It's taken a long time, but it seems that the video game industry has finally figured out how to do right by everyone's favorite superheroes. Gone are the days that Superman had to fly through rings at Lex Luthor's behest. Nobody asks Spider-Man to punch mice anymore. Now when we fire up our favorite superhero games we get to send Kevin Conroy's Batman after Mark Hamill's Joker and let Wolverine prove why he's the best at what he does. Erik Norris over at Crave Online has put together a list of the ten best superhero games of all time that skews heavily towards modern titles, but features a few throwbacks for good measure.
Batman: Arkham Asylum is easily the best Batman video game ever made, and a perfect use of a well-established license by Rocksteady Studios. Arkham Asylum had everything a Batman fan could ask for: phenomenal graphics, excellent voice work, an amazing combat system, proper use of Batman’s detective reasoning, and a boatload of cool gadgets.
But Batman: Arkham Asylum isn’t just a game made for the Bat-fanatics. Arkham Asylum is a great game period. It was runner-up only to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves for our game of the year back in 2009. Batman’s history in the video game market is not one that shines, to say the least, but Rocksteady has proven they have a fantastic handle on the property and we should expect more great things from them in regards to Batman in the future. So here’s a toast to Batman: Arkham Asylum -- the best superhero video game ever made. Now bring on Arkham City!
While Arkham Asylum is the reigning Batman video game champ, I still have a soft spot for Konami's The Adventures of Batman and Robin and even the original Sunsoft Batman title for the Nintendo Entertainment System (even if it gets nothing about the character or his world correct). Poor Superman, on the other hand, has yet to star in a video game that truly captures what he's all about. I really think that the infamous Superman for the Nintendo 64 set the property back decades in the gaming world. Eventually someone is going to figure out how to do a Superman title properly. I just hope that I'm around to see it!