It’s not always easy to like comics and play PC games at the same time. Spider-Man 2 was praised as one of the best games ever made for the PS2, but PC players had to deal with a different game that wasn’t as good. The same thing happened again last year: Arkham Knight was a huge hit on consoles, but the Windows version was buggy, not finished, and a big waste of money.
If both of those things happened to you, you might think that PC owners can’t play any good superhero games. But thank goodness, you’d be wrong. These ten are really great… (Note: Batman: The Telltale Series gets an honourable mention for its exciting point-and-click games, which are mostly seen from Bruce Wayne’s point of view when he’s not in costume.) But so far, only the first two parts of the game have been released, and it doesn’t seem fair to put a game on this list that we haven’t finished.
X-Men Legends II: Rise Of Apocalypse
Rise Of Apocalypse is a great game for fans of Marvel’s famous mutants. It’s the follow-up to the great X-Men Legends, which, unfortunately, didn’t come out on PC. It is an action role-playing game that can be played alone or with other people. The basic plot is that Apocalypse, an ancient mutant who is very strong, has come to Earth and wants to take it over.
To stop him, the good guys and bad guys from Marvel’s X-Men decide to work together. You will have a lot of missions to do, and each time you will have to choose the four best mutants to go with you. Their different abilities are a lot of fun to play with, but the game’s structure can get boring after a while because it repeats itself.
Saints Row IV
The sandbox game Saints Row started out as a gang-based action game with car chases and street fights. When the fourth game came out in 2013 for PC and consoles, the series had changed into a story about an alien invasion where the characters had superpowers.
Not only is the player character elected President of the United States for no apparent reason, but soon after the game starts, he also gets amazing powers, like telekinesis, super speed, and huge jumping skills, as well as elemental powers that let the player control fire and ice.
Surprisingly, the game turned out to be one of the best superhero games ever. The story is completely crazy, the game is a lot of fun to play, and you’ll get a good number of hours of killing.
Marvel Heroes 2016
There are a lot of famous superheroes in the Marvel comics canon, but many of them have never been given their own game. Marvel Heroes doesn’t change that, but it does give fans the chance to mess around with their favourite Marvel heroes in a massively multiplayer online action role-playing environment.
There are a few optional microtransactions in the game if you don’t mind spending a little money, but if you don’t want to spend money, it’s still fun to go on missions with your friends as characters like Iron Man or The Punisher and try to level up to get more powers. The raids are a lot of fun because you and up to nine other people have to fight unique bosses against a timer and a number of deaths. The roster of over a hundred playable characters is also sure to keep you interested for a long time.
Like Saints Row IV, Prototype wasn’t based on a superhero property that already existed, like all of the other games on this list. And, just like how that game went, it’s pretty darn good. Prototype is a straight-up action-adventure game that is perfect for comic book fans who feel like Spider-Man and Batman don’t come to our gaming systems often enough.
Alex, who is controlled by the player, can change into different forms. This lets him change into anyone he wants, and it also helps him in battle (absorbing an opponent into your stomach is a strangely satisfying way to beat them). The story is pretty simple (finding out what happened in the past and stopping monsters from getting away), but the crazy ways to fight make up for it.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
In Injustice: Gods Among Us, we finally got a modern take on what Tekken would look like if it were a comic book. Much more than Marvel vs. Capcom or Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. In Injustice, you can really see how a superhero fight works and what moves they use.
The only problem is that the fighting space is only in 2D. In today’s games, you almost can’t help but wish for a few more angles to make the action more exciting when you’re going head-to-head. The quality of the graphics, the story (which is really dark and involves the Joker, Superman, and Batman), and the fun of beating someone up with superpowers more than make up for that, though.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Since 2005, when LEGO Star Wars proved to be a hit, Traveller’s Tales’ LEGO videogame series has been getting better and better. The games are fun and challenging, and people of all ages can enjoy them. So far, there have been three games in the series that focus on Batman. If you like this kind of game, you should try all three. My favourite, though, is LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, because it really showed how many different kinds of people like DC Comics.
LEGO Batman 3 has the usual mix of main missions and extras you can choose to do. It also has cameos from people like former Batman Adam West, current Green Arrow Stephen Amell, and legendary movie writer and DC fan Kevin Smith. Everyone will enjoy it, but DC fans will get even more out of it.
Ultimate Spider-Man is the solution to people’s complaints that the PC version of Spider-Man 2 was really bad. It has simple but effective web-slinging controls, graphics that look like they came from a comic book, and an interesting story about a young Peter Parker and his friend Eddie Brock after the Venom symbiote is made.
Ultimate Spider-Man is a lot like the original Spider-Man game from 2000 and its sequel, Enter Electro, which was never released on PC for some reason. Ultimate Spider-Man has all the things a Spider-Man game should have, like quips, thwips, and a bunch of well-known bad guys.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Infinity War is one of the most important crossovers in Marvel comics. In 1992, it got a lot of superheroes to work together to fight Thanos and his impossible-to-break Infinity Gauntlet. It’s a classic tale of people coming together even though things look bad. But heroes don’t always agree with each other. They start fighting among themselves instead of working together. This was the main point of the famous Civil War movie from 2006. But not only did this event serve as the basis for a very popular Marvel movie, but it was also made into a game in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.
Ultimate Alliance 2 is an isometric brawler with a little bit of Diablo in it. You have to put together a team of four heroes and fight for their side in the Superhero Registration battle. Even though your goals are pretty simple for a dungeon crawler, the combat system is surprisingly deep. Every character has a unique Fusion ability that changes depending on who they team up with. So, Storm can shoot lightning bolts at Captain America, and he can deflect them with his shield so they hit their enemies.
With more than 20 playable characters, there are a huge number of ways to mix and match them. The big question is, of course, whether or not Wolverine and Hulk can do a fastball special. (Yes, he can, and yes, it’s cool.)
If you like watching superheroes beat each other up, there’s no better example than Injustice 2. As a fighting game based on DC comics, it reimagines Batman’s world as one where Superman went bad. Yes, get ready for a plot that will make you laugh out loud.
Injustice 2 has some of the best graphics of any fighting game ever made. The story is told through cutscenes that are ridiculously well made. Newer favourites like Supergirl, Green Arrow, and Black Canary, as well as Batman and Harley Quinn, have major roles in the story. Each new chapter quickly introduces a new point of view and a well-known place from the DC universe, making this a quick trip through many decades of comic book history.
In battle, characters throw each other through the environment with a sense of weight and power that is rarely seen in games. The fight system is complex, but even a button-masher can easily use some ridiculously fun moves, like The Flash throwing an opponent through time and slamming them into the Sphinx’s nose.