Why 2011 will be the year of the superhero

Part 1 - Marvel at all the superheroes

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At least (inevitably) they're taking the lead from Batman rather than any of the disappointing Marvel lot, by recycling Arkham Asylum's Detective Mode as Tactical Vision. You'll also be able to save up Super Soldier's equivalent of a Rage mode, by building up a showpiece Crippling Strike move during combat.

Still, if a studio with a pretty poor record have decided to cherry-pick some of the better game conventions of recent years, the action does at least stand more chance of holding up - it's being Captain America and punching big steampunk robot Nazis that really counts.

The visuals are still in the shonky region at this stage, but the low-fi old school superhero vibe is definitely a compelling one, so let's hope that over the next nine months Next Level live up to their name and take it there.

Look out for part 2 of our superhero revolution feature tomorrow for a look at Green Lantern, Thor and Batman: Arkham City.

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