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7 Video Games The Nerd World Desperately Needs

In the day and age of nerd culture taking over the entertainment world, our cups have nearly runneth over. Nearly. Yes, while we dorks are finally getting to see bingeworthy television universes, graphic novels come to life, and the hero team-up movies we’ve always dreamed of, we’re still left with an itch to scratch. What’s the solution? Sweet, sweet virtual immersion. Yes, video games are the answer to any nerd who’s wanted to escape into his world with a more hands-on approach. And sure, we’ve been gifted some great nerd culture games already, but we think there’s a few that haven’t quite been nailed on the head just yet, in a while, or ever!

 

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


The Turtles have been in games pretty much since they blew up on the scene in the late ’80s. While
you have the classics from Nintendo or the Arcade, there hasn’t been a killer app in the new
generation deemed worthy of the heroes in a halfshell. It was rumored that Rocksteady Studios, the
company behind the hailed Batman Arkhamgame series, might be moving on to do a Turtles game
after they hung up the cowl. However, that has yet to be proven. The key things for the next developer
to focus on in a Turtles game are pretty simple (at least for us diehard fans): co-operative play, a
darker tone and story, dense combat, turtle variance, and just being fun to play. Nothing gets me
shaking my head faster than seeing a Turtles game that is single player only. Well, except
maybe losing Corey Feldmanas the voice of Donatello in Turtles 2: Secret Of The Ooze. Personally,
I’m a sucker for the 1990 movie, so what if the whole game was just a larger representation of that?
Please?

 

2. The Lord Of The Rings / The Hobbit

Now that The Hobbit film opus is over, we think this would be a great time for a collection to be
assembled. No, we don’t mean for all of the extended edition Blu-rays. We’re talking about Peter
Jackson’s entire Tolkien-verse to be made into a video game covering the entire epic journey. You
heard me. We wanna be able to go here, there, and back again whenever we want. Why not just
watch the movies? Because being the one fighting is awesome. Games like Return of the King have
been decent attempts at giving us the satisfaction, but as fans, we’d like to see every battle covered in
the game. And no, Lego games don’t count. Imagine being able to play as Bilbo through The Hobbit’s
journey, or Boromir in the fight at Amon Hen, or — okay, I just want to be Legolas so I can arrow
everyone. So what?

 

3. Superman


Ahh, Superman. The hero who has arguably never had a decent game made for him. At least lately.
It’s no easy task either, I’m sure. The guy has a lot of powers designers have to handle when it comes
to gameplay mechanics. Plus, since he runs super fast and flies, he’d need to be able to cover a TON
of ground in a massive open world. And his battles take a toll on the world around him, so add
destructible environments to the list. But we have to wonder, will there ever be video game justice
given to the Man of Steel? He’s more thanjust a comic or movie hero, you know. Fans want him in a
game, and it’s somewhat possible, as modders have even begun to show us the potential. This was
another rumored series Rocksteady would take on post-Arkham, and can we just say, that would be
SO very welcomed. Imagine a original story, set in the brighter playground of Metropolis to contrast
with Arkham’s dark Gotham City wasteland, and instead of the caped crusader grappling around,
you’re taking flight as the caped…Superman. And to one of the best scores ever created. Actually,
just put me on ice until this game comes out, okay?

 

4. Game Of Thrones


We love the books, we love the show, now we want to love the game. There are other medievalfantasy
hybrid games out there, but none with the flak of Thrones. We know Telltale Games gave it a
shot with their narrative centric episodic series, but forgive us for wanting more action. Imagine
playing through the saga of the books and living out the things that weren’t deemed necessary for
television. Or perhaps this talk of GoT spinoffs would be better suited to be played out in video
games instead. I mean, how long am I gonna have to leach my dad’s HBO account? There’s also a
version where a game takes the Shadow of Mordor approach to The Lord of the Ringswith being in
the same world, but just at a different time than we’ve seen before. We could witness the Mad King.
Or we could even be Ned Stark, everyone! Back from the dead Ned! NED!

5. Firefly

It still hurts that Firefly ended too soon. Then again, it did give us Serenity. That is, only Serenity. Fans
are chomping at the bit for any sign of a Fox reboot of the cult classic series, but with Joss Whedon
now being part of the DC movie-verse, what does the future really hold for our favorite crew aboard
the Serenity? Serenity was a fitting ending, but as a fan, I’m not sure it gave me the closure I needed,
mainly because I didn’t want closure! I wanted to see where Mal and Co. would take us next. We were
supposed to get a Firefly game in Firefly Online, but nobody’s heard much from it in a long time. We
can’t give up hope now, though. What if we could step into the shoes of our favorite characters
aboard the ship itself and live out more adventures that way? Traveling to various planets much like
the Mass Effect series plays out. Sadly, the crew will have to go on without Ron Glass reprising his
role of Shepherd Book, but perhaps his legacy could be protected with how the story is unfolded. All I
know is that I want it, and I want it now, okay? You hear me, Fox?! Huh? You hear me?!

 

6. Marvel ANYTHING


Seriously, though. Where are all the Marvel games? The MCU is the biggest thing since Hulk’s—well,
you get it. We’re very intrigued by the new Spider-Man game coming from Insomniac Games, but
seeing it revealed just put a salty taste in our mouth. At this point, we should have more Marvel
games. And Lego games still don’t count. The days of Marvel Ultimate Alliance have been long
forgotten. Or maybe developers learned their lesson years ago with movie tie-in games; we’re not
sure. They’ve even cancelled games. But one thing is for certain: there’s no better time than now to
give the fans something from Deadpool, the Netflix Universe or a team-up beat-em-up game with the
likes of Cap, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, She-Hulk… again, anyone! I don’t care, just give us something! Oh,
wait, they’re making an Avengers game? Sweet! Oh, I have to wait till 2018? Crap.

 

7. Rick and Morty


This one’s a little different since they’ve technically made Rick and Morty games lately. There’s just a
big asterisk by them because one’s a mobile game and the other is Virtual Rick-ality. To justify this
being on our list, we have two arguments here: one being that the only candidate game we have is a
VR only game, and two being that we just want more Rick and Morty games. Our first argument is a
valid one. The truth is, while it was a well-received game, and had all the charms of the show, being a
VR only game really narrows down your audience. Don’t get us wrong, being simulated into the world
this way seems like a great idea on paper — especially for how wacky the show can be — but the fact
still remains that not a lot of people have access to VR gaming yet. It’s on the rise, but it’s safe to say
not everyone has an Oculus Rift in his or her living room. Unless you found a good deal, then maybe.
On the other hand, Virtual Rick-alitylooks AWESOME. It nails what the show is all about and it looks
hilarious. And as fans, it’s only got us wanting more. If the creators and cast are as passionate about
crafting a fun story and lending their voices, another adventure game is extremely desired. Games
like South Park: The Stick of Truth and The Simpsons Game took the gaming medium and used it
as an extension of their show. We could pal around with Jerry, Mr. Meeseeks, or just give us a whole
game about Gazorpazorfield, Keep feeding us more, please. We’ll take anything. Especially Pickle
Rick.

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