Where is Our Superman Game?
With a few months away from the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, the anticipation for long-time fans can only continue to build up and the ache of wanting to spend our time with anything Superman-related while waiting, one can’t help but wonder; why isn’t there a good Superman videogame out?
I mean, come on! We’re in 2013 and not one decent game is out with our favorite spandex protagonist as the main plot-point. And I’m not talking about that horrible Justice League Heroes or again that even worse Superman Returns (the game that is) cause that doesn’t count. All similar titles had horrible stories by either basing themselves off movies—and you know those are the worse—or just having the least playability due to horrible scripts and poor character impersonation.
One that easily (but sadly too) stands out is Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes. Not even half-way through the game, you find yourself with the most pleasant surprise of having Supes to your rescue and then having him as a playable character throughout most of the story and the free play (of course).
No to give any major spoilers here, but later in the story, Superman gets too close to kryptonite and so his powers are weakened. That means he’s not able to fly but he keeps his heat-vision, freeze breath and super strength. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but just by doing that, it changes the formula, making the game more interesting and more open, just by weakening him and putting him right next to Batman. Otherwise, there’s almost no challenge—since Lego games are already kind of easy—and prevents players to be able to do everything so easily.
I find it sad that TT Games, developers of all Lego games on videogame consoles, are the only ones who knew how to make a game that featured a perfectly balanced portrayed of the Man of Steel without making it a boring and redundant experience due to his invincibility, his endless power source. And all that being in Lego form. Come on!
Rocksteady Stodios finally figured out the perfect recipe for the indubitably best Batman videogame made back in 2009 with Batman:Arkham Asylum, followed by Batman: Arkham City in late 2011.
How long is it going to take for us to finally have a more-than-decent Superman game to play? All it takes is a good story, a good premise and decent graphics, all that, done by someone who actually knows and understand what Superman is all about.