The best superhero stories are often about the most incompetent characters. The Tick, Mystery Men, the Inferior Five, even Spider-Man is appealing because he’s a screw-up. Videogames occasionally deal with similar characters—like the Superhero League of Hoboken—but not often enough for my liking.
That’s why Deadbeat Heroes sounds promising. A project from indie team Upstream Arcade, it’s a „movement-based“ 3D brawler set in 1970s London. A new brand of gun-toting criminals has emerged and the heroes of prior decades are unable to deal with them, forcing Captain Justice to recruit a new team that includes an accountant named Felix Movewright and a singer called Betty Ritz, give them ‚rocket gloves‘ that let them steal superpowers from their enemies, and set them loose on some very bad dudes.
Designers Imkan Hayati and Adam Langridge (both ex-Lionhead veterans) explain their inspirations, and where Adam West fits in.
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