The Best Superhero Games Of All Time!

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#1 Posted by mjorh (1476 posts) -

Hey guys

Just saw this feature on Game Informer n i think it'd be great to share our thoughts.

IMO without a doubt the best is either Batman Arkham City or Batman Arkham Asylum , anyway here is the list :

Whether you're kicking villains in the face, swinging between skyscrapers, or lighting up bad guys like Christmas trees, being a super hero is almost always a blast. But some games do a better job empowering players than others. Here are some of our favorite games that have let us play the hero.

1. Batman Arkham City
Batman was once a joke in the video game world, but after a string of laughable flops Rocksteady Studios came along and made Batman one of the most iconic figures in gaming. City took Asylum's top-notch combat, and clever environmental puzzle solving and blew it out into an open world. Arkham City isn't just one of the best superhero games out there, it's one of the best action games period.

2. Batman Arkham Asylum
Arkham Asylum didn't feature an open world, but some might argue that it's smaller and more streamlined environment created a more cohesive experience. Batman started his journey delivering Joker to the Asylum, but the Joker quickly sprung a trap on our hero. Only the Dark Knight's cunning, fists, and expensive gadgets were enough to help him survive the journey.

3. Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Raven Software's work on the X-Men Legends titles was great, but the developer took its comic book-flavored hack-and-slash to new heights with Marvel Ultimate Alliance. Up to four players could control one of the dozens of characters in the game's roster as you faced down an entire universe of villains, collected new items, and leveled up your squad's powers. The fact that you could play as a whole team of Avengers, X-Men, or Fantastic Four made Ultimate Alliance like several great comic games rolled into one.

4. Spider-Man 2
For a while, Spider-Man seemed like the biggest pop culture icon of our time. Treyarch helped distill everything that made Spider-Man cool into a single game. Spider-Man fought villains like the Shocker, Rhino, and Doctor Octopus while tackling side missions in an open-world New York. The feeling of swinging between buildings was so natural that pretty much every Spider-Man game since has tried to emulate this formula.

5. Infamous 2
Sucker Punch didn't have a license to work off, but that didn't stop them from creating one of the best super hero video games of all time. The developer took its open-world formula down to the New Orleans-like city of New Marais. The main character Cole, also discovered a fuller suite of powers that let him toss ice grenades and unleash giant electric tornados. Players could choose if they were going to sacrifice themselves to save the city's population or ruthlessly beat down their foes at any cost.

6. Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
Ultimate Destruction was another great open-world super hero title (sense a theme?). However, Hulk's size and strength meant that everywhere he went, he left a flaming pile of rubble. Hulk was run so fast that he could dash up the sides of buildings. His thunderclap attack caused massive damage, but our favorite move was smashing cars into make-shift brass knuckles.

7. Injustice: Gods Among Us
The Marvel vs. Capcom series deserves a nod for the sheer number of characters it had on its roster, but in terms of overall polish and fun, we recommend DC's fighter, Injustice. The game's characters are flashy and their super moves are both hilarious and awesome, but Injustice deserves props for introducing a story mode that wasn't a total joke. NetherRealm also actually made Aquaman look cool, which is a super-heroic task in and of itself.

8. Lego Marvel Super Heroes
TT Games' list of Lego games keeps growing, but we don't mind because they are always a blast for the whole family. This year's Lego Marvel ups the stakes even more with a humorous story, a massive character list where each hero features their own unique ability set, and a wide mix of creative challenges spread across the Marvel Universe. The game even features comic legend Stan Lee who has such a wide set of powers that we hope he never turns on mankind.

9. Crackdown
Crackdown's agents aren't traditional super heroes, but these special forces operatives were strong enough that they should have worn capes. Dropped into the fictional metropolis of Pacific City, players were tasked with cleaning up the streets and defeating three crime lords. You could complete your tasks in any order, but most of the fun came from leveling up your agent and then jumping across skyscrapers and kicking your foes across entire city blocks.

10. Freedom Force
Before Irrational even dreamed of BioShock it worked on this ode to the Silver Age of comic books. This squad-based tactical RPG let you control a squad of four heroes who could fly, climb buildings, or throw cars at bad guys. Freedom Force's strategic combat was so deep that each of your heroes has powers that played off the abilities of the rest of your squad. We love BioShock, but we wouldn't mind if Irrational decided to revisit this high-flying franchise.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/12/19/the-best-super-hero-games-of-all-time.aspx

#2 Posted by RimacBugatti (1632 posts) -

I was never into super hero games but I have to admit that these days Batman is looking awesome and I may start playing Batman.

#3 Edited by mjorh (1476 posts) -

@RimacBugatti said:

I was never into super hero games but I have to admit that these days Batman is looking awesome and I may start playing Batman.

Me too but Batman Arkham series are a whole different story !

#4 Posted by ReddestSkies (4087 posts) -

I came into this thread expecting to be the first to name Freedom Force (and its sequel). I'm glad they put it on the list, it's still my favourite super hero game.

#5 Posted by chicknfeet (15630 posts) -

No love for Superman 64?

#6 Posted by Pikminmaniac (9545 posts) -

Batman Arkham City is clearly the best superhero game. There's simply no contest IMHO. The infamous games and Injustice are also a lot of fun.

#7 Edited by Renegade_Fury (17655 posts) -

I only like three of those games. My favorites:

  1. Batman (Genesis)
  2. Batman Forever (Genesis) - for the lulz
  3. X-Men (Genesis)
  4. X-Men 2: Clone Wars (Genesis)
  5. Batman Arkham Asylum (PC/360)
  6. Batman: Arkham City (PC/360)
  7. Marvel vs. Capcom (Arcade/DC)
  8. Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter (Saturn)
  9. infamous 2 (PS3)
  10. Spider-Man: The Movie (GCN)
#8 Edited by benleslie5 (8047 posts) -

Spiderman 2 and Batman Arkham Asylum for me

#9 Posted by RimacBugatti (1632 posts) -

The Batman games have come along way!

#10 Edited by El_Zo1212o (6048 posts) -

At the end of the Spiderman 2 entry, I would have added, "... to no avail."

But yeah, I would have had

Captain America: Super Soldier,

Arkham City,

Spiderman 2,

Ultimate Alliance 2,

Hulk: Ultimate Destruction,

Deadpool(yeah it's crude and not very imaginitive, but it was funny as hell),

The Punisher(because superpowered or not, he fuckin' counts),

The Invincible Iron Man(GBA),

...

I can't think of any other TRULY great superhero games right now, but if/when I do I might give them a mention, too.

#11 Edited by BranKetra (50237 posts) -

@chicknfeet said:

No love for Superman 64?

That game is only remembered as a bad joke.

The Batman Arkham video games are the best superhero video games ever made, but some of the games on that list are very good. Spiderman 2 was great and Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction was even better. Hulk was not just a button masher; there were decent game mechanics and I could not win without learning them. Marvel vs Capcom 2 is a memorably entertaining superhero game. People were asking for a sequel over the 00' to 10' decade because as good as it is, the potential it had was more than the quality of the game itself. Marvel vs Capcom 3 is not a bad game, but it lacks the flair and roster of the previous game. The third of the MvC series did not meet my personal expectations partly because of those reasons. If a fourth game is going to be made someday and Capcom intends to achieve perfection, it needs those two qualities.

#12 Posted by johnd13 (8554 posts) -

The best in my opinion has got to be Batman Arkham City.

Others I thoroughly enjoyed are Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Spider-Man 2.

#13 Edited by MirkoS77 (8637 posts) -

Don't think anything can top Arkham City for me. I not only find it to be easily the best super hero game around (it's truly amazing that it does nearly everything so right), I think it's one of the best games ever created. Even now when I play it I'm blown away.

Now I just wish Rocksteady would do a Judge Dread or Punisher game similar to the Asylum formulas.

#14 Posted by El_Zo1212o (6048 posts) -

@MirkoS77: Oooh... Judge Dredd...

#15 Edited by mjorh (1476 posts) -

Seriously Rocksteady is one the best developers ever ! can't wait for their next game .

@MirkoS77 said:

Don't think anything can top Arkham City for me. I not only find it to be easily the best super hero game around (it's truly amazing that it does nearly everything so right), I think it's one of the best games ever created. Even now when I play it I'm blown away.

Now I just wish Rocksteady would do a Judge Dread or Punisher game similar to the Asylum formulas.

Seriously Rocksteady is one the best developers ever ! can't wait for their next game .

#16 Posted by Minishdriveby (10520 posts) -

I was a fan of Ultimate Spider-Man.

#17 Posted by Zijuun (95 posts) -

All of them suck except for a few.

And The Amazing Spider-Man is better than Spider-Man 2

#18 Edited by riou7 (10838 posts) -

Batman series of course. Marvel ultimate alliance aint bad either.

#19 Edited by guynamedbilly (12967 posts) -

City of Heroes I think.

#20 Edited by BranKetra (50237 posts) -

@zijuun said:

And The Amazing Spider-Man is better than Spider-Man 2

I would hope a game that was made for the video game console generation after what Spiderman 2 was is superior to its past standards. If not, all of the following games would be disappointments for those of us who played Spiderman 2 when it was first released.

#21 Posted by Zijuun (95 posts) -

@BranKetra said:

@zijuun said:

And The Amazing Spider-Man is better than Spider-Man 2

I would hope a game that was made for the video game console generation after what Spiderman 2 was is superior to its past standards. If not, all of the following games would be disappointments for those of us who played Spiderman 2 when it was first released.

Yes, exactly. Then shouldn't the OP have it on there?

#22 Posted by The_Last_Ride (75209 posts) -

DC Universe Online

Batman Arkham Asylum/City

Dragonball Z: Budokai 3

#23 Edited by BranKetra (50237 posts) -

@zijuun: I think you misunderstood my post. I will reiterate my previous reply to you in this thread. Spider-Man 2 set a standard for film video games and superhero video games. A hope I am sure many have for that superhero is a game as good as it or better. I did not agree with your assertion that The Amazing Spider-Man is better than Spider-Man 2.

The maker of this thread copied and pasted Game Informer's list verbatim. The pictures are also from that same list. Any concerns you have with Game Informer would most likely be resolved by sending Game Informer a message. They might respond to you in an upcoming issue.

#24 Posted by El_Zo1212o (6048 posts) -

I can't believe I forgot to add X-Men Origins: Wolverine to my list. The only game EVER to capture the sheer ferocity, the awe-inspiring brutality, of Wolverine.

(on a side note, will someone PLEASE shoot Hugh Jackman in the face? I mean, face it, bub- you're not fuckin' Wolverine)

Oh, and to whoever said what about Amazing Spiderman vs Spiderman 2? You're wrong. Totally, undeniably, wrong.

#25 Posted by Zijuun (95 posts) -

@BranKetra: Alright bro, I'll keep that in mind.