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20 heroes who deserve better games

Above: Here are some of them

Sometimes it’s that the characters in question are brilliantly written, or that they won us over with earlier, better games. Other times, it’s just that a license we like was done a grave injustice by a cheap tie-in game. Whatever the reasons, the following heroes are way too good for the games that confine them, and could do a lot better if given the chance.

After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.