Comic based games – The best and the worst
There exist plenty of games based on comics, but not all are worthy of your time. And yet in games, the one medium where you can actually be Batman or Captain America, it feels like the superheroes don’t function well when compared to their comic book self.
This is an injustice that we can’t stand! For those of you here who are in desperate need of a comic book game fix, Gamemela has gathered the best 3 and the worst 3 comic based games.
1. BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM
The game Batman: Arkham Asylum took the gaming industry by surprise. Here, the player controls Batman as he explores Arkham Asylum- a secure facility for the criminally insane located off the coast of Gotham City.
In the game’s main storyline, Batman’s enemy, the Joker plans to seize control of Arkham Asylum and trap Batman inside with his enemies. With the Joker threatening to explode bombs around Gotham City, Batman is forced to fight his way through the asylum’s inmates and put an end to Joker’s plans.
Batman can run, jump, climb, crouch, glide from heights using his cape, and use his grapple gun to climb low structures or escape to higher ground. The player can also use “Detective Vision” (a visual mode that can find the number of enemies in an area, follow footprints, investigate odors, etc.) To top it off, Batman also has access to several sexy gadgets.
Soon after its release, many started calling Arkham Asylum as one of the best comic book superhero games ever made and it’s hard to argue with that statement.
The game X-Men Legends follows Alison Crestmere, a young mutant who has the ability to summon and control volcanic activity. In the game, the X-Men learn of Magneto’s plan to cover the Earth in darkness from his base on Asteroid M.
The players can choose a team of up to four characters to defeat Magneto. As characters gain experience points, players can upgrade four main powers and abilities that are unique to that character. Characters can also combine attacks to create a combo. Two or more players can use their mutant powers on a single enemy at the same time. The characters’ special abilities can be used to create a “Super Combo” when combined with an “Xtreme Power”, thus defeating enemies quicker. You also get to explore the X-Mansion when in doubt and learn more about the X-Men.
X-Men Legends is easily the best Marvel-licensed video game of all time.
Spider-Man 2 puts you in Spidey’s tights with all of Manhattan as your playground.
The super-villains and their minions in the game have various unique powers and weapons that they use to either steal, cause terror or defeat Spider-Man. At the end of the game, it becomes possible to unlock a warehouse in which the player can again fight thugs and villains such as Shocker, Rhino, Doctor Octopus, and an additional boss, Calypso, who is not found elsewhere in the game.
If you ignore the interior battles and the voice-over, you can experience what it’s like to be Spider-Man. The player also has the ability to choose either to go on with the storyline or swing around the city.
1.AQUAMAN: Battle for Atlantis
Here’s the first problem: TDK decided to make a game about Aquaman. You know, the washed-up 7th hero of the Justice League who’s only helpful when someone is attacking the Atlantic Ocean but is totally useless 99% of the time?
In the game, Aquaman’s mortal enemy Black Manta has returned after a long time. With his dedicated warriors, Manta intends to terrorize and ultimately destroy Aquaman’s kingdom of Atlantis. In order to protect his subjects and the rest of the seven seas from Manta’s evil machinations, Aquaman must venture into his city, save his people, and defeat Black Manta.
However, the gameplay is repetitive, everything is blurry, the controls constantly lag, and the graphics are terrible. Aquaman has nice hair and that’s about it.
The Fantastic Four is an internationally-renowned group of superhuman champions. Each of the 4 characters possesses their own unique abilities that help them to solve mysteries.
However, it’s hard to believe a game could possible by worse than this. A 2D game pretending to be 3D, the Four are anything but fantastic. You can move left or right and those are the only dependable controls. Be it using any sort of power or attack becomes super hard thanks to the awkward controls and terrible graphics. The game is nothing but ugly and buggy.
In the main single-player mode, the player assumes the role of Superman, who is challenged by Lex Luthor to complete various tasks and puzzles. However, Superman 64 is a barely-functional game.
To make up for Titus’ dreadful technology, Metropolis has been covered in a green Kryptonite fog. Superman can walk, fly, combat enemies, and use super-strength to lift and carry large objects. Superman’s other superpowers, such as Heat Vision, Freeze Breath, and X-Ray Vision are only accessible through the collection of power-ups in certain levels. But using any of them is not an easy task, as Superman can’t even go to the door without tripping over his own feet. Taking the stairs requires a mixture of walking and flight and defeating villains? Just forget about it, Superman aims like a blind man peeing through a keyhole.
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