Whether you’re a Marvel or DC fan, one thing is for sure – we’re in the golden-age of superheroes. There’s never been more comic-books, movies, animated series, and fandom around those spandex-wearing idols of ours, and to make it even better, there’s a few super-powered superhero games on the horizon. We take a look at 5 we can’t wait to get our hands on:
Batman Arkham VR
Release date: October 2016 (PS4)
There’s just something about the Dark Knight that taps into what we all truly want – to be a vigilante prowling the night with cool gadgets and nothing to lose… oh yeah – and billions of dollars. While most of us will never achieve that, the closest we can get is Batman Arkham VR, the next game from Rockteady Studios, who delivered us the brilliant Batman Arkham series. The upcoming augmented reality game you allow you to put on the iconic cow and descend into the Batcave, equip Batman’s gear, and then experience Gotham City and Wayne Manor from Batman’s eyes.
Release date: TBA (PS4)
We’ve had a few Spidey games in recent years, but they’ve always been tied-in to film releases; and we’re craving an adventure that really explores Spider-Man’s villain roster and one that takes the story to new places. Thankfully, a new title is being developed by Insomniac Games, the great team behind Rachet and Clank and Sunset Overdrive, who’ve proved time and again they can make fast-paced action games with interesting movement mechanics, making them a perfect match for web-slinging Spidey. The first trailer for the game looks great, and we’re just hoping the final product sticks its landing.
Release date: 2017 (PS4, Xbox One)
NeatherRealm Studios’ superhero fighting game, Injustice, was a smash hit with fans of the genre and DC enthusiasts, and a sequel is on the way. Injustice 2 not only picks up the incredibly-interesting alternate timeline story-arc, but it also ups the roster of fighters, throws in new costumes and upgradable gear (which can help players boost their fighters ala RPG-style), and it also delivers some gorgeous visuals to boot.
South Park: Fractured But Whole
Release date: 6 December 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
South Park: The Fractured But Whole, the follow-up to The Stick of Truth (which comes free with the purchase of the new game), will take players on an all-new outrageous superhero-themed adventure through Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s bizarre animated world, allowing you to create your own costume, craft your own origin story, and build your own unique superpowers as you progress. There’s no doubt this tongue-in-cheek RPG will be ridiculously hilarious.
Marvel & Telltale Games’ project
Release date: 2017 (Platforms TBA)
Telltale Games’ clever story-telling adventures and Marvel’s fantastic brand are a match made in heaven, so it’s no wonder they’ve teamed up for a new game arriving in 2017. We don’t even know if this will be a pre-existing hero story featuring Spider-Man or The Avengers, or if this is going to be a totally original story with a new hero. Looking at Telltale’s Tales From the Borderlands and Game of Thrones, the game developer clearly knows how to take a pre-existing universe and create an original story around it. Perhaps this Marvel game will be similar, starring a new hero who will interact with the likes of Thor and Iron Man. As far as what the actual gameplay will be like, it’s likely it will be an adventure game heavy with dialogue and player choices.
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