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Letters from the Front

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These days, box offices around the nation and around the world are dominated by superhero movies and big blockbuster action movies like Mission Impossible, while superhero movies have been getting stronger since Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in 2005 and 2008 respectively, the superhero genre in videogames has been lackluster and forgettable outside of a select few.

While not all Superhero games are huge duds like Superman 64 or half of the Batman games on the Playstation 2, there are some that have been ingrained in our memory and defy the stereotype that has plagued superhero videogames and have become some of the greatest videogames of all time.

Check this list out and be sure to comment what is your favorite superhero videogame down below.

5: Spiderman 2

 

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Spiderman 2 was a gem for its time.

Before Treyarch entered the Call of Duty scene with Call of Duty 2: Big Red One and Call of Duty 3, Treyarch developed Spiderman 2.

Spiderman 2 was a fun and engaging superhero game and it was revolutionary for how it hammered the nail in when it came to the web-swinging, a key part of Spiderman’s character. It felt good and it wasn’t until 2018 that web-swinging mechanic was surpassed by Insomniac’s Spiderman.

4: Spiderman ( 2018.)

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Spiderman is the best game that Marvel has released, but it is also a great starting point for what could be a promising universe.

Spiderman is developed by Insomniac Games, famous for Ratchet and Clank, the Resistance trilogy, and some other games like Sunset Overdrive, and by bringing them into the fold, Sony hit another nail on the head.

Spiderman surpasses Treyarch’s Spiderman 2, a game that was considered by many to be the defining Spiderman game, in literally everything:web-swinging to combat and to open world exploration and it truly sets itself apart with its unique storytelling. Insomniac delivered an emotional story that not only focuses on Spiderman himself but his alter ego, Peter Parker, and how both affect not only his life but the people around him.

We meet Spiderman and Peter Parker some time in, we don’t meet them at the beginning and that is the biggest plus of Insomniac’s Spiderman. We don’t need another origin story and that is the biggest plus from this game. This game has done the exact same thing for Spiderman for what Arkham has done for Batman. Absolutely revolutionary.

3: Batman: Arkham Knight

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An epic conclusion to an epic trilogy.

Batman: Arkham Knight represents the final entry in the Arkham trilogy, all of the previous games in the series has led up to this. Rocksteady weaved a fascinating but very predictable story surrounding Batman, his foes, and a new threat who ends up being just as predictable as the plot is.

Although the story of Arkham Knight and its character never reached the heights of Arkham City and Arkham Asylum, Arkham Knight still signifies to all of us that Rocksteady is still at their top of the game and Arkham Knight is a fitting end to one of the best Batman games in a long time.

2: Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Batman: Arkham Asylum is the most revolutionary superhero game of all time, Arkham Asylum showed to the world that a Batman game could be good and it demonstrated how to make a perfect comic-book game. Not only that but it would go on to influence several other games with its combat and its approach to stealth gameplay, so much so that Insomniac’s Spiderman was influenced by its combat.

Before Arkham Asylum, every Batman game was atrocious and never made you feel like you were THE Batman until this game came around.

1: Batman: Arkham City

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Following the success of Arkham Asylum, many wondered if Rocksteady would hit it out of the park again. Thankfully, Rocksteady did and the payoff was gigantic. Arkham City is perhaps one of the most influential superhero games of the past decade.

Their gamble to move away from corridors and spooky environments to large open spaces and a wide portion of a sliced off section of Gotham City paid off. This allowed for greater spaces and more freedom to do what you want in this locked off section of the city, not only could you do missions in whatever fashion you wanted but this allowed Rocksteady to do things that they couldn’t do before in Arkham Asylum like grappling around or greater distances to fly from. In addition to the greater spaces, the combat was improved upon and the story was improved upon from Arkham Asylum.

I have never seen a game like Arkham City before or I will never see a game like it again. Arkham City is the best game that Rocksteady has offered. A masterpiece.

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