A GOD DAMN BLOG: My Top 10 "Comic Book" Video Games

My Top 10 "Comic Book" Video Games

 In celebration of DC Universe Online being released (score one for an excuse to write about my opinions!), I decided to do a blog of my Top 10 "Comic Book" Video Games.  There's quite a few comic related video games I still need to play, so I will make a small list of those games also.  
The games in this list are anything comic related.
  

I don't like the term "Super Heroes". I prefer "Specially Gifted".

Now I LOVE comic books. I also love all of the craziness that comes with them. The figurines, the movies (some of them), the cartoons, the canon, and the video games have all been a huge part of my life from when I was a kid, to now as a young adult. Even if the movies and cartoons aren't as great as they used to be, it makes me happy that my little brother can get exposed to such great characters and then when he tells me about what he's been watching, I can show him all of the REALLY great stuff. 
 
I've been playing video games almost as long as I've been interested in comics and naturally I'd be WAY into comic book video games right? Right! So this is my list commending all of the comic book games that have kept me interested throughout the years! All of the games that let me be my favourite heroes (and villains) are now going to be given the proper recognition and will be inducted into the very prestigious (but seen by less than 100 people and forgotten by the end of the week) list of my absolute favourite "Comic Book" Video Games.   
 
First I would like to acknowledge the games I haven't played yet, but am going to get on it as soon as possible! 
- X-Men Legends and X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse 
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 
- Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions    
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine (while wearing the Classic Wolverine Costume this might not be so bad!) 
- Spider-Man 2 (the move game)
- DC Universe Online 
- Justice League Heroes 
- Spider-Man: Web of Shadows 
 

10. Batman Begins

I don't care what anyone says, for me, this was a great game. I normally wouldn't have bought a game like this but I needed a game and it was in the bargain bin. I got it, brought it home, put it in my Game Cube, and played it for hours on end. It actually made me excited for The Dark Knight to produce a game but, unfortunately, I was solemnly disappointed.

9. X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

I played X-Men for the Genesis and there was SO much to be desired. X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse fixed this. They traded out Nightcrawler for Beast and Psylocke and I got to say, GREAT IDEA! It did an excellent job with all of the characters, their powers, and the platforming. Wolverine sticking his claws in the wall still gives me a great feeling that not even my childhood self can explain. This is definitely a game I wish I still had.

8. The Death and Return of Superman

One of the few releases (including video games, movies, comic books, and cartoons) where I actually enjoyed a Superman product. This beat em up does a great job at making you Superman, and then Cyborg, and then Steel, and then the Eradicator, and then Superboy. Each character was fun to play as and kept me wanting to play this game through to the end. If only Superman got this kind of treatment all the time, I might appreciate him more. Did I mention it's developed by Blizzard?

7. Batman Returns

Beating the shit out of clowns never felt so good! This game was exactly what I wanted out of Batman at the time. A great game where I'm Batman and I beat the shit out of the bad guys. As much as I love Catwoman though, she really pissed me off in this game. That didn't stop me from enjoying this game from start to finish though. If anyone's looking for an excellent old school beat em up, then I definitely recommend this game.

6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time

Do I really have to explain why this game is so god damn awesome? My friends and I still play it to this day and I imagine we'll still be playing it years to come. It was one of our favourite games in the arcade and it's one of our favourite games in our home too.

5. Batman: Return of the Joker

This was a really awesome game. I still love playing this game and it was released 19 years ago! Now if that's not a good game then I don't know what is. All of Batman's weapons and gadgets were implemented very well and it felt awesome to use every one of them. I always got a big Mega Man vibe from it and I'm sure they got influence from there, which is a great thing because I LOVE Mega Man. This game could go toe to toe with the Classic Mega Mans any day. This list would not be complete or even worth showing without this game on it.

4. Spider-Man

I remember when I got this game. I pulled it out of it's box and revealed the red cartridge and thought it looked amazing. I popped it in and started playing and I was wowed. Everything about it was awesome! The classic characters, the galleries, the level select, the web slinging, it was all superb! I unlocked EVERYTHING for this game and I believe it was my very first 100% completion of a game, and what a game it was.

3. Batman: Arkham Asylum

Batman: Arkham Asylum delivered when The Dark Knight didn't. Actually, this game did a whole lot more than deliver, it blew my freakin' mind! This made me feel what it was like to be Batman. Everything was perfect, but I really don't need to explain why this game was so great, because so many people already know it as the greatest "comic book" video game of all time. It's not my absolute favourite, but it definitely deserves a spot on this list. I can't wait to see what Rocksteady does with the sequel!

2. Ultimate Spider-Man

When I saw the commercials for this I went crazy for it. I was a huge fan of the Grand Theft Auto games and when I heard it was a free-roam open world game I got even more excited than I was before. This game came out and I begged my mom to take me to get it. After hours of searching for the cheapest copy (thanks to my mom being a penny pincher even with the money I made from my first job) we found it and I could finally sink my teeth into this amazing game. Although I'm not a huge fan of the "Ultimate Marvel" universe, this game has a firm place in my heart. Talking about it right now makes me want to go and play through it again... be right back.

1. inFamous

inFamous was a game I was turned off by at first. I played the demo and I hated it. I just couldn't figure it. Thank god, I got a craving for a comic book game and decided to give it another chance! Getting better at controlling your powers and gaining new powers made it a phenomenal experience and it really made me feel like a superhero. Little things like riding power lines, jumping off, and then static thrusting to the next set of power lines two buildings over had an unreal feel to it. Sucker Punch is an absolutely amazing developer and inFamous 2 is my most anticipated game for this year.

  
 
If anyone has a game they want to recommend me to play, let me know! 
I'll probably redo this list after I'm done the games I want to play!
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Posted by MatPaget
My Top 10 "Comic Book" Video Games

 In celebration of DC Universe Online being released (score one for an excuse to write about my opinions!), I decided to do a blog of my Top 10 "Comic Book" Video Games.  There's quite a few comic related video games I still need to play, so I will make a small list of those games also.  
The games in this list are anything comic related.
  

I don't like the term "Super Heroes". I prefer "Specially Gifted".

Now I LOVE comic books. I also love all of the craziness that comes with them. The figurines, the movies (some of them), the cartoons, the canon, and the video games have all been a huge part of my life from when I was a kid, to now as a young adult. Even if the movies and cartoons aren't as great as they used to be, it makes me happy that my little brother can get exposed to such great characters and then when he tells me about what he's been watching, I can show him all of the REALLY great stuff. 
 
I've been playing video games almost as long as I've been interested in comics and naturally I'd be WAY into comic book video games right? Right! So this is my list commending all of the comic book games that have kept me interested throughout the years! All of the games that let me be my favourite heroes (and villains) are now going to be given the proper recognition and will be inducted into the very prestigious (but seen by less than 100 people and forgotten by the end of the week) list of my absolute favourite "Comic Book" Video Games.   
 
First I would like to acknowledge the games I haven't played yet, but am going to get on it as soon as possible! 
- X-Men Legends and X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse 
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 
- Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions    
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine (while wearing the Classic Wolverine Costume this might not be so bad!) 
- Spider-Man 2 (the move game)
- DC Universe Online 
- Justice League Heroes 
- Spider-Man: Web of Shadows 
 

10. Batman Begins

I don't care what anyone says, for me, this was a great game. I normally wouldn't have bought a game like this but I needed a game and it was in the bargain bin. I got it, brought it home, put it in my Game Cube, and played it for hours on end. It actually made me excited for The Dark Knight to produce a game but, unfortunately, I was solemnly disappointed.

9. X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

I played X-Men for the Genesis and there was SO much to be desired. X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse fixed this. They traded out Nightcrawler for Beast and Psylocke and I got to say, GREAT IDEA! It did an excellent job with all of the characters, their powers, and the platforming. Wolverine sticking his claws in the wall still gives me a great feeling that not even my childhood self can explain. This is definitely a game I wish I still had.

8. The Death and Return of Superman

One of the few releases (including video games, movies, comic books, and cartoons) where I actually enjoyed a Superman product. This beat em up does a great job at making you Superman, and then Cyborg, and then Steel, and then the Eradicator, and then Superboy. Each character was fun to play as and kept me wanting to play this game through to the end. If only Superman got this kind of treatment all the time, I might appreciate him more. Did I mention it's developed by Blizzard?

7. Batman Returns

Beating the shit out of clowns never felt so good! This game was exactly what I wanted out of Batman at the time. A great game where I'm Batman and I beat the shit out of the bad guys. As much as I love Catwoman though, she really pissed me off in this game. That didn't stop me from enjoying this game from start to finish though. If anyone's looking for an excellent old school beat em up, then I definitely recommend this game.

6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time

Do I really have to explain why this game is so god damn awesome? My friends and I still play it to this day and I imagine we'll still be playing it years to come. It was one of our favourite games in the arcade and it's one of our favourite games in our home too.

5. Batman: Return of the Joker

This was a really awesome game. I still love playing this game and it was released 19 years ago! Now if that's not a good game then I don't know what is. All of Batman's weapons and gadgets were implemented very well and it felt awesome to use every one of them. I always got a big Mega Man vibe from it and I'm sure they got influence from there, which is a great thing because I LOVE Mega Man. This game could go toe to toe with the Classic Mega Mans any day. This list would not be complete or even worth showing without this game on it.

4. Spider-Man

I remember when I got this game. I pulled it out of it's box and revealed the red cartridge and thought it looked amazing. I popped it in and started playing and I was wowed. Everything about it was awesome! The classic characters, the galleries, the level select, the web slinging, it was all superb! I unlocked EVERYTHING for this game and I believe it was my very first 100% completion of a game, and what a game it was.

3. Batman: Arkham Asylum

Batman: Arkham Asylum delivered when The Dark Knight didn't. Actually, this game did a whole lot more than deliver, it blew my freakin' mind! This made me feel what it was like to be Batman. Everything was perfect, but I really don't need to explain why this game was so great, because so many people already know it as the greatest "comic book" video game of all time. It's not my absolute favourite, but it definitely deserves a spot on this list. I can't wait to see what Rocksteady does with the sequel!

2. Ultimate Spider-Man

When I saw the commercials for this I went crazy for it. I was a huge fan of the Grand Theft Auto games and when I heard it was a free-roam open world game I got even more excited than I was before. This game came out and I begged my mom to take me to get it. After hours of searching for the cheapest copy (thanks to my mom being a penny pincher even with the money I made from my first job) we found it and I could finally sink my teeth into this amazing game. Although I'm not a huge fan of the "Ultimate Marvel" universe, this game has a firm place in my heart. Talking about it right now makes me want to go and play through it again... be right back.

1. inFamous

inFamous was a game I was turned off by at first. I played the demo and I hated it. I just couldn't figure it. Thank god, I got a craving for a comic book game and decided to give it another chance! Getting better at controlling your powers and gaining new powers made it a phenomenal experience and it really made me feel like a superhero. Little things like riding power lines, jumping off, and then static thrusting to the next set of power lines two buildings over had an unreal feel to it. Sucker Punch is an absolutely amazing developer and inFamous 2 is my most anticipated game for this year.

  
 
If anyone has a game they want to recommend me to play, let me know! 
I'll probably redo this list after I'm done the games I want to play!
Posted by FancySoapsMan

My favorite was Spider Man 2 on the PS1.
 
I liked all the costumes and powers that game gave you.

Posted by kalmis

As mr.Snider states in the QL. This is the one you want:

Posted by MatPaget
@kalmis: I'm definitely going to check it out! 
Have you personally played it?
Posted by MatPaget
@FancySoapsMan: I was actually disappointed by that game. 
Electro has never been a character I care for 
Posted by Goly

Very nice list eventhough I haven't played most of the games you mentioned. Did you like Infamous story wise? I was thinking about getting it recently, I mean I'm still gonna buy it anyway probably but I just want to know what to expect

Posted by Doctorchimp
@MatPaget: So you didn't play MUA 1 and 2, the X-men Legends 1 and 2. 
 
The 2 pretty good superhero movie games, also I guess you haven't played freedom force, why did you bother with a list? 
 
Also inFamous was better than Batman Arkham Asylum? What the hell? I think you forgot Zeke, the tedious parts, and the story that kind of lost itself. It also suffered from a lack of good villains to go against...
Posted by MatPaget
@Goly:   
I loved it. It is just a big origin story from start to finish though but it doesn't move as slow as other origin stories. 
 
@Doctorchimp:  
Thats why it's MY top 10 list and not yours. =P
Edited by gamb1t

xmen at #8
 
i think you been smoken crack cocaine from a crack pipe
 
edit: oh fuck double fuck its #9 you been smoken A LOT OF CRACK
 
i just realized my alias is gamb1t and i was defending xmen. yep thats me

Posted by MatPaget
@gamb1t: I hate to disappoint you more but it's actually at 9 =P  
Posted by dragonzord
@Doctorchimp said:
" @MatPaget: So you didn't play MUA 1 and 2, the X-men Legends 1 and 2.  The 2 pretty good superhero movie games, also I guess you haven't played freedom force, why did you bother with a list?  Also inFamous was better than Batman Arkham Asylum? What the hell? I think you forgot Zeke, the tedious parts, and the story that kind of lost itself. It also suffered from a lack of good villains to go against... "
Infamous might have a lack of villains but it works better than vast villains who all play like the Bane fight.
Posted by MatPaget
@zoner: Agreed!
Posted by mm665
I don't like comics that much but Freedom Force is great.
Posted by Doctorchimp
@zoner: Other than the last boss.
  
inFamous boss fights weren't anything to celebrate. Toxic lady? yeah...amazing... 
 
Old man on the bridge...super cool.... 
Posted by MatPaget
Edited by kalmis
@MatPaget:  I have. It was a while ago though. Didn't even know it was based on real comics back then. Have since picked up the games again from Steam. The main game and the expansion are often going for good price @Steam.
 http://store.steampowered.com/sub/1662/
 
 
edit. actually it is not expansion. Full standalone game. Getting old..
Posted by MatPaget
@kalmis: Wow, thanks dude! I wish I had a credit card! haha
Posted by dragonzord
@Doctorchimp said:
" @zoner: Other than the last boss.  inFamous boss fights weren't anything to celebrate. Toxic lady? yeah...amazing...  Old man on the bridge...super cool....  "
Other than the last boss? The last boss wasn't EVEN a boss. Oh big juiced up guy to jump on the back of? Super cool. Another big guy to roll out of the way and jump on the back off? Super cool. 
Oh Killer Croc? Oh boy, walking and occasionally running. Scarecrow? Oh boy walking and occasionally running.
Posted by ThePhantomnaut
Posted by mosdl
@Goly said:
" Very nice list eventhough I haven't played most of the games you mentioned. Did you like Infamous story wise? I was thinking about getting it recently, I mean I'm still gonna buy it anyway probably but I just want to know what to expect "
The most important thing about inFamous is not to read any spoilers before finishing the game.  Story itself is nice and dark.
Posted by EVO

XIII?

Posted by DocHaus

What about Comic Jumper? The game itself was a bit frustrating, but the humor was top-notch.

Posted by MysteriousBob
@ThePhantomnaut said:
" X-Men: Children of the Atom. Broken ass good game. "
A thousand times this. I actually find it more fun than the VS series. Mad stuff in that game. 
 
Any 'top comic book games' list without one of Capcom's fighters is nothing but a pathetic joke.
Posted by MatPaget
@MysteriousBob said: 
Any 'top comic book games' list without one of Capcom's fighters is nothing but a pathetic joke. "
That or I just don't like fighting games enough for them to make it onto the list. 
Although just to let you know, X-Men Mutant Academy 2 and Marvel VS Capcom 2 were both games I had to cut (reluctantly) to make this list
Posted by MatPaget
@DocHaus: 
I've got the demo but I'm just waiting till I get some money to get a points card. 
 
@EVO:  
I'm definitely interested in playing it. It's just a matter of finding it now!
Posted by TheFreeMan

no Hulk: Ultimate Destruction? 
 
still, cool list, with some interesting choices (I didn't even know that there was a ROTJ game other than the N64 game based off the Batman Beyond movie).

Posted by MatPaget
@TheFreeMan: I definitely think you should try it out. 
In any way possible.
Posted by Gabriel

I VERY much enjoyed Spiderman on PS1.