WATCH: 7 essential DC Comics video games that will make you feel like a superhero (or supervillain)

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Dec 29, 2017, 6:06 PM EST (Updated)

There have been dozens of video games based on DC Comics properties over the years (one of the earliest was a Superman game published by Atari in 1979) from various publishers and made for a wide range of gaming platforms.

Characters like Superman, Batman, the Flash, Aquaman, Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, the Teen Titans, Constantine, and more have all been featured in their own video game adventures, and SYFY WIRE has put together a list of seven essential video games that need to be played by any gamers who love DC.


At number seven is The Death and Return of Superman (Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis), a classic beat 'em up video game released in 1994 that was based on DC's "The Death of Superman" comic book storyline.

The sixth game on our list is Gotham City Imposters (Xbox 360, PS3, PC), a first-person shooter multiplayer-only game set in the Batman universe. The game doesn't feature any DC characters like Batman and the Joker, but only their "imposters."

DC Universe Online (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) arrives at number five. The action combat game released in 2011 allows you to create your own superhero or big bad villain, and from there you can either save lives or try to take over the world.

Batman: Return of the Joker (Nintendo) sits in fourth place. The 1991 platform video game was the second Batman game for the Nintendo console, and you get to play the role of the Dark Knight as you try to take down the Joker.

At number three is LEGO Batman 2 (all platforms), which follows and expands on the first video game in the franchise and makes for a whole lot of brick-building Batman fun.

Unsurprisingly, Injustice: Gods Among Us (PS4, Xbox One, PC) comes at the number two spot. The game was made by the good folks who gave us Mortal Kombat, so the premise for Injustice is basically the same: Beat the crap out of each other. But with DC characters.

Sitting in first place is none other than Batman: Arkham City (all platforms), which makes you feel as if you really are Batman. If you've never played the game, it should be the first on your list, because it's simply awesome.

As always, don't forget to take a look at the video above, which contains a lot more info about the seven listed games. Will you be picking up one of those games during the holidays?


Additional material by Nathalie Caron.