If DC ever hopes to match the quality of Marvel’s current gaming lineup, these four titles would definitely do the job.
The two biggest entities in comic books are still Marvel and DC. Thanks to their storied history, both companies’ universe saving saviors and vicious villains have entered the mainstream consciousness.
Both comic book houses have displayed their strengths in other forms of media to varying degrees of success. Marvel has the edge when it comes to big screen adaptions, but DC has shown they can produce equally as great films from time to time. On the TV front, DC takes the nod when it comes to episodic shows based on their most popular and lesser-known heroes. And on the subject of animated movies, DC also gets a checkmark in that category. When the topic of video games comes to mind, both companies are equal in their output of quality interactive experiences.
In the past few years, Marvel has made a more concerted effort in making sure their video games are far more desirable than those of the competition. PS4’s Spider-Man, Nintendo Switch’s Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order and the upcoming multiplatform Marvel’s Avengers points to that game plan coming to fruition in a major way. As for DC, the last time we got to take their heroes for a spin was in 2018’s Lego DC Super-Villains. While that game certainly had its moments, it paled in comparison to the herculean efforts produced by the teams behind Marvel’s latest gaming ventures.
Rumors are spreading fast about a new Batman game based on “The Court of Owls” storyline being developed by WB Games Montreal. We’re hoping such a thing is a reality in the near future. But there definitely needs to be more AAA gaming experiences based on DC properties that capture everyone’s imagination. If DC ever hopes to match the quality of Marvel’s current gaming lineup, these four titles would definitely do the job.
When it comes to video games, “The Man of Steel” doesn’t have a great solo effort to hang his hat on. The less said about Superman 64, the better. There’s gotta be a development studio out there that’s capable of bringing a fully realized rendition of Metropolis and The Fortress of Solitude to life in video game form. A big-budget, open-world Superman video game is long overdue. With the next-generation of consoles on the horizon, the chances of that happening are higher than ever. This game would need a few things to really make it the ultimate Superman experience: an original storyline, a long list of Superman’s signature foes to battle against, excellent flight mechanics and a combat system that puts all of Superman’s powers to good use.
Thor, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel and a host of other unannounced heroes are coming together in a game we never thought we’d see. It’s clear that a lot of effort has been put into making sure “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” are well represented and fun to play. DC has got to be thinking that their iconic superhero team has the potential to star in a game that’s as big (or bigger!) than Marvel’s Avengers. Applying the formula of that game to this classic superhero lineup would be right up our alley: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. Just give us a game that lets us choose between each Justice League member, play alongside our friends, and beat up on Darkseid & his goons over & over again!
DC films. There needs to be a concerted effort from Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment to create a game worthy of “Task Force X.” A top-down action RPG jam-packed with past and present members of the Suicide Squad sounds just about right. Imagine this-four players would be tasked with tackling missions locally or online with their favorite DC baddies. Having Deadshot, Katana, El Diablo, Bronze Tiger and a wealth of other DC criminals at our disposal in this fantasy game is a recipe for success.
Warner Bros. and DC haven’t given up on their anti-hero super squad just yet. Even with the critical failure of the first film, production is beginning on James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad film. Plus the first movie’s version of Harley Quinn was a bright spot that’s still being utilized in future How hasn’t this become an actual thing yet? A violent and oh-so-gory shoot ‘em up/slash ‘em up starring Deathstroke would literally print money! His guest-starring role as a boss in Batman: Arkham Origins is clear proof that DC’s greatest assassin is tailor-made for the world of gaming. The addition of co-op partners for Deathstroke would be easy to solve if he ever got the solo video game treatment he deserves. Just throw in Grant and Rose Wilson since they’re his offspring, for God’s sake! Lopping off heads, shooting down random thugs, breaking plenty of bones and pulling off silent kills with Deathstroke in the lead role sounds like a great time. Fingers crossed that DC gives him a game befitting of his legacy someday.