For the longest time, comic book fans tried to answer one simple question: who would win in a fight between two of their favorite characters? Video games based on fighting games allow you to answer that and luckily, there are several titles to choose from, though in most of them, either Marvel or Capcom is somehow involved. Here’s the list with some of the best superhero fighting games available.
5. Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects
Marvel Nemesis has some serious problems, primarily its poor story and limited multiplayer options. Yet this game still offers the possibility of playing as different Marvel heroes and villains, as well as some EA-exclusive characters. The game’s mechanics are simplified and it shares more similarities with Power Stone or Super Smash Bros, so serious fighting games in need of a challenge won’t find that here. Rise of the Imperfects also has a comic book, but the stories of the comic book and the game contradict each other so take that into account if you want to read the 6-issue miniseries.
4. X-Men: Children of the Atom
Children of the Atom was the first Capcom fighting game to be based on a Marvel property and this started a long-running relationship between the two companies that lasts to this day. The game includes some of the most popular X-Men characters from the 1990s animated series, such as Storm, Cyclops, Wolverine Sentinel and Magneto and fans will be glad to hear that the voice actors from the series reprise their roles in the game. For those who follow the comic books, the plot is based on the Fatal Attractions storyline where Magneto is trying to release an electromagnetic pulse on our planet and the X-men need to stop him.
3. Marvel Super Heroes
Originally released in 1995 in the arcades and later on ported to the Sega Saturn and PlayStation, Marvel Super Heroes is a two-dimensional fighting game based on the Infinity Gauntlet storyline from the comic books. A unique mechanics to this fighter comes in the form of Infinity Gems that are obtained in the arcade mode or by fulfilling certain objectives in the versus mode. By using these gems, you receive improved effects in battle for a short period of time, such as health recovery or more powerful special attacks. The animation is smooth, the gameplay is challenging and you have access to several iconic moves, making Marvel Super Heroes one of the best superhero fighting games ever made, even if the action tends to be chaotic from time to time.
2. Injustice: Gods Among Us
The only game on this list from DC Comics, Injustice: Gods Among Us is a dream come true for both fans of comic books and fighting games in general, since the game not only includes characters like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, but it was developed by NetherRealm Studios (the same people behind Mortal Kombat.) Set in an alternate version of the Justice League universe, Injustice shows a world where Superman becomes a tyrant and rules with an iron fist after accidentally killing Lois Lane and destroying Metropolis. As a way to stop him, Batman summons counterparts of the other universe to try to end the totalitarian government established by the Man of Steel. Injustice features dozens of playable characters (as well as some downloadable ones,) a compelling storyline, entertaining missions and the best part is that the game works well as a love letter to fans and as a fighting game.
1. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Let’s get this out of the way: if you’re going to play a superhero fighting game, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom is the game to get. In this game, players select a team of three characters in order to try to defeat your opponent’s team. On top of that, this update of Fate of Two Worlds features readjusted systems, a simplified control scheme, new modes, improved netcode, 12 new playable characters and much more.