The 10 best superhero games that you should play today

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The best superhero games will give you no end of action and adventure, oftentimes with some of the most beloved characters from the Marvel and DC universes. Whether you're looking for expansive single-player games, brawlers to play with your buddies, retro classics pulled from the archives, or even smart strategy games, the best superhero games offer something for everybody. 

Ranking for a spot on our list is only going to get more competitive too, what with plenty of upcoming Marvel games on the near horizon, as well as new DC games like Warner Bros' Wonder Woman game and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. While we wait for all of those, I'm going to help you find one of the best superhero games that you should dive in and play today. 

10. The Punisher

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Developer: Volition
Platform(s): PC, PS2, Xbox

Looking back to the early '00s, The Punisher should be considered amongst the best PS2 games and best Xbox games – at least as far as superhero antics are concerned. Developer Volition stepped away from its Red Faction franchise to make what is effectively a continuation of (low-key) one of the best Marvel movies, with actor Tom Jane returning to the role of Frank Castle. The studio absolutely nailed the gritty brutalism that surrounds The Punisher, with action hinging around quick kills, stomach-churning interrogations, and horrendously violent executions. The Punisher game is a riot for those looking for some anti-hero action. 

9. Injustice 2

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Developer: NetherRealm
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

NetherRealm is known for building heavy, brutal brawlers – some of the best fighting games of all-time, via the immitable  Mortal Kombat franchise. Here the studio applies that expertise to an absolutely brilliant superhero fighter in Injustice 2, a sequel which builds smartly on its predecessors foundations with deep character customization and a far broader roster. With plenty of nods to the best DC comics stories of all-time, a really premium visual presentation, and well-balanced combat systems, Injustice 2 remains the go-to option for fighting game fans looking to settle long-running debates around character power levels. 

8. Infamous: Second Son


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Developer: Sucker Punch
Platform(s): PS4

Infamous Second Son isn't based on any DC or Marvel property, but it is a love letter to a great many of them. Set in the suburbs of Seattle, and encompassing the same grunge vibe that the city is so famous for fostering, Second Son sees protagonist Delsin Rowe working to grow his powers and deliver on his potential in a delightful open world adventure. There's so much to like in this PlayStation exclusive, from its stunning visual style to all of the possibilities which can be unleashed by your growing powerset – who doesn't love harnessing a little super-speed and levitation, after all. 

Read our InFamous: Second Son review

7. Lego Marvel Super Heroes

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Developer: TT Games
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Lego Marvel Super Heroes may be a decade old, but there's no question that it remains one of the best Lego games out there. It's a big adventure full of silly superherorics, and a window into some of the best Marvel comics stories that can be enjoyed by kids of all-ages. With over 100 of the best Marvel characters to unlock and play as, and with support for local and online co-op, Lego Marvel Super Heroes is one of those experiences that is endlessly enjoyable. If you're looking for pure fun and accessible action, you won't be disappointed with this one. 

6. Batman: Arkham Knight

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Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

When Rocksteady launched Batman: Arkham Knight in 2015, it was working to succeed two of the best Batman games of all-time – the conclusion of a trilogy which had effectively reshaped the best action games landscape. Arkham Knight smartly built on the innovations of its predecessor, Batman: Arkham City, introducing a wider Gotham City to explore and secure. It is in many ways the ultimate Batman fantasy, allowing you to really hone in on your desired caped crusader power fantasy while drawing from some of the best Batman stories to help inform its core narrative and crunchy combat.  

Read our Batman Arkham Knight review

5. Marvel's Spider-Man

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Developer: Insomniac Games
Platform(s): PC, PS5, PS4

Insomniac Games redefined what a Spider-Man game could be in 2018. The studio took the lessons it learned from building the hyper-kinetic open world found in Sunset Overdrive and applied it to a slice of New York City, letting us swing across Manhattan as a Peter Parker already a few years into his career as the wall-crawler. An original adventure which only draws lightly on the best Spider-Man stories, Insomniac delivered what is undoubtedly one of the best PS4 games of all-time. Smart, fast, and fun – Marvel's Spider-Man is one of the best Marvel games, and it shouldn't be missed. 

Read our Marvel's Spider-Man review

4. Marvel's Midnight Suns

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Developer: Firaxis Games
Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X

You have to respect developer Firaxis for attempting to push boundaries. While a great many superhero games are contenders for the best adventure games of any given year, Marvel's Midnight Suns is a strategy experience which attempts to provide a new perspective on superheroics. Drawing on its experience with the XCOM series – not to mention its love of competitive card games and other turn-based battlers – Firaxis pushed a pretty delightful strategy game that's full of heart and character. Come for the massive story, stay for the tactical combat, and fall in love with the surprisingly intimate moments between heroes. 

Read our Marvel's Midnight Suns review

3. Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

Batman: Arkham City may have delivered a more comic book faithful story, and Arkham Knight a far wider adventure, but there's something special in the sharper focus of the video game that started the trilogy. Batman: Arkham Asylum is arguably one of the best metroidvania games of the late '00s, a stealth-action experience which does an unbelievably incredible job of making you feel like the caped crusader. With its heavy combat and authentic movement, Batman: Arkham Asylum set a new standard for superhero games – a benchmark that only Rocksteady was able to raise for years to come. 

2. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

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Developer: Eidos Montreal
Platform(s): PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is an easy game to fall in love with. It's undoubtedly one of the best single-player games of the new generation, an adventure that is full of heart, humor, and a fair amount of carnage. An original narrative distinct from the MCU films, which brushes smartly against some of the best Guardians of the Galaxy comic stories, developer Eidos Montreal delivered a generous experience which strikes a delicate balance between expansive combat encounters and calming moments of downtime, giving you the time to appreciate the characters and world which surrounds you. 

Read our Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy review

1. Marvel's Spider-Man 2

Marvel's Spider-Man 2

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Developer: Insomniac Games
Platform(s): PS5

Insomniac hasn't just delivered the best Spider-Man game of all-time, but the best superhero game available right now. Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is a triumph, one of the best open world games where you're never far from something to catch your attention. Peter Parker and his young protege, Miles Morales, go up against some of the most formidable Spider-Man villains in an adventure that never seems to waver. With utterly sublime web-swinging and exploration, countless cinematic setpieces and invigorating combat encounters, and a smart approach to character customization, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 should not be ignored. It's one of the best PS5 games around, and is a must-play for every superhero fan. 

Read our Marvel's Spider-Man 2 review

Josh West
Editor-in-Chief, GamesRadar+

Josh West is the Editor-in-Chief of GamesRadar+. He has over 15 years experience in online and print journalism, and holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Feature Writing. Prior to starting his current position, Josh has served as GR+'s Features Editor and Deputy Editor of games™ magazine, and has freelanced for numerous publications including 3D Artist, Edge magazine, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. Additionally, he has appeared on the BBC and ITV to provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, and worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh likes to play bass guitar and video games. Years ago, he was in a few movies and TV shows that you've definitely seen but will never be able to spot him in.