While superheroes and comic book protagonists can be colourful, often spandexed, luminaries, they also have a vicious and violent side to them (especially in the comic books themselves). So, in honour of that, we’ve taken a look at the 4 most violent comic book games that you can play:
Available on: PS3, Xbox 360, PC, PS4, Xbox One
As you’d expect, Deadpool is a pretty decent action game, combining gun combat with sword hack-‘n-slashing (which results in some pretty insane dismemberment and gore) but what makes it worth playing is how outrageously funny it is.
Deadpool himself (voiced by Uncharted’s Nolan North) narrates and comments on just about everything you do in the game, and the good and bad conscience voices in his head provide constant entertainment, even in the most mundane of things, such as an elevator sequence.
The forth-wall-breaking is there too – from prodding the health-bar to making cheeky comments about the button commands on screen, Deadpool takes all the hand-holding of video games and completely parodies it, making you realise how ridiculous some modern games actually are.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Uncaged Edition (2009)
Available on: PS3, Xbox 360
The lame “Uncaged” subtitle represents the ultimate, goriest, uncensored and most brutally beautiful violence and dismemberment you’ve ever laid your uncorrupted eyes on. After all, this was from the guys who made Soldier of Fortune.
For example, Wolverine regularly tears helicopter-pilots through their windscreen and shoves their soon-to-be decapitated heads into the spinning blades. I think they captured his true personality.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine combines platforming, puzzles and most importantly, combat. Wolverine is ultimately a ‘kill-all-ask-questions-later’ kinda guy; therefore the hack-and-slash elements of the game fit the overall purpose and intent pretty well.
The game showed what super-hero games should be all about. Not becoming too attached to its cinematic counterpart and instead incorporating Wolverine’s comic-book brutality and animalistic attributes is what made the game exceed expectations.
The Punisher (2005)
Available on: PS2, PC, Xbox 360
A hidden gem of 2005. The violent Punisher video game which was exclusively designed for adult players was released by Volition, Inc. Players took control of the vigilante hero to track down criminals and make them pay for their deeds.
The game’s story is a loose mixture of the 2004 film, as well as the 2000 mini-series, Welcome Back, Frank, written by Garth Ennis and pencilled by Steve Dillon, wherein the character has no aversion to committing acts of extreme (if not gratuitous) violence.
Thomas Jane, who portrayed the title role in the 2004 Punisher film also provides the voice of The Punisher in the game.
The game allowed players to execute the wrongdoers in the move outrageous, yet inventive ways possible. Throwing bad guys into a shark tank? Sending them through a wood chipper? Using their heads as piñata? The choice is yours.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
What happens when the biggest heroes and villains of the DC Universe throw down in an interdimensional battle royale fashioned by the minds behind Mortal Kombat? Glorious, unadulterated chaos, otherwise known as Injustice: Gods Among Us.
The story revolves around an alternate timeline in which Superman murders the Joker in a vengeful rage, bringing forth an age in which heroes are now tyrannical, godlike figures. This parallel universe collides with the Metropolis we know and love, meaning that DC’s iconic heroes and villains have to duke it out to set things right.
While there’s no blood per se, Injustice features some pretty horrific moves that will leave you cringing and sympathising with the annihilated combatants. The game also features some smooth controls and a ton of powers and stage-interactables to make battles feel authentically super. It doesn’t scrimp on the story either, with a thought-provoking premise and strong performances that make everything happening between the punching feel worthwhile.
What’s your favourite superhero games that doesn’t hold back on the violence? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @MenStuffZA.