God of War Proves Wonder Woman Needs a AAA Game – Warehouse Discounts
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God of War Proves Wonder Woman Needs a AAA Game

It’s time for Diana of Themiscyra to shine.

With the new God of War game releasing to rave reviews, quite a few people are saying that its success is proof that Marvel’s Thor needs his own game. While that’s an understandable reaction, there’s a different hero who is far more deserving: DC’s Wonder Woman. She naturally lends herself to the video game experience with her wide array of tools for fighting evil, her deep mythology full of gods and monsters, and a recent comic book run that’s essentially a ready-to-use blueprint on how to make her game one worthy of the gods.

There’s little wonder why many have said that God of War proves Thor needs his own game because, well, God of War is pretty much a Thor game. On the surface, anyway. Kratos journeys through the realms of Norse mythology, clashes with their legendary figures and creatures, and he even uses an enchanted axe that he can magically summon back to his hand, just like Thor’s Mjolnir.

But with the Avengers due to get their own game from Marvel Games and Square Enix, the chances of seeing Thor get his own game any time soon are zilch. Which is fine, because a Wonder Woman game could be even better. DC Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios proved they excel at creating an engrossing gaming experience centered solely around one hero with the Batman Arkham series.

The feeling of being Batman in those games was a pitch perfect comic book adrenaline rush, so imagine what they could do with a demigoddess as a playable hero. Wonder Woman’s tiara is a killer long-range weapon, her bracelets let her deflect projectiles like a Jedi, and removing them could let her unleash her godly rage mode (sound familiar?). She can whip and constrain foes with her Lasso of Truth, not to mention compel them to cough up information needed to progress quest objectives like in Shadow of War.

She can also commune with animals, which presents a kinder, more Wonder Woman-ly route to gathering intel that doesn’t involving forcing it out of captured enemies. We’ve seen many of these elements and more incorporated into her video game appearances over the years, but usually just as moves in a fighting game like we see in Injustice. But a solo game would let these abilities shine in extraordinary fashion as Diana battles enemies, solves puzzles, and topples gargantuan bosses.

We’ve seen numerous Wonder Woman stories in comics, TV shows, and movies since her creation in 1941, so it might seem overwhelming on which version to base the game on, but DC Comics have a pretty clear answer: The New 52 version of Wonder Woman by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang. It was a reboot of the character, so it’s completely accessible. It reinvented Wonder Woman’s comic series as a horror story where the gods were more like a manipulative crime family, making it feel like The Sopranos meets Game of Thrones.

It put her up against Apollo as he vied to take the throne on Mt. Olympus as she struggled to both take on his minions and reconcile the true nature of her godhood. And in classic video game fashion, Wonder Woman started off without all of her weapons and powers, so as the story went along we saw how she built out her signature kit.

And if you needed a better sign that Wonder Woman needs a game like Kratos’, in the story she also becomes the God of War. While of course the game devs would only use this comic run as an inspiration for the game and not follow it to the letter, it certainly makes for a fine basic blueprint on how to get things started. And yes, there was a recent rumor that Superman is the DC hero next in line to get a AAA game from Rocksteady, but let’s be real, Wonder Woman’s popularity has never been higher thanks to last year’s smash hit movie that showed the world was yearning for a powerful, confident, and noble female hero, so now is the ideal time to explore her character with the same flavor, ambition, and attention to detail as the latest God of War installment.

Plus, Wonder Woman would totally kick Superman’s ass in a fight, so she should be given his place in line.

For more I’ve Got Issues, check out how Avengers: Infinity War finally gave us the true Doctor Strange from the comics:

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I’ve Got Issues is an ongoing superhero column by Joshua Yehl, Senior Editor of IGN Comics.

If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.

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