Superheroes In Need Of A Video Game
When the Deadpool game was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con in July, It was exciting as well as refreshing. Here was a popular, non-mainstream character receiving his own original game, without any affiliation to a film or TV show. That's a precedent that needs to continue, so let's look at other superheroes that are overdue for the video game treatment. In addition to focusing on characters who have never had their own games, I'll also highlight characters who have never had a good game. Be sure to include any heroes you'd like to see as well!
1. Wonder Woman
Games It'd Be Most Like: Heavenly Sword/God of War
How has this not happened yet? Diana of Themyscira is an Amazonian princess (awesome) who is unmatched in hand-to-hand combat, an expert swordswoman, and possesses super strength. Combat would be a blast. She also wields bracelets that can deflect just about anything, creating a stylish and effective block mechanic.Her lasso of truth could keep foes within fists reach a la Nero's Devil Bringer in DMC 4 as well as a plethora of other applications. Did I mention that she can fly? In short, Wonder Woman is the perfect video game character so give her a game already.
2. Green Lantern
Game It'd Be Most Like: Mass Effect
Other than a crappy video game tie-in to an equally terrible film, Hal Jordan has yet to receive his due in gaming. Why is that? GL has a massive universe filled with countless alien races, planets, as well as the other lantern corps. That kind of interstellar conflict would work great in a video game. Take a few cues from Mass Effect and let me create my own lantern, choosing his species, back-story, as well as the corps he belongs to. Depending on my actions, I'd either increase my prowess with my ring or shift towards another, more fitting corps. Being able to create my own ring constructs would be great too.
Games It'd Be Most Like: Batman: Arkham Asylum/Arkham City
The "Man Without Fear" is also "The Man Without a Game" which is a shame because Daredevil is one of the coolest heroes in comics. Blinded by a chemical accident, his other senses have sharpened to superhuman levels that would be interesting to translate into gameplay. Daredevil is a master martial artist, so I could see him having a combo/counter system similar to the recent Batman games, but with a reliance on sound and vibration. Speaking of the Dark Knight, Daredevil is also a skilled detective, using his keen senses of hearing and smell to detect and track targets. His signature billy club could be upgraded with different parts to serve multiple purposes and the platforming would be fun as hell. In the right hands (looking at you, Rocksteady), a Daredevil game could really be something special.
4. Doctor Strange
Game It'd Be Most Like: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (but with less Force/Lightsaber and more Vishanti/Magical Stuff)
As "The mightiest magician in the cosmos", Strange boasts a staggering amount of abilities fit for a game, including generating energy blasts, astral projection, time manipulation, teleportation, regeneration, and resurrecting the dead. That may make him just a teeny bit overpowered but who cares when you're serving Baron Mordo a can of mystical whoop ass. Strange regularly travels between numerous otherworldly dimensions which would provide limitless creative potential in terms of level design. The art direction alone has me salivating. If a video game is still out of the question, can we at least get a Doctor Strange movie, Marvel?
5. The Fantastic Four/Future Foundation
Games It'd Be Most Like: X-Men: Legends/Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
This seems like such an easy license to adapt, yet no one has been able to craft a quality Fantastic Four experience for some reason (In both gaming and film). Hell, you could remove every hero other than the FF from Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and have their best game ever, but I'd hope to see a bit more creative effort than that. The Future Foundation would work as well, but I prefer the classic incarnation of the team by far.
6. The Flash
Games It'd Be Most Like: Grand Theft Auto/Sonic the Hedgehog
I see a Flash game working two ways. A gigantic open world would be needed to allow players to really go crazy with Flash's signature speed. Being a speedster is by far the most enjoyable way to get around in DC Universe Online, so the promise is there. If not 3D, then how about a 2D Flash game in the vein of Sonic the Hedgehog? Just make it faster, add some combat, and mix in some of Flash's more unique abilities, like vibrating through walls and what not. The hardest part of making this game would be deciding which of the roughly 19 different Flashes would star in it.
7. Moon Knight
Games It'd Be Most Like: Batman: Arkham Asylum/Arkham City
Admittedly, I don't know all that much about Moon Knight other than that he's essentially a more violent Batman with moon powers. Sounds good to me. Moon Knight's more interesting aspects is that his strength is determined by the phase of the moon (his peak being a full moon). It'd be interesting to see that incorporated into an open world game, where you may or may not want to engage certain enemies until the moon reaches an ideal phase. I would also like to fulfill a dream of piloting a crescent moon-shaped aircraft. Hey, you don't see me criticizing your fantasies.
Games It'd Be Most Like: Devil May Cry/BloodRayne
This is an easy one, really. Blade is a vampire hunter who is part vampire himself, who utilizes swords, firearms, and slick martial arts to slay the undead. Kind of like that BloodRayne chick. Or Dante, minus the vampire stuff. Seriously, just insert him into any Devil May Cry title and you've got Blade: The Video Game in a nutshell. Though I can't imagine him playing a demonic guitar that shoots electric bats.
9. Animal Man
Game It'd Be Most Like: El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (but with shape-shifting! I'm grasping, I know)
This will probably never happen, but Animal Man has been awesome since DC's New 52 relaunch so he deserves his own game based on that alone. I mean, he can transform into any animal. How cool of an ability would that be for a game? This is really a selfish choice, as I've loved the disturbing "The Red" story arc and would love to experience it in-game. Since this will never see the light of day, you should definitely check out Animal Man's series as it's one of the best comics out there.
Games It'd Be Most Like: Anything that is not utterly broken. And Superman 64.
I know he's never had a good game. I know that Superman 64, in particular, is one of the most horrid games ever (and probably the main reason Krypton exploded). I'm not even a huge Superman fan, but I simply refuse to believe that it's impossible to make a great game based on the Man of Steel. The guy is a Swiss army knife of fun powers: super strength, flight, heat vision, ice breath, x-ray vision, and more. So why is it that every time I play as him, I want to jam a shard of kryptonite into eye? Come on, there has to be SOMEONE capable of giving Clark Kent the game he deserves, right?
Game It'd Be Most Like: Nothing matches the greatness that a Quailman game would be.
Hailing from the planet Bob, Quailman is an unstoppable juggernaut of heroism. His powerful Quail-Eye renders his opponents helpless and stupefied, making it the best power in a video game ever. You want co-op? Quailman's pals Quaildog and Silver Skeeter would also be playable, effectively trouncing any other cooperative experience forever. Quailman even created his own day, Funday, which would make it the first video game to feature an eight-day week. What was that? I couldn't hear you over the sound of innovation. If that's not enticing enough, pre-order bonuses would include a green sweater vest, snazzy belt, and a fresh pair of tighty whities.
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