Early last week, we were graced with the presence of one of my favorite holidays, National Superhero Day. Okay, so it’s the first time I’ve ever heard about it, but I can understand why it’s a thing. Yesterday was Free Comic Book Day, where independent comic book stores around the world gave away free comic books to anybody who walked into a participating store. The movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 released this past Friday and made some feel…things. Superhero-mania is in full effect and it’s about time for games to cash-in on the trend.
I purposely focused on franchises that were based around the idea of a superhero team. The best part of playing a superhero game is combining your powers/abilities with other heroes and working together to take down multiple villains. Batman is an outlier in that no one really wants to play as Robin, Batgirl, or any of the numerous members of the Bat-family in a video game, since Batman is just a total badass. There’s a reason for the 5-10 minute long scene in Avengers where the different team members pair off in battle throughout New York; it looks amazing. To me, all superheroes have at least some brawler tendencies, which makes a brawler the best genre for all superhero games. As a matter of fact, I’m more surprised that these games haven’t been made yet.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Guardians have been around for a long time but are just now getting thrust into the spotlight with the upcoming film. The main reason to make a game based on the Guardians is that they operate in the greater Marvel universe where their enemies, such as the Kree, Skrulls, Badoon, and Shi’ar, are more diverse than any other individual Marvel hero’s. This game could be a great way to introduce newer fans to the expansive galactic civilizations in the Marvel U. The game could be designed to resemble the Mass Effect series since most of their stories take place on different planets throughout the galaxy. If nothing else, a Guardians game would be a springboard for the future stars known as Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
Everybody knows the Avengers by now and should have no trouble at all rattling off at least five members. The thing is, there are a bunch of heroes that are considered Avengers and there are multiple Avengers teams including but not limited to the Mighty Avengers, West Coast Avengers, the Young Avengers, and the Avengers Academy. There already exists a series where you can play as a big chunk of these characters: the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series. I’ve already written about how there should be a MUA3, and my desire for that to become a reality has not waned in the slightest. I had high hopes for the Marvel Heroes MMO, but, after spending some time with it, realized that it just wasn’t going to scratch that superhero itch.
What is it about the Justice League that makes it so hard for them to exist in any medium outside comic books and animated shows? The Justice League cartoon that ran a few years ago was wildly popular but that hasn’t translated well to a big Hollywood blockbuster or other entertainment mediums. Around the same time as the original Ultimate Alliance, a DC-version called Justice League Heroes was released, but it was a pale imitation. You’d think that having arguably two of the most popular superheroes ever would make this super team a bit more successful throughout different mediums. I can see the trouble with designing a way to make Superman anything other than the OP do-everything that he is, but Traveller’s Tales got him down perfectly in LEGO Batman 2 DC Super Heroes. It was an amazing game that should have been used by DC as a first step towards a full-fledged Justice League game.
Here’s hoping this gets the development gears turning in the heads of some lovely developers out there. What are some superhero games you’d like to see made into a game? Leave a comment and let us know.