I still recall my initial reaction when Batman: Arkham Asylum was announced for the PS3 and Xbox 360 back and then arrived in 2009 (we also got Red Dead Redemption that year, what a year!!). I was extremely disappointed to discover that we weren't going to be able to navigate all of Gotham City with my cape opened wide. Oh, how naive I was.
Batman: Arkham Asylum was one of the best game's of the year. It proved that not only could a studio come out of nowhere and make a great game, but could take one of the most beloved superhero characters and reinvent the superhero game genre at the same time. It blew my mind, and to think that Arkham City was on the way!
Now we lie in wait for the release date of Batman: Arkham Knight on June 2nd for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. This title marks the end of Rocksteady's trilogy and their departure from Batman. They will hopefully leave in their wake a series that just got better and better. It was the most pre-ordered game in January on Amazon, so that's saying a lot!
The gameplay looks awesome, the story is intriguing and the batmobile is finally under our control. There's a lot to look forward to. But I had the thought...if Rocksteady could do this for Batman, what superhero would you love to see Rocksteady give the Arkham treatment? They are surely not going to pick up another superhero title, but I'm interested to see who gamers are dying to play as in a good game!
Rocksteady Beyond Batman: Arkham Knight
Okay, let's take a look at some superheroes that we'd love to see get a great game. Now, I think almost all of these have had entrances into the gaming world, but none of them have really succeeded, not to the extent that Batman has! So let's see and be sure to let us know in the comments if there's someone else you'd like to play as that isn't mentioned here!
Ah yes, does anyone recall the old X2: Wolverine's Revenge game that came out a while back? I played it on the PS2 in 2003 and man did I love it. Looking back on it though...it ain't that great at all. But I really had some moments where I felt I was in control of those claws and I think a more brutal version of an Arkham game would really suit this character!
Iron Man was one of the first superhero films I recall enjoying in the cinema. It was insanely exciting and I went back to the cinema once more with my friends and sang the hell out of that riff at the credits. To be able to get that excited playing as Tony Stark in a game made by Rocksteady would just blow the mind! I love flying around in games, so I would be happy with that alone. But Rocksteady would surely bring in some innovations so that it didn't simply fall into the trap of every other film knockoff in the video game world.
This doesn't need selling really. All you have to do here is take a look at this fantastic clip of this chap playing the Hulk mod in GTA IV on PC. It is sheer genius and the power of his punches are just too funny.
Playing as Thor would be pretty cool it must be said. You can't get much better than a god really. But is he too OP'd? I mean, I'm not going to put Superman on this list because the idea that he could be defeated by a random thug is laughable. The man is too strong! But Thor does have his weaknesses, and I'd love to bash people around with a giant hammer...
I want it. I need it. I seriously, seriously, seeeeeeriously need someone out there to develop the perfect Spider-Man game. One that gives us all a great story to follow (not his god damn origin one!!) and makes me feel like zipping through the city is totally under my control. The Arkham games have brought us as close as possible to what it would feel like to be Batman. If that was replicated for webhead. Life would equal complete.
So, that's my list anyway. Not exactly picking more unheard of characters, but that's where you guys come in!! If I had to pick one, it would undoubtedly be Spider-Man. I'd love to see Rocksteady give him the Arkham treatment. But who would you pick?
Let's all hope that Batman: Arkham Knight wraps up with a serious bang on its release date! We're all a bit jaded after last years releases and we need something to really get us excited again!! Dying Light isn't a bad start to the year though...I'm actually having fun! Let us know what you think of the upcoming Arkham game and 2015 in general and if you're enjoying a good game at the moment!