Superheroes in Modern Video Games

Punisher and Nick Fury in Modern Video GamesPunisher and Nick Fury in Modern Video Games
It used to be that playing a video game starring your favorite superhero meant the following: you'd take control of him or her and battle your way through a rotating cast of enemies until reaching a boss—and then do the exact same thing in the next level. The thing is, as basic and repetitive as that sounds, it actually made for some incredibly fun games. Anyone old enough to understand the previous sentences (and reminisce on them!) probably remembers titles like the X-Men and Punisher arcade games, Spider-Man's several Sega Genesis/Super Nintendo hits, and plenty of others (some of which can be found on this Games Radar list).
Punisher and Nick Fury in Modern Video Games

Punisher and Nick Fury in Modern Video Games

A big issue began to arise as games transitioned to the world of 3D, though, with dud after dud hitting the Nintendo 64, Sony PlayStation, and every console after that. Perhaps you remember the horror that is Superman 64? If not, then surely you (as a comic book fan) have at least heard of such terrible titles as the 2008 Iron Man game based on the film of the same name. If not, well, then you should know the following that it was ripped apart having problems in every area a game shouldn't have problems: graphics, controls, and overall gameplay, earning it a laughable 3.8/10 on IGN. They noted that players should have enjoyed their time flying around as Iron Man but, instead, they were left frustrated by boring, lifeless stages that asked you to perform the same tasks over and over. It stands to reason, then, that game developers need to look elsewhere for inspiration. I mean, if they're running into so many of the same issues—the biggest ones being gameplay and controls—they simply have to try something different. In doing so, they should do some proper research, during which they will no doubt stumble upon the number of Marvel-themed titles hosted on Betfair bingo. On this site, gamers can dive into the worlds of Iron Man, X-Men, and more Marvel superheroes alongside more traditional casino options. These titles are essentially slot machines, but they're also vividly animated, sharply presented affairs. More importantly, they don't try to be anything they're not, meaning they keep it simple and straightforward in the gameplay area. And it's exactly that sentiment that needs to be brought back to superheroes in the gaming world. The old adage of K.I.S.S.—keep it simple stupid—rings true across almost all of the aforementioned console games, with Batman truly being the only exception. It's time that developers stop trying to create over-the-top experiences while sacrificing what makes the Arkham series so captivating: at its heart, it's a stealth-leaning beat-'em-up and, really, is that such an impossible concept? And why can we fly, err, glide so easily as Batman, but actually flying as, say, Iron Man or Superman is absolutely impossible to replicate? It just feels a bit ridiculous, but hopefully those gaming wrongs of the past can be fixed. After all, the movies have been pretty great overall, so why wouldn't developers want to try to get it right? At least we have the Arkham games, Injustice: Gods Among Us (play this if you haven't yet!), and a few others to enjoy in the meantime.   [link_page id="527" template="card-full"]

About the Author

Roger Lee
Roger Lee is a life-long comic book and sci-fi aficionado. As such, he fell into the habit of writing about the superheroes and sci-fi scenarios that he reads in the comics and books and sees on screen. Since writings on superheroes need to be shared, he has written for web audiences for years. His writings have appeared on www.comicshistoryguy.com, www.comicbookmovie.com, www.bamsmackpow.com, and now in superheroreviews.com.

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