`The Last Of Us’ Ranks 1st In All-Time Video Game/TV Program Adaptations
The video game adaptation for “The Last of Us” video game/TV franchise, was one of “the top-rated video game adaptations of all time,” according to the findings of a study released this week by online casino guide 6Takarakuji.
The study compared the IMDB ratings of popular video games with their equivalent TV series adaptations to find out which have been the most successful, the company said. The user ratings of both the video game and the TV series for each title were averaged, with only the first game installment and series taken into account. For example, season one of “The Witcher” was compared with the original video game.
The study’s methodology used the TV show adaptation for each video game and ranked them against each other. The IMDB star rating of the TV adaptation and original video game were combined and averaged, according to 6Takarakuji. The title with the highest average star rating was ranked the most successful video game adaptation.
“The results showed that The Last of Us is the best video game to TV adaptation of all time, with an average IMDB user rating of 9.5 across the video game and TV series,” according to the report.
The TV show, which debuted on HBO in January earlier this year and stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, has received an high user rating of 9.3 on IMDB.
The Last of Us series was found to be rated 0.4 stars less than the video game source material, according to IMDB. The original game, which sold 1.3 million copies during its first week of release in 2013, is rated 9.7 on IMDB, according to the study announcement.
The Last of Us is one of only two TV adaptations ever to be rated higher than nine stars on IMDB, the other being Arcane: League of Legends.
Henry Cavill’s The Witcher ranked second with an 8.3 IMDB star rating across the video game and TV series. It is one of several adaptations where the TV series was rated more highly than the original game, with the game scoring 8.1 and the first installment of the TV series scoring 8.5 on IMDB, 6Takarakuji said.
The show broke Netflix records with 76 million views in its first four weeks of streaming.
“Arcane: League of Legends” ranked third with an average IMDB star rating of 8.1 between the video game and TV show. The show, which has a rating of 9.0 stars on IMDB, was the highest rated ever Netflix original show, shortly after its 2021 release.
In fourth place, was “Castlevania” with an average IMDB user rating of 8.05. The long-running game franchise also earned a rating higher than the original title. The original 1986 game received an IMDB star rating of 7.8, surpassed by an 8.3 star-rated TV show.
The Paramount+ original TV show “Halo” ranked fifth place, with an average IMDB rating of 7.95 across the video game and TV adaptation. The 2022 show scores 7.1, which is lower than the 8.8 IMDB star rating for the original game. This is still higher than the average TV series adaptation rating across the other titles in the analysis, which is 6.8 stars. When released in March 2022, Halo was Paramount+’s most watched series premiere globally in its first 24 hours.
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“Tron” was sixth with an average 7.85 star user rating from the 1982 arcade game, which is rated 7.5 stars on IMDB, and the TV show released in 2012 which was rated 8.2 stars.
“Dragon Age: Absolution” was seventh with 6.4 stars on IMDB, which is lower than the 9.1 stars for the “Dragon Age: Origins” video game.
Finishing the top 10, were: “Gangs of London,” in eighth place with 7.7 stars across the game and TV show; and a three-way tie for ninth place between “Earthworm Jim,” “Sonic the Hedgehog,” and “Mass Effect.” All three have an average rating of 7.45 stars on IMDB when combined with their original games.
In 10th place was “The Legend of Zelda” with an average rating of 7.3 stars. The 1986 retro classic title has an IMDB user rating of 8.6 stars. The Legend of Zelda TV series, which was released three years after the game in 1989, received a lower rating of 7.3.
Across the titles studied, TV show adaptations tended to be rated lower on average than their original video games, 6Takarakuji observed.
“When analyzing the IMDB ratings of the titles that were studied, it’s clear that studios often struggle to find stable ways to appease long-term video game fans. There are a few exceptions to this, including The Last of Us which only recently hit screens and is already the highest-rated TV adaptation ever. Fans are quick to share their thoughts, and a site like IMDB empowers them to do so,” 6Takarakuji said.
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