Since the Atari 2600, there have been video games based on DC Comics’ most popular characters. Every new generation has a lot of great heroes and villains to choose from, as well as classic stories to retell.
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The relationship between comics and games has been hit or miss, though. Some games, like Superman 64, are known for being some of the worst ever made. Some, though, have stood out from the rest and deserve to be called some of the best DC games ever. Games that are so big and exciting that other developers can only hope to match them. This is the best.
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
When it was first said that Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe was coming out, everyone’s head turned. It’s a strange and ambitious idea for a game that was made years before the Injustice series was even a thought.
It’s not a perfect game, and that’s why it’s at the bottom of this list. But MK vs. DCU deserves credit for bringing Mortal Kombat back to the public’s attention at a time when it had lost a lot of its importance. And there are some really fun and scary moments in the movie as well.
Teen Titans (2006)
For kids who grew up in the 2000s, talking about the Teen Titans show or the video game for PS2, Gamecube, and the original Xbox is both nostalgic and exciting. It’s an action beat ’em up where you can switch between the five Titans as they fight through a video game world that breaks the fourth wall.
It has all the action and humour you would expect from Teen Titans. For Teen Titans fans, it has all the fast-paced fighting and heart they need to have a great time. It’s not groundbreaking, and it has some dated parts that are common in games from the mid-2000s.
The Flash (Sega Master System)
Even though The Flash is one of DC’s most popular heroes, he hasn’t gotten to play in many games. The 1991 Sega Master System game is a hidden gem that old-school gamers and Flash fans shouldn’t miss.
For something that runs on a system as old as the Master System, the game moves very quickly. On top of that, it has a catchy, upbeat soundtrack and a lot of fun levels that will keep fans interested for the whole game.
Superman: Shadow Of Apokolips
Superman doesn’t have a lot of good video games to his name, which is a shame. See the previously mentioned and notoriously awful Superman 64.
Superman: Shadow of Apokolips, which came out in 2002, is the best Superman game by far. It is exactly what Superman games should have been all along. This game is very much like the Superman cartoon from the 1990s that it is based on. It has the easy-to-use flight controls and acts of strength and bravery that you’d expect from a Superman game. But this game is the best way to do it. To up the ante, there needs to be a Superman game in the 2020s.
Justice League Heroes
Marvel fans have had great superhero team-up games like Marvel Ultimate Alliance and X-Men Legends, but DC fans never really got a game for the biggest team on the roster. That is, until Justice League Heroes.
It’s mostly just the DC version of Ultimate Alliance, but there are a few small changes that keep it from looking exactly the same. No matter what, this kind of game is best for big superhero teams. You can’t play as Justice League heroes like the Martian Manhunter, Black Canary, or even Zatanna Zatara in very many other games.
Lego DC Super-Villains/Lego Batman
Most of the time, you know what you’ll get when you buy a Lego game. And there’s nothing wrong with that. These games have always been fun, and Traveler’s Tales knows how to make the most of their formula.
Both the Lego Batman and Lego DC Super-Villains game contain the humor, fan-fare, and enjoyable Lego gameplay that you’re certainly familiar with if you’ve played a Lego game before. And yet, you know that even if you’ve played every Lego game a dozen times, you can still have fun with it when you go back to it.
DC Universe Online
Since it came out in 2011, development of DC Universe Online has had its ups and downs. But right now, the game is in a great place and is the best option for anyone who wants to play a game that combines the heroes and villains of the DC Universe with the classic MMO format.
It has a huge world that includes many of DC’s best places, and the character creation system is flexible enough to let you make the hero (or villain) you’ve always imagined.
For a long time, licenced games were the worst thing that could happen to video games. Nobody really knows why there needed to be a video game for every movie that came out from the ’80s up until the ’10s, but the vast majority of them were pitifully bad.
Batman for the NES stands out as one of the best licenced games ever made. This game is based on the 1989 Michael Keaton Batman movie, and it’s for Batman fans who want the challenge that every NES game offers.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Stories in video games don’t usually mean that the game is good. Even in great video games, players often just put up with the story. The story in Injustice isn’t just good for a video game; it’s so good that it inspired a successful comic book universe.
It’s rare for the story of a video game to change the story it’s based on. On top of that, the fighting is among the best that NetherRealm Studios has ever made. This game is what Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe wanted to be, and now fighting game fans are fighting over which is better.
Gotham City Imposters
Gotham City Imposters is a unique take on team-based first-person shooters. It was made by Monolith Productions, which got its start making the Condemned games and the first F.E.A.R. game. The game looks more like a cartoon than a serious game, and there are two groups based on Batman and the Joker. Characters had their own clothes, weapons, and gadgets, and they caused chaos in multiplayer on different Gotham City-themed maps full of traps and obstacles. Each character’s tools were right for them, like Batman’s grappling hook and cape and the Joker’s explosives and poisonous gas. People who like team shooters like Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch would have a lot of fun with this game.