Video games, sadly, are way behind the curve. And even though there have been some stellar comic-inspired games such as Batman: Arkham Asylum and Infamous, they still fail to capture the key elements that give superheroes value.
Just lol This feels like a response to dc online, case I can tell you 2 great superhero games that rocks and "did it right", LOL
Well, ill read the article before I give my opinion on it. You know...like normal people should do. EDIT: Yeah, you two should actually read the article instead of going ape over the title. They are making a comparison between the feeling you get when you read a superhero comic book and playing a superhero game. What there basically saying is that superhero videogames lack the substance of a comic book. In a superhero comic book, Spiderman for example, your introduced to EVERY aspect of Peter Parker's life(girlfriend, relatives, friends, job, drama of being in highschool etc.) These important elements are NEVER present in superhero videogames, which is the problem that IGN has with superhero videogames. In superhero video games, all you essentially do is take part in ONE main story arc and fight bad guy after bad guy until you get to the end. In a GOOD superhero adventure, your given the hero's origins and human attributes such as the real life struggles of being a superhero. THIS is whats missing in superhero games and THATS why IGN has says that they fail. If you take the time to think about it....I think you will agree. Arkham Asylum and Infamous are great superhero games...but they lack the density of you get from the comic book experience. @gamingisnotacrime- So, because ONE IGN journalist screwed up a review...ALL IGN journalist are incapable of writing a good piece? Whatever dude.
this is ign, aka IGNorant it just fails in everything Dont forget the GT5 review fiasco
I dunno...Spiderman 2 and Arkham Asylum are some stellar games.
Don't bother. As you can see below 90% of N4G's users are illiterate and paranoid. They don't read past the headlines and they think the 'medias' are out to get Sony.
It's being done by Hilary, who is one of the side-reviewers of the game. Before his DCUO review comes out. It just sounds like a precursor of what's to come, really. Oh, and he admits in his DCUO pre-review that he has never been into MMOs. Awesome! They should hire me to review FPSes, which I loathe. I'm bound to give an impartial opinion. Games journalism is borked. DCUO will get a 7-8 from them, which is an insult as it's the best MMO to launch since WoW. AND they crammed it on a console, the whole thing is remarkable really. I've played EVERY MMO since EQ and this is easily one of the best, if not the best depending on how well they support it with content. Edit: Pretty sure that neither you nor Delbert have even played the game. Even if you hate the PS3, just pick it up on PC (but play with a controller). It's incredibly good. It's also a bit "lol" that it's posted in the Xbox channel.
N4G: Why IGN Fail
Ask yourself Sunsoft's Batman failed? Konami's Batman failed? Sega's Batman failed? Sega's X-men 1 & 2 failed? Spiderman 1 & 2 on the PS1 failed? X-Men Arcade fail? Did X-Men Children of the Atom failed? X-Men vs Street Fighter failed? Marvel Superheroes failed? Marvel Superheroes vs Street Fighter failed?(my favorite) Did Marvel Vs Capcom 1 & 2 failed? inFamous failed? Batman Arkham Asylum failed? or does IGN fail?
"Did 'X' failed?"
The two "X-Men Legends" and the first Marvel Ultimate Alliance games were great fun also. And most people don't want to run around as Bruce Banner. They want high drama and to rage out as the Hulk. I really don't want to take a break from saving lives and kicking a$$ to go home and babysit my significant other. I don't know about you guys, but I got annoyed when GTA Niko's girlfriend or buddies would call to hang out. The games should be different from the comic books, IMO anyways
Microsoft marketing department in full swing, if only m$ spent this much effort into making new and unique games. IGN is a mask for the m$ marketing department and it fails.
2 reasons 1.Devs usually spend all their money on the movie ad the scrap money goes to the game so it turns out awful. 2.Comic fanboys are even bigger fanboys than gamer fans and since most professional reviews are probably comic fanboys they just rate them down if the game doesnt have the holy grail in the box.
"fail to capture the key elements that give superheroes value" lol wha? umm infamous has by far most well developped superpower and story worth of its own.
i dont get DC universe because of the monthly fee
I feel its like more a response to DCU release... The timing!!!!!
yea ign yea thats why u gave arkham asylum an 9.3 nice what a failure
it is actually very well written
...but that means nothing, to ignorant, pathetic Sony fanboys, who get whiny and defensive over every little thing. In this case, they're all upset over some perceived attack on a PS3 exclusive...even though it's also on the PC. @ RageAgainstTheMShine... Did your English teacher(s) fail? Yes...yes they did.
@spideysnuts, my god!,don't YOU ever get tired of crying "sony fanboys" in almost every freakin article?, get a life already!yes everybody gets it you hate sony.enough with the bs already,jeez grow up!why someone would hate Sony,Microsoft,and Nintendo,is beyond me,i don't want any of these comapny's to leave, the competition is needed to keep gaming from getting stale.imo,on topic i think Arkham Asylum,and infamous are awesome,so IGNorants fail
Let's see....Spiderman 2 was epic. So was Arkham Asylum and InFamous.
Read first, complain after.
"they" are scared, just imagine.., sony has long term strategy, in this 1-2 years to come, every gaming site will filled with hype from chains of PS3's exclusives, 2 years NONSTOP!!, could you imagine that??, in the other hand the 360 only has shortage kinect and multi platform and few of exclusives.., so it would be no surprise if there is a conspiracy of 360's "united nation" only to fill those website with trash articles about PS3 exclusive subtly or not subtly..
Wait, he says that it took movies a long time before they got it right, yet he goes on to chastise games for not getting there yet? Double-standards much? I think he needs to give games the opportunity to experience the same process of trial and error the film industry already went through before ragging on them.
He criticizes the current games because we already have games that can emulate how choices have a consequence (i.e. Mass Effect is the example the author uses in the article). So, why not? If Bioware has done it, why can't someone else apply the same type of system to a superhero game?
I've read some of their ongoing DCUO post-launch impressions, and that has sounded mostly positive to me, so I'm not sure there's much substance to the suggestions that this might be a negative response to DCUO. Although they do have different writers of course - and it certainly wouldn't be the first time I've disagreed with the Hilary guy writing this article.
Excuse me ign but Arkham Asylum was an amazing game and was really close to the comics just less violent still
True it captures the essence of what it means to be Batman. However, did Arkham Aslyum fully capture what it is like being Bruce Wayne and his struggle with keeping up the Batman mantra? How about seeing consequences of his actions and how it affects the people around him? That is what this article is addressing. Although videogames can capture the essence of the action and spectacle of the superhero, it cannot demonstrate the psychological and lasting effects unless you delve into a Heavy Rain type of game. But, the comics address everything, which is why, technically, there is no 'full' adaptation of a superhero comic.
Looking at another real life interactive drama: Heavy Rain. Honestly the best parts were where the action picked up. Going piss and doing homework with your kid were essential for character development, but a larger slice of the game devoted to that would have dragged things down. This is mostly a negative title, spun for hits with an obscure reference to DCUO (which Hilary is co-reviewing and he doesn't care for MMOs). Doesn't take a genius to figure that out.
Bullshit article. Plenty of good Superhero games. Freedom Force was awesome.
I actually thought the article was a decent read. The guy isn't bashing Superhero games or saying they are bad, he even says he loves Arkham Asylum and that inFAMOUS is also a very good game. His point was that when you read a comic book, you get a deeper connection and a deeper look into the duality of a hero's personality, something that has also been achieved in some superhero movies also but that games, although they may be great games don't really give you this. Games are basicaly you playing the role of the hero and that one side of their personality and don't get to face the hero's inner demons or feel the connection between his "regular joe" persona and his loved ones and between the hero persona as you would in either a comic or a movie like The Dark Knight which do it excellently. Once again, the article is not bashing any superhero game saying they are bad, he says they have great gameplay and presentation a couple of times throughout the article. It simply raises a very interesting argument/point that there is something lacking, something that doesn't go as deep into the character as comics and movies do. And there's nothing wrong with that, we've all played superhero games we've loved, Batman and inFAMOUS being the most recent two because all we as gamers want is fun awesome gameplay and a cool story, which we've been getting recently.
Another pathetic IGN editorial.Superhero games that fail have poor development behind them.Rocksteady did more than just make the best Superhero game of all time,they also showed other companies that if you take time to study and respect the mythos surrounding a Superhero then you can just about make any game work,including Superhero games.
IGN just shows how bad the site is and how it fell from its once being really good. its just a trashy site what about Batman A... that game scored great... and DCUO... on yea.. its not on their radar.. we know why
I cant remember in any game I played w/ a superhero you get the duo personality of having to live through the normal life and balance it between your superhero life its completely 1 sided. The closest thing to showing a duo character personality I guess is Assasin Creed. But also 1 can argue that if that element is brought into the game it can be boring if not done right. Would like to see a developer actually try it though, for example your doing side missions with your day job then some bad guys are causing trouble you have to run put on your costume etc etc.
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