R-Rated Superhero Video Games You Should Play
Superhero narratives can be incredibly dark at times, and the uninitiated into modern comic book narratives can find themselves shocked by some of the adult content present between the cover. Mostly the video game representations of our favourite heroes keep their action strictly PG-13, but there were a few notable exceptions to this rule. Games which portray some of comic books finest in the most viscous and violent side. Here’s a list of some of my favourites.
Deadpool is a fantastic action adventure which combines tight gun combat with sword hacking and slashing. There’s a lot of dismemberment and some insane gore effects which will delight most mature action fans but what really sets it apart is just how funny it is. Deadpool is voiced by Uncharted‘s Nolan North, who narrates and comments on just about everything you do in the game. The good and bad conscience voices which manifest inside this Merc with a Mouth’s head provide constant entertainment. The trademark fourth wall breaking is present as well, from prodding the health bar to making cheeky comments about the button commands on screen. Deadpool achieves something most self referential games can only dream of, it parodies both the video game industry and the comic book genre simultaneously to craft an utterly enjoyable experience.
The Punisher (2005)
Released on the last generation of consoles and the PC, this was my hidden gem of the year. The Punisher has long been a favourite Marvel character of mine, and this game finally brought some justice to the license. Unlike previous attempts on the NES and the Sega Genesis, this version was specifically designed for adult players by developers Volition. Players took control of the famed vigilante hero to track down criminals and make them pay for their evil deeds. The game’s narrative was a heady mixture of the 2004 film and Garth Ennis’ 2000 comic book mini series – ‘Welcome back Frank’. Once you picked up the controller and began to play, there was no doubt in the mind of the gamer that The Punisher had no aversion to acts of extreme violence.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
This game featuring our favourite feral mutant with claws was the bloodiest, goriest, uncensored and most brutally satisfying game since I played Solider of Fortune in the early 2000’s. This was no fluke, as after all it was made by the same guys who had developed that series. Wolverine regularly tears helicopter pilots through their windscreen and shoves their heads into the propeller blades. The title also combined puzzles. platforming and perfectly captured Wolverine’s ‘kill first, ask questions later’ mentality. This was the game that showed how fantastic super hero games could be, not becoming too attached to the movie franchise but instead relying on the comic book’s innovate brutality which was true to the character.