Because of their potential, superheroes should be the perfect video game character. They are powerful, they are colorful, and they inhabit elaborate worlds populated with goals and objects that are attempting to destroy them. Rather, the history of that game is stuffed with titles that are ignored, underappreciated, and simply underappreciated.
There isn't one thing that makes a superhero game underappreciated. Some are bizarrely forgotten masterpieces, while others are rougher around the edges. If there's one thing that all of these games share, though, it's the passion that went into them. These titles may not have quite climbed the highest building in a single bound yet nevertheless demonstrated that you don't have to be bulletproof to be a hero.
These are the most underrated superhero games ever.
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Blade, a 2000s film, is a perfect recreation of the style and rebellious spirit that aided in transforming it into a revolutionary film.
Blade is a third-person action game that combines Resident Evil-era horror with enthralling action sequences. It is an early attempt (pun proudly intended) at what would eventually become the standard methodology for the next generation of fantastic third-person action games. Its a surprisingly mature and forward-thinking title that might have been a bit too ambitious for its own good.
19.Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Many fans assumed that this game would be just another cash-in for Ryan Reynolds' iconic film. Instead, Rise of the Manhunters proved to be significantly better than the film it was based on.
This 3D action game is renowned for making you feel like the Green Lantern, thanks to its many abilities. However, there is something to be said about a superhero game that does not overstay its welcome and just wants to make you laugh.
18.The Invincible Iron Man
The Game Boy Advance is a Game Boy.
Iron Man was once considered as one of Marvel's most popular mainstream heroes, and it's hard to remember why so many people overlook this stunning 2002 Game Boy Advance game.
This fast-paced 2D action game, based on Iron Man's work, is simply a brief excuse to let you play with the game's various toys. The Invincible Iron Man is a classic 2D action game with a few new features that the Game Boy Advance excelled at providing. It's simple, familiar, and somehow remains the finest Iron Man game ever created.
17.Spawn: In the Demons Hand
Sega Dreamcast and Arcades
Spawn: In the Demons Hand is a strange game. It's similar to Super Smash Bros. but with a single-player mode that tries to clear out arenas full of CPU enemies. There has never been a game quite like this before.
This game recognizes that Spawn's appeal is purely based on his attitude and grim nature. The non-stop action and gloomy world design tap into those main components that attracted so many to Spawn in the first place. If you can overcome the (admittedly lengthy) learning curve, youll find that this game is worthwhile for your time.
16.X-Men Origins: Wolverine
PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC are all supported by PlayStation 2.
If you decided to ignore this 2009 game based on what might be the worst X-Men film ever, you're not alone. However, this hidden gem does have some of the greatest Wolverine action in video game history.
Despite its bleak plot, its short runtime, and sometimes repetitive gameplay, this game's Devil May Care design is equal parts ridiculous and ridiculously fun. The moment you realize this game is attempting to go as far over the top as possible is the moment you begin to fall in love with it.
15.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)
PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, and PC are all available on the PlayStation 2.
The early TMNT beat-em-up games from the 80s and 1990s are considered as some of the greatest action games of their time. While this game could not compete with its predecessors, it's an excellent game in its own right.
This 3D multiplayer beat-em-up is praised for its awesome cooperative play and beautiful cel-shaded visual style. It's an old-school arcade brawler with a sixth-generation paint job. It's a great way to spend the weekend.
PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC
This game was released the same year as the 2004 Punisher film, but it is actually based on the comics. Gameplay wise, it pays tribute to the Max Payne era of action games, though it adds a controversial interrogation system that ended up pushing the M rating.
The Punishers' unimaginable levels of violence may be too much for some, but beneath the over-the-top gore lies a solid shooter with style to burn. Developer Volition clearly enjoyed developing this game, and its energy shines.
13.Captain America: Super Soldier
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Believe it or not, there have only been a few games based on MCU films. Equally shocking is the fact that most of them are horrible.
Captain America: Super Soldier is a minor exception to this rule. While not quite as good as the Batman: Arkham games it borrows its gameplay from, this game offers a thrilling and original World War II narrative that proves to be a great companion piece to the heros' MCU adventures.
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This 2002 video game, which was sylistically inspired by comics' Golden Age, was released to widespread critical acclaim and disappointing sales. Years later, it remains arguably the finest original superhero video game ever.
Freedom Force is a strategy game that involves leading a team of nostalgic superheroes through a series of dangerous missions. Its good vibes might be a little too slow and complicated for some, but the good vibes will remind you why you once dreamed of becoming a superhero. This is one of those retro titles that is worth going (slightly) out of your way for.
11.Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, and PC
Although the gameplay in Web of Shadows is a bit rough around the edges, it's the way this game frames a strangely dark Spider-Man narrative that helps it stand out.
Youll be forced to make difficult decisions that impact on your reputation. While sometimes gimmicky, those choices highlight how difficult it is to be Spider-Man. They also have an impact on the games events in ways both great and small.
PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox
A surprising number of people wrote off this adaptation without realizing how great it was.
Batman Begins recreates many memorable scenes from the film while extending on the story in logical ways. Its a solid all-around action game that shines during stealth sequences where you intimidate criminals from the shadows rather than simply throwing punches their way. This underrated gem deserves some sort of sequel.
9.LEGO DC Super-Villains
PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC are all available now.
LEGO DC Super-Villains raises the bar for LEGO games that have never been shy about taking risks with established properties.
This game is based on the assumption that DC's greatest villains have reluctantly become Earth's only heroes. It's the sort of superhero game anyone can pick up, play, and instantly fall in love with. It's also a great starting point for some deeper dives into DC history.
8.Guardians of the Galaxy
PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC
Guardians of the Galaxy is no longer being rated under the sun because of its poor sales. This game's low sales revealed that too few people took the time to see it for what it is.
Thats a shame, because Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most heartfelt, original, and visually striking superhero games of the modern era. This game combines the intergalactic adventures with interpersonal conflicts that aren't seen in movies anymore. This is the sort of action game that we just can't get enough of these days.
7.Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS
As Batman's big-screen adventures become more dark, its easy to long for a time when the character was a bit campier. If you prefer your Batman adventures to be kind of silly, this book is for you.
This side-scrolling beat-em-up is brimming with unironic humor. While it shares a name with another Batman episode, it is best thought of as a kind of love letter to the Adam West character's interpretation. It's a playable cartoon that reminds us that even the Dark Knight can afford to lighten up.
PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC are all available now.
This 2013 game demonstrated the character at his best (and therefore worst) before the 2016 Deadpool film introduced millions to the merc with a mouth.
This is a meta-comedy in which Deadpool knows how to play a video game, but it does take no prisoners when it comes to investigating how depraved its lead character is. This game is equally immature and astoundingly clever: it's simply one of the funniest games ever.
5.City of Heroes
Imagine a World of Warcraft-like online adventure filled with player-created superheroes locked in a never-ending struggle for truth and justice. Instead, City of Heroes became one of those games that many people loved but few people actually played.
City of Heroes was a popular game until it was shut down in 2012. Unless you are willing to dive into the difficult world of fan server revivals, this game will always be a distant memory.
4.The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox
When Hulk smashes whatever is in front of him, it's at its finest. It's basically an open-world game that allows you to destroy every environment and save the day in the process.
The game isn't particularly advanced, but that's the point. For as much as the creators of this game loved this character, they also recognized that when it comes to actually playing as Hulk, you just want to skip the filler and get to the killer. And Ultimate Destruction allows you to experience that pleasure again and again.
3.Superman: Shadow of Apokolips
PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube
Shadow of Apokolips stands out in a sea of terrible Superman games due to its surprising appeal.
This 2002 action-adventure game offered a fairly straightforward 3D experience that notwithstanding new concepts. It is the Superman game that, although uneven and bleak, maintains its consistency.
2.The Adventures of Batman and Robin
The Adventures of Batman & Robin, based on the groundbreaking animated series of the same name, is a classic Super Nintendo action game with a few twists.
This gem's beautiful cartoon illustrations, labyrinth-level design, and gadget-based puzzles make it so much more than it could have been. It certainly illustrated how Batman games can and should be different from every other superhero game out there.
PlayStation One, Nintendo 64, Sega Dreamcast, and PC are all available now.
Spider-Man is a stunning game that was created by the Tony Hawks Pro Skater team as a sort of side project. From its soundtrack and colorful graphics to its Stan Lee-voiced level intros, every element of this game was made out of love.
Spider-Man is a tribute to the Marvel comics rather than the television series or the movies. At a time when comics are often overlooked by their adaptations, this game alone makes it feel truly special and unique. Its a true testament to the general quality of Spider-Man games that this title isnt the runaway best Spider-Man game ever made.