BySimon Rune Knudsen, writer at Creators.co
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Simon Rune Knudsen

It's no mystery that Batman is a pop culture favorite inspiring many movies and video games alike. He's a brute force of nature that beats up bad guys and will go to great lengths to serve justice without killing. He's cunning, a bit darker minded than your average superhero and uses tons of gadgets. Oh, and he has a super fast, tank-like car.

What Are The Best Batman Video Games?

It's almost like the masked vigilante's story and approach to crime fighting was custom made for game adaptations. Which is also why we have seen so many -themed video games over the years. Most of them have been okay. Some of them have been bad. And a select few have been really great.

Let's take a closer look at the top 10 Batman video games, those that really managed to capture the DC feeling and get the Dark Knight right.

Top 10 Batman Video Games Ranked


10# Batman: The Brave And The Bold

That sweet aesthetic. [Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
That sweet aesthetic. [Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
  • Year: 2010
  • Platforms: Wii & Nintendo DS
  • Developer: WayForward Technologies
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Definitely not the most challenging game on the list, Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a very kids friendly Batman game. Created in the cartoonish art-style of Batman: The Animated Series, the game offers a gentle learning curve, hilarious dialogue and generally just very fun and simple gameplay. It's the perfect introduction to the universe of the masked crusader when you're a bit too young to grasp the true evil of the joker.

9# Batman: The Return Of The Joker

The Joker has reached his final form. [Credit: Sunsoft]
The Joker has reached his final form. [Credit: Sunsoft]
  • Year: 1991
  • Platforms: NES, Super NES, Game Boy & Sega Genesis
  • Developer: Sunsoft
  • Publisher: Sunsoft

This is the oldest game on the list, but it still holds up quite well. You're chasing the Joker, as he *surprise* escaped Arkham Asylum and is now wrecking chaos in Gotham City. It's a side-to-side platform game just like you remember them, featuring Batman shooting all kinds of probably non-lethal baterang projectiles. Great fun!

8# Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe

Feels good man. [Credit: Midway Games]
Feels good man. [Credit: Midway Games]
  • Year: 2008
  • Platforms: Playstation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Developer: Midway Games
  • Publisher: Midway Games

Merging universes like Mortal Kombat and DC is risky business, but in this case it strangely worked out well. Perhaps it was because fighting games in general are so lame story-wise, that senselessly pairing two completely different franchises doesn't cause too much trouble. Story and sense isn't what you care about when you play fighting games. You just want to repeatedly beat superheroes to a pulp as Scorpion.

7# The Adventures Of Batman & Robin

The ultimate face-off. [Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
The ultimate face-off. [Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
  • Year: 1994
  • Platforms: Super NES, Sega Genesis, Sega CD & Game Gear
  • Developers: Konami, Clockwork Tortoise & Novotrade
  • Publishers: Konami, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment & Sega

The Adventures of Batman & Robin is based upon Batman: The Animated series, and the visual aesthetic of the TV show is well reflected in the video game adaptation. On top of that, the game offered intense and very challenging gameplay, in which Batman could be equipped with a large variety of gadgets such as bombs and x-rey lenses.

6# Batman: Arkham Knight

Who could be hiding beneath that mask?! [Credit: Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
Who could be hiding beneath that mask?! [Credit: Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
  • Year: 2015
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Linux & OS X
  • Developer: Rocksteady Studios
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

The third installment of the Arkham-series was the first Batman game to truly embrace the future of everything open world. And it did so with great success, since the best part of the game was definitely the exploration of Gotham. The only thing that dragged the game down was a convoluted story and the clunky controls in the overused Batmobile sections.

5# LEGO Batman: The Video Game

Pretty scary for a guy made out of LEGO. [Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
Pretty scary for a guy made out of LEGO. [Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
  • Year: 2008
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, OS X, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii & Xbox 360
  • Developers: Traveller's Tales & TT Fusion
  • Publishers: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment & Feral Interactive

Generally LEGO is doing a great job merging superheroes, Star Wars and a ton of other franchises with their creative toys, and they've been especially successful in making LEGO-inspired video games. There are a few great LEGO Batman games, but the first one is truly a classic; it's pure, simple entertainment mixed with a hilarious down-to-earth approach to the setting of the caped crusader.

4# Batman: Arkham City

One of the buffer versions of Batman. [Credit: Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
One of the buffer versions of Batman. [Credit: Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
  • Year: 2011
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii U, OS X, PlayStation 4 & Xbox One
  • Developer: Rocksteady Studios
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Arkham City had a lot to live up to being the sequel to the immensely popular Batman: Akham Asylum. Luckily, it managed to deliver in every way and fully live up to the promise made by its predecessor. Exchanging the corridors of Arkham Asylum in favor of an expansive, walled-off city meant for villains to go crazy in, Arkham City was the Batman game fans had been dreaming of for years.

3# Batman Returns

Awesome graphics.
Awesome graphics.
  • Year: 1992
  • Platforms: NES, Super NES, Mega Drive/Genesis, Mega-CD, Master System, Game Gear, Lynx, Amiga & DOS
  • Developers: Denton Designs, Spirit of Discovery, Aspect Co., Ltd., Acme Interactive, Atari & Konami
  • Publishers: Sega, Konami & Atari

Based on the second Tim Burton Batman movie, Batman Returns isn't a very original game. But for its time, the graphics, the sound effects and the smoothness of the gameplay was off the charts. A glorious piece of simplistic video game art, it was a side-to-side brawler where you'd get run from left to right beating up hundreds of bad guys, perfectly in balance with the Batman persona.

2# Injustice: Gods Among Us

How to defeat Superman? Tasers and sand to the eyes. [Credit: NetherRealm Studios]
How to defeat Superman? Tasers and sand to the eyes. [Credit: NetherRealm Studios]
  • Year: 2013
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation Vita & Microsoft Windows
  • Developer: NetherRealm Studios
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

It's hard to really pinpoint the one thing that makes Injustice great. Is it the immensely satisfying and quite complex gameplay? Is it the awesome super moves and the terrific cutscenes involved? Or is it just the fact that it enables you to go to town on basically every DC super hero/villain you know? Not since Tekken 3 has a fighter been as well rounded as this. And there's a sequel coming up!

1# Batman: Arkham Asylum

The amount of weirdos you have to beat up in this game is astounding. [Credit: Eidos Interactive & Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
The amount of weirdos you have to beat up in this game is astounding. [Credit: Eidos Interactive & Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
  • Year: 2009
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows & OS X
  • Developers: Eidos Interactive & Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Publishers: Square Enix & Time Warner

Batman: Arkham Asylum was what kickstarted the whole Batman video game craze. It came out when the hype surrounding Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight hadn't yet subsided, but in no way did it need another Batman themed piece of entertainment to justify its existence. The game struck the same dark, gritty notes as Nolan's Batman and was inspired by the old-school video game brawlers. The result was hyper-modern game, near perfect stylistically, graphically and gameplay-wise.

That was our list. What's your favorite Batman game?

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