Daredevil has only starred in a single terrible Game Boy Advance title, which means that his only solo video game outing is a huge let-down.
Daredevil is one of Marvel’s most beloved heroes, yet he has only had a starring role in a single video game to date, and it was absolutely terrible. Daredevil never had much luck with media adaptations, at least until his critically acclaimed Netflix show began in 2015.
Daredevil’s first live-action appearance was in The Incredible Hulk TV show, where he appeared in a single episode. There were a couple of failed attempts at making a Daredevil TV show before then, but they never amounted to anything. Daredevil’s first major starring role happened in 2003’s Daredevil, where he was played by Ben Affleck. The film received a mixed response from critics, with Ben Affleck’s performance as Daredevil being criticized, but it performed well enough to justify a spin-off starring Elektra. The Elektra movie bombed, and Daredevil remained dormant as a franchise lead until the Netflix show.
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Daredevil has had a more complicated relationship with video game adaptations, culminating in a starring role in a terrible Game Boy Advance title that tied into the release of the Daredevil film.
Daredevil’s Playable Appearances (In Other Marvel Games)
Outside of his single starring role, Daredevil has appeared as a playable character in games with an ensemble cast of Marvel heroes. These have included games like Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects, the three Marvel Ultimate Alliance games, several of the Marvel Lego games, and in some of the Marvel mobile titles. Daredevil usually has a similar playstyle to Spider-Man, in that he’s incredibly agile and has the ability to predict/avoid dangerous attacks, thanks to his enhanced senses. A Daredevil game for the Ps2 was canceled during development, but he did get a chance to star in a Game Boy Advance title.
Daredevil: The Movie – The Game
Like many movie adaptations on handheld systems over the years, Daredevil was a side-scrolling 2D beat ’em up with platforming elements. The game instantly falls flat thanks to the terrible hit detection. Daredevil can punch, kick, leap, and whack enemies with his baton. The problem is that none of these attacks are guaranteed to hit, and the closer the player is to the enemy, the more chance they have of missing. Nowhere is this more apparent than the boss fight against Elektra, which feels like a WWE blindfold match. These two highly-skilled martial artists hopelessly punch the air in the hopes of dealing damage.
Daredevil’s superpowers are reflected in a version of Predator vision that is tied to an energy meter. This power lets Daredevil spot secret items that are hiding in the background of the stage, but the player is warned whenever secret items are nearby anyway with a sonar graphic, so why have it in the first place?
Daredevil is also an exceptionally short game, clocking in at around 2-3 hours tops. This isn’t helped by the fact that players can just run to the end of some stages and ignore the foes, as Daredevil’s double jump can clear enemies. In short: the Daredevil video game isn’t worth the brief time it takes to finish.
Rumors Of Daredevil On PS5
Rumors started circulating earlier this year that a Daredevil video game is being developed for PS5. These rumors have yet to be confirmed, and Sony’s heavy promotion of Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Spider-Man’s inclusion in Marvel’s Avengers means that it might be a while before players learn more. Daredevil is tailor-made for an Arkham Asylum-style game where he battles thugs in Hell’s Kitchen, and while the Arkham games and Marvel’s Spider-Man had to come up with reasons for why their protagonists had extra-sensory abilities that could scan the environment, Daredevil has them baked into his powers. Daredevil’s combat skills and powers provide the perfect mix of a character who is exciting to play, but won’t be overpowered compared to his foes. At the very least, he deserves better than a half-baked movie tie-in on a handheld system.
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