A lot of talk has come up lately due to Marvel’s Avengers game getting Spider-Man exclusively on PlayStation. People talk about deals being made and fans being alienated, but overall, it just comes down to business. It’s common in the games industry, and it’s definitely not the first time. Nintendo got Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, and Sony continues to get Spider-Man content after their initial game. It seems that Xbox fans are getting the short end of the stick here, though that does raise a question. If we were to get a Marvel exclusive on Xbox, what would it be? What would fans want?
Of course, the decision doesn’t always have to line up with the console itself. If people think Xbox, a lot will often think of the green color, which might suggest a Hulk game. While that has potential to be awesome, the best way to look at this would be to look at the developers that Microsoft has in their Xbox Game Studios. What would be something that these talented development studios can contribute to the Marvel universe? We have a few suggestions here that could lead to some pretty epic results.
Marvel’s The Punisher by The Coalition
This one just makes a lot of sense. If you’re going to consider a third-person shooter from an Xbox Game Studio, it should be the developers of the Gears of War franchise. Thinking of the Marvel universe, the best fitting character for this would be the Punisher. Honestly, the potential for this would be incredibly high. Not only could I picture Frank Castle in the Gears of War style, but there’s so much you can do with this concept. Of course, cover based shooting would play a big part in this, but they have to change up the formula so it’s not just a Gears skin. Bullet time would likely be necessary to give the sense of Frank’s markmanship. We may even need to see some close quarters combat involved, and maybe even a chainsaw if it comes down to it.
The Punisher is obviously not a family friendly character, so he’s really a perfect fit for The Coalition. If Marvel were to hand them the character, we could expect a bloodbath to follow closely behind. It might be cool to see how they can build it into a franchise too. Like Marvel’s Spider-Man, “Marvel’s Punisher” could be a new way to build on a universe of heroes and villains. Honestly, if Xbox were to gain access to a Marvel property, this would easily be our top pick.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy by Ninja Theory
This one is a bit more unorthodox, but the Guardians of the Galaxy are an unorthodox team. Ninja Theory has worked with misfits before in Bleeding Edge, so this would be a perfect property for them. This is especially true since Ninja Theory has a lot of experience with different gameplay types. The Guardians are full of various members, and while some might want the team featured in the movie, maybe it’s best that this potential game go further back in the history? While we love Star-Lord, Rocket, Drax, Groot and Gamora, there are many more members to consider. Even members from other teams like Nova, the Thing, or Agent Venom would be cool to utilize.
With the various gameplay types, we could have an action game where players can hack and slash like DmC: Devil May Cry. Switch it up to a third-person shooter with other characters that focus on gunplay. Finally, you can do melee brawling with characters that don’t need weapons. Add a story with lots of humor and style, and Ninja Theory can definitely handle this. If we give them the control to build whatever Guardians team they want, I would love to see it. They may even be able to implement a multiplayer aspect for it. Whether this would be a co-op or competitive multiplayer, that would be the question.
Marvel’s Howard the Duck by Double Fine
Speaking of unorthodox, hear me out. Tim Schafer making a new point-and-click adventure game. Now imagine that point-and-click adventure game starring Howard the Duck. The character is well known for his satirical stories and out of place appearances. Really though, he would be the perfect character to hand to Double Fine Productions. We know the team knows how to do comedy, and they could really do a lot with this character. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a point and click style game. It could simply be an adventure game like a Telltale Games title, giving players direct control as an option.
Howard isn’t known for any real superpowers, mainly just limited action using Quack-fu. Of course, this would likely not be nearly as exciting as Spider-Man or Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. This is really just giving a property to a team that would use it properly. It would take a certain appreciation for the concept, but fans of games like Grim Fandango and The Secret of Monkey Island would surely get a kick out of this. While it wouldn’t be the first title that comes to mind for a Marvel game on Xbox, it’s still a good fit. Sadly, being a good fit doesn’t make for an easily marketable game. If they would take a risk on it, then I would only wish them the best of success.
While we could probably continue suggesting games, we simply considered the studios and the storytelling potential. While it might be cool to have a first-person Marvel title from 343 Industries, would it really be necessary for a story? Based on our suggestions, I would definitely purchase these titles. What about you? Are there Marvel games you’d love to see made exclusively for the Xbox? Let us know in the comments below!
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