Batman is one of the most iconic superheroes. While he was introduced in comics in the 1940’s, his movie and TV appearances since the 60s have made him a household name. Along with some great Batman movies, there have been some amazing Batman games too. Most of the Batman games have stood out, all thanks to great stories, great action, and an all in all enjoyable experience. So, to help you guys find the best Batman games. We have compiled a list of the 15 best Batman games of all time:
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1. Batman Arkham Asylum (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
Rocksteady’s Arkham Asylum is one of the best portrayals of Batman. The ambiance is dark, gritty and intense – everything which comes to mind when you think about Batman. The physics in the game are also spot on and it’s especially noticeable when your cape moves with your punches. The gameplay is a combination of many other games, but with it tailor made for Batman. The main gameplay is heavily story-dependent, and the story is excellent. The story is focused in Joker and Gotham, and we won’t go in much to it to preserve the story.
The game has a well-built combat system but focuses more on stealth. Many missions will have you unlock doors and such in different ways. All in all, the game is one of the best superheroes game ever. And everyone should try it.
2. Batman Arkham City (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
Batman Arkham City is a sequel to the Arkham Asylum, it takes place months after it, and is similarly a story led the game. In this sequel, the warden from Arkham Asylum is the mayor of Gotham and places the villains into a special area in Gotham. This place is the Arkham City and this is where the events of the game take place. Being an amazing sequel, this game takes the physics and combat system of Asylum and refines it into something much better. Now Batman has counter attacks, the ability to use almost every gadget with a hot key, and the ability to attack multiple foes.
Arkham City has a lot of enemies to keep you entertained. Apart from Major bosses like Mr. Freeze, and the Penguin, there are many other enemies which are different. Some have stun rods while others have armors. Each of these enemies has to be approached differently. And this diversity along with the story and the interactive gameplay makes this another amazing game.
3. Batman Arkham Knight (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
Batman Arkham Knight finishes what Arkham Asylum started. It is the last series of the Arkham line, and throughout the game, you can feel the finality. Rocksteady manages to surpass themselves once again with another amazing Batman game. Arkham Knight brings all the villains and Batman’s allies into this game, which makes for a grand ending. Arkham Knight is also a story dependent game. This story revolves around Batman’s psyche and the anti-Batman created to stop Batman known as the Arkham Knight.
The gameplay is what you can expect it to be – top notch. With the expansion in the gameplay, the map also increased in size, and with this increase, transportation is better used in the game. The Batmobile becomes a vital part in the game and many puzzles and missions are played out with it as well.
4. Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 1 (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Android)
The Telltale Series is completely different from the Arkham series of games. The Telltale Series’ Episode 1- The Realm of Shadow focuses on the man more than the hero – Bruce Wayne. Telltale is known for making the player know about the consequences of their actions. This is what plays out in the game as well. Every action of yours will have a reaction, but with conflicting views, it is up to you to decide the path. The game revolves around the mayor of Gotham – Harvey Dent – and Bruce Wayne. The game uses these two to create tension. In the beginning, you will be faced with decisions which won’t be as huge as others. But, you will be conflicted as to what to choose; to choose what you want, or what Bruce Wayne would do. Although this is a Bruce Wayne story, and the emotional uneasiness of him starting out as Batman, Batman himself makes multiple appearances to help solve puzzles. The game is amazing which puts a heavy load on the player to make the right decisions.
5. The Adventures Of Batman And Robin (SNES, Sega)
The Adventures of Batman and Robin is a classic game based on the animated series. It is a 2D action and puzzle game with multiple levels. In this game, combat is great despite the age of the game. As you progress, more enemies come to stop you, and beating them up is quite entertaining. But that is not the only focus in this game. All the levels work in their own way, and this variety is another aspect of the game, keeping it fresh as well. Every level starts with a conversation between Batman and his allies, after which you can equip items to help in the level. The dialogues are all straight from the shows, which will make the fans quite entertained. The game might be old but it is still playable today.
6. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Android, PC)
LEGO Batman 2 is a different type of game. It is based upon LEGO blocks. So, everything can be broken or be made into something. Unlike other LEGO games, it has a couple of changes, as well as a great story. This was also the first LEGO game that has a full voice cast to add more flare to the game. For the game itself, it is an amazing one. The game starts with Lex Luthor running for president along with the Joker and using Kryptonite to fill out ballots. The tone for the entire game is set by this as in the game Batman, Superman and the entire Justice League sets out to stop Luthor and The Joker.
The game has similar gameplay to other LEGO games. You collect LEGO pieces. Build your way out of a predicament and so on, but with added bonuses. The characters have new abilities which are really fun to use. Cyborg is magnetized, Wonder Woman can lasso, and as you progress, more abilities surface with every character. The game also includes new suits for Batman and Robin which are pretty cool.
7. Batman: Gotham City Racer (PlayStation)
This is an old spin on the Batman Universe. The game came out in the days of the PS One where people were trying to put a new spin on Batman. Contrary to the title, in Gotham City Racer, you do not actually race opponents; rather the clock. The gameplay is quite simple with a little storyline: All the villains have escaped the Arkham Asylum and it is your job as Batman to round them up. The way you round them up is by going on 51 different missions while driving the Batmobile. Every mission will have you complete an objective. It does get repetitive but the thrill of driving the Batmobile is present and makes it worthwhile.
The game even managed to put a boss battle type scenario where you have to deplete the enemy’s life to proceed. The game also has some cut scenes from the animated series to add into the story.
8. Injustice (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Android)
Injustice is DC’s fighter game. Much like Marvel Heroes and King of Fighters, it is a 2D fighter with special moves and numerous characters. The game is available on a wide variety of platforms, ranging from Consoles to Mobile devices. It has all the major characters of the DCU such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and much more. All these characters have special abilities which are different from each other. The special moves can be less or more powerful depending on the power bar.
The gameplay is smooth with a fluid combat mechanism which makes jumping and landing punches satisfying. The game also has a competitive online mode where you can battle with other players in a 1v1 match or a 3v3 match.
9. DC Universe Online (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One)
DC Universe Online is another game where Batman makes an appearance without being the main character. The DC Universe Online is an online RPG. The core concept is of like other RPG games but with DC characters. There are many character templates to help you create your character if you do not want to completely make a custom one, it can also be a villain.
The game has a nice combat system where your characters can fight to gain XP and level up. Leveling up gives you access to new skills and abilities which make the game more fun and engaging. After completing the story mode, you can also engage in story-based raids, co-op encounters, and PvP battles.
10. Batman: Arkham VR (PS4, PC)
Another game by Rocksteady in the Arkham lineup, this is hands down the most immersive Batman game due to the Virtual Reality aspect. This obviously requires the PS VR and the move controllers, and if you have got them then this should be on your list. This makes you feel like you are Batman. There’s nothing like looking eye to eye to other characters and interacting with them. The game is relatively simple, but enthralling no doubt. This is focused on the story like other Arkham games, so we can’t give away much, but do know that there are plenty of surprises. You can interact and search bodies with your hands using the move controllers, and using gadgets is extremely fun. This game breathes new life into the world of Batman and everyone should give this a go.
11. Batman Arkham City Lockdown (Android, iOS)
Arkham City Lockdown is a melee fighter game which plays out like Injustice, but it came out way before it. It has the same concept as Injustice, or rather, Injustice was built upon using this game’s reaction. In Arkham City Lockdown, you just play as Batman but face many different enemies; such as the Joker. The game plays put like a traditional fighter game with punches and kicks mixed with some special abilities. Apart from the traditional fighter, the game has a level up system which rewards you with special Wayne Tech upgrades and Batman skins to keep the game fresh. The skins also change your health and attributes. The game also has multiple cut scenes from the animated series to keep it more engaging.
12. Batman Vengeance (PC, PS2, Xbox)
Batman Vengeance is a story based game which came out in the days of the Xbox and PlayStation 2. It follows an interesting story where the events lead up to one another perfectly. The game starts with a woman in trouble in a building. Batman saves her, and this starts the chain of events which leads to Batman being framed. The story is the main aspect of the game, as it is an interesting one with twists and turns. The gameplay is no slouch either with straightforward levels, and Batgirl on call to help you where you get stuck. The game offers various puzzles and maps to play and the bosses have different abilities and are tough.
13. Superman/Batman: Heroes United (Java)
Heroes United is a retro comic style game which draws attention from its graphics. The game has both iconic superheroes of DC: Superman and Batman. These two are playable turn by turn and are needed to complete the game. Superman flies and handles the enemies in the air while Batman handles the ground. The battle mechanics are simple but still fun. Both the heroes have two special abilities, Batman can throw his Batarang or explosive charges at enemies where Superman has his laser eyes and icy breath. The gameplay is not fast paced but the comic-themed game will draw your attention.
14. Batman Begins (PS2, Xbox, GBA)
The game Batman Begins is the game version of the hit film Batman Begins. It follows the film almost entirely. It is full of tension and is intense. One of the main features of this game is that it has voice-overs from actors who played their roles, such as Christian Bale as Batman, and even Liam Neeson, along with other actors who played a part in the movie. The game has a nice story, as it follows the movie.
The game starts off in the Himalayas where a young Bruce Wayne is taught the way of the ninja. In the end of his training, he realizes killing isn’t the answer and from there on the scene shifts to Gotham City where you are after mysterious drug traffickers. Batman has all the standard moves and abilities. He can climb walls, jump over fences, throw punches and has a handful of gadgets. The game also has you drive a Batmobile. The game has a decent gameplay with an amazing story.
15. Batman: Return of The Joker (NES)
Return of the Joker is a classic game which has a shooter vibe. The game was released on the NES as a sequel to The Batman – NES’ first Batman game. The game took its inspiration from the comics for the suit and hence had a blue tint to the costume. The game hands you loads of weapons and lets you shoot to your heart’s content, even though Batman did not use guns as such. The game also has a few bosses which are fun to beat. The graphics are amazing for an 8-bit design and the developers made the graphics top of the line for the time.
The Best Batman Games You Can Play
So, there’s all your Batman fix. If you are a hardcore fan of the caped crusader then you must definitely play these amazing games that star your favorite superhero. There are many other games which include the Dark Knight in all his glory, but we have selected the ones that are really enjoyable, even for someone who isn’t a big Batman fan. We have also included top-rated games from the old-school systems to complete the list with Batman’s legacy. If you have other Batman games in mind then feel free to put them in the comments section below.