Video Game Super Powers: What Would You Choose? - GameSpot Q&A

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This week's question is:

If you could have any power or ability from a video game, what would you choose?

If you've played enough video games, you'll find that game characters can do some pretty cool stuff, like scale buildings, perform magical elemental spells, and even transform into super powered demons. With awesome abilities like these, it's completely understandable if you've ever found yourself wishing you could magically do the same. So if you had a choice, what video game power or ability would you have? Here's what we'd want.

Augmented Reaction Suit from Vanquish | Matt Espineli, Associate Editor

This isn't so much an ability or power as it is just me wishing that I could wear the Augmented Reaction Suit from Vanquish. With over-the-top awesome features like boost sliding, super strength, and going into slow-motion via speeding up my reaction time, it would be an absolute dream to be able to use it. While the ARS is technically a weaponized suit of armor designed for combat, I can totally imagine all sorts of practical day-to-day uses for it! For example, if I'm late to work, I could very well use its slide boost abilities to cut off 5 minutes from my walk to the building. Heck, if anybody accidentally drops their pencil, I could totally swoop in for a sweet save using its increased reaction time abilities. Wearing the ARS is totally within practical reach for a simple guy like me. So how about it DARPA? Got any to spare?

Invincibly Competent Free-Running from Assassin's Creed | Kevin VanOrd, Editor

It's tempting to choose one of the usual suspects, like flying, or invisibility, or super strength, or mind-reading, but I'm going to go with free-flowing parkour as depicted in Assassin's Creed. How amazing would it be to climb buildings, leap from rooftop to rooftop, and dive into a bail of hay from a tall clock tower? Altair and his descendants make it look so effortless that I long to scale the world's greatest cities in the same manner.

Assassin's Creed (2007)
Assassin's Creed (2007)

Teleportation Powers | Zorine Te, Editor

An instant teleportation power, from any video game that has teleportation. I could travel the world on a budget, and save money on transportation costs to work! Imagine the time you could save when cutting out travel time. Or I could become a delivery person, being able to guarantee the fastest ever delivery time on the planet. Or disappear whenever I felt like it. The possibilities are endless, and I'd like to think that teleportation is a safe enough power to use without hurting anyone else around me.

Cardboard Box Hiding Skills from Metal Gear Solid | Tamoor Hussain, News Editor

The ability to fit completely inside a cardboard box and remain stationary for prolonged periods of time. Snake from the Metal Gear Solid series is considerably taller and better built than I am and yet somehow he manages to perfectly fit inside medium sized cardboard boxes. On top of that, somehow his glutes don't sear with a fiery pain after ten minutes sitting on hard surfaces. Hey, no one said it had to be an exciting power...

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)

The Inafune Brand from Hyperdimension Neptunia | Edmond Tran, Video Director

Do you remember that game Hyperdimension Neptunia? It was a pretty awful JRPG where you played a bunch of anime girls who all represented video game consoles, and your goal was to win the console war. Anyway, there’s a power where you can summon Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune and he would shoot lasers out of his mouth. I want that power. Inafune is cool.

Squid Kid Powers from Splatoon | Chris Watters, Host

I want to be able to take squid form and swim through the water like the ink warriors in Splatoon. Having the grace and mobility of those brightly colored cephalopods would make swimming an absolute joy, and as long as I stay clear of sperm whale territory, I should be safe as can be (I am a giant squid in this situation, obviously). Plus, it would be great to freak people out at parties.

Splatoon (2015)
Splatoon (2015)

Double Jump from any platformer | Eddie Makuch, News Editor

If I could have one ability from a video game it would be double-jumping. I mean, really, how cool would that be? I play basketball recreationally, and double-jumping would give me the edge I need.

Gul'dan's Hero Power from Hearthstone | Rob Crossley, Editor

Gul'dan's hero power from Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft would be my choice, obviously. You take two damage (not quite sure how that works in real life?) but you get to draw another card. One cannot even comprehend the dazzling real-life possibilities from drawing another card.

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