2016 is the year of superhero movies. Starting with the hilarious and brilliant Deadpool, followed by the clash of titans in Batman vs Superman and Civil War, there’s tons to look forward to. So you should probably complement the movies with games where you actually get to be the superhero. There have been a crop of great games based in both the DC and Marvel universes over the years, and these are some of the standouts:
1. Batman: Arkham Asylum
Donning the role of the Caped Crusader himself, Arkham Asylum placed you in the premises of the iconic mental institution, with a maniacal Joker orchestrating a prison mutiny. The game thus sees Batman going up against classic supervillains such as Bane, Scarecrow and a supercharged Joker himself. In addition to the meticulous tributes to the source materal in terms of characterization, the game as such stood out with its incredible gameplay and graphics. With access to most of Batman’s killer moves and vast arsenal of gadgets (batarangs will never go out of style) beating up goons and putting the Dark Knight’s detective skills to the test was unbelievably fun, and looked sharp as hell. Forget it being a great superhero game, Arkham Asylum was a great game, period.The game spawned some great sequels, but this game will always remain special.
2. Spider-Man 2
The Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man has probably been represented in this classic 2000s game, and with good reason. The plot loosely follows the Spider-man 2 movie, but includes more iconic characters from the comics such as Black Cat, The Rhino, and Doc Ock himself. Web-swinging and crawling through a free-roam Manhattan, the game let you explore and perform quests in your own style, with Spidey’s range of abilities to experiment with. For a game of its time, Spider-Man 2 kicked ass in truly making you feel like a superhero
3. Injustice: Gods Among Us
Injustice, in addition to being a great game, tells a story that is an essential part of DC lore. Imagining a parallel universe where Superman goes rogue (damn you, Joker) as a mad, dictatorial ruler. Led by Batman, several superheroes travel to this universe and attempt to defeat Superman and his band of heroes-gone-bad. The battles play out as a one-to-one fighting game, with the typical forms of attacks supported by a powers unique to the character. Injustice, then is truly a game for the fans, and a damn good one at that.
4. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
While Injustice had you playing as DC characters, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance lets you play as several iconic characters from the Marvel roster. The very first mission sees you take control of stalwarts such as Captain America, Spider-man, Thor and Wolverine. The premise of the game is simple enough: you take charge of a team of 4 superheroes, playing as one hero at a time. And you beat the shit out of everyone in your way. The story itself sets up an epic saga in protecting the universe, and has you fighting many of the most famous Marvel supervillains, including Dr. Doom, Galactus, Loki and The Mandarin. A fun riot of awesome action, this is the kind of superhero game we all want to play.
inFAMOUS is unique in that it doesn’t belong to any comic book universes, but is a storyline unique to the game. The game follows Cole McGrath, who is imbued with electricity-based superpowers in a disastrous incident that wrecks most of the fictional Empire City. Given these powers, Cole must make choices on how he uses them. inFAMOUS follows a well-executed morality system, or ‘karma’ that determines gameplay and story elements, which is its standout feature. The visuals were great, and the free-roam world, combined with your powers, made for some awesome gameplay. This is a brilliantly done game, that ticks all the right boxes for one in the superhero genre.