‘God of War’ Creator Talks Spider-Man Videogames
Unless you’re a rap star, it’s rare for established entertainment professionals to openly criticize someone else in the industry. But when they do, people pay attention — if only as a reminder that the pros can occasionally be angry fans just as much as the rest of us. One of comics’ famous feuds was the Peter David and Todd MacFarlane debates from the ’90s. Now videogames based on comics get theirs.
David Jaffe is considered one of the big names in the videogame industry for designing the Twisted Metal and God of War series, among other hits. On his personal blog, he posted images from the upcoming Spider-Man: Web of Shadows game and wrote a plea for the makers of Marvel Comics videogames to make the games more true to the spirit of the comics.
Please stop putting Spiderman games in big open sandbox environments where you swing around and do oh so slight variations on 4 pretty dull mission types (chase/race/collect/etc) and then once in a while toss in a boss fight and/or a somewhat unique mission.
I LOVE Marvel Comics and I LOVE the promise of games based on Marvel Comics. But why can’t you guys make a game that feels like a comic? I don’t mean art style wise; I don’t mean like Comix Zone with panels and cliche stuff like that. I mean feels like a comic in a story based, narrative way: a game that shows off the OTHER aspect that makes Marvel Comics so special: The characters/story. It’s not JUST about the powers, you know. But your games are always ONLY about the powers.
The post was followed up by another entry where he countered some reader rebuttals. His argument concludes:
I LOVE Marvel comics and want to see them start making games worthy of their amazing history of great products and characters. I want to see them apply their smart logic to making films to their games division.
The posts are rare example of a AAA-level creator speaking out like a fan. If you agree or disagree, let us know in the comments.
I would like to point out that Marvel: Ultimate Alliance had a story that rivaled any recent Marvel crossover, accurately detailed Marvel history, and gave us some theatrical-quality cinematics. (See below.) Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 has been announced for 2009 and will cover the events of Civil War.