Superhero games used to be a dime a dozen in the past two console generations. Despite often seeming like cash ins for a film or the overall popularity of the hero, both generations held quite a few classics for some famous superheroes. Characters such as Spider-Man and Batman have enjoyed games that people considered classic but many superheroes are missing out on the games industry. Some of these heroes have had games in the past but most were disappointing and didn’t live up to the full potential of the hero or their legacy. Here are some of my suggestions for the best superhero games that need to be made.
The Man of Steel himself, Superman, would certainly be ripe for a new entry into his storied history of games. Unfortunately, almost all of Superman’s games in the past have been awful including the infamous Superman 64. A new game developed by Warner Bros. Montreal is rumoured to be in development but nothing has truly surfaced yet. A new game should take full advantage of all of the Man of Steel’s powers but also make him relatable by allowing him to be injured. The use of the city having a health bar in Superman Returns was interesting but ended up being more of a nuisance than anything else. Starting Superman off as weak only to grow stronger and develop his powers would make the journey feel more personal and offer a Superman who can actually suffer. Having worked on Batman Arkham Origins, Warner Bros. Montreal are a good a choice as any to breathe new life into the most famous hero of them all.
One of the classic superhero teams, the X-Men, have certainly had their fair share of video games between them. Fighting games, RPGs and even action adventure games have been made for Xavier’s team but none of them have really implemented the team aspect of the X-Men very well. The most recent X-Men game, X-Men Destiny was an entirely single player experience and wasn’t particularly memorable either. Previous games in the past have also been single player or co-op but with the current generation’s focus on multiplayer, an X-Men game would be perfect for online team ups. A game where you and other mutants are able to roam around a city and solve random crimes with powers would be an intense and unique experience, akin to having a well oiled team on The Division. An interesting story would also be key as the X-Men are famous for having interesting stories in the comics. Perhaps the ability to create your own unique mutant would be implemented, but even if not, the old reliables like Storm and Cyclops would make for fun gameplay.
A Wolverine game would also be interesting for the character, especially considering the ‘Death of Wolverine’ and ‘Old Man Logan’ comics. A new game could tie into the movie by offering one last adventure for Logan and also tying into the soon to be released Wolverine III. The game could follow the formula set by X-Men Origins: Wolverine by being a gory and brutal adventure across different locations. The combat system was very entertaining in the previous game and carrying this across with subtle improvements and tweaks would make for a true next-gen Wolverine experience. Imagine the regeneration system on current generation hardware…
One of the most famous speed superheroes actually hasn’t had the chance to grace the videogames industry. The Flash would be perfect for some fast-paced combat and a city that you can dash around. The timing has never been better with the popularity of the T.V. show and his upcoming appearance in the Justice League. With games like Saints Row 4 proving a game can be entertaining at high speed, there has never been a better time for the Scarlet Speedster to be introduced.
Much like The Flash, Green Arrow has enjoyed a popular run on T.V with his show Arrow. Funnily enough, Green Arrow has never really been shown in video games aside from Injustice. If there’s any superhero who would make perfect sense for a third-person shooter- it’s Green Arrow. The ability to choose an arrow for each situation would also be extremely interesting as it would allow for a large amount of variety. Green Arrow’s sarcastic brand of humour would also make the adventure entertaining to play through, something which some heroes lack, or use too forcefully.
Because of the growing industry for superhero films and games, it’s actually fairly likely that most of these games will be made. All of the above superheroes deserve to be in their own game and each would offer their own unique experience. Characters like Thor and Hulk have had games in the past but nothing particularly new could be done with them, leading to a fairly generic experience. Whilst we wait for these games, at least we’ll have Injustice 2 and Spider-Man PS4. It’s never been a better time to be a comic book fan.