Looking for a gamer-iffic fix for DC’s World’s Finest? With Batman v. Superman coming out on March 26th, we can’t be more excited. So while we sit here and wait in excruciating agony until the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel duke it out on the silver screen (not to mention the Amazonian warrior princess from Themyscira makes her big screen debut, too), here’s a look at the top Batman and Superman video games out today.
1.The Arkham Trilogy Games
When DC Comics and Rocksteady Studios decided to team up to create one of the best action adventure video game series of all time in 2009, they came up with the revolutionary Batman: Arkham Asylum. With the premise of the Joker luring Batman into the institute for the criminally insane, the game went on to become an instant classic for gamers all around the world. Jaw-dropping graphics, brilliant cinematography, intense action sequences, and a superb storyline all contribute to the immense enjoyment factor of this game, and it was such a worldwide success that Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Knight came soon after.
One of the main features of the game is the fact that you actually get to feel like you are the Dark Knight himself, and with stellar gameplay features like efficient stealth modes, strategic hand-to-hand combat systems, and interactive environments, you really can Be The Batman. For instance, you can lure thugs with sonic Batarangs and take them out one by one, or you can sneak inside vents or hide behind weak structures to successfully perform surprise attacks. You can set up explosive charges in tactical areas and set them off to take down enemies, and, probably the most awesome trick of all, is when you hang from overhead gargoyles like a true Bat and execute an inverted takedown—which is essentially hanging criminals upside down from statues and leaving them there screaming for help. How much more Batman-y can you get?
Of course, with criminals being a cowardly and superstitious lot, they get nervous when you start taking them out one by one, and when they panic, they lose their presence of mind and become easier to defeat. You also get to fight Bruce Wayne’s extensive rogues gallery, as well as solve riddles, sidequests, and puzzles along the way. They don’t call Bats the World’s Greatest Detective for nothing, right? Add that to the beautiful voice acting of none other than Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, the original Batman and Joker, and you’ve got yourself a sweet series of games you will want to play again and again.
- Lego Batman Games
If everything is all serious and filled with gloom and doom with the Arkham series, the Lego Batman games are anything but. Responsible for single-handedly recreating our favorite Dark Knight and turning him into something, well, not so dark, Lego has developed three games from this franchise, with an upcoming solo movie starring Lego Batman himself. The first game was released in 2008, and the second one, Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes, was released in 2012. The big improvement in the second game is that a host of DC Comics characters both from and outside of the Batman family continuity are featured and are playable in-game, and there is now a stunning open world for players to explore. In November 2014, a third installment titled Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham was released, proving just how popular and simply so darn fun this franchise truly is. Oh, and to make things even more fun, here’s a clip of our Big Blue Boy Scout giving Batman a much-needed pick-me-up (and an unsolicited flying lesson) towards the end.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us
Brutal beat downs and a whole lot of smashing through walls—that alone is enough to hook you right in. Injustice: Gods Among Us is probably your best bet if you want to see Superman and Batman go head to head, as this intense fighting game is all about the KAPOW—but with Mortal Kombat-inspired brutality. The powerful graphics are reminiscent of DC Universe Online (which is also a fantastic MMO to play). In the game, an alternate universe has the Joker setting up the ultimate prank to manipulate Clark into destroying Metropolis and killing a very pregnant Lois Lane by accident. Superman then proceeds to kill Joker and go on a rampage wherein he firmly believes he should enforce strict world order to stop tragedies like this from ever happening again. Of course, rising against this tyranny is The Batman, whose resistance group fights against the Man of Steel taking power for five years. Surprisingly, a non-evil version of Lex Luthor is actually on Batman’s side in this rebel movement. With this premise, you can already see that the game is not just some mindless button-mashing fighting game, even though it is incredibly fun to see the heroes’ special moves, such as Aquaman calling on a huge shark to bite his enemies in half. Will former BFFs Supes and Bats ever repair their broken bromance? You will have to play the game to find out!
- Justice League Heroes
This one may be an oldie, but it’s still definitely a goodie. In this 2006 Xbox and PS2 game, you get to play as the different members of the Justice League in a highly entertaining co-op set up. Each hero has a different set of skills, of course, such as The Flash being able to speed through enemies and the Martian Manhunter phasing through everything. While you start out with the main characters Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, John Stewart as GL, Martian Manhunter, and Zatanna, you can later on unlock more heroes such as Aquaman, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner as GL, Huntress, Hawkgirl, and even Supergirl. There’s tons and tons of fun on each stage as you battle out villains with your best gaming buds, or on your own as you can freely switch between characters on-screen. You can also unlock alternate costumes and skins later on in the game, so honestly, this might be pretty dated, but we’re having such a rousing good time with it. How can you not when you’re playing with the whole Justice League?
*Videos courtesy of YouTube.