Believe it or not there was once a time when video games based on comic books seemed like a recipe for failure, sure you had all the old school arcade games that people enjoyed and every now and again you’d get a decent Spider-Man game but other then that it was slim pickings. But some people out there saw the need for change and made a game that not only did the source material justice, but changed the genre for the better, that game of course is Batman: Arkham Asylum.
When Rocksteady made this they took it seriously, it wasn’t just a tie-in game made in attempt to just promote a movie or TV series, it was made with true purpose and passion, it was the Batman game we deserved (had to, sorry). But anyway since it’s release a few other comic franchises have tried to take from it’s formula in an attempt of having similar success, including the movie games for Captain America and The Amazing Spider-Man, but both of them fell short because they were restrained by what they were. The Arkham franchise already influenced a Turtles game to some extent with the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
This game clearly took inspiration from Arkham’s now famous combat system, and I’d even go as far to say the art styles are quite similar. Now while Out of the Shadows wasn’t as good as we would have liked it to be it was a good starting point and I think they can expand on it by, well… just copying the Arkham formula almost completely. I mean why not, set completely at night, fluent combat, stealth gameplay, dark plot lines, full of references to its rich heritage, sounds like a Turtles game to me, all you’d need to add was a parkour navigation system similar to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, but quicker and more fluent because they’re ninjas, and if you wanted to take it further you could bring in vehicles like the turtle van. Set it in an open-world stylized New York so running across rooftops isn’t obstructed to much by to many wide streets and you’re good to go, enemies like the foot clan, the purple dragon and the kraang are perfect to take the place as the thugs so maybe have a plot were there’s an attempt at a mass city take-over so there’s plenty of enemies to fight.
Now you’d want to be able to switch between turtles on the fly, Out of the Shadows, among other turtles games have this, each turtle having their own skill sets and upgrades, and obviously you want all the turtles actually there not just appearing when you switch to them, but for this to work you’d need a really good A.I so the 3 turtles you’re not playing as can work out what you’re doing so they’re not a hindrance, if you’re trying to stealth into a room you don’t want Mikey just stood in the middle of a corridor. Smart companion A.I is quite rare in a game and it would probably be the trickiest part about making a game like this work, however you could also make it a co-op game and hope your friends are smarter/more useful than a computer program.
Anyway I thought I’d just share my thoughts with the world about this, we need a good turtles game and I think this is a good way to go about it. At the moment the Turtles have a super popular TV series, a pretty good comic run, and a big blockbuster movie out/coming out depending on where you live (stupid UK having to wait), now would be the perfect time to do it since a lot of people are paying attention.