When the phrase “comic book” is mentioned, we all think of 2 things: DC and Marvel. While both of them are great in their own terms, DC always held a special place in my heart personally, especially with Batman. And with their popularity rising, comic books became the source material of many other entertainment products such as movies, TV series and most importantly, video games.
Since the fans of comic books and video games generally coincide, both Marvel and DC never hesitated to give their license rights to game developers and they usually saw success. But they had a tendency to be mediocre and just rely on the names of the comic books. However, this does not mean that there are not any great and playable comic book games out there. While Marvel saw a bigger success with its movies, DC redefined the industry with its Arkham series. Since we already made an article of the best Marvel games of all time, it was time that we do the same with DC. So, if you are ready, here are the best DC games of all time.
Best DC Games of All Time
The first Injustice game caught us by surprise, but none of us thought that the sequel would be even better on almost every aspect. The story and the presentation are even better this time with a wider character roster and the fighting mechanics are even better. The online section has a gear system and you can customize your favorite character both visually and statistically. If you want a more balanced gameplay, you can turn off the bonus stats. In almost every aspect, it is nearly the perfect fighting game.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows
Gotham City Imposters
Here we have a Batman game without the Batman himself. Gotham City Imposters is a simple multiplayer FPS with 6 players on each team. There are different powers, gadgets and classes. One team is the Batman’s team with his team and the other is the same for Joker. It is not as good as the other multiplayer shooters on the market but if the concept excites you, it is free-to-play so you can try it anytime you want.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
If the Lego title makes you think that this game is for children, think again. It is a game that is fun for everyone. It is the last entry in the Lego Batman series and includes almost every DC Comics character you can think of. The gameplay and the places you visit are varied to a great degree and the voice acting is amazing. From the streets of Gotham City to Paris to all five of the Lantern Worlds, this game is an adventure.
Platforms: Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Scribblenauts was a really original puzzle game that let you solve puzzles in many different ways. This was done with a free creation system; the player could type anything on the screen and it would appear you him/her to use. It got even crazier when this idea got carried to the DC Universe with Scribblenauts Unmasked. If you know a weird, unknown DC hero/villain, they are probably in the game. If you are a DC nerd, this is a must-play.
Platforms: Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Microsoft Windows
Batman: The Telltale Series
Telltale is known for creating intriguing characters and stories from licensed universes and one of their latest series is Batman. You take on the role of young Batman early on his career. The thing that this game does beautifully is that it takes Bruce Wayne much more seriously and does not just give you Batman all the time. Every character is voice acted perfectly and the story is full of surprises. If you are a Batman fan and want something different than Arkham games, this is the place to go.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Android, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iOS, Nintendo Switch
Batman: Arkham City
It would be a sin to write a DC games list without Arkham games. The game series lifted our hopes for comic book games with its first entry Arkham Asylum. Even though it was a masterpiece on its own, Rocksteady outperformed themselves even more in the sequel and created one of the best games ever made. Fluid combat, tense stealth, great characters and side missions kept us coming back for more. If you finish it all, you can always go for the cleverly designed Riddler’s puzzles.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Wii U, Mac OS
DC Universe Online
Have you ever wanted to create your own superhero? If so, DC Universe Online is one of the best games that allow you to do that. You can create your unique hero (or villain) and team up with iconic heroes (or villains) to progress through the story that adapts several popular comic book storylines. It is also free-to-play, so if you ever want to try it out, you’ve got nothing to lose.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows
Injustice: Gods Among Us
After the third installment, Mortal Kombat started to go down but NetherRealm Studios truly revived the series with the Mortal Kombat in 2011. They came back to give a start to another amazing fighting game series in 2013 and took the heroes and the world of the DC. You probably won’t play it while the second the game is out, but it is a great game nonetheless and it gave way to the masterpiece that is Injustice 2.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Android, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Wii U, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Before Batman: Arkham Asylum, there was a general opinion that comic book games are mediocre at best. But Rocksteady rose among the developers in 2009 and set off inarguably the best comic book game franchise ever: Batman: Arkham series. The first game was Arkham Asylum and it gave us the control of Batman that is trapped inside the Arkham Asylum. The game was outstanding at every level: combat, puzzles, stealth, characters, story and missions. It still stands out even after 9 years and if you haven’t played it, you are doing yourself a disservice.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems, Ouya
Batman: The Video Game
Released the after the Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, Batman: The Video Game followed the story of the movie and you could even play some of the parts of the movie. The impressive part was the boss fights and the gameplay, in general, was extremely well-designed for its time. It did not age well, but if you still have an NES laying around somewhere, it is a good nostalgic time.
Platforms: Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, TurboGrafx-16
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe is one of the weirdest fighting games of all time. The story is really bad and the general idea of MK vs. DC is really awkward. It is hated by most Mortal Kombat fans but you cannot deny that it is still a solid fighting game. Of course, your DC heroes do not perform fatalities here, they perform glorified brutalities. If you want to see your favorite DC hero get torn into pieces by Scorpio, you don’t really have any other choice other than Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Justice League Heroes
Justice League Heroes was DC’s answer to Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance. It is a top-down action game that allows for a 2-play co-op gameplay. Most of the Justice League squad is here and with them you are on to take on the evil. It is a fairly old game, but if you have a buddy with a PSP or an extra PS2 controller, it deserves a playthrough.
Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS
The Wolf Among Us
I know, seeing this game on a DC list surprised you and you are now probably asking “How is The Wolf Among Us
is a DC game?”. My answer to that is that the game was based on a DC Vertigo comic property. It has the common Telltale problem with its “illusion of choice”, but story and character-wise, it is one of the best -if not the best- Telltale games.
Platforms: Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One
So there you have it, best DC games of all time for you DC nerds. From the excellent series that is Arkham games to the perfect gameplay and presentation of Injustice games, there are a lot of video games to consume for you. Be it a story focused, choice-based game or an action title, the genres are varied too, so no matter what you like, there is a DC game for you. If we missed a great DC video game, let us know below!