Top 5 best Superhero Video Games of all Time

Posted on August 15, 2010

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Ah, superheroes. What can one say that hasn’t been said already? Spiderman is the underdog who kicks a lot of ass but gets no glory, Iron Man is a womanizing multi-millionaire who lives in a tricked-out Iron Lung, Wolverine is an uber-macho 200 year old guy with adamantine blades attached to his skeleton coming out of his knuckles.

Gamers have been pretty lucky in recent years with some awesome video game adaptations of the comic world’s most dearly beloved. This is the list of the very best superhero based video games to grace the gaming world. Hopefully your favorite didn’t get left out.

5. Batman—NES

If you can handle the game’s difficulty and look past its ugly graphics, you’ll find a lot to enjoy in this archaic jewel of a game. Many gamers now consider Batman a precursor to the more modern sidescrolling beat-em-ups that would be later popularized on the SNES. What this game had was expert level design and excellent art directions. Though short, it was enjoyable, and though old, it was brilliant for its time. For all the old-school purists who recognize the value of a good 2d sidescroller, this game cannot be beat. If you haven’t ever played this early Batman game, do yourself a favor and find a copy, however you can.

4. X-Men Origins: WolverineXBOX360, PS3, PC

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a prime example of a superhero game done right. Logan acts like a complete maniac in this game, rampaging across the countryside for the mere pleasure of eradicating everything that breathes. He’s a simple man, motivated by revenge, and this game gets that completely. Though it must be said that the story is absolutely nonexistent. Apparently, Logan is a little miffed at some army, and then Sabretooth shows up to ruin Logan’s day. The story isn’t the point of why this game was so good, however. The crazy fighting, which completely captured Wolverine’s manic fighting style, is a pinnacle in beat-em-up gaming. Plus, the uber-gory animations, such as the infamous helicopter take-down scene, add some much-welcome eye candy to the game.

3. Marvel vs. Capcom 2DC, PS2, PS3, XBOX, XBOX360

This is the 50-plus character fighter that was so well-designed that copies ended up on two different generations of systems. The fighting was fresh and frantic, and like all capcom fighting games, the underlying mechanics ensured that everything was evenly balanced within the videogame. It is arguable that this was the best Capcom fighting game, considering the wealth of characters and the balancedness of the fighting engine. For anyone who ever wanted to unleash Spiderman vs Ryu, this game gave them their chance. Check out the absolutely gorgeous 2d drawings too.

2. Spider-Man–PS, DC

Ah, Spider-Man. This was the game that proved once and for all that superhero video games don’t have to suck. Treyarch handled the development of the game, and their previous experience developing the Tony Hawk series shows. The level of exploration and just pure fun to be had swinging around the city as Spider-Man was one of the all-time highlights in gaming.

1. Batman: Arkham Asylum–PC, PS3, XBOX360

The recent Batman: Arkham Asylum further pushed the envelope as to what superhero videogames could be. The developers involved were able to capture the essence of who Batman was and provide a harrowing game environment. The setting of Arkham Asylum was perfect for the stealthiness of Batman. The game had many novel situations in it, such as the various points where the Scarecrow takes over Batman’s mind.

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