I can’t imagine that there are many more people left on the planet who are still yet to find themselves innocently walking along the street, sitting in a café or just generally resting at home before at some point whispering under their breath gruffly the words, “I’m Batman”.
Why do we do this? Because although society for the longest time has tried its hardest to teach us to take pride in being ourselves, it’s always all too tempting to just be Batman. Thankfully, video games regularly make this dream come true, to varying degrees of success. To guarantee yourself a good time when donning the dark knight cowl in digital form, we’ve put together this list of the top 10 batman video games!
10. Batman: Return of the Joker
Not to be confused with the Batman Beyond animated movie which featured a similar title, Batman: Return of the Joker was released for the NES in 1991 before eventually being ported to the Gameboy for those who’d much prefer being the world’s greatest detective on the go. Don’t be fooled though, you won’t be scrubbing many fingerprints in, Batman: Return of the Joker, instead being far too busy chasing down the all-too-popular titular villain, the Joker.
In an unprecedented move not really explored in Batman games, Batman: Return of the Joker has you take down your enemies from a distance as opposed to getting up-close and personal. It’s a side-scrolling actioner that absolutely nailed the gothic aesthetic sometimes seen in the character’s history, complete with multiple boss fights and stages Batman: Return of the Joker definitely has its moments for an NES game.
9. Batman Rise of Sin Tzu
Heavily drawing inspiration from the absolutely fantastic and legendary Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Rise of Sin Tzu was a refreshing shake-up of the batman formula in the sense that it wasn’t a story that focussed heavily on a certain clown prince of crime. Batman Rise of Sin Tzu was released in 2003 on Sony’s PlayStation 2 during the height of its popularity, the game is notable for being one of the very few that lets you co-op its beat ‘em up story with a friend thanks to the inclusion of the bat family, namely Robin, Batgirl and Nightwing.
The game’s titular antagonist Sin Tzu was an entirely original villain created for the game by long time comic book artist Jim Lee and still to this day, the game remains one of the only places in which you can do battle. If ever you’ve wanted an authentic 90’s Batman experience within a 3D game world, Batman Rise of Sin Tzu does a nice job of balancing both the familiar and original.