Everyone Needs a Hero

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heroSuperhero themed slots have been popping up on party casinos across the net. This phenomenon is most likely due to the popularity of recent comic book films like The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers. Online slot machines based on franchises like Thor and Batman may be relatively new, but there have been video games based on comic books since the first coin-op arcades. These games tend to be frustrating and down right awful (likeUncanny X-Men for the NES) but, every so often, a stellar title shines like a beacon in an otherwise dark and dreary digital landscape.

Some of the better comic book games are part of the Marvel vs Capcom franchise. This series of fighting games began with the launch of X-Men: Children of the Atom in 1994. Children of the Atom dominated arcades with it’s frantic, Street Fighter-style combat. It’s success led to Marvel Super Heros, X-Men vs Street Fighter, and Marvel vs Capcom. Marvel vs Capcom would have two sequels, with each one adding more playable characters from both the Marvel and Capcom universes. In 2008, DC took a page from Marvel’s playbook and teamed up with Midway Games to release Mortal Kombat vs The DC Universe to mixed reviews.

Mortal Kombat vs The DC Universe may have been lackluster, but they more than made up for it with 2011’s Batman: Arkham City. Arkham City is a sequel to 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, both games were developed by Rocksteady Studios and received fantastic reviews upon their release. InArkham City, you play as Batman and have been trapped, along with hundreds of Arkham’s most dangerous criminals, in a walled-off section of Gotham City and have to use your gadgets, wits, and combat expertise to fight your way out. There are few things in life more satisfying than swooping down from a sky scrapper, drop kicking a thug in the face, and then taking down his friends with a combination of punches, counters, and bat-a-rangs while yelling “I’m the goddamn Batman!” at the TV.

Mavel vs Capcom and Batman: Arkham City may be two of the best comic book games out there, but what are the worst? 1999’s Superman for the N64 is widely considered not only one of the worst superhero games out there, but one of the worst games ever developed. It’s terrible design, unresponsive controls, and rage-inducing gameplay caused Nintendo Power to deem it the worst game to ever be released on the N64 console. Spawn: The Eternal,released in 1997 by Sony computer Entertainment, is quite possibly even more atrocious than Superman. IGN said it best in their review of the game, “To begin with, it’s as ugly as the backside of a male dog with explosive diarrhea.”

Superhero slot machines may not have the game play and story as more traditional games but they more than make up for it in the fact you stand a chance to win cash by playing a game featuring your favorite Marvel and DC superheros.

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