Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Which games fit these SF movies?

I'm trying to figure out where to focus my SF game research, as I played mostly fantasy games growing up - but watched and read mostly sf & horror movies and books. I'm probably picking up Thousand Suns next paycheck, but I know there's a vast array of SF games out there.
What games would the following movies most easily fit into? (This is less "would the movie fit into the default setting" and more "what game's mechanics do the actions of the characters / logic of the narrative / feeling of the movie's world fit most elegantly into.") Answering even one of these is helpful, so thanks!

-Blade Runner
-Total Recall (1990)
-Alien 3
-Star Wars
-Fifth Element
-District 9

and which best fit the following TV shows:

-Cowboy Bebop
-Lain (anime)
-Ghost in the Shell
-Red Dwarf
-Battlestar Galactica (2000s)
-Falling Skies

And lastly, what game would the comic Battle Angel Alita fit into best?


  1. Regarding Star Wars, I have found that the old West End Games d6 Star Wars fits the feeling of the original trilogy quite well. Its reliance on a simple skill list (and player ingenuity) over complicated layers of feats and powers lends it a very nice pulpy feeling, especially at lower/mid power levels (before players or NPCs start hitting skill levels that can just knock difficulties out of the park without effort). I imagine that the system could be tweaked slightly (mostly by just removing Force powers and renaming "force points" to "luck points") to encompass Cowboy Bebop, which has a similar feeling to "Star Wars without Jedi".

    For Ghost in the Shell, may I recommend Eclipse Phase? The game deals quite well with "transhumanity" as a theme, especially as it comes to one's mind (or Ghost) being separate from any specific physical body. A character's self (or "ego") is tracked separately from the body ("morph") they are currently occupying, and the game pretty seamlessly tracks between the two.

    1. Thanks! This is exactly the type of info I was hoping for.