2) Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
There are two types of Spider-Man games out there: those which offer open world freedom, and those which constrict Spidey’s adventures to varied stages. Although some believe that the character is at his best when he’s given the ability to travel through Manhattan, it’s tough to argue with the great and memorable experience that is Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions – a game that I consider to be the best of all of the web-head’s interactive appearances. Yes, it really is that good.
What was most impressive about Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions was its creativity. Its four playable Spider-Man variations all had their own individual gameplay mechanics and quirks, creating an experience that changed on a level-by-level basis. In one, players would be forced with being as stealthy as possible within a darkened black and white stage. Then, the next stage would offer something drastically different, changing things up in order to prevent repetition-based boredom from setting in. Even though a couple of the characters didn’t shine as much as the others, and happened to feature similar gameplay styles, they were still quite fun to play as and the game benefitted from their inclusion.
Beenox truly deserves this recognition because they hit a home run with this proverbial ball of webbing.
1) Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City
As expected, Rocksteady‘s two Arkham-centric masterpieces top this list. That’s because no other superhero video game has ever captivated gamers like both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City have since they hit store shelves. The British developer truly honoured the Caped Crusader with unforgettable digital ventures into Gotham’s most troubled areas, showing that they truly understood what it took to bring Bruce Wayne’s alter ego to video game greatness.
It’s tough to pinpoint what makes this series so exceptional because each of its two critically acclaimed entries is made up of many top shelf mechanical ingredients that culminate into one spectacular finished product. That’s the true mark of a great game as, while some titles are known for excelling in certain areas, our interactive hobby’s true masterpieces use that description as their starting point. As a result, they deliver experiences that excel in multiple areas.
Take a bow, Rocksteady. You deserve it.
There you have it, folks. Our countdown of the five best superhero video games in recent memory has come to a swooping end. Do you agree with our picks? Let us know.Previous