Video games + Super Heroes = nerd dream. Right? RIGHT?
Well not always. When a super hero game is good, its great. Fans are happy as they get two favored kinds of escapism plus the added benefit of vicarious control. In the best of situations, the games translate all the fantasies of the fan into an experience that allows them to be their favorite hero.
But, as much as we hate to admit it, not all video games are good. In fact, most aren’t if you were to count. The same is true for super heroic games. And not only are bad super hero games disappointing, they are also horrible on a scale that regular bad games can’t approach.
Why? Well, the answer to that is simple. Comics are awesome. Video Games are awesome. Besides the high expectation of their union being Awesome-squared, there is an expectation of certain story elements and powers as shown in the comics. Often times when comic games suck, they also fail to hit any kind of reasonable story element.
Here’s a few classic examples in our first installment of Games That Totally Ruined Super Heroes:
Silver Surfer (admittedly, the music is awesome).
Superman (why is everyone so small? And why is Superman so un-Super?)
X-Men (I mean, could something about this have been good?)
Captain Planet and the Planeteers (there are no words…)