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Superhero Games – Some Ideas

Recently I’ve been thinking about Batman: Arkham Asylum. Rocksteady’s stealthy facepuncher sim was last year’s dark horse game, it came from nowhere and ended up in most people’s best of lists, it really got the appeal of Batman and translated it perfectly into game form. With a sequel due out next year, I’ve been wondering, why are there so good games about superhero comics? So, following in the path of Arkham Asylum, I’ve tried to set out some ideas for how to construct interesting games that reflect the ideas behind heroes uniquely. I’ve deliberately chosen the heroes I think I…

Batman: Arkham Asylum

The prospect of a new Batman game split me in two. On one hand it could get Batman right, could know what Batmans about. On the other it could be all kinds of wrong – just another 3rd person action thing which does nothing but insert the right characters into the standard template. Arkham Asylum is clearly the former – it knows what Batmans about and it’s an utterly brilliant example of how to handle The Dark Knight. Arkham Asylum starts with The Caped Crusader dropping off The Joker into Arkham – a high security mental asylum and home of…