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G4's Top Superhero Games

Mar 19, 2014

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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>G4's Top  Superhero GamesWhether you want to be faster than a speeding bullet or leaping tall buildings in a single bound, the small screen has been the best place for superhero fans to live out their fantasies. 
Just like their motion picture counterparts, not all superhero video games lived up to their potential. Below are our picks for the Top Superhero Games.

15. City of Heroes
The massively multiplayer online role-playing game allowed players to create their own superheroes and teams to fight the good fight in a sprawling, interactive environment.

14. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
The series expands to include more DC heroes than you can fit in the Hall of Justice and free roaming gameplay. Our only beef is the other heroes take a bit too long to arrive on the scene.

>G4's Top  Superhero Games13. Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Don’t let the Lego-izing fool you. Refining all of the enhancements they made to the formula in Lego Batman 2, TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment highlight the best of the Marvel Universe.

12. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse
Another RPG with a difference as players took on the roles of the various X-Men to tackle The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and Apocalypse. A pre-cursor to Ultimate Alliance, Rise of Apocalypse really brought the comic book experience home to X-Men fans.

11. Spider-Man: Edge of Time
A grandiose effort, Beenox and Activision took our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man to the past and future in a time-traveling journey written by Peter David. It ain’t perfect but it is still fun and intriguing.

>G4's Top  Superhero Games10. The Punisher
As brutally violent as its namesake, this one ain’t for the kiddies. Featuring other Marvel notables such as The Kingpin, Bullseye, Iron Man and Black Widow, this dark tale of revenge had Frank Castle taking his war on crime right to the Kingpin’s front door. The game was almost threatened with an ESRB rating of AO for the torture and interrogation scenes.

9. Justice League Heroes
Taking a page out of Marvel’s book, Warner released its own version of Ultimate Alliance. In an adventure that includes such villains as Brainiac, Darkseid and even Superman killer: Doomsday, players have 15 customizable heroes to choose from. Although not as detailed as Ultimate Alliance, Justice League Heroes is still a whopping good time.

>G4's Top  Superhero Games8. DC Universe Online
With comic book icon Jim Lee serving as the executive creative director, this MMORPG is a true showcase of the DC universe. With new adventure packs being released on a regular basis, the only drawback is that sometimes the game focuses too much on teaming up with other players to overcome obstacles or baddies.

7. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
Nailing the free roaming experience with a Big Apple that is yours to explore on every conceivable level, Web of Shadows is the game Spider-Man fans have been longed for. Venom has released a plague and it is up to the wall crawler and his pals Moon Knight and Luke Cage to set things right.

>G4's Top  Superhero Games6. Batman: Arkham Asylum
After a series of flops, here was a Batman game fans could really appreciate. Encapsulating the often gothic and dark tone of the DC comics and feature films by Christopher Nolan, Asylum was Batman at his best.  

5. Batman: Arkham City
The sequel to 2009’s Arkham Asylum, City expanded the Dark Knight’s world and surpassing its predecessor in every way by opening up Gotham City for us to explore.

4. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
Feeding off of the controversial Civil War storyline, Ultimate Alliance 2 was not as extensive as its forerunner but still presented a myriad of heroes to choose from, villains to trade fisticuffs with and familiar settings.

>G4's Top  Superhero Games3. Freedom Force vs the 3rd Reich
Inspired by the comics, heroes and villains of forties, 3rd Reich has the players travelling back in time to defeat the forces of evil. It is everything that made Freedom Force so special.

2. Freedom Force
Inspired by the work of Jack ‘King’ Kirby and the like, Irrational Games set the superhero RPG standard with this unsurpassed, over-the-top, gut-busting title. Featuring a roster of unforgettable characters, Freedom Force’s biggest draw was the ability to create your own heroes, which opened the door to everyday gamers designing all manner of Marvel and DC characters to use in the game.

1. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

The best of the best. From the depths of Atlantis, to the Valley of Spirits, to the Bifrost Bridge; Ultimate Alliance is a spectacular tour of the Marvel universe featuring 140 characters in total. The depth and scope of Ultimate Alliance had every comic book fan hulking out.

 
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