7 Best Video Games Based On Comic Books

Updated on March 27, 2024
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Check out the best video games based on comic books, featuring Batman: Arkham City, Spider-Man PS4, and Injustice 2.

7 Best Video Games Based On Comic Books

Batman: Arkham City

Developed by Rocksteady Studios and WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham City is a standout in the Arkham series and the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum. Among the entire series of Batman games, which all draw inspiration from the Dark Knight graphic novels, this entry shines as one of the best fighting games ever created.

The player is brought to the massive game world of Arkham City, playing as the caped crusader himself. With an engaging main story and a host of side missions, the player can slowly unlock new areas of the map as they progress, defeating the many enemies in the Gotham City underworld.

The game brings awesome combat mechanics, of course, but that is not the only tool in Batman's arsenal. Equipped with a host of gadgets and stealth abilities, the Batman: Arkham video games are as much about detective skills and infiltration as they are about fighting.

Use your IQ to place traps and trick henchmen, infiltrating lairs and taking down bad guys without even a punch, just like the comic book Batman would do. This game combines stealth and fighting with an atmospheric musical soundtrack and outstanding graphics for 2011.

Spider-Man PS4

Developed by Insomniac Games and Sony, Spiderman was initially released exclusively on the PlayStation, where fans quickly released this Ultimate Spider-Man game was one of the best single-player games on PlayStation today.

Now also available on PC as of 2023, this Spiderman quickly rose to be one of the best Spider-Man games ever created, with its astounding graphics being just the first standout feature.

With its own original Spider-Man narrative drawing inspiration from both the comic book superhero, and other Ultimate Spider-Man games, there is a huge game world for fans to explore, and a detailed story to be told.

Designed as an epic open-world, the player of course plays as Spider-Man with a third-person view, using a fully rotatable camera to accentuate the awesome graphics. Along with all the gadgets, dodges, and web attacks, the main draw of the game is of course the web swings.

Using the awesome fictionalized New York City game world, you can precisely attach your web slings to any of the many skyscrapers, using the controls to swing and control momentum as you play.

Injustice 2

Injustice 2 brings to life the entire DC universe, using the alternate universe story of the comic books. Definitely, one of the best superhero games full stop, Injustice 2 combines the world of DC with the mechanics and playstyle of fighting games like Mortal Kombat.

Injustice 2 continues the story from the first game based on comic books mentioned above, with Batman fighting off both Superman's Regime and other dangerous threats to the world. All this with modern graphics, an excellent music score (some consider it to have one of the best gaming soundtracks), and an engaging progression system.

Each fight in the story will give the player upgrades that they can use on their characters, creating a strong and steady power crawl throughout the game. This makes the progression of stronger enemies feel natural, as the player's own characters become more powerful as the game progresses.

Along with the basic combat mechanics of dodges, parries, fast, powerful, and special attacks, Injustice 2 also allows the player to use the environment to their advantage, incorporating the environment into combat as well as utilizing stage transitions to enhance gameplay

At the end of the game (Spoilers), the player can effectively choose their own ending, deciding on the side they support in the climactic final boss battle between Batman and Superman. This feature adds a significant layer of freedom, encouraging players to replay the game for a different ending.

The Wolf Among Us

Based on the comic books of Fables by Bill Willingham, 20 years prior to the events of the main story, The Wolf Among Us brings Telltale Games' signature art style and choice-and-consequence gameplay to a magical and mystical land.

A video game where each and every choice you make can impact the story of the game you're playing, The Wolf Among Us sees you play as Bigby Wolf (once the Big Bad Wolf), the Sheriff of Fabletown investigating murders in the mystical community.

With the game split into 5 episodes, it serves as the perfect hook to introduce players to the Fables comic books. A world with a mature take on the many fairy tales, folklore, and other myths we all know and love, The Wolf Among Us will present the player with many difficult choices.

What makes this game stand out from previous Telltale Games titles is the timing mechanic. Telltale has always been known for its “butterfly” effect, but The Wolf Among Us adds timing as an important factor.

Now, it is not just the decisions you make, but how quickly you make them that determines the story and character relationships. Take too long to answer? A character may start to distrust you.

With an awesome story, great visuals, and a unique take on the Fables comic series, The Wolf Among Us is definitely one of the best comic book games ever created.

Deadpool

Released long before the now popular Deadpool movies, the Deadpool game based on comic books by Marvel Comics is easily one of the best comic book games ever made. For many casual fans in 2013, this game would be their introduction to the "Merc with a Mouth," and what an introduction indeed.

Created by High Moon Studios and Mercenary Technology, this comic book game is an action-adventure game in the third person. I would say that it combines the fun hack and slash mechanics with a suitably witty and fun storyline that is right at home with a Deadpool story.

Always breaking the fourth wall in the original comic books, the story starts off much the same, with Deadpool pitching the very game you are playing to High Moon Studios... All that, only for it to be rejected, causing him to ravage their studios until they accept his pitch.

This is just one of the many fun and light-hearted storylines running throughout the game, as Deadpool must fight his way through hordes of enemies and many famous characters of the MCU. If you're looking for a funny and enjoyable action shooter, Deadpool is definitely the game for you.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes

A video game based in the Marvel Comics universe, Lego Marvel Super Heroes is the ultimate experience for Marvel comic book fans. As with any of the infamous Lego games, this game allows you to play as many different characters in the Marvel Universe, from Iron Man to the Incredible Hulk.

The game's main villains are Doctor Doom and Loki, who recruit a whole host of other famous Marvel comics villains for the player to take down. Lego Marvel Super Heroes is a game perfect for all ages, combining the Marvel Universe with Lego to give an action-adventure game filled with fun and intricate puzzles, witty moments, and all the fun that comes with Lego games.

In total, there are 180 playable characters in the game, many with their own unique abilities. There are also many Easter eggs hidden throughout the game, such as the inclusion of Stan Lee as an unlockable character.

This game is perfect for fans of Marvel Comics to live out their fantasy world, whether it be swinging around New York as the amazing Spider-Man, or unleashing ultimate destruction as the Incredible Hulk.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

A game developed and published by Ubisoft studios, this game is based on comic books of the same name by Bryan Lee O'Malley, and was designed to tie in to the movie release in the same year.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is definitely one of the best side-crawling brawler/beat 'em up games released in the last decade. Scott Pilgrim ensures each character has a completely unique move set, keeping the game fresh and interesting on each play through.

Each of these individual move sets can be expanded on and improved through leveling up the characters as you play, helping you defeat each level and each ex as they increase in difficulty.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Manhattan Missions

It would be a crime to leave out one of the earliest great games based on a comic book. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Manhattan Missions is a fairly simple platformer in which the TMNT must face a series of levels, searching for their arch-nemesis The Shredder.

Notable for its more mature tone compared to other comic book games at the time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Manhattan Missions is a basic yet endearingly fun game, using RPG mechanics and team-based strategy to help the player defeat their enemies.

Each turtle has their own unique weapon, just like in the comics and animated series, and each will take different amounts of damage on each level. It is the players' job to play through at the right speed, knowing when to attack and when to rest, all under the pressure of a timer.

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