Superhero fever is somehow still going strong, and this year looks set to stoke the fires with new movie releases like Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It'll probably take an apocalyptic-level event to stop superhero movies from getting greenlit.
Superheroes Who'd Make Great Games
While #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy2 is getting its own #TelltaleGames release along with #Batman, there's plenty of characters from both #Marvel and #DC who haven't gotten a decent showing that could make for some awesome #VideoGames. Here's my picks for the best, along with some ideas for the games they could make.
1. Captain America
Not just because Chris Evans being in every superhero movie has given me a big ol' crush on the patriotic punchster, but an action game playing as Captain America would just be plain fun. The shield would create a lot of opportunities for exciting gameplay that mixes up fisticuffs and projectile weapon throwing.
Plus, if you worked in a system similar to #SuperHot but for melee, you could simulate Cap's incredible reflexes and agility by letting players plan out their attacks in the space between blows. Suddenly, a button mashing bash becomes a considered ballet of violence.
2. Plastic Man
How about a superheroic heist game with some really bizarre and cartoonish stealth mechanics. Imagine trying to sneak past guards disguised as a red-and-yellow trashcan, getting your partner past obstacles by turning into a rope or crossing an open world city by transforming yourself into a snazzy sportscar.
3. Squirrel Girl
Honestly, this one's mostly on here because a) Ryan North's Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is one of the best and funniest comics on the stands and b) I really need a ravenous horde of squirrels to be a gameplay mechanic in something.
4. The Suicide Squad
Not necessarily the movie line-up, but the Suicide Squad would make an excellent basis for an X-Com style turn based strategy game where you're expected to lose characters as part of the mission. Whenever a character gets killed, a new c-list villain who fulfills the same role but has slightly different abilities replaces them on your team next mission. Lose Killer Croc? Next time you're working with Bane. Captain Boomerang gets gunned down? You'll have to make do with Merlyn the Archer. Suddenly losing a character isn't a punishment, but an opportunity to change your playstyle.
5. Jessica Jones
I'm talking about the Netflix version, more than the comics one, but Jessica Jones would make a fantastic protagonist for an adventure game/mystery series. Some noir-style sleuthing mixed up with the occasional wall-destroying fight would be right up my alley. Plus, since Jessica's already somewhat destructive to the lives of folks around her, she's a great candidate for a Telltale-style 'hard choices' system.
The 2000 stealth adventure game Messiah may have been fairly flawed, but it had an awesome mechanic for puzzle solving and stealth. Bob, the titular angel, was essentially powerless on his own, but could possess folks and use their access and abilities to overcome obstacles.
Deadman's got a pretty similar set of powers. Most of the time he's a dead guy, basically your average spectral ghost, but he can possess other people and use their bodies. A Deadman game that revolved around stealing people's bodies to solve puzzles could finally be the revamp of Messiah's concept that literally only me and three people have been asking for for years.
7. Ms. Marvel - Kamala Khan
There's a lot of different genres you could make with Ms. Marvel's power set. From an Arkham City-style overworld brawler to a puzzle solving platformer, her elastic powers make her pretty flexible (ba-dum-TSH!). Plus, the way her power use prevents her from healing when she's using them is a perfect set-up for some interesting video game mechanics. Mostly though, it'd just be awesome to see a mainstream video game with a teenage muslim girl as the hero.
Imagine Arkham Asylum-style stealth-action gameplay with an awesome echolocation based visual style. Hell, imagine any game with that art style. There's so many unique and cool things you could do with the concept that I'm surprised no one's tried it yet outside of indie horror.
And of course, Wonder Woman would make a way better beat 'em up protagonist than boring old Kratos, just look at the latest trailer.
Got a superhero you think would make an awesome character in a game? Who's your favorite hero? Let us know in the comments!