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Most licensed games have been historically terrible, and that includes super hero games. There are however a few that have absolutely transcended the stereotype. Since you’re all super hyped for the likes of Deadpool, Batman vs Superman and Captain America: Civil War, we’ve rounded up the best games to scratch that super hero itch.
City of Heroes
While not directly adapted from another property, City of Heroes deserves an honourable mention for being the first successful super hero MMO. Customizing your hero was fun enough but the game also included 23 free updates from 2004 to 2012. That’s customer appreciation.
This arcade game was 2.5D of side-scrolling beat-em-up heaven. If your local movie theatre was cool, they had an X-Men arcade machine.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Uncaged
Let’s be real, this game defied all expectations. The movie was god-awful, but this game was a bloody great amount of violent pleasure. Finally, this was the mature Wolverine game that fans had been waiting for.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (1989)
Konagi’s arcade classic allowed for up to 4-player co-op in this side-scrolling beat-em-up. Hours of fun with friends.
Treyarch’s tie-in game for Spider Man 2 was surprisingly good, with excellent web-swinging mechanics and open world system. Instead of trying to outdo themselves, Treyarch shifted to the Ultimate Spider-Man universe. The game had an incredible visual aesthetic, straight out the comic books, and you got to play as Venom. ‘Nuff said.
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
As the title suggests, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, while the most difficult to master of the franchise, is certainly most impressive. The game is often praised for its polish and precise gameplay. But at the end of the day it’s just fun to beat up Ryu as Iron Man.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
The best Justice League game to date. The ability to swap out heroes on the fly, in addition to just how authentic the characters all feel is so satisfying as a DC comics fan. Oh, and it’s also a really fun LEGO game.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Nobody exactly asked for a dungeon crawler set in the Marvel Universe, but damn did we all spend a lot of time unlocking all the available heroes and costumes.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
There are few experiences in gaming which duplicate the kind of feeling you get when you first step into the boots of Batman in Arkham Asylum. Your first thought is, “This is amazing”. Your second thought is, “This is how a Batman game should have always been.” It’s an unusual combination of amazement and familiarity, and it’s probably why this franchise continues to live on.