There Aren’t Enough Good Superman Games
We love Superman, he’s the first big Comic hero, and the red & blue boy scout we love to root for. He’s faster than a speeding bullet, can leap over a building in a single bound, but so far he can’t get many stand-alone video games — which is frustrating to us. We can’t see why people wouldn’t be thrilled with the prospect of donning the blue suit and red cape and saving the world. That’s not to say DC games don’t sell well, or that superhero games don’t either. Batman has had a super successful line of games, and so has a certain Marvel web-slinger on the other side of the comic universe.
But we aren’t going to give up on the OG hero — Supes wouldn’t give up on us! Rumor has it (and it’s rumor so take it with a grain of salt) Rocksteady (the makers of the Arkham series) is working on one. But we haven’t heard anything new in months, and so far no confirmation from the studio. So we compiled a list of six Superman games that are worth playing right now. So… we have to preface this. Not all of these games are Superman focused. Two of them are more “ensemble” games. But as far as Superman games go, they are definitely some of the better ones.
Superman for the NES was one of the earliest Superman video games. The game was not the first made — that honor goes to the Atari version. But while it was second to the punch, it is much better than its predecessor. The game lets you save Metropolis from Lex Luthor and exiles from Krypton. The NES game is a pretty traditional side-scroller that has some fun puzzle solving. The boss fights are tricky enough to make the game challenging, and going back to this game reminds us that NES games did not believe in hand-holding. Cornshaq does a great playthrough of the game. His video contains lots of spoilers, but if you want a nostalgia blast, it’s the best around!
Another old-school side-scroller. This one offers less special powers than the NES version. Mostly Supes punches, kicks, and jumps his way through the levels — but sometimes you get to use the cooler skills. You have to find a powerup and you only get to use it long enought to get through to the next part of the level. The bosses are tricky, and the final fight with Brainiac feels as dire as it should. Silenig does a great gameplay video, which we’ve shared above.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Okay, this is the first of “our not actually, but also sort of a Superman” games. So, yes, Batman’s name is on the cover, and yeah there are 150 playable characters. Don’t let that fool you. Like all LEGO games, you can play whoever you want once you unlock them. So you can bet that as soon as we unlocked Superman, he was on our team every chance we got. The humor of the game is excellent, and there is so much to do, you can keep going back and finding new things to discover. So ignore that brooding bat on the cover — this game is a great place to get your Superman fix.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
This is another game without Superman in the title. This fighting game makes Superman look as good as we know he can. Given that it’s the newest game on the list, the graphics definitely blow all the others out of the water. The “plot” is mostly there to explain why the legends of the DC universe are duking it out, but that’s fine. Injustice: Gods Among Us lets us see Superman in all his high def glory and proves to every fan out there that Superman really can beat the crap out of everyone in the DC universe.
The Death and Return of Superman
We’re back on the retro systems! The Death and Return of Superman was released on both SNES and Genesis. One of the significant upgrades from the NES game is the ability to fly — which is one of those things Superman has to do to really be Superman. You also get to play as more than one character from the Superman comics. They gave us access to Superman, Superboy, Steel, Cyborg Superman, the Eradicator, and Doomsday through the game. The plot is interesting, and the gameplay is fun and engaging. It’s definitely worth a play through — or a replay if you’re as big a fan as we are!
Superman: Shadow of Apokolips
This PlayStation 2 and GameCube release is as good as it gets for Superman games, and we’re excited to say it was a title meant for the Man of Steel. The gameplay is fun, and you get to use all of The Man of Steel’s most iconic powers. They even explain why the enemies can get through Superman’s invulnerability. There were some glitches with this game (like that one where you could glitch inside walls), but even with that, Shadow of Apokolips feels like you are playing out a true comic story arc. It’s challenging, fun, and lets us be Superman. We really hope that there will be a Rocksteady Superman game, but until then, Superman: Shadow of Apokolips is the go-to game to get our Superman fix.