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Top Video Game Fanfilms: Feature-Length June 24, 2012

Posted by Maniac in Editorials.
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The fans of video games are probably some of the most creative and talented fans on the planet. A simple look online on a variety of different game franchises can be quite a testament to that. While there are a few franchises in other mediums that can generate a large creative fanbase, you can’t do any kind of search online for a video game without finding numerous links leading to fan produced content, be it written stories, artwork, or even fully produced videos. All of this content was created by people with no affiliation whatsoever to (or support of) the original creators of the games. They did it out of the love of the material, and in a lot of cases you can’t believe the quality of the work they have done.

This article will focus on longer fanfilms, both feature-length and episodic series. So without much more fanfare, here’s some of my favorites across the web, in no particular order.

If you’re more interested in seeing shorts instead, check out this article.

There Will Be Brawl

I LOVED this series, and it had me glued to The Escapist every month for more than a year. Well produced, well acted, well written and well-directed all around, this was a series that nobody was expecting and yet fit perfectly with the times.

You can watch all ten parts of the series, as well as some behind the scenes videos and outtakes here. If you haven’t seen the series yet, be prepared to spend the better part of the day watching every episode. Trust me, you’re going to want to see how it ends.

Now that the series is complete, the last I heard about it was that there was going to be a DVD release of the entire series, but its release was delayed indefinitely when the hard drive which contained all the original master video files of the series crashed.

Modern War Gear Solid

The fanfilm, originally released as a series, has now been cut to one complete movie, and I recommend watching it in that way.

If you’re interested in watching the feature-length commentary for the series, you can check it out here.

What’s coming next for these guys? Mario.

Street Fighter The Later Years

I actually got interested in this series after being introduced to it by the Unknown Cameraperson. It had been years since a new Street Fighter game had been released (Street Fighter IV hadn’t been announced yet when the series launched) but like so many others, I had fond memories of playing the game with friends in the mid-90s.

The story told was simple. What were all these characters doing ten years after they had been so popular? They still had to live in the real world, keep steady jobs, and in some cases, raise families. Sure they have powers, but they’re still regular people like you and me.

There was a huge gap between the third and fourth part of the series and with that gap came a large jump in the quality of the filmmaking. The later episodes were shot in high-definition and had a much higher production value, while still keeping the hilarious writing and acting that got me interested in the series in the first place.

You can watch the entire series on CollegeHumor.com, but it has also been officially posted up on sites like YouTube and GameTrailers, although I don’t think all the parts were released on the latter.

The last I heard, they had announced there was going to be a second Later Years series featuring the same cast, but I haven’t heard anything about this new series since the original announcement. If anyone has any new details about that please feel free to comment on that.

Well, there’s some of my favorites, but I’m sure that there are plenty more out there. Your favorite not listed? Post a comment!

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