The Game He Could Have Made: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Oblivion is pretty much Lord of the Rings. OK, so you’d have to replace Ian McKellen with an especially miserable-sounding Patrick Stewart. But the subject matter’s dead on.
Pity the whole thing’s so bloody po-faced. Jackson would have ensured the title had been injected with a bit more Merry and Pippin-style impish laughs.
Considering he’d already spent five years making a grand fantasy trilogy, we’d doubt he’d have been put off by 200+ hours of virtual elves saying ‘whence’.
Games He Should Make: RPGs. The Kiwi movie maker would be well suited to taking on the kind that last 60+ hours (see Bethesda’s Fallout 3).
Role playing games are usually some of the most ambitious undertakings in the medium. After his lengthy work on LOTR and Kong, it’s clear he’s got the commitment required to take on a project that could take years to finish.
He also loves to embrace undertakings that rely on sweeping scale and cutting edge tech, another two qualities that would hold him in good stead in the games world.
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