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The industry has seen an influx of games based on comic properties the past few years – usually coinciding with a big-screen movie debut. Game Informer plays home to more than one comic book aficionado, and as such, we decided to play make-believe with a few unlikely comic properties that could – with the right team and a bit of magic – be translated into stellar games. Superheroes in capes are overdone. Check out our list of improbable comic-to-game candidates below.
PreacherCreator: Garth EnnisArtist: Steve Dillon Publisher: Vertigo Publication Date: 1995-2000
The Pitch: The way we see it, there are dozens of reasons Preacher would translate into an action-packed game. A nominee and recipient of several Eisner Awards for best writer, Garth Ennis fleshed out a story like nothing we’ve read before. The cast of colorful characters (the understatement of the century) includes Jesse Custer – a reverend who makes it his personal mission to extract revenge on God, Tulip O’Hare – Custer’s longtime love interest and gun fanatic, and Cassidy – the pair’s shady drug addict friend who happens to be a vampire. But, that only addresses the three main protagonists. The supporting cast includes the Saint of Killers, Arseface, Herr Starr, the Duke, and even God himself, all of whom would provide diverse gameplay and fascinating dialogue.
Key Features: The most difficult task would be maintaining Ennis’ superb storytelling and carefully crafted narrative with unapologetically violent action. Gunplay would be the bulk of combat, pitting Custer and his companions against The Grail. Custer could also use the Word of God to manipulate people to his advantage. We’d be remiss not to include a Saint of Killers segment – blasting away foes with his Walker Colt revolvers would be a thrill. The fairly linear narrative would be punctuated with flashbacks to flesh out character history and their subsequent motivations – a large part of what made Ennis’ characters so remarkable. The game would unfold through heaven, hell, and the earthly plain, all tied together by stylized Western movie influences. Sound good, Pilgrim?
Developer: Rockstar North has proven their willingness to take on controversial topics and their ability to tie together sprawling worlds with a surprisingly personal narrative. Considering the violent, sexually gratuitous, and at times disturbing nature of Preacher, we’d be hard pressed to find anyone else capable of pulling it off.
Bone does seem like it could be a video game. So does the umbrella academy.
YES! Bone is truely awesome!
PREACHER! A game or movie would (should) be great!
You forgot Fables. And Rex Mundi. I did some of these in old column on Gathering of Gamers, but I've forgotten my picks.
Liked this article. I wanna see a Watchman game (a good one, The End is Nigh didn't do any justice for the comic), or better yet, a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen game, that plays like Marvel Ultimate Alliance. Now that would be cool
Bone would be hilarious, but i could actually see some of these comics as games...
God, Battle Royale would make for an amazing game. It could be all linear and scripted a la CoD or more of an open (if restricted) world with the 5-day time limit on. There's plenty of room for difficult moral decisions as your character decides to "play the game" or not, and the storyline itself could be absolutely open-ended based on your actions whether you tried to escape, played to win, or just played to survive. A Deus Ex level of playstyle variety would fit well too- you could go in guns blazing with the intent to kill, try to talk people out of killing (and then stab them in the back yourself, if you liked), or just hide and avoid everyone.
It;d be a near impossible sell, of course- I've never read Preacher, but I'm hard pressed to imagine it topping Battle Royale for violence, brutality or sexual explicitness.
Therefore, we just need a talented indie game developer.
"Custer could also use the Word of God to manipulate people to his advantage"? You did realize that entire section was incredibly offensive when you wrote it, right?
Wow is all i'm going to say
if only if only...
Good list but Umbrella Academy was a decent read.
Y The Last Man would make a pretty good game too, I could have that same feel like the recent Fallout games.
Some look good, others kinda cheesy, with a side of corny, and hokey on top. Interesting how the minds of some people think.
I loved Bone, and I would like to see a video game made of it.
"Girls" looks like it would be highly controversial, and probably kept in the back of your local GameStop.
Make it Credible!
I have an idea for one I was hoping you guys would put on your list.Hellsing.Lets face it we are done with Twilight.That series is completely destroying vampire lore.So heres a little something for all of us:
The Pitch:An organization in the British empire hunts down vampires with their own vampire weapon known as Alucard.Together they face an army of Nazi Vampires that have been hiding for the last 55 years.They also have to face the Catholics from the Iscariot Organization.Its an all out war between man and undead.
Key features:It would need 3 separate campaigns to tell each organizations story as the battle approaches.Each character(from Alucard all the way to the Captain)should have their own weapon sets and abilities.The voice acting needs to be on par with the english dubb of the ova series.The sound effects need to be good and finally the visuals need to be gritty and dark in order to catch the dark sense of the novels and the ova.
Developer:Its hard for me to think of someone but I think the guys who did Batman:Arkham Asylum would be great.Their graphic style would actually catch the style of the ova's.The gameplay im really torn with.Some people say it should be a hack and slash but that wouldnt work.Instead a gameplay that mixes visceral melee combat with 3rd person shooter aspects would be great.With a little Batman:AA leveling up system it would add diversity with each character.
Great ideas. Although I never heard of some of these comics.
I always wanted a Buso Renkin brawler by atlus