I saw this post from Anita Sarkessian showing some of the hate she got after criticizing the the games from Monday's XBox One E3 talk and their launch titles. She very harmless criticized the lack of female led games and a rain of internet jerks tweeted at her at least one rape comment, ad hoc insults, brought of tokenism, plain sexism and a few other traditional forms of hate that generally happen to women on the Internet who have opinions.
I was thinking about how much the Internet (or at least the part I generally inhabit) loved The Hunger Games. I finished it out of spite, I had a lot of problems with it, there was so much potential. But I wondered why a proper game wasn't made for any of the major systems about the movie. Just about every other action movie and property gets a major system game, why not THG? I don't know what discussions happened behind closed doors but I had an idea for a game, or maybe more than one game. I've read all the books and wasn't too hot on the movie, but this is some of the idea I had. If I skip of parts of the book or if it's a bit out of order, please forgive me, I read it once last summer.
The main narrative that you need to play though is Katniss's story from each book. Going with The Hunger Games we see and animatic explaining everything up to just after Katniss leaves for the Capitol. Maybe there's some training in the woods that covers her basic actions, maybe a little stealth, shooting, and a simple trap. Once she gets on the train you're free to explore and learn facts she needs for later on. The big gala introducing the champions in playable as Katniss talks with people, maybe options here that will help some people be sponsors later during the Games. A montage animatic through the procession of the tributes, the interview bit with Caesar. The training at the Capitol and the test is playable, Katniss's skills improve and maybe she gets small item upgrades. The amount of training and leveling here accomplished is important, there's a limited amount of time and a number of levels and skills that Katniss can earn at this time. We see an animatic of Katniss and Cinna just before the games start.
Playing in the Games
Maybe a free-world type of play. Everyone starts in the tubes and there's the cornucopia. You have the choice of running to it or going straight to the woods and you play through the game as people die off. Katniss has to help Rue and work with Peeta to win the Games. Everything in the main story line pretty much follows the book, different events become missions. If Katniss gave a good enough impression to people at the Gala she has a better chance of receiving sponsored rewards when she needs health or something.
Untreated injuries can kill you. Certain direct attacks can kill you. Eating a poisonous plant can kill you. Along with the tributes are animals in the gamefield that can kill you, or be killed for food. Hunger can kill you. A lot of things can kill you. If you die, game over/you go back to your last save.
To win the Game, Peeta and Katniss have to make it to the end and fight the Muttations. We see some animatics of the end of the everything then there's a small cut scene of the President talking to whoever he talks to at the end of the book. We see Katniss, her mother and sister move into the Victor's Village and things seem okay.
You've beaten the game and unlocked things. Some ideas on what you can unlock:
A multiplayer play, which is a brawl in the Game field.
Unlock the other tributes as playable characters for the main story line.
Build a Tribute: Create a tribute based on one of the Districts. Each District has at least one major strength and one major weakness.
ex: From D 12 - Not the strongest, takes a while to level // Does well with hunger and resourceful with things found in the gamefield
ex: From D 4 - good at swimming, fishing // poor with certain land weapons, trees
ex: From D 2 - initially strong, high stamina // poor with hunger, not as good at being resourceful and making stuff
Give players a reason to choose to be a girl or boy from any of the districts. There are also benefits to which age they play as, maybe a kid levels faster but will never be as strong as a teen
Either create-you-own Game Field or a random assigned game field for multiplayer
This game could be an immersing look into the world of Panem. It would show a strong, resourceful female game lead and a richer world than was defined in the books. Each district would be laid out and have a benefit to it. There would be a pressure to the game with character death meaning the end of the game, or going back to a save point. I mean, making it Fire Emblem "dead is dead" could be a little much but without a sense that Katniss dying is a possibility there isn't as much of a sense of urgency.
Following the second book: There's more of the mix between playable game and cut scene in the same fashion. This time leading up to the games if Katniss doesn't talk to the various characters that eventually work to save her and Peeta she has a greater difficulty with getting out of the Game Field. In the Games if she doesn't build friendships with the right characters she won't make it out. If they die before the end, she has a harder time to get out, so this one is a bit more RPG and Fire Emblem than the first game.
The third game would be kind of Legend of Zelda-y as Katniss explores and learns about the weight of everything. She has a lot more side quests: making Peeta sane, visiting the other Districts, sneaking into the Capitol. This is a lot more RPG in the battle sequences, or a team FPS when in the Capitol. If certain team members die, finishing the game is that much more difficult. Maybe other characters can fill in as a similar type of character with similar skills. Accomplishing smaller side quests earns better skill sets, better sneaking, better shooting, etc.
If you transferred the game info up in each game, that affects how Katniss is at the beginning of the game, she has whatever skills you leveled in the previous game. If you don't have an older save file, the game starts as a certain level, probably lower than where she could have been leveled up to and she can level from there. It's an incentive to play each game on the same system or with the same gamer tag.
That's what I have as an idea for a Hunger Games video game. This is a loose idea and not everything has been addressed, but I think this could be a fun game.