The Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the eyes of anyone in the army of Marvel's fans believe that it does not have any sort of competition whatsoever when it comes to the ever-popular superhero film genre, however; everyone can agree that in the video game department Marvel has crashed and burned more times than any of us would care to count. Marvel games such as Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Thor: God of Thunder, and Captain America: Super Soldier were, in my opinion, flops when it came to storytelling and gameplay, for these reasons they were commercial travesties. On the other hand DC games such as any of the Batman Arkham series, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Batman: The Telltale Series were rich in gameplay and storytelling which in turn, allowed them to become commercial hits. For these reasons, it becomes increasingly clear that even though Marvel is a juggernaut in the live action movie and live action/animated tv department, DC is beating Marvel into the ground in the video game department. Here are four reasons why Marvel needs to slow down, step back, and realize that their gaming library isn't up to par with DC's.
1. Marvel needs to learn to be faithful
Marvel has repeatedly come under fire for not being even close to faithful when it comes to translating its characters and it's storylines to video games, television, and movies. While it is understandable when it comes to the MCU and it's movie/television heroes considering the movie/television rights to characters and all the legal jargon that goes with it, however; not being faithful to a storyline in a video game is unacceptable since Marvel has rights to all it's characters when it comes to video games, which allows them to pick from a wide variety of storylines to implement in any game that Marvel has in progress, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 is a prime example of Marvel not being faithful.
While the game clumsily follows the Civil War storyline up until the level where Captain America and his underground group of fugitive superheroes are "forced" into going to a power plant because of some bulls*** trickery by Iron Man. After the cut scene you, the player, and your team (if you choose Cap's side) go through the power plant and fight Iron Man's S.H.I.E.L.D subordinates, then after a while of doing this, the villains that Iron Man has under his control by nano mind control devices turn on him because the A.I in the nanodevices have become self-aware, which in turn eventually causes both Iron Man and Captain America to reconcile to fight the A.I for the rest of the game, this unexpected and completely stupid change of events is so far gone from the original Civil War storyline it's insane and utterly idiotic.
2. DC doesn't just rely on it's juggernaut characters to carry a game.
Now in most recent years, Batman has been the poster boy for DC and it's video games, but games such as Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: The Telltale Series utilize B list heroes and villains to push the story along. This can not be said for Marvel since 3/4ths of Marvel's games are either of Spider-Man or the X-Men, by doing this Marvel alienates any gamers that aren't looking to play a game that has Spider-Man or the X-Men as it's main character[s] this also restricts the creators of the games since all they're allowed to put in the games are Spider-Man and a handful of X-Men that are recognizable to the teens that play the games.
3. DC's Telltale game came out before Marvel's
Most gamers can agree that Telltale Games put out some of the best games on any console. Games like The Walking Dead Season 1-2, The Wolf Among Us, and Tales from the Boderlands have received critical acclaim for the story telling, graphics, gameplay, and voice acting, so it's obvious that DC would see the financial potential that a joint video game venture would have. This business decision would be a good decision because it spawned the critically acclaimed episodic point-and-click graphic adventure game Batman: The Telltale Series which consisted of five episodes which were released one at a time from August 2nd, 2016-December 13th, 2016. In April of 2015 it was announced that both Marvel and Telltale games were working together to produce a point-and-click episodic graphic adventure game that would be released in 2017, this received mixed feelings from the fans of both Marvel and Telltale Game, however, that doubt was quickly dashed when a photo (see picture below) was leaked by members of the the voice acting union SAG-AFTRA during a strike for better wages, this photo contained games such as The Walking Dead Season 3, something called Project Murphy, U4 DLC, and finally Guardians of the Galaxy- The Video Game a.k.a Blue Harvest, while this is exciting news DC's Telltale game will most likely get more playing time since it released before Marvel's soon to be released Telltale game.
4. DC knows how to cohesively tell a story, Marvel doesn't
Injustice: Gods Among Us was the breakout console game of its year, not only did it already have a leg to stand on since NetherRealm Studios helped develop the game, it received its own merits for having amazing gameplay and an even more amazing original story to go with the game. Injustice was so successful that it spawned a mobile game to go along with the console game, and an amazing comic book series, which is amazing since Injustice is basically just a Mortal Kombat clone without the gore and DC superheroes and not the Mortal Kombat cast. Marvel's games rely more on the superhero name on the case, than they do on the gameplay and storyline, the main complaint most Marvel games have gotten is that the storyline and gameplay seem "rushed" or "unfinished and sloppy", seeing these reviews online discourage gamers to even spend their money on Marvel's games which ultimately causes them exponential amounts of money.
Thank you for reading this article. Who do you think has the better gaming library, Marvel or DC?