Top 5 Games For Obscure Superhero Characters
Since the late-’90s, we’ve seen an incredible revival of comic book superhero characters through film and television. Characters from Marvel, DC, and even a few smaller comic book publishers have made it onto our screens and have become deeply entwined with modern pop fiction. And along the way, we’ve also seen them featured in plenty of video games.
Major characters like Wolverine, Batman, the Hulk, and others have largely dominated the gaming side of the superhero entertainment industry. In fact just recently we learned of plans for a brand new Spider-Man game to accompany Marvel Studios’ introduction of a new film franchise revolving around this popular comic book character.
But you can also find some of the more obscure superheroes in various games that have been released over the years. In some cases they appear alongside more prominent characters in ensemble game casts, and in others they’re actually featuring in their own titles. Let’s take a look at some examples.
5) Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death
As one list of the 15 best comic book video games of all time put it, Dredd vs. Death has something of a cult following. That’s pretty much right in line with the 2012 Dredd film, though the game actually came out almost a full decade prior to the film. Both appeal to a passionate population of comic fans who love the character of Judge Dredd and the dark dystopian setting in which he operates. On its own, this 2003 game was an action-packed first person shooter for PS2, Xbox, GameCube, and Microsoft Windows, and it still stands as the best option for Dredd fans looking for games.
4) Punisher: War Zone Slot
The Punisher, like Judge Dredd, has always had a sort of cult following, and has actually featured in multiple films. The character also became less “obscure” when he was introduced in the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil show on Netflix. Nevertheless, he doesn’t quite get the same level of attention as the DC and Marvel headliners, and thus hasn’t always featured very prominently in gaming. This title, an online slot reel described as having mind-blowing graphics, demonstrates the reach of superhero gaming in general. The game features images of Frank Castle/Punisher and his assorted logos and weaponry, inviting fans to enjoy an atmosphere based on the comics while playing an arcade slot machine (with real money prizes, depending on the site you play it on!).
3) Watchmen: The End Is Nigh
This game was released in 2009 to accompany the Watchmen film, and as such seems as if it could have been a hit. The film was relatively popular (though not nearly on the level of more prominent DC or Marvel titles), and the game allowed players to enjoy numerous main characters, such as Rorschach and Night Owl. You can still find the game on Steam, and it’s a nice opportunity to play with a full collection of great superhero characters and villains who don’t quite get the attention of more mainstream figures.
2) Ghost Rider
Another film-based game, this 2007 title more or less flopped, understandably. The movie was pretty much laughed off by all but the most enthusiastic fans of this surprisingly dark Marvel antihero. But while the movie failed to escape a sort of cheesy nature, things work a little bit better in the game. It was released for PS2, PSP, and Game Boy Advance, and was actually seen by some as being reminiscent of games like Devil May Cry and God Of War. Clearly it didn’t garner the popularity of either, but if you’re just looking for a fun, adventurous way to play as Ghost Rider it’s worth checking out.
1) Marvel: Contest Of Champions
At least for Marvel fans, this popular app may just be the best game out there for enjoying some of the more obscure comic characters. While iconic figures like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, and more feature prominently, there’s a whole host of additional Marvel comics characters who haven’t been as prominent in film or pop culture in general. For instance, the game includes Moon Knight, Captain Marvel, and Iron Fist, and is in the process of introducing a few (relatively) minor X-Men like Nightcrawler and Beast. In fact, this game has even gone so far as to invent its own superheroes, including Guillotine, Venompool, and most recently, Civil Warrior. Ultimately it’s a one-on-one fighter game (think Street Fighter with superheroes), so it’s a great opportunity for the inclusion of so many characters.