By: Adam I’ve got a problem. It’s a doozy. I’ve been waiting to play a kick-ass Avengers game since… well, forever. Nobody seems to want to make it. Everyone wants to play it, there’s tons of money just waiting to be made for whoever takes the initiative. Yet with all the success they’ve had, the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t spawned one freaking Avengers video game. What the hell? You see I grew up in an age of gaming where every kind-of-popular movie or TV show had its own licensed video game. We had games for Jurassic Park, Gremlins 2, Xena: Warrior Princess… hell, even Aerosmith had a licensed video game. In the 80’s and early 90’s it seemed like if something was even kinda cool, it got it’s own game. So where are all my licensed games now?
Ultimately it was the quality and expedient process that steered the industry away from that practice. Development times and interest in quality were a lot different back then. Every time a new film or television franchise caught fire a developer would scoop up a license and crap out a cartridge faster than you could say “Who the f*ck wants to play a Darkman video game?!”. There was such an over saturation of licensed games (and 75% of them were trash) that the term ‘licensed game’ alone would leave a bad taste in your mouth. Right, Superman 64? So the industry corrected course and we’re kind of left at the opposite end of the spectrum. Don’t get me wrong, there certainly are licensed video games out there, I recognize that. We have a successful Batman franchise, an obnoxious series of Lego spoof games that won’t go away, and every once in a while we still get the movie tie-in turd like Spider-Man or Iron Man. But in my opinion there’s still too much being left on the table.
I feel like we could find a middle ground where a game developer sees a movie coming down the pipeline and decides that they want to have a go at making a really solid accompanying game. The Avengers movie franchise has been around for quite a while now and it just seems absolutely bizarre that nobody would want to do something with that franchise beyond Disney-frickin-Infinity.
I would also love to play The Flash, or Daredevil based on those television properties. I refuse to believe it’s impossible to make a tie-in game like that without it sucking. SOMEONE can do it, right? And quite honestly. Looking back on it now. I think Superman fighting a miniature rhinoceros was actually kind of brilliant.
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