Since he first graced our computer screens back in 1986’s isometric action game Batman, the Dark Knight has been in a huge amount of video games. So now that we have dug into some of the best Batman stories, let’s uncover the greatest Batman video games out there and why you should play them!
Batman Returns (Various Systems)
Based on the Tim Burton directed sequel, Batman Returns is a scrolling fighting game not unlike the Final Fight and Streets of Rage series. Taking control of Batman you battle your way through several levels defeating the villainous Red Triangle Circus Gang. The game also includes a level where you take control of the Batmobile chasing down bikers and heavily armed vans.
The game features excellent graphics, sound and controls and has a fantastic dark atmosphere that really makes you feel like you are making your way through the actual film.
Lego Batman 1 and 2 (Various Systems)
Based on both the comics and the Lego Batman toy line, the series is family fun at its best mostly down to the ability to play the game co-operatively: more so the second game as most of the Justice League and their respective villains are controllable at some point during the game.
The Lego Batman series is notable for many first in the Lego franchise, Lego Batman was the first Lego game to have an original story and Lego Batman 2 was the first Lego game to feature open world exploration and a fully voiced cast.
Arkham series (Various Systems)
There isn’t much else I can say about this amazing series that hasn’t already been put to paper. Quite simply they are some of the greatest super hero video games ever made. Arkham City is arguably the best in the series and whilst Origins isn’t quite as good as the other games (which could be due to the fact it is the only game in the series not developed by Rocksteady Studios) it is still heads and shoulders above most super hero games out there.
Keep your eyes out for the latest and possibly the final game in the series: Arkham Knight, which is released on all next gen consoles and PC in 2015.
The Adventures of Batman and Robin (SNES/Mega Drive)
Based on the critically acclaimed cartoon: Batman the animated series, The Adventures of Batman and Robin sees you suit up as the dynamic duo and battle through many varied levels. Each one ending in a memorable face-off with one of the major villains from the series such as The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler and Two-Face.
The game leaps off the screen with amazing visuals based on designs from the hit show and features stunning sound and diverse level design. The ability to use various gadgets helps to add a detective twist to the game as well as using them to complete some levels.
Notable mentions: Injustice (PS3/Xbox 360), Batman Begins (PS2/Xbox) and DC Online (PC/PS3/PS4)