime wasn’t as well received as the video game. It has an IMDB rating of 6.4. Together, their combined rating is 7.75.

Gangs of London (2020)

The British crime drama is adapted from the 2006 PSP game (IMDB rating 7.3) of the same name. While the game flies under the radar, the show fares better with a rating of 8.1.

Earthworm Jim (1995)

A year after the 1994 game (IMDB rating 7.5), an Earthworm Jim TV series was released a year later. With an IMDB rating of 7.4, its combined rating is 7.45.

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