Top 5: Super-Hero Games

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1. Spiderman 2 (Xbox, ps2, GC)

2. Hulk: Ultimate Destruction

3. X-men Origins: Wolverine – Uncaged edition

4. Marvel vs. Capcom 2

5. Marvel Ultimate Alliance

Honourable Mention:  Punisher, Lego Batman

I have just recently finished playing the new X-men Origins: Wolverine game on Xbox 360, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the game.  I agree very much with EDGE in that, ‘this game is better than it has any right to be’.  I found myself really enjoying it, and looking forward to playing it each time I turned on the console.  It got me thinking about previous superhero games that I had played, and that overall, as with many licensed games, they weren’t very good.  For every Wolverine, there is a Superman 64, Catwoman, Batman Begins, Spiderman: Friend or Foe and a Watchmen: The end is Nigh.

I am  not sure why there are so many poor Superhero games, as they seem the ideal candidates for video games, the just seem to fail in execution.  This seems to be changing slightly, with a number of up coming games showing promise, mainly Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 and Batman Arkham Asylum.

Part of the problem seems to come in a transferring their powers from the page to the screen in a manner that makes sense and is fun.  A lot of games have to some how impede the characters some how, in order to make for a compelling experience.  The main offenders of this are Superman and Wolverine.  Creating a good Superman game seems simple on the surface, but everyone who has attempted it has failed to some degree.  The problems come from having to add peril to a person who can’t be killed and can destroy almost anything put in front of them, this results in ‘innovations’ like kryptonite fog, or the removal of powers.

Wolverine has suffered similar problems in his previous outings, in X2 – Wolverines Revenge and the previous x-men movie game in particular, where he is some how stripped of his invincibility.  The guys at Raven have corrected this in the new game, adding some great effects that see clothes, skin and muscle tissue being stripped away to reveal the adamantium skeleton on top of a regenerating health system.

Anyway, above are what I consider to be the top 5 Super Hero Games of all time.  The top 3 are there because they all make use of the best features of each of the characters, and really make you feel like a badass whilst carrying out actions that you believe that they would be doing in real-life/comics.  The games in 4th and 5th place are there mainly because they are Geeks dream come true, with huge rosters that are fan-service at its best.

What are your thoughts on the matter?  What other great Superhero games have I missed?

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~ by rusted3572 on May 11, 2009.

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