Counting Down The 10 Best DC Universe Video Games
10. Death and Return of Superman (SNES)
Video games have not been kind to Superman. Ranging from Lackluster to just horrible (Superman 64!). But in 1995, The Death and Return of Superman for the SNES left a great impression on fans. In a very Streets of Rage way, Superman takes to the streets to defeat villains only to be killed by Doomsday.
This leaves a super vacuum and people quickly try to fill it. This is part of the appeal of this game: you get to play as several different characters all interacting from different points in the story arch. You eventually play as Superman (including the Black suit version post resurrection), Cyborg Superman, The Eradicator, Superboy, and Steel!
9. Justice League Task Force SNES
Before Injustice pinned the heroes of the DC Universe against one another, Justice League Task Force allowed players to pick one of the members of the JL and fight their way through the rest of the League (albeit robot versions but still!) all the way up to Darkseid himself.
Despite it being called the Justice League, it really is whatever character you choose against all of Apocalypse but its still fun. This game offers a story mode, player vs CPU, and Player vs Player. Although there are only 9 characters and the fight engine isn’t super complicated, you can still have a great time with this title.
8. Batman Returns SNES
This game takes advantage of everything the SNES has to offer and gives the player an unforgettable experience in the world of Tim Burton’s Batman franchise.
The thing I like the most about this game is the grittiness of it. Batman feels like a hulk. He picks characters up with one hand and can slam them on the ground or against a wall. You also get to travel different locations and fight iconic villains including Catwoman and Penguin. And the Batmobile level is unbelievable!
7. The Adventures of Batman and Robin
Like most kids who grew up watching cartoons in the 90’s, Batman the Animated Series holds a very special place in my heart. In fact, it is my favorite cartoon ever! Because of that, it is only natural for me to include The Adventures of Batman and Robin game for SNES is amazing!
The soundtrack, the art style, and the general feel of the game really lets you into the BTAS world. You face off against all the heavy hitters in terms of Batman’s villains. The one thing that I wish this game would do is let you play as Robin, considering the tile is The Adventures of Batman and Robin.
6. DC Universe Online
Every comic book hero enthusiast has had the idea, AT LEAST ONCE, of creating a superhero within any given universe. DC Universe Online lets you do exactly that. From the look to the abilities, you can create your own hero and upgrade them as you go along.
This free-to-play action combat massive multiplayer online game allows you to interact with other players in order to complete missions against Brainiac’s forces. There are tons of missions and your player is constantly finding and unlocking equipment to upgrade their powers and defenses.
5. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Lego Batman 1 and 2 where such fun games that when Lego Batman 3 was released, I was skeptical it could improve…but it did! Although branded as a Batman game, it really is much more of a Justice League game pulling characters from the deepest areas of the DC Universe.
It has tons of great missions and an open-world concept that provides hours of gameplay. I especially enjoyed the fact that there were over 150 different characters you could play as.
4. Arkham Asylum
Arkham Asylum, the game that started it all. This first installment into the Arkham series was nothing short of breathtaking. I remember the first time I played it just thinking, “Wow! The developers really care about telling a story and these characters!”
There is so much heart to this series but this game in particular was one of those few games that I actually cared about trying to get 100% game completion. AND THE CAST!!! Bringing in Mark Hamil as the Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman was pure genius! From the style to the combat engine, this game pushed the limits of ANY DC game into a new era.
3. Injustice: Gods Among Us
This might be insane for some people but I think Injustice: Gods Among Us is one of the best fighter games ever! Not only is it full of key DC characters, all of which are accentuated by their individual fighting styles and special moves, it is a game you can actually play and not rage. I’ve never played a match and lost and thought I got ripped off.
There is just a sense of fairness to the game. Not to mention how fun the campaign mode is. I even enjoyed the S.T.A.R. Labs mini games.
2. Arkham City
This was a hard choice but Arkham City took all the things Arkham Asylum did well and just blew it up by 100! The HUGE open world concept was unbelievable.
The combat engine got more precise and fluid, allowing for you to take down enemies in a very personal way. The gadgets got better, the bosses got harder (in a fun way) and it felt new and familiar all at the same time!
1. Batman (NES)
I’m not even going to lie, there was some serious nostalgia that led to this pick but this was one of the first games I ever played and decades later, that soundtrack is still in my head.
The visuals, challenges and enemies just embody everything that is right about DC games. I love how even in all its 8-bit glory, you still have a plethora of weapons to use and despite its simplicity, it all meshes together perfectly!
Well that’s my list. What is your favorite DC game? Comment below!