Over the last ten years or so, the world of superheroes has consistently won battle for silver screen supremacy. And now the battle is on to conquer the world of gaming. There was a time when comic book heroes were the sole domain of adolescent boys, but those days are over. The cape wearing, high-kicking, sucker punching icons from the DC and Marvel universes have become cool, and we’re not talking ‘cult following’ cool, we’re talking mainstream cool.
The superhero reboot, it turns out, has universal appeal. And the genre has successfully managed to cross the great gender divide. The release of standalone films the likes of Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman, and their huge box office success, proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that a superhero doesn’t have to be oozing with testosterone to be worth watching.
We just can’t seem to get enough of good battling evil in all it’s nail-biting glory. It should come as no surprise then that superheroes are now taking centre stage as protagonists of video games and casino slot games. In fact, superheroes and gaming are a match made in heaven; the success of Treyarch’s 2004 Spiderman 2 is one example, as is Playtech’s extremely popular Justice League Comic slot game. Casino game software providers embraced the superhero genre early on. In fact, some might say that superhero slot games have been more successful than their video game counterparts.
Sadly, Marvel-themed slot games were pulled from slot sites when Disney stopped licensing the characters to Playtech. We were looking forward to a Captain Marvel slot game, but it was not to be. There is still hope, however, for a slot game to emerge that features Gal Gadot’s kick-ass version of Wonder Woman. We’ll keep scanning review sites dedicated to online slot games for it and get back to you as soon as there is any news. In the meantime, the Suicide Squad slot game has everything you could want from a Superhero-themed (or antiheroes in this case) slot game. Harley Quinn, El Diablo and Deadshot bring the reels to life and give the game an edge that will appeal to those who prefer their heroes to be a little less goody-goody two shoes.
We are the Champions
If you’re hankering after a little Marvel action, video games have got your back. MARVEL Contest of Champions is the ultimate one-on-one fighting game. You get to choose which superhero (or villain) you want to be and then go head to head with an opponent. Or, if you’re more of a multi-player kinda gal, check out Marvel Mighty Heroes (for mobile gameplay). You and three of your friends can assemble the ultimate Marvel team – Black Widow, Captain Marvel, The Wasp and Scarlet Witch for an all-woman power play perhaps? Or maybe let Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and Dr Strange get a little action? Your team will take on weekly missions and help defend each other in real time, needless to say; it’s pretty awesome.
Another excellent game worth checking out is The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (PS3, Xbox, GameCube). This game offers you the chance to let your inner Hulk run wild. Hulk can do what Hulk does best in this game; smash. You can smash everything that gets in your way as you go on a rampage through the city streets, and you’ll have a lot of fun doing it.
The Bat Signal
DC fans, worry not; your heroes are not relegated to slot games. The Spiderman series of video games have not been the only DC superhero-themed video games to hit the mark. Batman is, and always will be, a firm fan favourite. And, Batman: Arkham City (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PS3) is one of the best video games on the market. It was released in 2011, on the back of the success of Batman: Arkham Asylum. At the time, it seemed impossible that Rocksteady would be able to top Arkham Asylum, but Arkham City very quickly proved that you can, indeed, improve on perfection. Letting the Bat out of the Asylum and on to the city streets gave the game a new and much more exciting dimension. The game takes you deep into the dark underbelly of Gotham City, and you’ll need to keep your wits about you as you take on the character of Batman in all his Christian Bale-esque broodiness.
Enter the Combat Zone
And finally, Mortal Kombat fans should check out Injustice 2 (PS4, PC, Xbox One). Injustice 2 is the latest offering to come from Mortal Kombat’s long term collaborations with DC Comics. This game offers superb graphics, a strong story mode and some seriously great fight mechanics. There are live events associated with this game, and plenty of new characters to keep things interesting. And thankfully; Wonder Woman is more Amazonian and less Barbie, which means she makes for a much more formidable opponent to take into the ring.