While the cinematic universes of Marvel and DC are somewhat floundering, video games starring superheroes continue to provide incredible appeal. The power fantasy of embodying different heroes and using their powers in massive settings is just so hard to deny. There are some genuinely incredible games to look forward to in the future, like Iron Man, Marvel’s Wolverine and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. In the meantime, let’s look back on 10 of the best open-world superhero titles and what made them so great.
The most successful open-world superhero game is undoubtedly Marvel’s Spider-Man. Available in 2018 for PS4 before arriving on PS5 in “Remastered” form, it sold over 20 million units on the previous-gen console alone. It made you feel like Spider-Man, a given and a nice thing when it came to the combat and web-swinging, but also sometimes like Miles Morales and Mary Jane Watson, which was weird in certain sections.
Nevertheless, its stellar encounters, gorgeous visuals that accurately captured Manhattan, and memorable storyline had us hooked. And while the open world may have adhered to some familiar tropes, the sheer fun it offered, combined with the incredible movement and traversal methods, was simply sublime.