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Days of Gaming Past: A Look at 20 Superhero Games

Wastelander75 writes: "I remember gasping lightly when I first saw it. That small cardboard box, lightly laminated with the gilded gold and black of the Batman insignia resting on the spinning display cage at the nearby video game store. I picked it up, turned it over, looking at the 8-bit digital art on the back. Here was a costumed icon, once confined to the inked pages of a comic book, now mine to control across the misty streets and spires of Gotham City. And as I slid the cart into my recently bought NES, the rapturous joy, and frustration, I experienced left an indelible, unforgettable memory within me.

That old store is now long since closed. That old NES is now long since resting in some landfill. And that glossy little box holding that glossy little Batman game is now long since sold. But the memories remain.

As time wore on, and I experienced the growing arm of the video game landscape, the expectations that this would become a norm slowly ebbed and flowed from genuine surprise and delight, to outright anger and disgust. Because for every Batman, there was the incredibly daft Batman Forever for the SNES. A cart game that, to my knowledge, is the only one in existence…. with load screens. -insert facepalm moment here.-

Over the years I’ve collected my fair share of superhero titles, from the very first Batman, to the most recent being Injustice: Gods Among Us. And I think it time to look back at them, decide which ones were truly Superheroic, which ones were likeable, but still had a lot to learn – much like a Worthy Sidekick – and which ones were the Super-Villains of their own story.

So grab a chair, sit a while, and let’s take a look at 20 Superhero games throughout the years."

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higgins781408d ago

Batman: The Movie (ZX Spectrum), Batman Returns (SNES), Turok 2 (N64) and Arkham Asylum (PS3), all contenders.