Superpowers; there is something about them that grabs us as children and never lets go. From the moment I first laid my eyes on heroes like Batman, Spider-Man, and the X-Men, I wanted to have superpowers. Even today at 27 I still dream about what it would be like to fly, swing on webs, or have retractable claws for all my slicing needs; but the closest I will ever get to this is through the power of video games.
Many gamers today have a strong connection to comic books, likely because video games and comic books go hand in hand. They are both similar in terms of storytelling that involve over-the-top fantasy. It would only make sense that we have many video games based on comics. Sadly though, with the sheer number of characters out there, many of our favorites have yet to see the light of day in video games. Because of this, we want to look at five comic book superheroes we would like to see have their own video game and how we would like these games structured. They may have appeared in other games, and maybe have even been playable, but we want them to have their very own solo outing.
Wonder Woman is more beautiful than Aphrodite, wiser than Athena, and stronger than Hercules. While appearing in a number of Justice League games and even a few fighting games, this Amazon princess has never been able to swing her Lasso of Truth in her very own title.
Her powers include superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and agility. She is highly proficient in hand-to-hand combat and in the art of tactical warfare. But what makes Wonder Woman stand out among the competition is her weapons. She has at her disposal indestructible bracelets (which allow her to bounce back any projectile), an invisible plane (not sure why), and a special lie detector called the Lasso of Truth.
But how would a Wonder Woman game work? The first thing that came to mind is her Lasso of Truth. This could play similar to the weapons Kratos uses in God of War. Spinning her lasso in circles to perform devastating combos would make even Kratos proud. When an enemy fires a projectile, hitting the deflect button would cause her to block with her bracers, bouncing the enemy fire back in their faces. Wrap it all up with some flying missions in her invisible jet – simply because it would look hilarious – and you have a game fit for Zeus himself.
Unless you are a follower of the Marvel Universe, you probably wouldn’t know who the blue teleporting mutant was until he made an appearance on the big screen in X2: X-Men United. Since then he has gained a little more popularity, but not enough to warrant his own video game. This is a shame because Nightcrawler’s abilities would be a perfect fit at the end of a controller, namely his teleportation power.
Nightcrawler is a mutant from the Marvel Universe who possesses superhuman agility, invisibility in dark shadows, the ability to stick to walls like Spider-Man, and his trademark teleportation (the ability to transfer from one point to another in the blink of an eye). All these powers just described could pretty much write their own video game, but he is also a skilled swordsman who usually dual wields, sometimes even adding a third with his tail.
For a Nightcrawler game to work, it would need to encompass all of his abilities. I think a game similar to Ninja Gaiden could do this nicely. Imagine doing insane combos using all three swords at your disposal. Mix that in with the ability to teleport in between each combo and you have a number of deadly ways to destroy your enemies. Stealth sections using Nightcrawler’s ability to hide in the shadows would help break up the combat. Quickly teleporting from shadow to shadow avoiding enemy contact before you hang upside down above your unsuspecting enemy. Due to his amazing agility, running along walls and wall jumping like Ryu would be a cakewalk for the blue mutant. Marvel needs to make this game happen and make it now.
What do you say about a character like Deadpool? Not only is he a comic book character but he realizes he’s a comic book character and makes jokes accordingly. The Merc with a Mouth is equipped with more than just a sense of humor, though. Using his dual katanas and never-ending arsenal of firearms, he is also one of the most deadly assassins, taking on any job that comes his way as long as there is enough money (or a donkey).
We recently got the chance to play as Deadpool in Marvel vs Capcom 3, but that is not enough to satisfy our needs. Deadpool needs his very own game so he can look at the camera and let you know that he knows he is in a game. When I think of a game engine that would suit Deadpool my mind always ends up at the same place: the Devil May Cry series. Sword? Check (twice!). Dual pistols? Check. A mouth that just won’t stop? You get the picture. Dante and Deadpool have similarities too close to ignore.
Using a game engine like that in the DMC series would allow Deadpool to pull off combos like Dante, slicing enemies into the air before blasting them to shreds with whatever gun he feels like carrying that day. And if you fall at the hands of Deadpool’s enemies, he will make sure to tell you a Your Momma joke in anger at your poor playing skills.
In 1986 a DC comic miniseries titled Watchmen landed in comic book stores everywhere. This graphic novel helped move comic books in a dark direction never seen before. It’s because of Watchmen that some of our comic heroes today have dark, gritty stories. It also gave birth to an antihero feared by every thug that hears his name; Rorschach.
Rorschach is unique because he doesn’t possess superpowers. But what he lacks in powers he makes up in strong will, physical strength, and combat skills that would make him a match for any super human. Rorschach is also extremely resourceful, adapting ordinary objects into tools or weapons.
Rorschach is the type of character that hides in the shadows, waiting for his prey. He belongs in a game like Hitman where using your surroundings is key. In the Hitman series you can use something as simple as a plastic bag to take out your enemy and to me this screams Rorschach. And if things go badly and there is no pepper, coat hanger, or hairspray nearby, Rorschach’s hand-to-hand combat is deadly, making him a perfect fit for our console’s disc-tray.
If a silver man who rides a surfboard through space doesn’t scream video game then I don’t know what does. Sure 22 years ago Silver Surfer made his video game debut on the NES, but this was not a title worthy of the intergalactic hero. Wielding superhuman strength, the power to absorb and manipulate cosmic energy, and the ability to traverse the waves of space (and time) on his surfboard, it’s time this superhero had a game worthy of his name.
When thinking about a current title that would work for the Silver Surfer, I drew a blank. I finally came to the conclusion that it has yet to be created. But we can just imagine the possibilities of surfing through the cosmos at the speed of light while dodging asteroids, watching as stars move out of the way of this powerhouse. You could make decisions with different alien species to help them defend against the pending arrival of Galactus. Finish the whole thing up with an epic battle against your former master and the game would be of cosmic proportions. It’s easy to see that we don’t want a Silver Surfer game, we need one and we need it now.
With so many heroes to choose from, developers have only scratched the comic hero surface. While each year we get subpar games released of some of our favorite heroes, there is one every now and then that sticks out from among the crowd. Who knows what comic book hero will have their own game in the future, perhaps it could be one mentioned above. Whatever the case, as long as there are stories to be told and games to be played, we will keep our eyes open for what lies ahead.
Would you like to see one of the ideas mentioned above become a reality? What comic book superheroes have you been itching to have at the end of your controller? Let us know, you just may see it one day.