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Top 10 Worst Superhero Video Games

VO: Dan Paradis
Script Written by Clayton Martino Superhero games have improved significantly in recent years, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a few, or more than a few, duds along the way. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Superhero Games. We are keeping it pretty simple for this list, as we are focusing on these games that feature some form of superhero and were panned by critics and gamers alike. Special thanks to our users Peter Jonathon Hamby and EricksonChad117 for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script Written by Clayton Martino

Top 10 Worst Superhero Video Games


Superhero games have improved significantly in recent years, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a few, or more than a few, duds along the way. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Superhero Games.
We are keeping it pretty simple for this list, as we are focusing on this games that feature some form of superhero and were panned by critics and gamers alike.

#10: "Thor: God of Thunder" (2011)

Marvel may be having success on the big screen, but that hasn’t translated to success in the gaming world. There have been several terrible titles, including this 2011 game based on the first Thor film. Although the DS version isn’t too bad, the home console versions suffer from combat with very little variety, and a dull story that gives you very little reason to keep going. At its best, it’s a dull game with bad graphics. At its worst, it’s broken and basically unplayable due to the high number of glitches.

#9: "X-Men: Destiny" (2011)

Sometimes a studio puts a ton of effort into a game and it just doesn’t come together in the end. Other times, however, the game is doomed from the start. Employees who worked on the game have gone on record stating that the company, Silicon Knights, was unfocused and disorganized, which resulted in a game that was far from a finished product. Putting aside the fact that the game doesn’t let you play as Wolverine, the graphics would be mediocre for a PS2 title and the combat resorted to repetitive button mashing. The seemingly unfinished story and sluggish gameplay only further support the idea that this game wasn’t a priority.

#8: "Catwoman" (2004)

Sure, we didn’t expect a game based on this train wreck of a film to be good, but this title doesn’t even come close to mediocre. Forget the story, gameplay, or graphics for a second – the biggest problem with this game is the lack of camera control. For some unknown reason, EA decided to use a fixed camera mechanic, which made it impossible at times for gamers to even see where they are supposed to go. It’s pretty disheartening to beat up several criminals only to fall to your death because you couldn’t see the edge of the roof.

#7: "The Incredible Hulk: The Pantheon Saga" (1996)

We’re not game developers, but it can’t be that difficult to make a great Incredible Hulk game, right? All the ingredients for success are there. Things start off okay in this title, as the Hulk is placed in a high tech facility and has to essentially Hulk smash his way out. Like so many other Hulk games, however, this one fails to deliver, with sterile environments and dreadful sound quality. The cut scenes are laughable and the Hulk is barely recognizable behind a pile of green pixels. To top it off, the story barely follows the comic the game is based on.

#6: "Iron Man" (2008)

In the comics, Tony Stark suffers from alcoholism. We’d drink too if we knew we inspired this dreadful game. It was criticized for frustrating controls and repetitive gameplay, which ultimately made the game disengaging and dull – the last thing you want in an Iron Man game. Although the graphics aren’t terrible, they are certainly lackluster, and are hurt by the fact that several levels feature so many enemies that it’s difficult to even see what’s happening.

#5: "The Uncanny X-Men" (1989)

We are being a little hard here, because the NES had no shortage of terrible games, mainly because gaming was a relatively new industry and people were still trying to figure out what a good game was. Still, this title is especially bad. Although you get to play as a variety of characters, the top down viewpoint makes it difficult to distinguish between them, which is only one of the problems with this sloppy game. It also works best as a shooter, which makes playing as Wolverine or Colossus essentially pointless.

#4: "Spawn: The Eternal" (1997)

Everyone has an off day from time to time, and that may explain what happened with this title which was developed by the usually impressive Capcom. The poorly placed camera makes it difficult to see what’s happening, although that may be a benefit considering how dreadful the graphics are. Many also complained about the simplistic combat and easy puzzles which fail to provide a challenge and become tedious and repetitive throughout the course of the game.

#3: "Batman: Dark Tomorrow (2003)

The recent success of the Arkham series has caused most people to forget about this terrible game, but we certainly haven’t forgotten. This game essentially resorts to Batman beating up giant rats, which is almost criminal considering the number of incredible villains that exist in the Batman universe. The graphics and controls are terrible, but it’s the ending that is especially bad – if you failed to deactivate explosives in a secret room, you were forced to sit and watch the lengthy bad ending culminating in the Dark Knight’s death. I think we all had a dark tomorrow after playing this game.

#2: "Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis" (2003)

Aquaman receives a lot of criticism, justified or not, but it is games like this that contribute to his negative reputation. Battle for Atlantis features very repetitive and drawn out combat, plenty of invisible walls and a nauseating camera system. The graphics are dreadful, and while the controls are relatively unique, all you really need is the basic punch button. The sea seems large but lacks any and all detail, which makes one wonder why Aquaman is even fighting to defend it in the first place.
Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions:

"Silver Surfer" (1990)
"Fantastic Four" (1997)
"Amazing Spider-Man 2" (2014)
"Batman and Robin" (1998)
"Ultraman" (1991)

#1: "Superman" (1999)

No surprise here. Better known as Superman 64, it is not just the worst superhero game of all-time, it might be one of the worst video game ever. Seriously, we don’t even know where to begin. First, the game takes place in a virtual world, so nothing you do actually matters. Shockingly, Superman moves very slowly, which makes the already painful floating ring missions even worse. It has terrible graphics, poor controls, and a seemingly endless number of bugs and glitches. This game is so bad that it makes every other entry on this list seem playable. Well, almost anyway.

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