The Dark Knight Rises is set to hit theaters this week, so I thought this would be a great time to count down what I consider to be the ten best superhero games of all time. Superhero games have a long history of not being great, but recently the trend has started to turn for the better. So, here is my list of the top 10 best superhero games.
10. Prototype (2009)
Prototype has its fair share of problems for sure. The visuals were not impressive, the story was uninteresting, the missions weren’t very compelling, and the main character was unlikeable. However, the reason this game makes the list is because of how much fun it is to move around the city and demolish enemies and vehicles using the powers at your disposal. Even the most poorly executed superhero games, like Prototype, can still be a ton of fun as long you feel powerful and the powers themselves are fun to use.
9. Crackdown (2007)
Crackdown’s legacy may always be as the “free game” you got with your $60 purchase of the Halo 3 beta, but once the beta ended, many who had bought the game realized that Crackdown was damn fun in its own right. Like Prototype, story and characters are not the strong suit of Crackdown, but also like Prototype, it really kills it as an open world game where you play as a super-powered character. Crackdown has an extremely well executed progression system, and by the end of the game, you can leap dozens of yards into the air, run as fast as a car, and throw buses through the air with ease. While both Prototype and Crackdown have sequels, they didn’t quite live up to the originals.
8. X-Men 2: The Clone Wars (1995)
Like I said in the open, superhero video games have a long history of being less than stellar. To be honest, if it weren’t for the recent trend of good superhero games over the past 5 or so years, there would not be enough games to fill this list. In the ’80s and ’90s, a good superhero game was even rarer than today, but the X-Men games on the Sega Genesis were some of the few exceptions. The best of those games is without a doubt X-Men 2: Clone Wars. X-Men 2 was an excellent sidescrolling action game with a large number of characters to choose from, each with their own unique powers and abilities.
7. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man has always been a character that seems perfect for a video game, and the game that made most use of Spider-Man’s unique attributes was the game adaptation of the second film in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Like many good open world superhero games, the best aspect of Spider-Man 2 is simply traversing the city. The web swinging in this game is by far the best seen in any Spider-Man game, and there have been many. The combat and missions are decent, but the real star of the show is the swinging.
6. Comix Zone (1995)
Comix Zone was a very interesting game and somewhat of a hidden gem on the Sega Genesis. It released very late in the console’s life cycle, so it went overlooked. However, those that played it know how good it is. You play as a comic book artist who is somehow transported into his own comic book, and must fight his way from panel to panel. The game is notoriously difficult, but it has a really cool comic book look and style, and some great sidescrolling gameplay.