The recent State of Play from Sony just announced a remaster of Marvel’s Spider-Man, and the reaction was incredibly positive. The fact that a nearly five-year-old game is getting hype is proof that the superhero genre gets gamers excited.
After all, most kids who played superheroes on the playground now get to do so in video games. While more superheroes are getting there on gaming franchises, the past decade showed a lot of innovation in those sorts of games. From sandbox superhero adventures to fast-paced fighting games, superheroes are an incredibly fun premise for video games. Ranker showcased that the 2010s had some of the best superhero video games ever made.
Batman: The Telltale Series – 72
Batman: The Telltale Series (2016) is a point-and-click adventure game where your choices dictate the flow of the story. This game is set in its unique continuity and puts a new twist on several iconic Batman characters.
The game is also early in Batman’s career, so the player gets to mold the Dark Knight they want. Will he be a just hero, giving criminals second chances at life, or a ruthless vigilante, willing to do whatever it takes to save Gotham? This is the question that Batman: The Telltale Series poses to its players.
Saints Row IV (2013) – 75
Saints Row IV, developed by High Voltage Software, move away from the classic gang warfare the series was known for. Now, with the Boss being the President of the United States, the scale has reached truly ridiculous levels. Now, the Saints are the only thing standing against a race of alien conquerors.
Saints Row IV puts the player into a Matrix-like simulation that the aliens have put them in. In this simulation, they are given a whole host of amazing superpowers. Super speed, super strength, flight, power over the elements, all of the classic standbys are here.
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 (2011) – 76
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 is an entry into the beloved Marvel vs. Capcom franchise. In this game, two worlds collide, as iconic Capcom characters go up against the legendary heroes and villains from Marvel. To this day, Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 is among the best fighting games ever made.
The 3v3 action ensures that the players don’t get a second to breathe. Reflexes need to be fast, and fingers even faster to get ahead in this fighting game. As for the aesthetic, it’s heavily inspired by comic books, with dark cel-shading and over-the-top hit effects.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (2017) – 81
South Park: The Fractured But Whole is the humorously named RPG adventure game (developed by Ubisoft San Francisco) that parodies the superhero genre. Now, the New Kid joins Coon and Friends, as they go around town “solving” crimes and beating up the other villainous kids.
The game manages to incorporate the aesthetic and humor of South Park seamlessly with the mechanics of a video game. While it is by and large a standard RPG, the humorous takes on superhero reboots, resurrection in comics, grand conspiracies, and good old fart jokes, make it a favorite amongst South Park fans.
inFAMOUS 2 (2011) – 83
inFAMOUS 2 is a sandbox superhero action game (developed by Sucker Punch Studios) that once again focuses on Cole McGrath. As ghosts of his past threaten him once more, Cole develops new powers. It’s up to the player whether they will choose the path of good or evil.
inFAMOUS 2 is praised for its fast-paced mobility and action. The morality system also happens to dictate what powers the players Cole McGrath gets in the story. Renegade Coles have a more sinister aura around them, while Paragon Coles look far more heroic.
The Wonderful 101 (2013) – 84
The Wonderful 101 is a hack-and-slash character action game from Platinum Games, the same studio that gave gamers action games such as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. With that kind of dev strength behind the game, incredibly creative action sequences are to be expected.
The Wonderful 101‘s gimmick is it gives players the ability to take control of over 100 different heroes at the same time. The controls will take some getting used to because it’s a very ambitious game. However, once players get past that, they are rewarded with one of the most unique superhero action games ever made.
Lego Marvel Superheroes (2013) – 79
Lego Marvel Superheroes take the Lego Games over to the world of Marvel. Much like all of the classic lego games, the player gets their choice among the hundreds of heroes in the Marvel roster they want to play with. For anybody who’s ever wanted to build their dream superhero team, this game is a fantastic playground for that.
Much like all the Lego games, Lego Marvel Superheroes take a very lighthearted approach to the superhero genre. Even cosmic threats such as Galactus are heartily made fun of. For comic book fans who’ve always wanted to see Galactus “nom nom” a planet, then this is their kind of game.
Injustice 2 (2017) – 81
Injustice 2 is a superhero fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and focuses on a world recovering from the dictatorship of Superman. But when Brainiac arrives on Earth to conquer it for his research, Batman is forced to ally himself with Superman to combat this alien threat.
Injustice 2 is set in its unique continuity, and that gives them a lot of liberty on what to do with the characters. The Injustice universe is the poster boy for modern Evil Superman stories. Players also get to fight iconic DC characters, so that’s a huge part of the appeal.
Batman: Arkham City (2011) – 87
Batman: Arkham City is a semi-open-world action-exploration game developed by Rocksteady Studios. After a section of Gotham City is turned into a gigantic “Escape from New York” style prison city. Bruce Wayne protests a bad idea. However, Hugo Strange kidnaps and then puts him inside as well. Now, Bruce has to survive against the psychopathic denizens as well as uncover Strange’s villainous plans.
Batman: Arkham City allows players to finally experience Batman in a truly urban setting. Unlike the cramped spaces of Arkham Asylum, Arkham City is an urban hive of scum and villainy. Perfect for prowling vigilantes of the night to explore.
Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018) – 88
Marvel’s Spider-Man is an open-world superhero sandbox game developed by Insomniac Games. The player gets to take control of the amazing Spider-Man himself. After putting Kingpin in prison, Spider-Man has to deal with a host of new villains looking to fill the power vacuum.
The game takes inspiration from all the superhero games that came before it. Fast-paced combos, web-slinging parkour, and a host of fun gadgets await new players. With the sequel coming out surprisingly soon, the 2020s might have another classic on its hands.
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