Poor Superman. We don’t yet know who’s going to win in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but there’s no question Clark Kent has already lost the “Who has better video games?” battle. Is Superman just too powerful to be fun to play as? It’s hard to say, but the fact remains, no character has ever had as many bad games attached to his good name as Superman.
So, if you’re looking to do a little Super gaming in anticipation of Batman v Superman, please allow me to talk you out of that foolish notion with this list of the 10 Superman games you absolutely need to avoid, ranked from bad to worst (with #10 being not completely terrible and #1 being the absolute bottom of the barrel).
10. Superman (Genesis, 1992)
Developed by Sunsoft, the guys behind most of the best 8 and 16-bit Batman games, Superman for the Genesis is kind of a heartbreaker. The team behind this game is certainly capable of good things! It’s got nice music! The real crime here is that Superman just isn’t Superman. He can’t fly, stomps along at a decidedly gradual pace and crumples from a few enemy hits. Really, it feels like this was supposed to be another Sunsoft Batman game that got a Super re-skinning at the last moment.
9. Superman Returns (Xbox & PS2, 2006)
Superman Returns actually does a nice job of capturing the scope of Superman’s powers. Blasting around with super speed is exhilarating, and you can unleash some pretty impressive fire and brimstone with your heat vision. The game also utilizes a unique mechanic where Superman himself is invincible, but Metropolis has a life bar. If you don’t fly to the rescue quick enough, or are too careless with your powers, the city will sustain too much damage and it’s Game Over. Pretty smart, right? Well, unfortunately it’s a good idea squandered. This is yet another bland Superman game where you do nothing but fly around listlessly performing generic tasks (this will be a theme of this list). It’s probably a good thing the Superman Returns video game doesn’t follow the movie’s insipid storyline, but it would be nice if they’d replaced it with something vaguely interesting.