Life in a Game: Game-Based Webnovels

Many video game aficionados have had the fantasy of transporting into the world of their favorite game and rising to its top ranks. Video-game-based webnovels explore this possibility to the fullest, following the MC as they make their way through virtual reality that had unexpectedly become their life.


In this post, I am going to highlight a few popular webnovels based on video games.


The MC of a game-based webnovel is usually male; I am yet to find one with a female lead, but would very much like to see that.


A typical characteristic of game-based novels is series breaks consisting of a ‘character stats’ window of sorts, with numbers referring to the levels of a character’s strength, endurance, abilities, etc. Personally, I find it a bit distracting, but genre lovers apparently feel it adds to the realism and the feeling of immersion in the game.


So, without further ado, check out the following popular game-based stories on Webnovel:


The Legendary Mechanic



“What do you do when you wake up and find yourself inside the very game that you love?

What do you do when you realize you that you have not only become an NPC – you have even been thrown back in time to before the game even launched!

What will happen when our protagonist’s two realities coincide?

Han Xiao was a professional power leveler before his transmigration. Using his past life’s knowledge, Han Xiao sweeps through the universe as he prepares for the arrival of the players.”


Han Xiao, the third son of a wealthy family, is hit by a cannon during an enemy ambush. Then he finds himself in the universe of his favorite game. With almost 800 chapters and frequent releases, this popular webnovel is a very promising read.


Reincarnation of the Strongest Sword God



“Starting over once more, he has entered the ‘living game’ again in order to control his own fate.

This time, he will not be controlled by others.

Previously Level 200 Sword King, he will rise to a higher peak in this life.

Methods to earn money. Dungeon conquering strategies. Legendary Quests. Equipment drop locations. Undiscovered battle techniques.

Even the secrets Beta Testers were unaware of, he knows them all.

A legend of a man becoming a Sword God has begun.”


With over 2,600 chapters and frequent weekly updates, this epic saga has over a 100 million views on Webnovel, and it appears its popularity is well-deserved.


Shi Feng, the main character, also known as Black Flame, starts out as a rather frail-looking figure but grows a lot more impressive as the storyline progresses. Shi Feng maintains a high level of self-control at all times and is not quick to get angry. He is a competent commander and capable strategist and is just the kind of MC you would expect to have a successful character arc in this type of novel.


The Boss behind the Game



“Lu Wu, an aimless video game developer, had been feeling perturbed ever since he found out he was the direct descendant of a king from the underworld. Other than the title, His Excellency, his ancestor hadn’t passed down anything else to him. On top of that, all of his ancestor’s subordinates had rebelled against him and completely usurped his inherited territory.


Under the circumstances, Lu Wu built a battle game server with the help of his new mysterious friend and transported gamers from the real world straight to the underworld using virtual reality. They then created the main quest, the character classes, the Instance Dungeon, the storyline, and the non-player characters for the game.

Relying solely on these video gamers’ strengths, Lu Wu began his expedition to reclaim his rightful inheritance. What could possibly go wrong?”


This relatively new webnovel – only 200-something chapters so far, which is just a fraction of usual webnovel length – is nevertheless increasingly popular. With chunky updates of 14 chapters a day, it is an intense, rapidly growing read that is garnering some of the most enthusiastic reader reviews I have ever seen.


Night Ranger



“Legendary player Marvin transmigrated to the eve of the Great Calamity.


This was the end of the fourth era, and all gods joined hands to destroy the Universe Magic Pool.

The fourth Fate Tablet had begun maturing and all gods, demons, legends, devils, liches, dragons, and other legendary creatures were appearing one after the other.


In order to protect his loved ones, Marvin has no other choice but to delve into the shadows.

This is the story of a young ranger growing into the Ruler of the Night during the Chaos Era.”


This story is marked complete at only 735 chapters, which is short by webnovel standards, so if you want to dig into a read that won’t be a 2000-chapter commitment, this might just be the one for you. With good-quality writing and a plot that chugs right along, it is quite entertaining.


The King’s Avatar



“In the online game Glory, Ye Xiu is regarded as a textbook and a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad of reasons, he is kicked from the team. After leaving the professional scene, he finds work in an Internet Cafe as a manager. When Glory launches its tenth server, he who possesses ten years of gaming experience once again throws himself into the game. Bringing with him the memories of his past and an incomplete, self-made weapon, his return along the road to the summit begins!


After fighting and scheming, who snatched away my glory? Under the tossing of the wind and rain, my dreams shall still appear as though they had never been shattered. In all its splendor, the path shall never be lost. Before the gazes of millions, this is where I return!”


Completed at 1,729 chapters, this epic tale boasts of a whopping 118M views on Webnovel, and it’s not hard to see why. With an engaging main character and a captivating storytelling style, it is the kind of read to keep genre lovers awake half the night.