The Five Best Superhero Video Games In Recent Memory

Superheroes provide video game developers with some of the best characters they could ever hope for. They’re well-established, well-known and a large percentage of our hobby’s enthusiasts are well-versed when it comes to comics’ most triumphant protectors. Add in the fact that many kids grow up dreaming of being their favourite heroes, and you have the reasons why superhero video games release to such high hopes. Not to mention why it’s so disappointing when they end up being terrible, broken and/or uninspired.

With all of the above being said, it’s important to point something out, and that is the fact that not all superhero video games are of low quality. In fact, there have been quite a few standouts over the years, and this console generation has received more than its fair share of comic book inspired triumphs.

Stick with us as we count down the five best superhero video games in recent memory.

Honorable MentionCaptain America: Super Soldier

With brute strength comes the potential for a fun video game, and that’s what Captain America: Super Soldier is. Mixing a punishing and cinematic combat system with a unique open world design, it gives fans of the enhanced, tight-wearing soldier a way to take out frustration as the man himself. The chance to introduce the hero’s metallic shield into hard-hitting melee combos made for a nice added touch, and became useful whenever baddies needed to be dispatched from afar.

When Captain America: Super Soldier was released, it didn’t receive the recognition it deserved. So, if you’ve yet to take the plunge with SEGA‘s red, white and blue superhero tie-in, then you might want to do so.

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  1. Palmer Rubinsays:

    What about The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction?

    1. Chadsays:

      I decided to limit the list to current generation titles.

  2. Keltarisays:

    Superhero games can be fun, but… meh. They all turn into repetitive gameplay, which is boring. Marvel Ultimate alliance just ended up being a button masher, with no skill involved. At least the story, changing environments, and different combos/characters made it just interesting enough to finish. The sequels, not so much. Batman Arkham Asylum was fun for a short while. Even after completing more than half the game I stopped. It is just boring to do the exact same things every level, every pack of mobs, every boss fight. I didnt even bother with Arkham city.

    1. A-Robsays:

      Then you missed out on the endings of the Batman Arkham Asylum and city. They were just mind blowing.

  3. ballverinesays:

    Jesus what a shitty list, apart from batman and ultimate alliance the rest of these games were god awful

    1. Jeffsays:

      When you try to bash someone, at least give some arguments… The guy made a list and explain why he likes those games. If you’re not happy with his choice, it’s ok. If you say it’s shitty, it’s ok too but explain why or you’re just as useless as a condom to a nun.

      1. I'm going to kick chris brownsays:

        When you try to defend someone make sure they aren’t a complete idiot Everyone agrees with the fact that web of shadows and infamous should be on here Your making yourself look retarded by defending him

      2. Shamesays:

        Oh, well if the majority think that then yeah screw opinions. And he already said why there was no Infamous, he stuck to licensed superheroes, and as for Web of Shadows… it’s a list of 5 games, things are going to be left off. The task is on us to be mature enough to understand this is all subjective.

    2. Hilarity Ensuessays:

      So brave.

  4. Peter Palmer Pokersays:

    Spiderman: Web of Shadows? How could you not list that as at least an “honourable mention”?! Still, an agreeable list nonetheless.

    1. Chadsays:

      I thought Web of Shadows was pretty good, but I wasn’t blown away by it. Like a lot of the open world Spidey games, it suffered from repetition and glitches.

  5. Maxsays:

    I thought Iron Man was a good game. Fun and decent combat, but too short.

    1. Deltasays:

      Iron man? IRON MAN? OMG ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!! Iron man is the worst fucking super hero game of all time (well except for super dick 64)

      1. Ihateyousays:

        Ya i agree iron man is complete garbage

  6. Jared Gohsays:

    Shouldn’t the article be titled, “The Only Five Superhero Movies Maybe Possibly Worth Mentioning In Recent History”?

  7. Flabsays:

    …Really? This list is fucking terrible. Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions, instead of Web of Shadows? Also known as “the worst Spider-man game” and “the best Spider-man game” respectively? And no Infamous 2? Fuck you, dumbass.

    1. Chadsays:

      Web of Shadows was OK, but I found Shattered Dimensions to be a lot better.

      1. Nicholas Gatewoodsays:

        You still avoided the guy’s(Flab’s a jackass for being so unnecessarily rude, by the way) inFamous point. Other people have made it, it really is better than any other superhero game/series besides Arkham.

      2. Chadsays:

        I ended up sticking with licensed superheroes. The inFAMOUS games are very good, though.

      3. Deltasays:

        Your a jackass for not being rude enough
        The truth fucking hurts

      4. You’re*

      5. TomasHuntersays:

        Of the open world Spider-Man games, Web of Shadows was easily the best. I liked Shattered Dimensions, but I feel like we need a Akrham level Spider-Man game; something darker… say a Maximum Carnage reboot.

    2. LOLsays:

      web of shadows is one ugly looking game with more bugs and glitches than actual gameplay.

  8. How about inFamous or inFamous 2? None of them beat your Spiderman games?

  9. Nicholas Gatewoodsays:

    Where the heck’s inFamous, 1 OR 2? Either of those games are better than any title on this list except the Arkham games, same with Gravity Rush. Should’ve said “licensed superheroes” in the title, dude, there are lots of superhero games better than any of these(except, again, the wonderful Arkham games). Crackdown’s another good honorable mention. :v

    1. Chadsays:

      Those are good games, I agree. However, as you noted, I did decide to stick with licensed superheroes.

      1. Deltasays:

        If your going to make a list you need to not exclude things that are better based on preference If you didn’t “stick to licensed superheros” you would only have arkham and maybe ultimate alliance You would then fill the gap with better games

        Also anyone that says shattered demeans ions is better than web of shadows isnabfuck

      2. Chadsays:

        I thought Shattered Dimensions was much better than Web of Shadows. The latter was decent, but it suffered from the same issues as other open world Spider-Man games: glitches, repetition, some bland mission design and mediocre A.I.

        The Amazing Spider-Man fixed a lot of those issues, thankfully.

      3. You’re***

  10. Spider man 2 and The Punisher for Play Station 2 are amazing!!

    1. Chadsays:

      I really enjoyed the Punisher game.

    2. Basil Jarmakanisays:

      You got it. especially spiderman 2

  11. Deltasays:

    This also makes no sense because I clicked on a link from zergnet that said most disappointing games in recent memory So either someone is playing a joke on you or whoever put that article up is retarded

    1. Chadsays:

      I wrote both articles. The link on Zergnet must’ve been incorrect.

    2. Chadsays:

      I wrote both articles. The link on Zergnet must’ve been incorrect.

  12. Some nice choices but you left out LEGO Bamtan 2 Infamous 1 and 2,

    1. Deltasays:

      Lego batman? Haha your funny

      1. Lego Batman 2 was superb dude come on!! 😀

      2. Deltasays:

        It was average but there are defiantly 5 games better than that

      3. All your favourite characters in Lego form was like Christmas for me…yeah I’m easily amused 😀

      4. nananananana-(dead)says:

        Maybe if your a 12 year old

      5. jerksays:

        I like playing with Legos but not playing lego video games even if the games are themed with something i like, but oddly enough i have no problem playing the first lego star wars even though i hate star wars.

      6. Chadsays:

        I honestly don’t like the LEGO games very much. I’ve tried to get into them, but they tend to bore me quickly, so they weren’t really considered for this personal list.

      7. meesasays:

        couldnt agree more, i remember playing star wars lego and thinking haha ok this is kinda funny, then it dragged on and a special edition came out and almost every film got a lego spin off and i just kinda phased out pretty quick, especially batman, although the lego batman movie was pretty funny xD

      8. You’re**

      9. ViciousGuysays:

        shut the fuck up…. 😀

    2. Anthonysays:

      I agree with you,I enjoy the lego games

    3. Ghostsays:

      They mean superheroes from comics, and inFAMOUS got a comic AFTER the game’s release so it doesn’t count

  13. Tygrsays:

    5 Worst or 5 Best?

    1. Bruce Waynesays:

      You really can’t argue 5 worst with the Arkham Games up there.

      1. meesasays:

        you really can, the rest where horrible games, asylum bored me and was super linear but fair enough not the worst definately, and city was great, link to this was somehow labelled worst games :S so i think some people got confused reading it

  14. Snotsays:

    What no Ironman? lol yeah right they sucked

  15. i love how you put The Amazing Spider Man game on here, it really isn’t getting the praise it deserves nowadays. Once you get over the fact that your web is latching onto the sky, it’s a pretty darn awesome experience. It also isn’t repetitive like the others because of the new travel mechanic, i forgot what it’s called but you go into first person view of spider man and time slows almost entirely, then you aim at a destination you want to zip/swing too and you’re off. It also has some Batman Arkham Asylum mechanics like the stealth and combat similarities. so it’s basically Batman: Arkham City (free roam and all) but with Spider man.

  16. i rather play spiderman edge of time, and i just played both marvel alliance games, they both sucked, 1 sucked all around, and 2 sucked cuz it was short, easy and had a weak selection of heroes

  17. infamous 1/2 were weak as hell, i for some reason wasted my money on the psn only version “festival of blood” (also weak as hell) the movement mechenics were irritating and (I’m not clever enough to think of another adjective), his combos looked stupid(a headbutt?…. just like cap in alliance 2…) so lame

    1. Jamessays:

      The movement mechanics were homosexual??

  18. Paulo Vicentesays:

    Hulk: Ultimate destruction? Come on!

  19. awsomedude101says:

    you kidding the batman arkham city and asylum games were the best and they are still pretty beast

  20. Anthonysays:

    Wow, I thought I was one of the few who enjoyed the Captain America Game, glad it made your list

  21. mrbrockpeterssays:

    Superman 64 anyone. Not just a disappointing superhero game, one of the worst games of all time.

  22. seriously, how much did disney and marvel paid you for this?

  23. LegendInMyMindsays:

    1. Batman: Arkham City
    2. Batman: Arkham Asylum
    3 – 5. Fill in the blank.

  24. meesasays:

    oh wait…. this was a run down of GOOD games :S

    sorry but i thought all of those games minus arkham city was terrible, asylum was okish in a linear kinda way, but amazing spiderman was a horrible game and over too quickly with no depth, web of shadows on the other hand was a great game, spiderman 2 aswell, the rest though meh i honestly hated those the most out of all games ive played… minus the punisher games they where the worst

  25. Jason Loresays:

    I hated Shattered Dimensions. Don’t get me wrong, the concept was fascinating – play as one of four different Spider-Men. But the level design was horrible. Every single level was the same: follow the villain from A to B to C. To call it linear is an insult to linear games. And the web swinging was terrible. Beenox should all have committed seppuku,

  26. dragonoid350says:

    Add Superman 64, that sucked dicks.

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