DC Universe Online. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows. Batman: Arkham City. The one common denominator between all of these great games, and undoubtedly a few more, is that they all take place in an alternate reality outside of comic book canon. While the comic’s continuity is considered the true timeline for any of these heroes, video games have the advantage of being able to tell a story that transcends worlds, generations, and even realities with great ease. Because of that, we’ve been treated to some of the most interesting challenges these characters have ever faced.
Even titles like Prototype and inFamous, which feature wholly new characters, take place in an alternate reality of our own Earth, where superpowers are real and giant monsters constantly threaten major metropolitan areas. Our reality, as fantastic as it can be, is boring compared to these brave new worlds. We love exploring what makes an alternate New York City tick, without having to worry about the ramifications inherent in opening a wormhole to another dimension in the middle of Times Square.