Could They Be Better Than I Thought?

The first book is a prequal to the game series.
The first book is a prequal to the game series.

I have two passions in life. One is gaming, and the other is reading. I had never, though, combined these passions and read a book based on a game. I’ve glanced at them a few times, read the back of a Resident Evil novel in Waterstones and pondered whether to read one for a moment or two, but I’ve always put it back.

Why did I always put it back?  Maybe in a way the notoirity of bad game film adaptions put me off. Maybe I thought that in some way it would apply in books too? I know that there are a lot of good graphic novels about, but books, I don’t know… maybe I thought they would be cheesy. But really, I never gave myself a chance to find out.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been dogged with a cold that just wouldn’t go away. At the worst it was flu-like, at the best it was an annoying cough. When I’m ill I have no concentration (or should that be less than usual?), and gaming is almost out of the question as my patience runs out immediately, and any serious gaming has a risk of ending in a broken controller situation. Probably not good that I was halfway through Veteran mode on Call of Duty 4 (if I get killed by one more grenade…!). So apart from a couple of rounds of Modern Warfare 2  here and there, I gave gaming a bit of a rest as I recovered.

I found myself in Waterstones last week, after a hard and snotty day at work, and thought I’d treat myself to a book. Unfortunatly when it comes to books I usually end up buying at least 3. I don’t know, I guess books to me are like shoes to a shopoholic. Anyway, I stumbled upon the Metro 2033 book. I actually really wanted to read this. This is the book which the game is based on, and reading this meant I could experience it without getting annoyed at the glitchy gameplay!

The cover of Metro 2033
The cover of Metro 2033

So, this is the book I’ve chosen… time to take it to the till. But I thought, as I’ve gone for a gaming theme, I might check out some of the other books. I mean, I don’t even know why I was so skeptical of them in the first place. One book caught my eye, Gears of War: Aspho Fields. As stated in my last blog, I am a huge Gears of War fan, and I had heard good things about the Gears of War books. So I decided to give it a go.

I have completed the Metro 2033 novel now, and I urge anyone who was even a little interested in the story to check it out. And if you’re put off because you’ve completed the game and already know the ending, I can tell you that the book is very different to the game. Also, it just shows how far games have come that a game has been made of it before a film. I’m about to start the Gears of War novel. Apparently, it’s good for fans of the games who want a bit more insight into the story, but I will have to see for myself. I have been feeling better this week and have been alternating between reading and playing Alan Wake, but I think I’ve started a new project for myself. I’m going to try out more novels based on games.


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One response to “Could They Be Better Than I Thought?”

  1. Duncan avatar

    Metro 2033 was a book?! :o!

    *TO AMAZON!*

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