Netflix has really been working on their game (pun intended)
Netflix continues to be one of the most popular video-on-demand services and they are poised to grow even bigger in the coming years. The California-based company has even been investing in interactive videos as well as shows and movies based on video games.
With these moves, Netflix is showing they want a piece of the gaming pie and the fans that go with it. Here are some of the best shows and movies for gamers on Netflix right now.
Based on the hit game by CD Projekt Red and Andrzej Sapkowski’s novel of the same name, The Witcher follows the tale of Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter extraordinaire as he tries to claim bounties while trying to reunite with Princess Cirilla of Cintra.
With a strong cast led by Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Justice League, and Enola Holmes) and rising star Freya Allen, the Witcher is a strong tale of action, fantastical atmosphere, and romance.
Netflix has also expanded on its Witcher universe with a movie called ‘Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’. Nightmare of the Wolf follows the story of a younger Vesemir (mentor of Geralt) and expands on the lore substantially.
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness
The long-standing and beloved Resident Evil gets another Netflix adaptation with Infinite Darkness. Series fan favorites Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield return after being dubbed heroes in the Racoon City pandemic.
In its short four episodes, Infinite Darkness manages to weave a fascinating story of political intrigue, action, and, of course, good ol’ zombies.
There are two brand new Monster Hunter films on Netflix right now. The live action movie in 2020 was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and stars Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa. It follows the story of a modern military squad that was whisked into a world full of monsters and danger. It pays homage to the game in subtle ways but is still a story that stands up on its own.
Netflix also very recently released an anime Monster Hunter movie which stars the voices of Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and Erica Lindbeck (Persona 5, Final Fantasy 7 Remake). Dubbed Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild is a much lighter romp across the Monster Hunter universe but still worth the watch.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Scott Pilgrim vs the World is the oldest movie on this list but it is no less worthy. An instant classic when it released back in 2010. Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs the World starred Michael Cera, Chris Evans, and even Anna Kendrick.
Scott Pilgrim has to defeat the evil ex-boyfriends of his girlfriend, Ramona Flowers, to successfully complete his quest. While it wasn’t really a quest, it was what drove the story forward in true video game fashion. Definitely one of the more fun watches on this list.
DOTA: Dragon’s Blood
It was a long time coming but Valve and Netflix finally made the DOTA anime happen. With a solid foundation to build on, DOTA has a lot of lore to pick with. In this first ever Netflix anime for the long beloved MOBA, they decided to put the spotlight on Davion, the Dragon Knight first.
This Davion is a lot younger and not as experienced as we know him in the game. So, it’s an absolutely different side of him we get to go on an adventure with. Along the way Davion even meets a snarky Mirana, an edgy Terrorblade, and a narcissistic (of course) Invoker. This is the first of many planned ‘Books’ (seasons) for Netflix so expect to explore the world of DOTA even more in the coming years.
Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors has been providing gamers with beat ‘em up action games since 1997. Netflix partnered up with the publisher to bring us an over-the-top action movie with good ol’ wire-fu.
The movie tackles the beginning of the tumultuous Three Kingdoms Era in ancient China. Dynasty Warriors follows Liu Bei, Cao Cao, and Sun Jian as they go against the tyrant Dong Zhuo and his legendary warrior Lu Bu. This is supposedly the first part in a trilogy since other main series regulars like Zhuge Liang and Sima Yi have yet to make an appearance.