Whatever their reason may be, most people love a good superhero story. Everyone has thought about what they would do with a super power, and TV/movies allow us a visual representation of that. Video games provide the same fulfillment. There are many superhero based video games out there, and some are good while others are Superman 64. The most popular one recently is the Batman Arkham series by Rocksteady. Great combat, storylines and exploration allow the game to flourish, and show that you need more than just a “Rock em’, Sock em’ “ set up for it to succeed.
There are plenty of other options still available for superhero based video games, and we wanted to take a look at some of the ones we thought would make good fits. Not every superhero or comic game can fit into the Arkham style, so we also included the genre and type of game we thought would best fit.
They are listed in no particular order.
It’s been a LONG time since Superman 64 released, 18 years to be exact. Technology has advanced exponentially since the Nintendo 64 in 1999, and developers have more freedom than they ever had before with superheroes. The Superman 64 game was terrible. In fact it may be one of the worst, if not the worst superhero game of all time. That’s in the past though, and there is plenty of opportunity for Superman to re-emerge in video games.
For one, I would love to see Rocksteady make this. An open-world Metropolis free to explore like Batman’s Gotham would be very interesting. First off, Superman doesn’t always work just at night like Batman does. Taking place in the day would allow for more civilians and side quests, which would in turn help to deepen the storyline. I’d like to see them tie in Clark Kent working at the Daily Planet as well. We could play as Clark during the day and be unable to use our powers around civilians so as not to disclose our identity.
Think about it. The entire storyline could be focused around rescuing Lois Lane and taking down Lex Luthor. I know it’s cliche, but it works easily and allows for ample developer freedom. You start off a mission as Clark in the Daily Planet office and get sent to investigate some mystery. There are civilians all over the place, so you can’t use your strength. Super hearing and X-Ray vision could work in conjunction with the players investigative skills. We could uncover clues as Clark when around civilians and use them as Superman to help rescue Lois.
Citizen side quests could arise allowing us the option to complete them as Clark or Superman. Since we can’t reveal our identity, we would have to find a place to change without drawing attention if we were to use Superman. If Clark is the option, obviously we would have to make use of the environment somehow like a normal person would. There are plenty of options as a Superman game could make use of daytime, night, outer space, Earth etc. It would be pretty easy to make with the current consoles, and I’d be interested to see what Rocksteady could do with Superman.
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
None of the Power Rangers games of the past really panned out well. They had interesting parts but failed to come together as a whole. The best one, the most recent Mega Battle, had a lot of options but could have been much more. I’d like to see a MMPR game similar in setup to Gears of War. We could have a story based game quite easily based around Rita or Lord Zedd. Gears lets you use one character while the other three serve as AI in solo play. A Power Rangers game could use the same type of setup, but instead allow us to switch between characters at will.
Unlocking weapons wouldn’t really make sense with Power Rangers, as they are all included with their powers. A storyline where they have to recover some stolen Power Weapons or even a Power Coin could work well. Instead of Locust like in Gears of War, the Rangers could fight Putties along the way as well as various mini-bosses similar to the episodic ones seen in the TV show. Plus, the third person combat of Gears with the martial arts movements of Power Rangers makes for some incredible cinematics.
Multi-player would be amazing in this type of arrangement. We could play to unlock Rangers from other series like Power Rangers in Space, Turbo, Zeo, Dino Charge, Ninja Steel, etc. Powerups could include attacks from Zords, like Tommy calling in support from the Dragon flute. We could team up with other players to form various versions of the Power Weapons. There are countless options here with the 25 seasons of the show in the books, and I think this type of setup would be perfect for a Power Rangers game.
Powers is a comic that was developed by Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-man, Age of Ultron). It takes place in Los Angeles, and focuses on a world populated by both humans and enhanced people called ‘Powers’. It’s about Christian Walker, a former Power called Diamond. After his powers were stripped by his former mentor Wolfe, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department, where he serves as a Detective investigating crimes committed by Powers.
The comic was also developed into a PlayStation Network exclusive TV show and ran for two seasons (20 episodes). There was a decent amount of name recognition behind it, with Eddie Izzard starring as Wolfe and Wil Wheaton also having a recurring role. The strongest Power ever, Wolfe is able to drain the life force of humans and Powers, which in turn increases his own power. Wolfe is so strong that it is necessary he undergoes lobotomies in order to dampen his powers. Cellular regeneration brings them back after a time, but they are kept in check since he was captured.
The show saw mixed reviews due to its implementation of the comic’s lore and poor CGI, but there is great potential for a game here. Being a detective, it could be set up where Walker tries to get his abilities back from Wolfe by working with other Powers. A Max Payne type of setup could work, but it wouldn’t be true to the comic. Whether it’s an action type game, or investigative Telltale type game, there is plenty of opportunity for Powers to succeed as a video game.
The Young Justice TV show on Cartoon Network has great reviews going into its third season. Although it’s a very good show, the comic is even better. They should make this into a game, and it has Final Fantasy-type RPG written all over it. I’m talking about the old school, exploration and turn-based combat RPG. The newer Final Fantasy games have great graphics and story, but the gameplay has faltered lately. This could be made so easily to function like one of my favorite RPG’s in Lost Odyssey.
Imagine the Young Justice crew just starting out – enhancing their powers along the jam packed storyline? Robin, Superboy and Impulse could form the team, and you could recruit the additional members through both main and side quests. Wonder Girl and Arrowette would make for exciting battles. Let’s not forget junior Lobo clone – Slobo either. The amount of villains throughout the comic is more than enough to merit a story, and the final battle could be against Darkseid of course. The amount of mini-boss and side villains isn’t lacking either. The one I’d be most interested in seeing is Harm: A seriously disturbed boy with super strength who can use necromancy and main desire is to become the best murderer ever.
The options are endless for a turn-based RPG based on the series, and to be honest it would be my favorite of the ones on this list. You could even add an airship to space to fight Darkseid for nostalgia purposes. RPG’s need airships, right?
I only want this if it is done similar to the Injustice storyline, only with Marvel heroes and villains. Injustice 2 features about two and a half hours of cinematic cutscenes, and there is obviously enough content to pull something like this off with all of the Marvel films.
It doesn’t have to be just the Civil War movie released last year. The comic line is crazy-intense, especially Civil War II and the issues released last year. A fighting game with a story mode in the Marvel universe would be incredible. Who’s side does Spider-man take? What happens to Hulk? How many universes are in it? Standard Earth, Earth-616, Earth-2108, Earth-10919 are all available. There is a lot of room for experimentation here, and Marvel could surely pull it off.
Just as Injustice does, you could unlock various skins and upgrades along the way such as multiple Ironman and Spider-man suits. Personally, I’m not a huge fighting game fan, but I’ve played both Injustice games for the story. I would throw some money down on a Marvel version, that’s for sure.
What do you think of the choices? Did your favorite make the list?