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The Top 7… Comic book games that need to be made

2. The entire Marvel Universe (done like League of Legends)

While DC Comics arguably has bigger heavy hitters with the likes of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, Marvel has a larger stable of well-known heroes and villains. There are hundreds of popular characters to draw from, each with their own rich backstories and motives. Rounding them all up into one giant game might seem impossible – even Marvel Ultimate Alliance had to cut it off at around two dozen – but it actually wouldn't be that difficult at all. Not if Marvel teams up with a developer like Riot to make a League of Legends/DotA-like Marvel game.

The multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre has never been bigger, and latching onto a license like Marvel would be greatly beneficial for both Marvel and Riot, especially since the gameplay could be literally identical to League of Legends. And it wouldn't be that difficult to do, either. Riot has been adding new champions to LoL every few weeks, climbing quickly towards the 100 mark after less than two years, proving that it's able to quickly pump out new, balanced characters on a regular basis. The basic level itself could be a reskin/model of Summoner's Rift – just replace the trees with buildings and say that it's New York, switch out the general minions with generic-looking henchmen and soldiers, and suddenly it's set in the Marvel universe!

Above: Like you wouldn't spend a few bucks to unlock a Red Hulk skin

Even the free-to-play model could be ripped off wholesale from League of Legends. Riot charges for costumes, and nearly every character in Marvel continuity had a warehouse full of alternate duds. It’s a match made in heaven, and one that could prove hugely successful for Marvel.

1. Mouse Guard (done like Dragon Age with a splash of Shadow of the Colossus)

Though it’s a relatively new comic series, Mouse Guard has seen an absurd rise to popularity since its 2006 debut. The series is set in a medieval world of sentient mice, where a brotherhood of mice known as the “Mouse Guard” is sworn to protect and serve their fellow civilian mice in times of need. Since they’re mice, the “times of need” usually include protecting their allies from hawks, crabs, snakes, and other natural predators, but there are other rival, sentient factions as well that the Mouse Guard has to cross adorable blades with.

The setting and focus on group battles would make it perfect for a tactical RPG like Dragon Age. Players could create their own custom mouse guardian, join the Mouse Guard and travel around the land, visiting different mouse towns to take on new mouse quests for their mouse brethren. Besides working on a main quest, which could dig into anything covered in the comics (or find its own home with a new, original villain), it could also have a number of meta-games within the campaign. If players were in charge of the Mouse Guard, they could send other mice on missions (tapping into Assassin’s Creed's Brotherhood system), or it could have some sort of element involving keeping paths safe for other mice (a major focus of the comics) by completing side-quests.

Above: They're so freaking cute we can't handle it

Topping off this cocktail of awesome would be boss battles that played out like Shadow of the Colossus'. Climbing an owl as a tiny mouse and plunging a blade into its dumb owl head while epic music plays would be one of the most entertaining experiences we can fathom.

-1. Don't do Bizzaro game! (not done like WarioWare)

Below: Bizarro weakest hero there is

Us would hate a Bizzaro game! Don't think about it: all of the unfun Bizzaro versions of the game wouldn't make a fun minigame compilation at all! It would be boring and none of us would buy it, and it wouldn't make a good game for the 3DS or WiiU.

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73 comments

  • RagnaBloodedge - December 7, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    Sin City. Nuff' said.
  • TedDidlio - December 3, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    Good top 7, BUT, I feel there was a big omission made; Garth Ennis' Punisher MAX run. I know they made a decent-at-best Punisher game that Ennis wrote in 2005, but if they based a game off of his 60 issue MAX run, they could make an absolutely amazing game. It could be maybe Gears of War style, but with emphasis on setting huge, gnarly traps or catching big groups of gangsters off guard or something. It could be SO good and gory and adult and fun.
  • IAmARobotWhoTurnsIntoATruckAnd - December 3, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    Oh god, the american comic book nostalgia. Someone please kill me now
  • SerpentineZERO - December 3, 2011 3:28 a.m.

    Great list! I've never heard of Blacksad or Mouse Guard, but they both look very interesting. Also, i really hope that the Suicide Squad game gets created and released.
  • Thequestion 121 - December 2, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    One of the best Top 7 articles I've read in a while! Good job Hollander Cooper!
  • 04whim - December 2, 2011 6:57 p.m.

    "The entire Marvel Universe" YES! "(done like League of Legends)" No, bad Gamesradar... Surely a DCUO thing?
  • Craza - December 1, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    Never heard of Blacksad before, but it looks really awesome. I'll have to check it out.
  • Fred1712 - December 1, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    I'm reading Blacksad because of this article and it is FLAWLESSLY amazing.
  • beezn - November 30, 2011 2:33 a.m.

    you snagged me with Chew, I love you for Darkwing and Blacksad is now on my hold list at the library. Thanks!
  • beezn - November 30, 2011 2:31 a.m.

    die in a fire...
  • YuGiOhisbetterthanMagic - November 29, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    I love Chew!
  • Stahlbrand - November 29, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    I am FULLY ON BOARD for the Blacksad and Mouse Guard pitches. I might like to see Mouse Guard handled like a character action game though, with action-game combat (rather than rpg) and mouse-scale traversal.
  • PhantumFish - November 29, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    Dr. McNinja would be the best game ever.
  • WTeen8 - November 29, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    The darkwing duck and marvel league of legends games sound like they'd be awesome. Also was the last one sarcastic? (The bizarro one) I can't tell
  • Sjoeki - November 29, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    Oh a good Marvel game would be awesome, Rocksteady should get the rights to make a X-men game! So much good memories there, or the Avengers, they rocked!
  • SonicX_89 - November 29, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    Blacksad seems like a pretty cool comic; Chew does as well.
  • comaqi - November 29, 2011 8:13 a.m.

    Dark Wing Duck eh? I wonder who suggested that.....
  • 8bitBaby - November 29, 2011 7:55 a.m.

    hm... why these comics specifically? there are waaaaay too many comics in print and online and globally to try and pull off a top 7 like this. i'm not trying to give you crap dude. i just don't think a lot of these would translate well into good gameplay in the end. a lot of comics just don't translate beyond the stagnant format period. maybe i'm wrong. i don't know...

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