Fans of comic books read them for several reasons, but the primary one is to escape, jumping into the shoes of some unstoppable hero and battling maniacal villains with some fiendish plot up their sleeve. <br><br> Likewise, fans of the genre enjoy comic book-based video games for pretty much the same reason, to give them control of said heroes as they battle unfathomable odds to save innocents from peril. <br><br> With that, here are our 10 favorites.
You fly and run through Gotham City with Batman, Superman and others, seeking out the Joker, Lex Luthor and other villains while solving puzzles and unlocking additional characters. <a href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/4457-lego-batman-2-dc-super-heroes-offers-enjoyable-comic-romp.html">"Lego Batman 2"</a> is a joy for all ages, and features co-op play, so you can goof off with your friends or younger siblings alike. It's available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and handhelds (for around $20 to $30); it comes to the Wii U in May for around $40.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV" is easily the best in <a href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/16784-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-games.html">"the series"</a> to date. You'll travel back in time with the amphibious four as they battle the evil Shredder, using beat-'em-up tactics to stop the Foot Clan while collecting pizzas and having brushes with bosses (big opponents) like Bebop, Rocksteady and Baxter Stockman. It should be fairly easy to track down a used Super Nintendo console and a copy of this game at your local game store. Even though it's an older release, it's worth spending a few bucks to grab a used copy.
Another classic beat-'em-up that still remains a treat today, "X-Men: The Arcade Game" is a party favorite. Up to six people can jump into a match, as Wolverine, Colossus, Nightcrawler and others battle the evil Magneto, who's out to crush the world for the sake of mutant-kind. Featuring a number of enemies to defeat (including the Blob: "Nothing moves the Blob!") and fun retro-style graphics, this is a must-download. You can get it now on Xbox Live Arcade or <a href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/15319-sonys-redesigned-playstation-store.html"> PlayStation Network</a>] for $10.
This top-down brawler is very innovative. The story divides the comic universe in half, with a hero registration policy that creates a civil war of sorts. What follows is a thrilling group-based action game, where Iron Man, Thor and others get to use their collective abilities to deliver justice. Whether you're playing alone or with friends, "Ultimate Alliance 2" is a must for fans of the comic books. You can get it now on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii for around $20.
Though many new "Spider-Man" games have come since (including 2012's enjoyable "The Amazing Spider-Man"), this 2004 release stands out. Its open-world universe is amazing, filled with criminals to stop and fun random tasks to complete for citizens. And Spidey's talents are exceptional, whether he's webbing up an enemy or swinging through the streets of Manhattan. You should be able to find a used copy fairly easily for PlayStation 2, Xbox or GameCube for just a few dollars. [See also: <a href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/4490-amazing-spider-man-game-swings-action.html">"'The Amazing Spider-Man' Swings Into Action"</a>]
This powerhouse sequel, from the folks at Sucker Punch, is filled with excitement as you guide Cole McGrath through the city of New Orleans, either creating chaos for the citizens or saving the day from supernatural thugs. The choice is yours … but you better act quickly, because an unstoppable beast is coming your way. The game is available for PlayStation 3 for a meager $20 — well worth it. [See also: <a href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/17021-5-questions-playstation-4.html"> PlayStation 4 Leaves 5 Important Questions Unanswered</a>]
Hulk smash! Run wild through city streets as the (nearly) invincible green guy. You'll romp through New York City, completing missions and trashing enemy forces in a number of imaginative ways, whether you're punching a helicopter out of the air or using a car as boxing gloves to obliterate enemies on the ground. Though it was only released for Xbox, PlayStation 2 and GameCube, you should have no trouble tracking this romp down. And it won't cost you that much, either — used copies usually go for $15.
This is one of those rare instances where a game fares much better than the movie it's based upon. In it, you'll run through various locations around the world as Wolverine, trying to find out answers about who you are while battling military forces, superfreaks and, eventually, your own twisted brother, Sabertooth. With a "God of War"-style vibe (and plenty of blood to be spilled), "Wolverine" is a superb action game. You can get it now for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for around $20.
Superheroes didn't really get a good name in fighting games until Capcom got its hands on the Marvel franchise and combined it with its own. The end results, the "Marvel vs. Capcom" games, are quite stunning. But part two is a standout, mainly because of beautiful visuals and a cast of more than 50 fighters to choose from, including fan favorites like Wolverine and Iron Man and more obscure entries like Black Heart and Cable. You can download this now on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network for $15 — a real steal.
Everything about "Batman: Arkham City" shines, between its perfect free-flowing combat, its twisting story (about the ailing Joker and a prisonlike city in peril), its wonderful presentation and its uncanny knack for utilizing all of <a href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/5494-air-force-batman-21st-century-battlefield-stretcher.html">Batman</a>'s abilities. Nearly two years following its release, "Arkham City" remains infinitely replayable, thanks to various missions and hidden goodies you can find throughout the city. Get it for a mere $20 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. (It's also available for Wii U in a special "Armored Edition" for $30 to $40, depending on the retailer.) <br><br> <em>Follow Robert Workman on Twitter at </em><a href="https://twitter.com/TheDCD"><em>@TheDCD</em></a><em>. Follow us </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/#!/TechNewsDaily"><em>@TechNewsDaily</em></a><em>, on </em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TechNewsDaily"><em>Facebook</em></a><em> and on Google+.</em></p>