10 Best Video Games Inspired by Comic Books (According To Metacritic)

Anyone who’s ever peeled back the pages of their favorite comic book has wanted to step into the roles of their beloved heroes and heroines at some point. With the recent success of films like Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and the much-anticipated Sandman series set to premiere on Netflix, it’s clear that the comic book medium is still a beloved form of entertainment.

But films and TV shows aren’t the only places where the heroes of comic panels can find new audiences, video games are also one of the most consumed forms of media available. Although superpowers are not required, comic books have inspired a litany of different titles ranging in every genre from RPGs to arcade brawlers. Sometimes it only takes a digital download to become a comic book hero.


10 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (75)

Wolverine escaping from Weapon X in X-Men Origins Wolverines game

With a new title inspired by the clawed powerhouse of the X-Men well on the horizon, it might behoove some gamers to venture back to the days of the PS3 and try this underrated movie tie-in. Based on the events seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverinethe game casts players as the titular mutant with indestructible claws in a hack-and-slash brawler.

If there’s one character that fits that genre to a T, it’s Wolverine. Whether it’s in the movies or the comic books, the biggest thing fans of the character want to see is Logan tearing through an onslaught of enemies without breaking a sweat. It’s not the deepest game in the world, but it definitely delivers.

9 Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game (79)

Artwork from the Scott Pilgrim vs.  The World video game.

A video game based on a movie based on a graphic novel series inspired by video games might sound like a mouthful, but Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is one of the finest side-scrolling beat-em-ups a gamer can play. In retrospect, the video game adaptation of the comic series by Brian Lee O’Malley arguably captures the spirit and tone better than the film did.

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Using designs, visuals, and motifs more prominent in the source material than in the film, the game beautifully blends comic book and arcade action in a cocktail of retro-inspired goodness. Fans of games like River City Ransom gold Streets of Rage won’t want to miss out on this modern classic.

8 Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes (81)

A lego version of Batman with Superman and Robin in the background for Lego Batman 2 cover art

The Lego games are normally a fun time regardless of which pop-culture phenomenon they are emulating. Although the Dark Knight already received his bricked adaptation, the sequel featured more of his friends from the Justice League and other DC properties joining in on the fun.

From collecting studs to overcoming obstacles, the game jumps through a lot of common Lego hoops, But it also gives players a chance to explore an open-world, Lego version of Gotham city with a variety of characters and missions. C’est non Arkham Asylumbut it’s a good time nonetheless.

7 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (82)

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Avengers

Many superhero titles rely on the concept of simple yet effective, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is no exception. This top-down beat-em-up from the PS3 era is a Marvel fan’s dream come true, bringing together some of the best characters the comics have to offer.

In a fiendish plot concocted by Doctor Doom, all of the biggest and baddest villains of Marvel from Bullseye to Galactus come out to reign terror and wreak havoc. Fortunately, Nick Fury and his team of Avengers are there to answer the call to battle. With a fully stocked roster of playable heroes, comic junkies won’t be disappointed.

6 Lego Marvel Superheroes (83)

Lego Marvel Superheroes

As if to up the ante on the previously mentioned title, Lego comes out swinging with their version of the Marvel Universe and its collection of 155 characters. Needless to say, the game features an astonishing collection of beloved heroes and villains brought together with the whimsical and comedic charm of Lego. But the classic superhero story isn’t the only reason to pick this game up.

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Arguably, the best part of the game is simply exploring the open world of New York City as one of the many available heroes. It’s that sense of play established by Lego mixing so wonderfully with the colorful comic book antics of famous superheroes like Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers that gives the game such a high score.

5 The Wolf Among Us (83)

Telltale Games was practically infamous for their story-heavy titles, but there’s truly something to be said for The Wolf Among Us. Inspired by the characters and storylines of the Fables graphic novel series, the cell-shaded crime-noir of fiction and fairytale beings and creatures is a page-turner in every sense of the word.

Those players expecting a charming fairytale world will be sadly disappointed, as this hard-boiled mystery depicts more grown-up versions of childhood heroes. If they don’t mind a little blood on their knuckles or cigarette ash in their coffee, they’re in for a stylish thriller as Bigby Wolf must solve a seemingly impossible murder.

4 Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy (84)

Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Game Groot

Eidos-Montreal truly understood the assignment when they released their video game adaptation of the Guardians of the Galaxy. In a beautiful blend of both the comics and the movies, the Guardians are at their finest with plenty of action, story, and an ’80s soundtrack that Quill would keep in his walkman across the multiverse.

Simply put, it’s everything a Guardians of the Galaxy comics fan could expect from the characters and more. From the fun and addictive gunplay to the dialogue trees to the literal power of friendship represented by the Huddle, this is one cosmic trip with tremendous replay value.

3 Marvel’s Spider-Man (87)

marvel's spider-man web thwip playstation

Spider-Man has always been Marvel’s golden boy, but his claim to videogame greatness came with his open-world adventure on the PlayStation. Swinging through New York City with all of Spidey’s gadgets and gizmos is one of the closest things fans of the wall-crawler can get to stepping into his shoes without a radioactive spider bite. To say it’s a satisfying experience would be a glorious understatement.

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What transpires is an overarching plot involving organized crime, new spider-themed tech, and an arrangement of classic villains given a contemporary twist. From mainstays like Scorpion and the Shocker to the deadly forces of Kingpin and Mr. Negative, it has more than enough action to satisfy any level of Spider-Man fan.

2 Injustice 2 (89)

As any comic fan will attest, some of the most successful comic runs feature heroes fighting amongst themselves. Just look at properties like Captain America: Civil War for further proof. While certain variations on the formula like Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice was lukewarm at best, the Injustice games truly give fans what they want.

While the first entry is a classic to be sure, the sequel brings together more heroes, more devastating combos, and more comic book action than DC fans can shake a stick at. Featuring returning heroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman going toe-to-toe with newcomers like Firestorm, Hellboy, and Blue Beetle and even villains like Scarecrow, Cheetah, and Bane, it’s a battle royale of gods among us.

1 Batman: Arkham City (93)

Although Arkham Asylum is still considered one of the best superhero games in recent years, Arkham City went bigger and bolder by taking the fight from the asylum to the streets of Gotham. With an insidious plot concerning Dr. Hugo Strange and a race against the clock to find a cure for a disease that plagues both him and the Joker, Batman definitely has his hands full.

There’s so much to see, explore, and discover in this brilliant journey into Paul Dini’s Batman universe that simply begs to be experienced. Duking it out with thugs and searching for Riddler Trophies is just the tip of the iceberg for the Caped Crusader.

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