Comic books. Video games. Comic book video games. A match that was once thought to be one that never really worked out for both parties.
In recent years though, that marriage of geek worlds has prospered thanks to games like the Batman Arkham series, Injustice: Gods Among Us, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and all those awesome super hero beat ‘em up games. After taking a random visit to Midtown Comics, I flipped through a bunch of cool comics that gave me a spark of inspiration.
Surely these fantastical characters and epic storylines would make for some incredible gaming experiences. There’s some heroes out there that deserve a quality title that showcases their excellence to the gaming audience. There’s also some massive comic plots that would make for an action packed thrill ride behind a controller. There’s some comic book icons who’ve had video games, but still need an actual GOOD game in order to wash the funk of their past failures off of them.
These are the top comic book video games we wanna see and play!
An Open-World Action Adventure Game for Sin City
(Developed by Rockstar Games)
When it comes to fully realized worlds that are full of crime and grime, Rockstar Games knows what it’s doing. The master architects behind the massive GTA series, Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire seem to hit the jackpot with their major releases. Sin City, the stylized neo-noir comic book series by Frank Miller, could use a super violent game that throws gamers into its dark setting. Just imagine how awesome it would be to venture around The Projects and bump into Marv. Or how sweet it would be to venture into Kadie’s Club Pecos for some good ol’ “paid attention.” Rockstar just needs to stay loyal to the art direction and apply their open-world finesse to Sin City. The finished product could be one of the greatest games ever produced.
A Sandman Action RPG
(Developed by BioWare)
If you’ve spent countless hours investing in Dragon Age and Mass Effect, then you already know how legit BioWare’s credentials are. These developers know how to put together a game that’s full of choices that impact the player in a major way. The redemption story of The Sandman’s Dream (The Lord of Dreams) and his many forms could make for a fantastical action, role playing game. The sheer wonder of the Dreaming and its many unique inhabitants could make for some interesting character development and decision making. There should be some actual battling going on from time to time, but the majority of this game would focus on making tough choices. Dream’s fate would be in your hands.
An Open-World, Action/Adventure V for Vendetta Game
(Developed by Ubisoft Montreal)
When I first laid eyes on V for Vendetta’s main anarchist and read into the backstory of his campaign, I was enthralled. Such a twisted and dark United Kingdom could only be brought back to life through the violent means of V and his female protege. It’s easy to see how the alternate world of V could easily be translated into a video game that adopts the mechanics and gameplay of the Assassin’s Creed series. Ubisoft Montreal has a ton of experience with producing stealth-heavy action games, which is a perfect match for V’s fight against government rule and civil unrest. Just imagine the beautiful art design of this comic being translated perfectly onto your flat screen through your game pad.
An Over The Top, Third-Person Shooter for Iron Man
(Developed by PlatinumGames)
Any of you guys ever played a game called Vanquish? It had to be the most insane third-person shooter I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. It assaulted the senses with all that super suit, robot frag fest action and amazingly fluid and fast movement. After playing this for a few hours and watching the trilogy of Iron Man films afterwards, this idea made so much sense. Let PlatinumGames take Tony Stark and his many armors into their super chaotic world of action games. Iron Man has never had the starring role in a quality game, but I’m sure the Japanese developer could capture the spirit of his armored destruction perfectly. Just imagine four-player co-op with all those sweet alternate armors!
An Open World, Action/Adventure Game for Green Arrow
(Developed by Eidos Montreal)
Green Arrow’s Robin Hood-esque escapades on the hit live TV show Arrow are an addictive watch. His trials and tribulations in his chosen home of Star City are also fun to follow in his comic book series. The guy even managed to be one of the best characters to use in Injustice: Gods Among Us! It’s about time some dedicated game devs put together an expansive open world release for Green Arrow and his acrobatic adventures. So who’s the right team for the job? Eidos Montreal, the brains behind action/adventure and stealth game heavyweights like the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot and the upcoming Thief reboot. Zipping around Star City and catching bums off guard with trick arrows sounds like a game experience that the world needs.
An Action/Adventure Game Based on the Gritty Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
(Developed by Rocksteady Studios)
We shall not speak of the TMNT video game travesty that was Out of the Shadows. Nor shall we remind ourselves of the cheap kiddy cash-in that the new Nickelodeon based game is. The turtles really haven’t had a great game since…well, Turtles in Time. The darker and much more fiercer version of the ninja turtles that inhabit the comics could make for some great controllable characters in a open world city setting. Rocksteady Studios knows a thing or two about wide open, dark city landscapes. Hopping, flipping and kicking Foot Clan ass with the much meaner turtles could make for a great Arkham City like experience. Freeflow combat was tailor made for the turtles.
An Action/Adventure Game Based on Marvel’s Infinity Gauntlet Storyline
(Developed by High Moon Studios)
Epic is too simple of a word to describe Thanos and his planet/life destroying crusade with the Infinity Gauntlet. He’s the ultimate villain who kills for such a trivial goal – the love and affection of Death (weirdo…). Wouldn’t it be awesome if the devs behind those two excellent Transformers games got to create a game based on this Marvel miniseries? Here’s the concept: on one side, you get to play as Adam Warlock and the surviving Earth heroes in their fight against Thanos. On the other side, you take control of Thanos and wreak havoc on the heroes that oppose you. And there could be unlockable “What-If?” scenarios that are based on their comic counterparts. High Moon Studios have the know-how needed to produce a planetary, action packed adventure game. Let ‘em handle it!
An Open-World (Universe?), Action/Adventure Game for Green Lantern
(Developed by BioWare)
Green Lantern’s mega star status is something I’m glad to have followed since Geoff Johns began to work on the franchise. Hal Jordan and his galaxy spanning collection of fellow/rival ring bearers all participate in some of the best comic book tales ever read. A simple action game that’s pretty much move-tie in crap shouldn’t be only the type of game that Green Lantern is represented by. BioWare’s done some great work with the Mass Effect series, which means they could possibly do some great work for GL too. You could make your own Green Lantern, play as the more famous Green Lanterns, or even play as a member of the Fear Corps or Red Lanterns! Exploring the universe and stopping foes like Black Hand could make the perfect transition into a BioWare produced action/adventure. Some minor RPG elements wouldn’t hurt, too.
A Marvel vs. DC Fighting Game
(Developed by Capcom)
Capcom does crossover fighting games and they do them well. They’ve taken their biggest and lesser known characters and placed in 2D/2.5 arenas with the likes of Marvel and SNK. I think it would be incredible to see Capcom handle the reigns for the biggest crossover fighting game the world would lose their shit over – MARVEL VS. DC! Just imagine Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, but this time way more heroic and filled with a star-studded roster of DC and Marvel’s finest. Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and even someone under-the-radar like Katana could do battle with Wolverine, Hulk, Nova, Deadpool and Black Panther. This needs to happen during our lifetime, gamers.
A GOOD SUPERMAN GAME!
(Developed by Rocksteady Studios)
It seems near impossible for anyone to put out a great, good, or even halfway decent Superman game. Superman 64 is the stuff of vaporware legend and all of his proceeding games have been nothing to get excited about. I think a last ditch effort needs to take place – the video game devs who gave Batman the golden touch for gaming needs to be trusted with doing the same for the Man of Steel. Flying around Metropolis, smashing invading aliens, saving Lois Lane from imminent danger and running at ridiculous speeds through the streets are the types of things that could make a Superman game feel whole. Rocksteady’s done well for Supes’ rival, so I think they could create the ultimate open world game that Mr. Kent needs. Just no flying through hoops and more Brainiac smashing, Rocksteady.
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