Everybody desires to be Bruce Wayne. Riddled with trauma, obliged to deal with murderous maniacs, deeply strained intimate relations due to an ethically questionable vigilante second life, truly, a perfect fantasy to escape to.
Despite not holding any super-human gifts or powers, he’s placed his billionaire destiny to good use, leading to the streets to battle crime on innumerable moments and gaining crowds of loyal fans and a scattering of rivals both in the fictional universe of Gotham City and in physical life.
While he was presented in comics in the 1940s, movies and TV shows since the 60s have gained him a household title. Along with some great Batman movies, there have been some amazing Batman games too.
Similar to Batman’s massive movie outings, Batman, the game has enjoyed diverse degrees of triumph over a span of 30 Years. DC’s dark knight experienced a sort of renewal coinciding with the announcement of 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, whose popularity went as far as making the broad public completely obliterate any previous titles from collective memory.
Though there’s no doubting the perfection of the Batman series when it comes to reviewing numbers, sales, fanbase, etc. I still feel as if Batman’s heading journeys into gaming were wrongly and too promptly tossed out in favor of totally gripping the harsher makeover.
With all of that in mind, I decided to take a glance at the strong back catalog of Batman titles, Top 10 Batman Games in order, Worst To Best.
10. Batman Begins
The game Batman Begins is the game based on the major hit film Batman Begins. It mirrors the film almost completely. It is full of tightness and is intense. One of the main highlights of this title is that it has voice-overs from stars who performed their roles, such as Christian Bale himself as Batman, and also Liam Neeson, along with other artists who performed a part in the movie. Batman Begins has a charming narrative, as it mirrors the movie.
The game begins off in the Himalayas where Bruce Wayne is trained the way of the ninja. At the end of his practice, he realizes assassination isn’t the solution, and from there on the scene transfers to Gotham City wherever you are after secret drug traffickers. Batman has all the usual moves and skills. He can scale walls, jump over hedges, blow punches and has a few gadgets. The title also lets you drive a Batmobile. Batman Begins has decent gameplay with an amazing narrative.
9. LEGO Batman: The Game
Traveler’s Tales had a bonafide success on their knacks with the “LEGO Star Wars” franchise, and “LEGO Batman: The Game” would be their initial clap at a superhero LEGO game title ever and man, did it ever surrender. The game highlighted a huge 30 levels all jam-packed with mysteries and Easter Eggs for the perceptive Batman fan. Questions could be done by putting Batman and Robin into power suits that rivaled the insane action figures of yesteryear. I mean Who would not want to place Batman into a Demolition Suit, or a Sonic Suit? Why not make Robin get in a Dive Suit?
While the game-play was certainly LEGO-centric, Traveller’s Tales took quite a bit to up the ante for its primary superhero airing. Driving on tightropes, better-designed puzzles and witty references with its calm characters all summed up to a winner of a debut.
The title highlighted a vast collection of actors from the Batman universe, with both Hush and Ra’s Al Ghul working as secret unlockables. It would pale in contrast to the programs of both sequels, but you could rot hours into this game and still drive away with a smirk. “LEGO Batman: The Game” would set the gold model for both LEGO and licensed games until its sequel came out some years later.
8. Batman Vengeance
Games based on TV and movies are always lovely hit-or-miss, “Batman Vengeance” is without-a-doubt the best title based on “Batman: The Animated Series” lore. Starting from its great tune that appears like it could have occurred directly from the series and completely voice-acted, 3D-animated scenes, the game was famous for playing correctly like an episode of the critically-acclaimed show. The first gameplay sequence even starred credits going while Batman dodged a blast with a hostage! The cast involved the usual suspects: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong, Arleen Sorkin, and many more well-known voices of the DCAU.
It was the nearest thing followers ever got to a full-length game version of a DC Animated Universe Title. While fight and action were hardly frustrating, the game really made you feel like you are Batman. It faints in contrast to the current period Batman games, but it’s yet one of the only Batman titles before 2008 that actually hit the point with the technology accessible to it.
7. The Adventures of Batman and Robin
Years later, Batman: Animated Series is still considered as the most outstanding cartoon adaption of DC’s Batman. This can be attributed to its interesting tales and top-notch voice performing. Season 2 of the Batman: Animated Series was renamed “The Adventures of Batman and Robin.” The TV series sparked the game of the likewise name.
That show built a legacy that is still being held and followed across different forms of media even now. One of the benefits that it provided us was one of Batman’s first clean games in the form of The Adventures of Batman and Robin. Back then, platformers were the central force in games, this game could have easily been dropped as a different notch in the platformer belt. However, clever level layout, recognizable melody, strong controls, and excellent use of characters created a significant experience for Batman’s faces. Some may criticize this title being so low on the listing, but nostalgia is a complex thing and a playthrough of this game today will recall us all of why we’re so fortunate that game design has developed as much as it has.
The Adventures of Batman and Robin published for consoles such as the Sega CD/Mega-CD, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, and Sega Game Gear. Utilizing passwords to protect progress wasn’t extravagant, but the game was charming for its time.
6. LEGO Batman 2
LEGO Batman 2 is a diverse type of game. It is set upon LEGO blocks. So, everything can be crushed or be built into something. Unlike other LEGO titles, it has a couple of upgrades, as well as a great narrative. This was also the first LEGO title that has a complete voice cast to add more glare to the game. For the game itself, it is a wondrous one. The game begins with Lex Luthor running for leader along with the Joker and using the Kryptonite to fill out votes. The tone for the whole game is fixed by this as in the game Superman, Batman, and the entire Justice League begins out to stop Luthor and The Joker.
The title has related gameplay to other LEGO games. You gather LEGO pieces. Make your way out of a crisis and so on, but with added rewards. The characters have new skills that are surprisingly fun to do. Wonder Woman can lasso, Cyborg is magnetized and as you advance, more skills surface with each character. The game also introduces unique suits for Batman and Robin which are quite cool.
5. Injustice 2
Injustice 2 is an epic cross-over fighting game where you can live out your childhood fantasy of having the Viacom Characters ( Ninja Turtles) Fighting against multiple DC Characters ( Batman, Superman). The game has stunning graphics and an intense battle amongst your favorite characters like Batman, Ninja Turtles, Sub-Zero, and more.
The initial Injustice was already to be a big fighting game when it came back in 2013. So when its successor, the Injustice 2 arrived in 2017, a lot of people hopped into the game expecting nothing but heavenly gameplay.
The rules for this game are the same as other Fighting Games where you have to fight against the other character with a different combination of moves and skills which can be performed by pressing a set of keys on your controller. The story mode in the game allows you to go through the ultimate fight between Superman and batman. Players can also play the game online with other players or friends and upgrade your favorite characters skills, damage, health, etc by earning experience points.
Amongst all the other heroes, you also get to play as Batman, so I had to add it to this listing. It’s available on various platforms, and it has all the main characters of the DC Universe such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and many more. The gameplay is quiet with a fluid combat mechanism that gives jumping and landing knocks satisfying.
4. Injustice: Gods Amongst Us
NetherRealm Studios, the people that made the world Mortal Kombat in 1992, got the plan to give players a DC Comics fighting title in 2013, and not only that but a title that highlights DC superheroes battling other DC superheroes in an alternative reality. With the extensive roster of characters highlighted, Injustice: Gods Among Us is absolutely not a Batman game, but since a huge quantity of personas is from Gotham, I chose to add the title in our listing. In fact, a third of all the characters in the title are Batman-related, including the many versions of Batman, Batgirl, and Nightwing, as well as villains Harley Quinn, Joker, and Solomon Grundy.
Injustice is suggestive of the old Mortal Kombat titles, yet catches the heart of the DC Universe. Rather than using the same abilities and skills upon each enemy, the characters come equipped with unique powers suggestive of the comic book matches that lets them take on different competitors in different ways. Plus, the game’s dramatic storyline has a large tie-in comic series that extends upon the overarching story.
3. Batman: Arkham Knight
The final part of the Batman Series where Batman faces off the Scarecrow who has attacked our beloved Gotham City with the help of the Mysterious Arkham Knight. Fighting the two most Badass villains from Batman Series to save Gotham City is what makes this game so remarkable!
The game introduced many complicated gadgets & new game mechanics which broke the laws of physics and made you feel like doing something more than just pressing buttons! Also, Everyone’s favorite, The Batmobile was introduced for players to roam around the city! The game is a must-play if you have played the previous parts. There’s nothing more I can say to express the game, so it’s better to play and experience it yourself!
2. Batman Arkham City
Arkham City took the Superhero Games to the next level. The game made players felt like Batman as they explore the gigantic Arkham City and beat the goons and solve mysteries all around. The Arkham City is a dream come true for Batman Fans with Batman’s (Kevin Conroy) narration throughout the game and our favorite villain, The Joker, portrayed by Mark Hamill himself! And you could also see the various appearance of Rogues Gallery members too.
What else does a Batman Fanatic need in a Batman game? The Dynamic Game combat, Character Movements, and Batman’s High-Tech Gadgets were the main attraction and one of the reasons why the game is so popular till date. All the Batman Fans (Including Me) will agree to this, ‘Batman: Arkham City is the best Batman game ever!’
1. Batman Arkham Assylum
The game which totally changed the Superhero games market, and bought in a huge horde of Batman Fans into gaming! Arkham Asylum is a perfect example of how to make a great comic book game. I honestly wanted to bring Arkham Asylum higher on the list but the game above is just mind-blowing!
It was the first time in years when the roles of Batman, the Joker, and Harley Quinn were played by Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamil, and Arleen Sorkin. The Game looks, the story, the Action, the Modern City Architecture, the game mechanics, the character models, and the Dynamic & Stealthy Combat came in all together for making the Arkham Asylum a true Masterpiece which should be preserved in a museum! This game started a legacy that no other game ever reached!
I hope you loved our list of ‘Top 10 Batman Games You Must Try in 2020’. The games are purely ranked as per my experience which may vary from players to players.
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