With the release of the Iron Man 2 trailer, Marvel and Paramount want to show us that Tony Stark is not only going to kick the crap out of the big screen again, but also that maybe this time Iron Man will grace video games the right way.
Lets face it, we know that most of the time Video games based on movies are just downright awful. We have lived, learned and moved on, knowing that we will never get the same experience in our consoles as we do in the theater. But that is also what we thought about comic to movie adaptations. When the industry first started to push for comics in movies, most of the time they were really not so good. Though its debatable, Spiderman changed this for the better. The world realized that if done right, comics to live action movies can actually work, and be good.
So why not with Videogames? We all expect a game along with the release of Iron Man 2, in fact I am sure it is most likely finishing up development as we speak. With the introduction of War Machine, there is potential to create an awesome two player co-op experience that breaks away from the typical go-level-to-level-and-beat-up-bad-guys-and-bosses gameplay we are so often used to in movie video games. If the developers weren’t tied down with restrictions and deadlines a game could surface that actually works and is fun to play, not just a sorry excuse for a game that exists solely to generate more income for the publisher. Unfortunately, we live in the real world, where logic does not exist.
Though this trailer is from last summer, it screams boring. I still hold some small glimmer of hope though, seeing as how Matt Fraction, an actual comic book author, is writing the script and that its not just based on the movie, but the comic book series as well.
This got me thinking, Dark Void failed on multiple levels as a sucessful video game, but none of these were because of mechanics of the jetpack. They got the gameplay DOWN, and just didn’t really have the pieces together to build up a good narrative behind it. That is where Iron Man comes in! Combine the great play mechanics of Dark Void, and the intense narrative and characters of Iron Man, and boom, good videogame!
At least in theory. It won’t happen, but a comic-videogame-movie nerd can dream right? For now, I will just keep my comics in my hand, my adaptions on the big screen, and my comic book action videogame playing in the form of Marvel Ultimate Alliance. Now if only they would make a good Y: The Last Man game…
Iron Man 2 the game is set to release alongside the movie in May 2010. Woo.