Of course, nothing can beat some of the classics (see Freedom Force), but here are the top 5 best comic book video game adaptations for gaming consoles.
Marvel Legends: Ultimate Alliance
Published by: Activision
Its title lives up to its playability. Marvel Ultimate Alliance is the Ultimate comic book video game. With over 20 playable characters and more unlockables and downloadable characters, this Action-RPG is simply the best for any major Marvel fan/gamer.
Players can be anyone from Wolverine to Captain America, and the game handles up to 4 players with fully cooperative, fully engaging play. Marvel Ultimate Alliance also proves it withstood the test of time—no small feat in the comic book video game world. Available for: Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, Wii, Game Boy Advance, PSP
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse
Published by: Activision
Though not available on Xbox 360 or PS3 (yet still compatible), X-Men Legends 2 deserves a shout out. It is the perfected platform on which Marvel Ultimate Alliance is based, except it is purely set in the X-Men Universe. Four-player cooperative, excellent villains, and engaging story, X-Men Legends 2 definitely deserves the #2 slot not only for raising the bar for comic book video games but also for sheer enjoyment and replayability of the game.
Publisher: Activision Systems: GameCube, PC, PS2, Xbox Release Date: June 28, 2004
Spider-Man, one of Marvel Comics most beloved characters of all time, makes an appearance in nearly 20 video games. At least one video game came out with each of the mainstream Spider-Man films and a host of other Spider-Man related games have been released ever since the dawn of video gaming consoles. Sadly, most of them are sub-par. Most except Spider-Man 2.
The game lets you swing around as Spider-Man in real Manhattan in a Grand Theft Auto-type of gameplay. Not only is it a great comic book video game but it’s also the best Spider-Man game and it also made #5 on IGN’s Top 10 Best Comic Book Video Games of All Time.
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
Published by: Midway Games
With 22 playable characters including Green Lantern and the Joker, this is the closest DC equivalent to the host of Marvel-themed multiplayer/character games. It’s surprisingly fun and it looks great on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
LEGO Batman: The Video Game
Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive
LEGO Batman is the sleeper hit of comic book video games. It’s not based on a movie or comic book plot; it is its own adventure. And a fun Batman one at that. The LEGO graphics surprisingly even add to the gameplay. There are also a number of unlockable characters and other goodies to be found in this refreshingly fun comic book game.