3Batman: Return to Arkham
Released in 2009, Arkham Asylum was arguably the birth of the modern superhero game. British developer Rocksteady went bigger in both Arkham City and Arkham Knight, but tight narrative and steady pacing of Arkham Asylum is unbeatable. Despite being developed for PS3 and Xbox 360, the game is available on PS4 as part of the Return to Arkham collection.
The story here is classic Batman, with the caped crusader trapped inside the notorious super prison and forced to fight his way out. He’s placed in that compromising scenario by Mark Hamill’s Joker, one of the all-time great videogame villains; a psychotic whirling dervish that’s equal parts playful and deadly.
Arkham Asylum also marked the debut of a fantastic combat system that’s since influenced pretty much every AAA action game that’s followed; a fluid, rhythm-based mechanic that incorporates gadgets, kicks, punches and those all-important counters to beautifully replicate Batman’s ferocious offence. Batman: Arkham Asylum is without a doubt one of the best superhero games on PS4; it’s a true classic.