Daredevil Month: DD’s Game Collection (Part One)

Posted: March 26, 2015 in Comic Book Study
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Welcome back to Daredevil Month everyone. Talking about what could have been a great Daredevil game yesterday got me thinking about all the times we had a playable DD on the small screen. Some appearances were good, some were bad, but never did we have a decent game where Red was ever the main protagonist. Maybe someday…

For now though, let’s take a look at a few of the games he was in, starting with the early to mid 2000s.

Spider-Man (2000) (Role: Cameo)

Platforms: N64, PS1, Gameboy Color, Sega Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows

Plot: Spider-Man is framed for the theft of a high profile device, while a mysterious fog rolls over the streets of NYC. The titular hero must team up with his amazing friends, find out who framed him, and stop the threat from enveloping NYC in a barrage of symbiotes.

This game definitely comes from the good old days of comic book gaming. It’s a classic Marvel video game, and one I highly recommend if you haven’t already played it yet. It may be corny with hints of cheesiness in the acting, but you can’t help but fall in love with this title.

Daredevil shows up after the player fights and defeats the villain Scorpion, initially concerned about the possibility that the web slinger actually stole the device I mentioned earlier. After a talk with Spider-Man, he departs, later reappearing at the end with other Marvel characters, including Captain America and Black Cat, while they all enjoy a game of Go Fish.

The Punisher (2004) (Role: Cameo)

Plot: Frank Castle is finally apprehended after slaughtering a lot of criminals. Through flashback, we see that Castle had been fighting his way through a number of criminals and classic Marvel characters, including DD enemy Bullseye. When the player returns to the apprehended Castle in the present, they learn that he was captured on purpose, just so he could kill Jigsaw (who was wearing an Iron Man armor when they fought).

This game’s definitely not a typical shooter. Players could tear through the dark underbelly of NYC through a combination of cracking skulls and literal torture. Seriously, this game is incredibly violent, especially shocking for a video game involving superheroes. It’s actually one of the few games ever threatened with an ‘AO’ game rating for its extreme graphic content.

In this game, DD makes a few cameo appearances, both verbal and in person (skip to around 19:55 in the video below to start the Daredevil scene). This is the only game on this list where he actually doesn’t appear in his costume though.

Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects (2005) (Role: Active Player)

Plot: Aliens invade NYC (sound familiar?) and begin abducting various Marvel superheroes, including Captain America, the Hulk, etc. The remaining heroes must contend with the Imperfects, a team of scientifically created super humans, while also fending off those among them who had been infected with an alien device.

I still have a copy of this game, and it’s still just as fun to swing/run/jump around each of the varied stages as you beat up your opponent. The game may be linear, and some people may get tired of the repetitive gameplay, but it’s still a fun game. If you have a Xbox or a Xbox 360, pick up a copy of this game.

Definitely a leg up for DD’s resume this time. In this game, he actively appears throughout the story. After being infected, Daredevil confronts Elektra before taking on new character Johnny Ohm, then fighting an infected Elektra before finally being defeated by the Imperfect Solara. Even if very few people would pick DD (at least from whenever I would play with friends), he was still a fun character whenever I’d play him.

Do you want to see any full reviews of these games in the future? Would you ever look forward to a Daredevil cameo in another Marvel video game? Leave a comment below, follow me on Twitter, and don’t forget to check out the Comic Books vs The World Youtube channel. Keep returning to the blog to enjoy daily content during Daredevil Month!


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