Superhero video games are either fantastic or terrible, there doesn’t seem to be anything in between. Batman Arkham Asylum is one of my all-time favorite video games. Rocksteady took the Batman universe and melded it into an enjoyable gaming experience. I’m playing through Marvel’s Avengers now and while I’m having a fun time, it’s a heavily flawed game. I was thinking the other day regarding which superheroes deserve the “Arkham Asylum” treatment which led me to create this post.
X-Men: Open World or a Super Smash Bros Brawl
I could see the X-Men having one of two different game designs. An open- world X-Men game would be great. Having a story mode with plenty of side quests would allow you to unlock various members of the X-Men. Another intriguing game concept would be to do a “Super Smash Bros” style game playing as the X-Men. I think gamers would fight over who gets to play as Wolverine, but still, I think this concept could work.
The Defenders would be similar to Spider-Man in the sense it would be an open-world game based in New York. I could imagine this game turning New York into a darker version similar to Gotham. It would feature stories allowing you to play as Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist. Additionally, let’s introduce Valkyrie (played by Tessa Thompson in the movies), Hellcat, and Silver Surfer. Can someone please make this??
Birds of Prey
My ideal Birds of Prey would be an older Oracle being the head of the organization. Black Canary would be the main playable hero with Helena Bertinelli on stand by. I’m imagining if Gail Simone’s Birds of Prey run was turned into a video game. The possibilities!
Sinister Six Meets GTA
Hear me out. The Sinister Six somehow get the upper hand, Spider-Man is supposedly killed and New York is in chaos. Being able to rotate which Sinister Six character you play as while roaming around New York and blasting everything to bits. I could see halfway through we learn Spider-Man is alive and works with the Avengers to take New York back.
I wish more game companies would take on superhero-based games. As mentioned in my opening paragraph, it can be a big undertaking to make a superhero game. Square Enix lost a lot of money making this game. I think if game companies are willing to put in the work of understanding these characters and creating a fun game, these games can be profitable. If you’re unsure, why don’t you ask Rocksteady?