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The Five Best Video Game Novels Of All Time

Posted February 27, 2009 - By Eugene Morton

In today's Gadget Pr0n, our tech experts are talking all about Amazon's second generation e-reader, the Kindle 2. If the show's going to foist some form of reading on you, I might as well foist one that has something to do with video games. So, relish my list of the top five video game novels (which will likely be translated into e-books shortly) of all time.

The Five Best Video Game Novels Of All TimeMortal Kombat - I'm not talking about the novel adaptation of the movie, I'm talking about an all new, original novel that covers the history of the greatest characters from the first two Mortal Kombat games. If you've ever been curious about what Scorpion and Subzero were like before the first tournament or ever wanted to know what a ruthless and clever bastard Kano was during his Black Dragon days, pick this one up. It's the most entraining read in all the realms of Shokan.

Mass Effect: Revelation - Who didn't love the action, RPG epic, Mass Effect (PS3 owners, I suppose)? It was engrossing, detailed and expansive, just like the prequel novel by science fiction writer, Drew Karpyshyn. What makes it worth reading is the sections which profile the game's villain Saren just before his betrayal of all humanoid life to the genocidal, robot race, the Reapers. It's chilling and really fleshes out the Mass Effect universe.

Halo: Contact Harvest - I don't know anything about its plot, nor do I care. However, I do know it's a Halo book and you kids love that Master Chief. It's also been thumbed through by TheFeed's [contributer who refused to be named], who started reading the book to review it for the site and later threw it across the office in frustration. You'll probably like it though. I mean, it has the word "Halo" right in the title.

The Five Best Video Game Novels Of All TimePerfect Dark: Initial Vector - Not everything is about dismemberment and aliens. For those of you who like to read stories about shadow organizations, espionage and inner conflict, you might want to sit down with this Perfect Dark novelization (there are a couple). Of course, it's not exactly up to par with other espionage novels like, let's say, one of the original 007 books by Ian Fleming, but what do you expect? It's based on a video game after all.

Resident Evil (Series) - Although there are a ton of Resident Evil games (including a light gun shooter) and a new one on the way, it still takes a long time for them to come out. For gamers who crave Resident Evil like zombies crave brains, there's an entire series of books, published by Mass Market Paperback, enough to keep even the most ravenous fan sated while patiently waiting for the forthcoming Resident Evil 5 and the inevitable RE 6.

Now, I'm not promoting reading over playing video games, I'm just saying that even the most hardcore gamer has to take a bathroom break sometime. You need something to keep you entertained when you're away from your console. It might as well be video game related and remotely educational (not really).

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  • Kaiousei

    The Resident Evil books are actually published by Pocket Books, a subsidiary of Simon & Schuster. A "Mass Market Paperback" is the industry term for the book's small format.

    The Resident Evil books were good, and I've heard lots of good things about the Halo novels (there are six). If you want to read a really horrific novel adaptation, read Metal Gear Solid. It was SO BAD.

    Posted: March 1, 2009 7:03 AM
  • scarter3190

    I read all the RE books and I agree that they are very good!

    Posted: February 28, 2009 2:30 PM
  • SoviEtRuss1a

    whats reading??

    Posted: February 27, 2009 5:15 PM