A couple weeks ago, I joined friend of the show Will “DJ Lunchbox” Rutherford on an episode of Panel Riot discussing the good and the bad (and there were some bad ones) about the estranged marriage between video games and comic books. I listed my five favorite and not-so-favorite video games that were based solely on the comics and was asked why companies don’t try to make current gen video games about comic books when movies are doing a damn good job at making movies about video games.
Movies have one set of audiences, video games has another set of audiences and I think that movie and video game audiences aren’t always the same fans and the same audiences (although you would think that there are some correlation) and I believe that correlation was soured in the days of Superman 64 and, well, continue on for this day.
However, there’s new video that came out this past week about an Avengers video game, not based on the Age of Ultron or any of the other movies, but of the comics. A story based off something from the comics that is not a Telltale Game is quite unusual and outstanding.
It was released by people from the, now defunct, THQ office and taking a look at this game it’s apparent that they were trying their ass off to make this game a good one.
The game was to be released in 2012 coinciding with the release of the first Avengers’ movie. However, as DYK? Gaming says the game was not going to tie in to the movie and be a standalone version of itself. In fact, as the video continued you can see that there are different villains and even other Avengers that you can play.
In all honesty, Avengers looked like a pretty damn good game and a little bit of a sidenote here, THQ’s problem in the later years was not open-world-y video games. You look at what they did with the Saints Row series, turning it from a horrible GTA clone to a parody of a horrible GTA clone in order to make it good. Graphics were smooth and the gameplay was fine. This seems like the Avengers were going with the same style.
They took the 3rd-person video game (as it was already part of mostly every superhero game and looked very cookie-cutterish) and it turned it into a 1st-person action game putting a new spin on the genre which looked pretty darn good.
The story was based around the evil shape-shifters the Skrulls and loosely follows the storyline of the Secret Invasion comics (which you can get more information in the video itself).
It sucks this was one of the video games that got cut because, honestly, this looked like it was going to be one of THQ’s few good video games (until their collapse a year later).
What would THQ be remembered for if this game came out? Would they still be out of business? Why was this one of the first ones they threw on the cutting room floor? We’ll never know. I just hope that, even though 3-4 years late, this game finds its way to consoles because, unlike most video games, this game does not have a movie timetable.