Your Favourite Superhero Video Game

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Stay Puft, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. Stay Puft

    Stay Puft Member Registered

    Video games and superheroes seem like a match made in heaven. We've had our fair share of great superhero video games, and certainly a few that were absolute trash. So that being said, which is your favourite superhero video game of all-time?

    Of the more recent ones, I'd definitely have to go with the Batman Arkham series. It's just blown me away with the combat and the way that it makes you feel like you ARE the Batman. In terms of older games, I'd have to pick The Death and Return of Superman for the Super Nintendo. It was based on the comic book event and was a really fun beat 'em up.
  2. lamanlupa

    lamanlupa Member Registered

    One video game that I remember as a favorite growing up was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, both I and II. I loved this game that was released for the NES if I'm not mistaken. The first version was cool enough and the game play was great. The second version had smoother graphics than the first one and also smoother game play, which one was best? I would have to go for the second one. The bosse there were great to play against.
  3. aboleth_lich

    aboleth_lich Member Registered

    During my youth, I would have answered with Spider-Man & Venom in Maximum Carnage on the SNES. There are arguably other Spider-Man games that make you feel more like Spider-Man, but Maximum Carnage was just an absolutely fantastic street brawler that really pushed the capabilities of the SNES. (It's sequel, Spider-Man & Venom in Separation Anxiety was fairly disappointing though.)

    Also, lamanlupa is quite correct about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle games being great as well. The original NES game was a bit more varied and excessively difficult at times, but all of its sequels were immensely fun street brawlers!

    Today, however, I simply must echo Stay Puft's sentiment and vote for the modern Batman: Arkham series! There's a long history of great Batman games: Batman on the NES, Return of The Joker, The Adventures of Batman and Robin, etc. However, in addition to having vastly superior graphics, sound, and game-play: the modern Arkham series actually makes you feel like Batman in a way that none of the previous games did: actual detective work, stealth, tactical take downs, etc. In my opinion, there's just simply no contest here!
  4. dillinger10

    dillinger10 Member Registered

    The Arkham series are the gold standard. The combination of incredible graphics, storylines and gameplay have made these day one, must buys for me. Arkham Knight was my personal favorite.

    Some of my favorite older superhero games include Deadpool - for its creativity and humor, Viewtiful Joe, Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and of course Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Of course, by comparison, there have been some absolute stinkers when it comes to Superhero games through the years, honorable mentions include X-Men: Destiny, Catwoman and Superman for the N64.
  5. MandyMarieB

    MandyMarieB Member Registered

    I agree with the above: the Arkham games are, no contest, the best superhero games out there. (Though I wasn't a fan of Arkham Knight's ending.) But they have truly set a standard, and its going to be hard for others to beat them!
  6. Vegito12

    Vegito12 Member Registered

    I remember liking the Crash Bandicoot games which were made in the 90's and enjoyed the graphics and also it was a nice series and Crash the main character was fast and could take any boss on in the games. It is nice to see a character who is well made and designed as well, also hope to see more games in the future which can make me enjoy myself while playing the game. It is amazing to have heroes in games who are appealing and have nice skills and also make it better which is nice and also enjoyable in the process.
  7. aboleth_lich

    aboleth_lich Member Registered

    Would Crash Bandicoot count as a superhero though?

    Superhero is a fairly broad term, and certainly whether or not a certain character is one is open to debate on a case-by-case basis. In this context, I interpreted "superhero games" as "games about comic book superheros."

    If we're going to expand this conversation beyond comic book superheros, then I would like to nominate the entire Mega Man franchise! I believe that Mega Man is very much a superhero in nearly every way! I hesitated earlier only because he didn't begin life as a comic book superhero, although on the other hand he is clearly largely derived from one: Astro Boy!

    And if we're going to consider Crash Bandicoot to be a superhero, then certainly Sonic The Hedgehog is one as well! (And again, one at least largely derived from a comic book superhero: The Flash!)

    If we're going to open up the definition of a "superhero game" like this, then there are a great many other video game protagonists that are now equally valid candidates: Earthworm Jim and Samus Aran immediately coming to mind as two additional examples. (As many heroes who don't technically have superpowers and instead utilize technology are often called superheroes regardless: Iron Man, Batman, Green Arrow, Blue Beetle, etc. Earthworm Jim and Samus Aran are equally valid as superheroes if we remove the sourced-from-comic-book restriction.)
  8. prose

    prose Member Registered

    Great question! Does Marvel versus Capcom count as a superhero video game? If so, I would choose that as my favorite superhero video game. It is a fun one to play in groups of people at gatherings, swapping in and out. We have even done a round-Robin style tournament with this game before. I prefer playing as the Marvel superheroes over the Capcom characters.
  9. aboleth_lich

    aboleth_lich Member Registered

    I also second the props given to the Marvel versus Capcom series. I'm not all that into fighting games in general, but those games are an eminently fun button-mashing exception! A most excellent series!

    I'll also add I think that Marvel versus Capcom most definitely counts as a superhero video game, simply because half of its characters are Marvel properties that everyone universally recognizes as prime, definitive superheroes and even among the Capcom camp are characters like Mega Man who are quite arguably also superheroes. If a video game featuring the likes of Spiderman, The Avengers, and the X-Men isn't a superhero game--then what game is?
  10. dihewe

    dihewe New Member Registered

    No love for Ultimate Alliance? That was one of my favorites when it first came out. Both one and two were pretty spectacular. Just the thought of being able to have a bunch of awesome Marvel heroes on a team you can play as blew my mind. I would always play as Spider-man. On that note, I'd also say Spider-man 2, the movie tie-in. That also blew me away, being able to swing across new york as a spidey i'd grown to love on-screen. Very, very cool. Ultimate Spider-man was also pretty dope. The art style made it really unique, as well as it being based off the ultimate comics. I always thought the voice actor for Peter could get kind of annoying but nothing too bad. And being able to play as Venom was awesome.
  11. CriticalDavid

    CriticalDavid New Member Registered

    I would have to say the Batman Arkham series. I do hate the combat system and all of the trophies. I do enjoy seeing more Batman characters brought to live. I felt cheated after the dark knight trilogy films, so I was so happy to start playing Arkham Asylum then Arkham city. I still need to play the other games in the series.

    I didn't buy it but I also enjoyed Viewtiful Joe.
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  12. artyarson

    artyarson New Member Registered

    Spider-Man series. This is my favorite superhero, actually. However, I enjoy Batman as well.

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