Disclaimer: The games were created by their respective companies and the characters are owned by Marvel or DC. The link to where I found each picture is located in the captions below. As always, the thoughts are my own.
By: Christopher Johnson
With Injustice 2, The PS4 Exclusive Spider-Man game, Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy game being released this year and with Square Enix announcing an Avengers game, I decided to share my top 5 Comic Book video games. With no further ado, let’s begin.
5. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse
This was not the first comic book related game I ever played, but it is the first I have most memories of.
This game was developed by Raven Software and is their take on the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline. It features a gameplay style similar to Marvel: Ultimate Alliance games where you have a team of 4 character and you can freely switch between them.
Looking back, the story was pretty basic, but I left it on the list as I really enjoyed the game at the time and I thought it was so cool that you could play as villains in the X-Men universe.
- Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (2014)
The game was developed by Traveller’s Tales and is a 3D action/adventure game with an interesting story involving Brainiac.
The story was a lot more enjoyable than what I was expecting because it was a Lego game I expected the story to not have as many parts as this does and the world is much more expansive than I expected it to be.
The number of playable characters was just incredible. There were a handful of characters I would have never expected to see in a video game such as Music Meister and Condiment King. The last thing I really enjoyed was the dialogue. The comedy was so on point and the characterization of the main characters was really good, in my opinion.
This game’s original story propelled it to number 4, but no matter how impressed I was with the story, the story(and the game) lacked a lot more depth than the other 3.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)
Developed by NetherRealm Studios, this is a fighting game featuring DC characters. The gameplay is pretty standard for a fighting game, but this game blew me away.
The game before this had a fun story, but this game had an immersive story and NetherRealm created their own universe that you were able to explore little by little through the game’s story. That is the only reason this game is number 3 and the main reason I am so excited for the sequel. The final 2 not only had great stories but gameplay that was just so much fun to play.
- Batman Arkham City (2011)
The second game in the juggernaut series created by Rocksteady Studios. Just like NetherRealm, Rocksteady has created their own universe and just like the last game it is so much fun to see the world the studio has created. Another reason I really like the series is the level of detail Rocksteady puts into each game with all of the easter eggs they include with each game.
What sets Arkham City apart is the world. Arkham City is an original story that takes a portion of Gotham City and turns it into a gigantic prison. To stay out of spoiling anything, I will say no more on the plot, but there is more I have to say about this game.
The last bit I want to talk about it the gameplay. There is two part to the combat as in all Arkham games; the first part is the combat. Whether you are taking down gunners using stealth or fighting tons of units in hand to hand the combat makes you feel as if you are there. The second part of the gameplay is the adventure segments. This game really makes use of the detective aspect of Batman as you go through the city investigating the origins of Arkham City and who is behind everything.
- Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions(2010)
How can a simple game by Beenox outshine the mastery of Arkham City? Alternate Dimensions. I will admit that Arkham City is probably a better game, but I found more enjoyment in the gameplay of Shattered Dimensions. The game features 4 alternate versions of Spider-Man each with 3 unique levels and bosses(12 in total). Each Spider-Man ha their own gameplay style AND art style that is unique to them and really sets their world apart from the other 3. As with entries 2, 3 and 4 in this list, the game has its own unique story, but I feel the 4 different reality aspect adds a refreshing layer to the game that the other 3 do not have.
In conclusion, Arkham City and Shattered Dimensions are games I highly recommend to anyone who has never played them before. They are my two favorites due to their unique stories and great gameplay. If you have played any of these, let me know how you feel about them. In a couple weeks, I plan on taking the story of Lego Batman and twisting it around. If you would like to know when the article is posted simply “like” Comic Conversations on Facebook or follow @CJohnson0545 on Twitter! Thank you for reading.