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Top 5 Best Comic Book Videogames

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Comic books are great, but unfortunately they sometimes make terrible games. This list is not the 5 worst comic book games, they are the five best (with some honorable mentions). There have been a lot of great comic book videogames and these are my personal favorites. Let us know in the comments what your favorite comic book videogame is (no order).

 Marvel Heroes 2015

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Marvel Heroes 2015 was the answer to DC Comics’ DC Universe Online. Marvel Heroes opted for more of a action RPG style opposed to traditional MMO gameplay like DCUO did. The game started out pretty rough and it forced the developer to totally revamp everything from the gameplay to the story and presentation. The result was a success and Marvel Heroes 2015 is a pretty damn good game if you have the time and patience for it. While endgame stuff is still somewhat lacking there is quite a healthy dose of content through the main story line. It is not without it’s faults though. Maps do not save so you will be stuck filling out the fog of war every time you go back to base. It has a wide array of unique characters from the MU and each has a crap load of costumes to purchase. The game is also pretty forgiving if you are looking to get more than one character. You just have to be willing to grind it out for hours and hours. That is to be expected though right?

Arkham Asylum and Arkham City

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Batman is no stranger to videogames. He has had his own games since 1986. It wasn’t until Rocksteady decided to create Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. With an original combat system and story, it is currently the best Batman game on the market. It was the first Batman game where you actually felt like Batman when fighting criminals. The fluid combat was a breath of fresh air to the action genre, so much that versions of it have been appearing more in other games such as Amazing Spider-Man and Shadows of Mordor. Arkham Origins was not developed by Rocksteady and it showed with it being riddled with glitches and game breaking bugs. To this day I have been unable to finish it because I can’t play more than 45 minutes without it freezing on me. Another aspect that made the Rocksteady Arkham games so great was the representation of Batman’s villains. You knew who they were right when you looked at them, but their design was also modified so they would fit into the developer’s own version of Gotham.

Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions

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Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions revolved around Mysterio unlocking the power of an ancient magical power and forcing multiple universes of Spider-Man to collide. It featured four of the most popular versions, Noir, Ultimate, Amazing, and 2099. This is where I was introduced to my now favorite iteration of Spider-Man, Noir. The gameplay for each of the Spider-Men was exclusive to that world they were in. Each character was unique and it showcased their powers. For instance, Spider-Man Noir’s levels were more stealth oriented and the levels were smaller due to Parker’s inability to webswing. Miguel O’Hara’s levels (2099) were bright and futuristic and focused on high speed combat and movement. It was really unique for comic book video games let alone a Spider-Man game. The story was even admired by the current writer for Spider-Man, Dan Slott. Who has taken that story and made it canon with “Spider-Verse”. The game suffered from a lack of replay value and it was painfully short.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes was released recently and I love it. The massive cast of playable characters and the huge world the developers were able to create in LEGO form in unmatched. Possibly the most appealing part about the game is the ability to play as so many different Marvel characters. Compared to other LEGO games, I would have to say this is the best one to date (I have not yet played LEGO Batman 3). Everyone had their own useful environmental skill to make use of. For instance, Wolverine can operate certain switches and use his heightened senses to see intractable objects. The game is just fun to play from the standard missions to exploring New York to the minigames.

 

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Oh I am just messing with you! Screw that game!

 

The Darkness and The Darkness II

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The Darkness and The Darkness II are based on the comics from Top Cow Productions and Image Comics. You play as Jackie Estacado, a 21 year old who becomes possessed by a demonic presence known as The Darkness. For an adaptation, the game deviated from the source material a bit much, but there are so many arcs for that series now it hardly matters. Not only was the art direction for the game phenomena, Faith No More’s frontman, Mike Patton did a perfect representation of The Darkness. The first game was it’s basic troubles in terms of gameplay but I found that to be kind of charming. It felt very different compared to other first person shooters and the second game improved on all of the problems the first game had. The only problem I had with The Darkness II was how criminally short it was. The story was AMAZING and it ended way too soon. It really left you wanting more.

 

Here are five Honorable Mentions that almost made the cut.

DC Universe Online

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DC Universe Online, SOE’s DC Comics MMO allowed you to pick a side and create your own super hero. Sure you couldn’t fly through Metropolis as Superman, but the amount of customization available in the game gave you enough leniency to create a character that looked just like him. There were even instances of people creating Marvel characters in the game. It didn’t make the list because the Free-to-Play model is too bare bones and it is kind of insulting.

Injustice: Gods Among Us

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Injustice: Gods Among Us was created by fighting game legends NetherRealm Studios. Playing a lot like Mortal Kombat, the game gained a lot of status when it was accepted into the biggest fighting game tournament in the country, Evo. On launch it had a lot of balance issues and the cast of characters makes the game seem more like a Batman fighting game instead of a DC Comics one.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2

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Marvel vs Capcom 2 came out in arcades during the year 2000 and was later ported to the Dreamcast, Xbox, PS2, 360, and PS3. The game boasted a massive 56 character roster and it is regarded as one of the best fighting games to this day. It also proved that you could have two universes cross over and still be awesome, like some games, * cough * Soul Calibur * cough *. It was a blast to play in all of the versions, but the one I have the most memories of was in the arcade.

TMNT: The Arcade Game

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TMNT The Arcade Game from 1989 has some fond memories from my own childhood. Beating up bad guys as my favorite turtle, Raphael was so satisfying. Sadly, my allowance hardly gave me enough to play the game as much as I wanted to, but when I did, there was no other game I was wanting to play. By the time I got to play it, the game was already a bit dated and that I could only find it in one arcade that took nickels as currency for the machines. I may have been late to the party, but I still had a blast. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first published by Mirage Studios and later IDW. The game was based on the animated TV show and since then, the game has been a cult classic and the focal point for 2D brawlers.

About Zach Martinez

Freelancer here at Armed Gamer, North American Video Game Correspondent for Following the Nerd, and a regular on Examiner.com, Zach has made somewhat of a name for himself at the age of 23. He has been writing professionally for just over 5 years now. He doesn't care about resolution or frames per second, he cares about what matters most, the games. You can reach reach him directly at zach.martinez09395@yahoo.com.

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