One would think that comic books and video games tend to blend into each other. While it may often happen, it doesn’t always happen well. However, there are many video games that made the transition from the funny books to the gaming systems, and we have listed just a few below.
1. Batman: Arkham City – Although Arkham Asylum certainly deserves a shout out, this game stands out for both graphics and play. Try not to become engrossed in the game as you are thrown into the literally mad world of Gotham come alive on your console.
2. Spiderman 2 – There have been many Spiderman games, and they have had their upgrades, but something stood out in this game for the PS2. It was the first game where Spiderman could roam through New York untouched. The side quests, voices, and other bonuses also helped make this one of the best games.
3. X-Men Legends – Like the above, there have been many memorable X-men games. However, this one for the PS2, Xbox, and Game Cube debuted in 2004 and roped players in with its role playing theme and engaging story.
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – If you had three buddies and a slew of quarters in the 90’s, you probably remember and love this game. Up to four people could play at the same time on this arcade game in which they battle the villainous Shredder.
5. Marvel vs. Capcom – Not all comic book video games have to stay within their own universe. This game pitted marvel favorites such as Spiderman and Captain America against many Capcom characters, the most memorable of which came from Street Fighter. The simple premise was to choose your favorite and win against whoever showed up.
6. Mortal Kombat vs. DC – Not to be outdone by the above, the makers of Mortal Kombat and DC Comics teamed forces to create a similar game. The graphics and moves could often be superior, even though the entire game had a “rip off” feeling. However, having Superman go against Scorpion had its own appeal.
7. Freedom Force – Proving that comic book games can also be enjoyed on the computer is this entry. It is especially for those who are fans of older comic books, such as those of Jack Kirby. The Freedom Force was specifically created for the game and has loads to offer.
8. Alien vs. Predator – This was another game that was designed for the PC. It was based on a Dark Horse comic of the same name before the movie ever came about. A stand out feature was that players could be an Alien, Predator, or Marine.
9. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – Before it was a movie or video game, it was a comic book. However, the game was best loved for embracing its comic book-ness. One of the many games that involved going from the left side of the screen to the right, it also unlocked combos as you played to make it more interesting.
10. The Darkness – This Top Cow comic may not have done well selling on the shelves in either comic or video game form, but it was different than other games. It is one of the few video games to offer an element of horror and an adult level of playing that others didn’t.
This article was submitted my Sara McDowell. She owns the site Video Game Design Schools and is an avid Gamer.