There are a lot of gamers out there who appreciate a good read now and then, or maybe even more than that. I personally enjoy books based on games I like, but for this article I picked more that just the ones I like in order to give you all a taste of what is out there. I’d like to point out five great books that are based on or around video games so that you all can play games and read them too! These aren’t the only only five books based on games out there, there are many more so google them if you wish.
5. Mass Effect: Revelation
Mass Effect: Revelation, written by Drew Karpyshyn, is the first book in the Mass Effect book series. It serves as a prequel to the first game and goes into depth about Anderson and Saren’s time together as was brought to your attention in the first and second games. This book also involves Kahlee Sanders, who has only been seen in the third game, and her relationship with Anderson. If you like the Mass Effect games and want to know more about events that are only mentioned in the games then you should definitely pick up these books from your local book store or online.
4. Dead Space: Martyr
Dead Space: Martyr, written by B. K. Evenson, is the prequel to the game franchise. This book explores the Church of Unitology and the origins of the Black Marker. The book goes into detail about how the Unitologists came to be, as well as gives readers more details about the markers and their importance. I don’t believe Isaac Clark is in this book, but he may be mentioned at some point. The main character is someone completely different, as this takes place before the first game. Creepy beings and dark undertones (and overtones) are abundant in this books as they were with the games, so if you loved this games this book is a must read for you!
3. Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance
Assassin’s Creed Renaissance, written by Oliver Bowden, is a novelized version of Assassin’s Creed 2 but without any mention of present day events or time skipping. It’s all Ezio Auditore’s story and it’s in depth. There are some details and characters that differ from the game, but in the way that they give the reader more insight. There is also a second book by the same author called Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, which as I’m sure you all guessed, is based on the game with the same name. It serves as a direct sequel to Renaissance and gives the reader more insight to the events in the game, in the same way as Renaissance. If you love the Assassin’s Creed games and want to know more, then pick these books up and give them a go.
2. Gears of War: Aspho Fields
Gears of War: Aspho Fields, written by Karen Traviss, is a book that takes place around the E-day events from the game series. It is the first book in a series written by Traviss. Aspho Fields delves into the characters like no other, it sheds light on the events surrounding Marcus Fenix’s upbringing, how he meets Carlos and Dom Santiago, and plenty of events from the games and from before the first game. All the main characters from the games are detailed and given depth while new characters are brought in and minor characters in the game like Bernie Mataki are made into major characters in the book. This book and it’s sequels are great books for any Gears of War fan.
1. Bioshock: Rapture
Bioshock: Rapture, written by John Shirley, is a prequel to the events that took place in the first Bioshock game. This book describes in brilliant detail how Andrew Ryan built Rapture, the characters involved (some of which are barely mentioned in the game but play larger roles in the book), and the story behind the heinous splicers, big daddies, and little sisters. Throughout this book, things will be made more clear to you, things that may not have made sense in the games. For instance, this book gives you insight on events that transpire in the second game, causing the game itself to make more sense and feel more whole. If you love Bioshock or just wish to learn more about how everything came to be so bad in Rapture by the time of the first game, then this book is a must read.