Ranking every Batman Video Game ever made - Arkham Knight Release Edition

My scowl isn't as effective if you won't look me in the face!

My scowl isn't as effective if you won't look me in the face!

On the eve of Arkham Knight being released tomorrow I felt it was time to rank the many Batman games that have come out over the years. We have had some wondrous games that let you feel the power of the cape and cowl, and some epic fails that make you want to jump off a building without the cape and cowl.  You also might be surprised how many games have come out starring the Caped Crusader, and you will also see that games featuring Batman where he is not in the title were omitted (examples Injustice, The Lego Movie Game, Gotham City Imposters).and titles that were only released on PC, Phones, or in the Arcade. Enjoy.     

High Step out of there Batman!

High Step out of there Batman!

24. Batman & Robin (1997) Nearly unplayable similar to how the movie is unwatchable.

23. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) – I love that the European release was called "Batman of the Future: Return of the Joker".  That title is the only good thing about this game. 

22. Batman Forever (1995) – This game gets tired quick.

21. Batman: Gotham City Racer (2001) – Pretty unimaginative, and the city is so sparse and lame.

20. Batman: Dark Tomorrow (2003) – Looked good played bad.

19. Batman Forever: The Arcade Game (1996) – The Beat-em up style Batman games is officially tired by this point. 

18. Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (2003) – The promise of Vengeance dried up quickly.

My Batboots will defeat this spiked floor!

My Batboots will defeat this spiked floor!

17. Batman (1986) – The first appearance of Batman on the Amstrad computer system.

16. The Adventures of Batman and Robin (1994) – The SNES version is best, the Sega version is weak, and the Sega CD version is only slightly better because of the extra cartoon scenes.  

15. Batman Begins (2005) – Great reboot of a movie, modest reboot of the game that wasn’t good enough for them to try again on The Dark Knight. 

14. Batman: The Caped Crusader (1988) – A solid Commodore 64 Game, hard to compare anything on that system to modern games.

13. Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) The B Team tried to keep Rocksteady’s momentum rolling, struggled understandably.

12. Batman: The Animated Series (1993) - Batman really holds up on handheld systems.

11. Batman: Chaos in Gotham (2001) See Above

10. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – A universe of DC action to cap off the trilogy.

9. Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2010) – I bought this for my nephew, and then wanted to buy it for myself.  Batman doesn’t have to be dark to be awesome. 

8. Lego Batman (2009) – Simpler than the sequels but less fraught with issues.

7. Batman: The Video Game (1989) –For many the first good Batman game.

6. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012) – More gadgets and characters, but a little glitchy.

5. Batman Vengeance (2001) A return to form on the mainstream systems that started to fall apart like the movies of the late 90s

                    How many times did I tell you clowns not to wear the same outfit?!

                    How many times did I tell you clowns not to wear the same outfit?!

4. Batman Returns (1992) - Final Fight meets Batman, how can you lose?

3. Batman: Return of the Joker (1991) – A very pretty NES adventure.

2. Arkham Asylum (2009) – With so many years since the last good Batman game, Rocksteady married the magic of the animated show with the grit of the Nolan films and really gave us the full range of Batman’s appeal.

                        Robin, quickly...my Shark Repellent!

                        Robin, quickly...my Shark Repellent!

1. Arkham City (2011) – The bar was really high after Arkham Asylum lit the world on fire.  Cleared the bar with a vengeance.  Now we see if Arkham Knight can do it again.  

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