Comics are a constant source of inspiration in both the worlds of movies and video games, but despite this there are an incredible amount of games out there taking nothing but the title from this medium. In this list I have compiled what I believe are five games that deserve the transition from pen to pixel, however, it is all a matter of opinion so if you have any comments, criticisms or additions to the list feel free to make yourself heard.
Batman: No Man’s Land
Cataclysm has wracked Gotham City, Arkham has been busted open, and the city has been evacucated and abandoned by the U.S. government.
If you’ve ever played Saint’s Row 2, picture the Stilwater map in your head, but instead of seeing Ronin, Saints, Brotherhood or Samedi you see sections run by the Gotham City police department, keeping law in a lawless city whilst keeping order among themselves.
Other sections include Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Two Face, and a dozen other denizens of Gotham. But the only face missing from this pretty picture is the face of the player: the face of Batman.
30 Days of Night
Robots. Nazis. Ninjas. The undead. You can never kill enough of these, until the ultimate game comes out in which you kill a time-travelling robot-ninja-nazi-monkey-zombie we are going to have to settle for one type at a time. 30 Days of Night takes place in the very north of Alaska, in a town so far North that the sun doesn’t rise for over two months. Because of this phenomenon vampires have flocked to this town, you would play the Sheriff from the book who tries to save the town.
I am not just talking about adopting this title thematically, I also mean the art style too. Video game graphics are not all about becoming more and more real, some of the most satisfying are the ones chosen for an artistic style. A game world filled with the artistic talent of Ben Templesmith is a game I’d want to play regardless of plot, so what harm can a good plot add to the mix?
Deemed to be enough of a threat that he was sent to another planet, a planet in which he could roam free, as free as the wind blows, as free as the grass grows as free….erm, sorry, got lost a bit there. Anyway, much like my plan to write coherently, the plan to send Hulk away went slightly awry. Sent instead to a hostile planet, Hulk became weakened and forced into gladiatorial combat, this graphic novel presents his odyssey across this planet including a fight with The Silver Surfer and a revolution that heralds him as a figure of ancient legend.
There are so many reasons why this would be a ridiculously enjoyable game to play, and if you haven’t read the graphic novel to understand why, I urge you to beg borrow or steal a copy and then come back and agree with me, oh, and Gamer Limit probably doesn’t endorse stealing, so just stick to begging or borrowing.
I caught on late to the fantastic Bill Willingham series, but am still in awe of the work. Oddly enough it was the same week I started reading Y: The Last Man, that was a good week. Fables tells the story of a world in which fairy tales and folk lore are real, and they live among us, some in secrecy and others hiding in plain sight, all of which governed by Snow White and Old King Cole.
This is a world filled with rich and diverse characters, all familiar yet unfamiliar re-imaginings of various public domain figures. I often find myself bored of the redundant stock characters in RPGs that fill the towns so that one line of dialogue you need to hear can be spoken, in a world filled with the cast of Fables every character would have their own story, literally.
Playing the part of a group of rag-tag marvel heroes (and sometimes villains) you have become dislodged in time, forced out of your own time stream and the only way to rectify this is to venture into parallel timelines correcting erroneus events.
These events rarely follow the canon of the regular Marvel universe, as you find yourself placed into a world in which Tony Stark has become corrupt and rules the Earth, or a world in which the Skrull invasion was succesful, or dozens of other original scenarios. The possibility for content is almost endless, as is the range of characters in which you could play.
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