Marvel’s Unreleased Video Game Sends More Q’s Than A’s

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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.

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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.

Rizz’s Trailer Park Reviews Ep. 3: ASSEMBLE!

Do you guys like Diablo? Do you guys like superheros? Really?! What if I told you that the creator of Diablo 1, 2 and 3 will soon release a free-to-play MMO that features your FAVORITE superhero from Marvel. What?! You don’t believe me!? Take a look at this!

Believe me now?!

The first thing that you should realize when watching that trailer is that the first three superheroes that you see are a part of that one Marvel movie masterpiece…I forget what it’s called…um…OH YEAH! THE AVENGERS! Smooth move by the developers and the creators of the trailer to know a jackpot when they see it. Also, the next Hero they show is Spiderman, who is also coming out with a new movie and a new game himself.

The other Heroes that are in this game trailer include: Colossus and Wolverine from X-Men, Deadpool, Hulk (Avengers, yet again).

Overall, the gameplay looks like any other MMO (expected since the creator of Diablo is the one who is backing this project). However, I do have to mention that for a free-to-play MMO this game looks better than other Free to Plays (see: the jaunty controls and the jumpy graphics of Family Guy Online MMO).

Also, what’s a good Marvel game without the EVIL SIDE? The villains that are featured in this game trailer are Magneto and a giant Sentinel from X-Men and…oh yeah…Doctor Victor von Doom. I want to play as Dr. Doom. Can I play as Dr. Doom!? Please? I would love to play as Dr. Doom. No?! Oh man, did I mention that Dr. Doom’s presence as the MAIN VILLAIN is quite awesome? No? Well, Dr. Doom as the main villain is awesome.

Other than the sad news that Dr. Doom is NOT a playable character (yet), there are some weird qualms I have with this trailer. First of all, they only picked a select handful of Heroes. In fact, I had to go on the website to find out a list of the Heroes (even though they don’t have a FULL roster). The rest of the names, that didn’t make the cut for the first gameplay trailer of the MMO were: Cable, Cyclops (X-Men, one of my personal favorite heroes), Emma Frost, Ms. Marvel, Thor (Oh look! Avengers) ¬†and Thing.

Why just announce Thing and not Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman and the Human Torch? I mean, you already announced the main characters in the Avengers (sorry Hawkeye) and the X-Men (Still waiting on Gambit, though, I would love to throw cards to kill people with). Why not just announce the Fantastic Four as a group?

Also wasn’t there an MMO Marvel had not too long ago? Marvel Ultimate Alliance was an MMO that featured all the memorable characters in the Marvel universe. Eh. It’s a free game and a free game that looks this good needs to be tried, at least, once.

So my questions for you: What hero/villain would you like to see in Marvel Heroes? Also, which superhero/villain would you be?

Avengers Assemble…for a video game!

According to G4, The Avengers may be coming to a console near you! Rumored to be titled “Avengers: Battle for Earth” Will the Avengers assembling for a video game break the stereotypical movie games are bad scenario? Time will tell but I hope it’s more like The Incredible Hulk game by Radical Entertainment than the Iron Man game from Sega. What do you think of the possibilieties of an Avengers Game? or movie games in general? Let us know in the comments!