So can we say that the licensed game curse has finally been lifted? Are we going to be able to put faith in licensed games once again?
Well, hold your horses; I'm not going that far. I mean, that's a pretty tough claim to make in a year that saw a game based off the Battleship movie and an Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games, a scant collection of minigames based off the newest Ice Age film.
Still, it's interesting to think that there's a potential deluge of good licensed games on the horizon.
Then again, there's a chance that every one of the games I mentioned will be completely awful. And if this ends up being the case, none of us should be surprised. We all know about the licensed game curse. I'm sure we've all gotten ourselves hyped over a licensed game—so hyped we assured all our friends that, "No, this one will be different. You'll see. This game is going to be great!"—only to be let down by some mediocre cash-in.
But there are games that break this mold from time to time. Batman: Arkham City is a recent example. LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes is an even more recent example. And the Amazing Spider-Man was pretty good too. (It seems that at least the comic book superheroes are starting to escape the curse.)
My prediction: I'm uncharacteristically optimistic about the future of licensed games right now. I mean, we could see some real gems hitting store shelves in the near future. Then again, I'm probably forgetting the several dozen garbage titles that will undoubtedly be pushed out in the meantime, and I guess that makes my point a bit less valid, doesn't it?
Editor / News Director
Date: July 26, 2012
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central. This week's is also purely a work of fiction*