With Batman: Arkham City still reigning as one of the best releases of this year among an onslaught of quality titles, the time has never been better to think of what superhero possibilities the release has led to. Superheroes are all the rage in Hollywood, but few games treading the same path have managed to reach more than moderate success. There’s no question that most of the credit for Arkham City‘s superior story and near-perfect gameplay (check out our Batman: Arkham City review for details) belongs to the development team at Rocksteady Studios.
While a few competent developers have brought interesting ideas to Superman, X-Men and several other movie tie-in games that we’d rather forget, nobody can touch Rocksteady at the moment. And while Warner Bros. is no doubt in a hurry to get the developer all to themselves, that doesn’t mean that other super-franchises wouldn’t be a perfect match for the studio. Rocksteady hasn’t turned their backs on the Arkham series just yet, stating their commitment to the franchise as long as there are good stories to tell.
We’ve put together our list of superheroes that deserve their own game built by Rocksteady, so join us in crossing our fingers that at least one of these possibilities comes to fruition.
#5) The Avengers
If there is one super team that is in desperate need of the high quality storytelling and mechanics Rocskteady can deliver, it’s The Avengers. The individual members may each have rich fanbases within the comic book world, but games have proven to be the single greatest threat to nearly all of them. A truly great Iron Man game is still just a dream, Captain American: Super Soldier left alot to be desired, and Thor: God of Thunder was downright abysmal. All things considered then, it probably wasn’t a bad idea to scrap the plans for The Avengers game.
But Marvel isn’t the kind of company to leave profits on the table, and there’s no denying the fact that an Avengers movie tie-in game needs to happen. But what kind of development studio could tell a story from the point of view of more than one famous and beloved character, but do justice to each? In all honesty, we probably would have had doubts about Rocksteady’s ability to tell more than just a singlular dramatic story after Arkham Asylum. But with Arkham City, Catwoman was given an entirely separate campaign within the main game, and the addition was more than an afterthought.
With brand new combat, weapons, traversal methods and even unique characters to face, Rocksteady brought nearly as much time and resources to Catwoman as the titular hero, and that speaks volumes. Then along came a playable Robin and a martial arts-favoring Nightwing as well, showing that Rocksteady’s mastery of melee combat could be customized to fit any number of legendary superheroes. With that said, we can’t think of another developer who we could trust more with Thor’s hammer-wielding, Cap’s shield-throwing and gymnastic combat, or even Iron Man’s pulse cannons and flight.
Whether it would be a case of telling a chapter through the eyes of each character at a time, or possibly even a multiplayer or co-op game allowing different heroes to join forces, we’re in. Telling a single story through those means would be just as tricky as successfully managing four or five different fighting styles in one game, but it’s hard to say that Rocksteady hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt.
If the looks at The Avengers film we’ve seen are any indication, there’s plenty of chances to explore the infighting and clashing of egos that are inherent in any collection of superheroes. The characters may not come to an all-out brawl, but the opportunity for great writing and cut-scenes is certainly there.
The blessing and the curse here is that Rocksteady would need to give plenty of their time to do the franchise justice, and while that’s something Marvel fans would love to hear, it also means a movie tie-in game is an impossibility. That doesn’t stop us from dreaming, though. And remember, there are sure to be plenty of sequels.