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Superheroes make great protagonists for video games. Developers are always looking for ways to empower the player and what better (and perhaps more obvious) way than to put them in the boots of a costumed avenger? While heroes like Batman have finally received titles worthy of their hero status, there are some heroes out there who have yet to receive true justice.
Jessica’s ability to punch through walls is really only half the story. What sets her apart from so many other heroes is her keen abilities as a detective. Could you imagine an L.A. Noir style game set in the Marvel Universe?
The assumption here is that you’d have to do an exact play through of the movie, but that just isn’t the case. Ant-Man could lend itself to a great platformer title, complete with shrinking abilities and ant control. Bosses could be everything from a giant (regular-sized) squirrel to the Vision. Fast travel could be done on the head of one of Hawkeye’s arrows.
Arkham series of Batman games have shown us the glory of a fully open roaming, gritty, superhero game. Green Arrow is a character who could lend themselves even more to an Assassin’s Creed style of gameplay.
The Flash is more than just a guy who runs fast. Since he has the ability to travel through time and alternate dimensions, there’s lots developers could do with gameplay ala The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask or even Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
The obvious thing might be to just do a third person linear shooter like Max Payne. More interesting would be first person shooter in an open world system, like Far Cry or Crysis, complete with skill trees and upgradable weapons.
Hawkeye and Black Widow
Imagine something far more subtle and measured with these two. Something like Resident Evil 5, with simple combat mechanics, co-op gameplay and an intriguing story.
There have been a few Superman games in the past, but all of them, absolutely terrible. Some would argue that there is fun to be had in playing in all powerful character, but we put godlike protagonists in games all the time, and still find news ways to challenge players. Part of what makes Superman interesting are the tough decisions he has to make. Mass Effect style decision tree anyone?