DC Comics has a wide range of characters with a diverse storyline for each of them. Over the years, there have been films, television shows, and of course, comic books where their stories have been available to the audience. Though that is not where it ends, here are the top 10 DC video games of all time.
Top 10 DC Video Games of All Time
Batman: Arkham City (2011)
‘Batman: Arkham City’ is a video game based on the DC vigilante superhero, Batman. It was developed by the Rocksteady Studios. The director Sefton Hill, programmer Ben Wyatt, artist David Hego, writers Paul Dini, Paul Crocker and Sefton Hill are some of the people involved in the process of creating this video game. It was released on platforms like PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Wii U, Xbox 360, and OS X in October 2011. ‘Batman: Arkham City’ (2011) is a part of the larger ‘Batman: Arkham’ series of video games.
This action-adventure game follows the story of the protector of Gotham as he is imprisoned inside one of the most high-security prisons in Arkham City. The player, playing as one of the available characters, including Batman, himself, has to uncover the truth. The game is available in single-player mode. ‘Batman: Arkham City’ will be followed by two more games in this series one of which serves as a prequel while the other as a sequel to the game. The reaction to this game was incredible and it even went on to win many accolades.
Batman: The Telltale Series (2016)
‘Batman: The Telltale Series’ (2016) follows a story over the course of multiple episodes in the form of a point-and-click video game. The game was directed by Kent Mudle, Mark Droste, Jason Pyke and Jonathan Strauder. Martin McDonald worked on this game as the artist while the writers include Zack Keller, James Windeler, Patrick Kevin Day and Nicole Martinez among others. The game was available on platforms like Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Android as well as Nintendo Switch upon release. After Telltale Games was shut down, Athlon Games acquired this video game.
In this single-player game, the player gets the opportunity to play both the roles of Batman as well as Bruce Banner. As this is a story-oriented game, the player’s decision affects the personality of both characters as well as the story.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes (2012)
‘LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes’ (2012) was developed by Traveller’s Tale and TT Fusion, following the protector of Gotham as he fights his enemies in LEGO form. The game was directed by Jon Burton, John Hodskinson and Jonathan Smith and designed by Jon Burton. Steve Harding did the programming and the artist was Leon Warren. The game was a part of the LEGO Batman series and is available on Microsoft Windows, OS X, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 as well as Android and iOS. It was released on June 19, 2012.
This is an action-adventure game, where there is a major emphasis on exploration as well as completing quests. Players can collect different characters as they complete quests and side-quest, in multiplayer or single-player.
The Wolf Among Us (2013)
‘The Wolf Among Us’ (2013) is another game developed by Telltale Games set in the DC Universe. It was based on the comic book series Fables written by Bill Willingham under the DC Comics imprint, Vertigo Comics. Due to the game’s success, Vertigo Comics decided to adapt the game into a comic of its own. Similar to Telltale’s Batman, this game also follows an episodic structure, spanning over 5 episodes, each with different directors, writers, designers, and programmers.
The game is set in 1980s New York City, where the players follow the story through the town’s sheriff, Bigby Wolf’s point-of-view as he investigates some mysterious murders threaded through fairytales and folklores.
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)
A sequel to the ‘Batman: Arkham City’ (2011) was developed by Rocksteady Studios in 2015 called ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ (2015). The director of ‘Batman: Arkham City’ (2011), Sefton Hill returned for this new addition to this franchise, as well as the programmer, Ben Wyatt. The artist David Hego and writers Martin Lancaster, Ian Ball and Sefton Hill also worked on this game. It was released on Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2015, four years after its predecessor’s release.
After the events of ‘Batman: Arkham City’ (2011), the players pick up the story where Batman is going up against the villain Scarecrow as he begins attacking the city of Gotham. The game follows much of its predecessor’s mechanics, like an open-world setting and third-person perspective. This game also only allows single-player. The game also received a great reception from the player base,
Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe (2008)
‘Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe’ (2008) is a video game developed by Midway Games that brings together characters from the Mortal Kombat Universe as well as the DC Universe and pitches them against each other. The game was directed by Ed Boon and designed by Paulo Garcia and John Edwards. The writer is John Vogel and artists include Steve Beran, Carlos Pesina and Dave Pindara. It is originally a part of the Mortal Kombat series but the DC characters are a major part of this game. It is available on PlayStation 3 as well as Xbox 360 and was released in 2008.
The game allows the player to play either single-player or online and local multiplayer on its servers. The game is heavily story-oriented and sees the heroes from each universe struggle to come to terms with whom they believe to be invaders in their world.
Teen Titans (2006)
The video game ‘Teen Titans’ (2006) was developed by Artificial Mind and Movement with designers Shane Keller, Flint Dille and John Zuur Platten. The game first became available on platforms like GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox in November, 2006.
The game can be played either in single-player mode or multiplayer mode. Teen Titans follows the story where the Teen Titans, receive a video game featuring them and accidentally get sucked into the world of the game when they try to play it (think Jumanji). The players can switch between the characters from Teen Titans while playing.
DC Universe Online (2011)
‘DC Universe Online’ (2011) is an online game developed by Dimensional Game Company and is entirely free-to-play. The game was directed by S. J. Mueller and written by Geoff Johns. It was released on platforms like Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3,4 and 5, though it has since been discontinued on PlayStation 3 and lastly, Xbox One. While it was first released in 2011 on PlayStation 3, it gradually became available on other platforms.
The game allows the players to create their very own original characters, who will exist in the DC Universe and interact with every character from the universe during their journey. The players have free reign over the traits and appearances of the characters they create. It is a solely multiplayer online game, with no option for single-player settings.
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’ (2009) was the very first video game developed by Rocksteady Studios in the ‘Batman: Arkham’ series. It was directed by Sefton Hill, with Ben Wyatt as the programmer and David Hego as the artist. The game storyline was written by Paul Dini. The game became available on the following platforms in August 2009: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This video would be followed by ‘Batman: Arkham City’ (2011)
The storyline of this series begins with Batman facing off against his greatest foe, the Joker, who wants to take control of the Arkham Asylum and cause chaos to threaten Gotham City and its protector, alike. Players get to play as the caped crusader in this action-adventure, single-player game.
Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)
Developed by NetherRealm Studios, the video game ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ was first released in 2013. The game has been available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and iOs and Android upon release. Injustice: God Among Us was directed by Ed Boon and written by Brian Chard, John Vogel, Dominic Cianciolo, and Jon Greenberg.
The game is available to players in both single-player and multiplayer options. Players get the choice between a wide array of characters belonging to the DC universe and have to engage in fights and battles with their chosen characters.
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Top 10 DC Video Games of All Time