Most of us don’t yet know who’s going to win when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens this Friday, but we do know Bruce Wayne unquestionably kicks Clark Kent’s ass in the realm of video games. Maybe Batman’s abilities just lend themselves better to video games, or perhaps developers just like the Dark Knight more – whatever the reason, Batman has a surprisingly solid lineup of games to his name.
For those looking to do a little gaming in anticipation of Batman v Superman, here are the 10 best Batman video games made to date…
10) Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii & Wii U, 2012)
I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Lego’s unending stream of licensed kiddie brawlers, but Lego Batman 2 is definitely one of the best of the bunch. This is the game where the Lego formula expanded in a big way, moving into open world gameplay and packing in as many characters and references as possible. If you love Gotham City and its inhabitants, there’s no way you won’t crack a smile playing Lego Batman 2.
9) Batman: Return of the Joker (NES, 1991)
Batman: Return of the Joker isn’t tied to a movie, so it kind of flew under the radar, but it’s definitely worth a look. Like the movie-based NES Batman game, Return of the Joker is developed by Sunsoft, the kings of good 8-bit licensed games, and shamelessly borrows from numerous NES classics. It has the visual style of Castlevania, the vertical level design of Metroid and the shoot ’em up gameplay of Contra. Also, the game’s packed with “edgy” ’90s-style comic book art for nostalgic millennials.