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Why 2011 will be the year of the superhero

Part 2 - Men of steel

In part one of our feature we took a look at a few of the most hotly anticipated superhero games coming in 2011.

As if Marvel vs Capcom 3, Captain America and X-Men Destiny weren't enough proof that 2011 will be the year of the superhero, we've thrown in a few more upcoming titles that are valiantly fighting for the superhero cause.

WIELD THE RING IN...
Green Lantern Rise of the Manhunters: You've got to feel sorry for the poor old Green Lantern. In his 70 years of existence, he's never made it into the big league of heroes.

There isn't even really any one 'hero', with many characters taking the mantle over the years.

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As for games, the best he's managed is a minor place in the line-up for Justice League Heroes or Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe. But with (yes, another) big screen comic book adaptation on the way to establish a strong storyline, and Warner Bros bringing in Double Helix to head-up
the console tie-ins, this masked never-ran may soon have his day.

Or will he? Double Helix's portfolio is guaranteed to give any gamer indigestion, with GI Joe and Front Mission Evolved both rating highly on the Avoid Like The Clap scale (Although, to be fair, they also did the decent-ish Silent Hill Homecoming.)

Information on their latest commission is near-non-existent at this point, but it'll be out the same day as the film, and offers gamers the chance to "utilize over a dozen constructs and take flight across the deepest parts of the Universe to restore galactic order by wielding the ultimate weapon: the Green Lantern power ring."

This Green Lantern is Hal Jordan, a cocky test pilot and the first human to be chosen by alien guardians The Green Lantern Corps to wear the power ring and defeat the evil machinations of Hector Hammond. It sounds like the kind of plot you could get onto a microscope slide, but if the game delivers then it won't really matter.

BECOME IMMORTAL IN...
Thor: In what must surely be the most exciting game adaptation of a Kenneth Branagh movie since the Hamlet Kart Racer, Thor is smashing its way towards the consoles for a summer release.

We're all utterly sick of typing the words 'God of War clone' but it sounds like it will be hard to avoid with this one, seeing as Thor actually is a God, and will be partaking in extensive bouts of third-person melée violence against other Gods and monsters from Norse mythology.

As well as swinging around the trusty Mjolnir, Thor will be able to control wind, storm, thunder and lightning, and upgrade his abilities by earning 'Valor' in combat - and those abilities should be extensive.

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Thor is basically Superman with a hammer, and any attempt to make a satisfying game here may suffer from the same problems as Man of Steel titles of yore. But you won't be able to knock it in terms of plot, or faithfulness to Stan Lee's comics - Marvel's own carrier of the torch, Matt Fraction, is overseeing the story, which will follow the design of the film, but with a new plot.

Let's hope they make the most of Thor's disabled alter ego Dr Donald Blake, as that source of vulnerability may be Thor's one weapon against that unflattering God of War comparison.

ER, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO...
The Darkness 2: Three years after his last appearance on and we're still waiting for the return of Jackie Estacado. Since 2008, rumours have been swirling around about a sequel to Starbreeze's brutal firstperson shooter, but mostly those rumours have begun and ended with the news that Starbreeze won't be involved.

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