Before Batman: Arkham Asylum, there were very few superhero games, let alone DC-specific titles that were worth putting your time towards. Most superhero games were poor recreations of whatever film came out at the same time to try to grab fans of the specific series.
Many DC games prior to the Arkham series were absolutely abysmal or outright broken, such as Superman: The New Superman Adventures on Nintendo 64, Catwoman, Superman Returns, Batman: Dark Tomorrow, and more. DC games have come a long way since those times, even short-lived titles such as the first-person shooter Gotham City Imposters are looked back on fondly for those that played the beta.
If you already enjoy playing stellar DC titles from the Lego Batman series to Batman: The Telltale Series, there are still great titles out there waiting for you. So, let’s get into our list of the best DC games you can pick up right now on Switch.
The best DC games on Switch
Lego DC: Super-Villains
Lego games have been very popular for more than a decade now, with three Lego Batman games alongside a fusion of different intellectual properties with DC included in Lego Dimensions. In Lego DC: Super-Villains, a much larger focus is on the bad guys of DC’s vast universe. The Justice League has disappeared allowing their counterparts to take centre stage as the Justice Syndicate.
Harley Quinn, The Joker, and more from the Injustice League decide to take matters into their own hands, but of course, they do it in their own chaotic, destructive way. The game allows you to create an all-new custom made super-villain, and upgrade powers as you see fit.
For those of you who aren’t too invested in making your own new character, you can easily swap to dozens of familiar faces pretty easily. The game bolsters with over 250 characters, including the several downloadable packs released. If you’re even a casual fan of DC, Lego DC Super-Villains will definitely provide you with the lawless havoc you desire by putting the super-villains at the helm for players of all ages.
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure
The Scribblenauts series has been around for more than a decade, originally starting out on the Nintendo DS. It provides you with puzzles and situations that can be solved in an array of approaches. Being able to use words that then create the object in the world provides puzzle-solving combinations that can be implemented to solve problems to the limit of your own imagination through level design.
5th Cell developed Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure, the game’s first foray with another licensed property. Kind of a big deal to have it be with DC! This version brings the same Scribblenauts gameplay of solving puzzles through creating and giving powers to words, but this time around throws in iconic DC characters such as Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Batwoman, Hawkgirl, and even lesser-known characters such as Lagoon Boy, Arrowette, Miss Martian, and Wonder Girl.
The game even adds objects such as the batgrenade, Joker fish, Soultaker Sword, Lasso of Truth, and Kryptonite to help you tackle puzzles in a different way. Solve origin stories of the main Justice League members, and play levels set in places such as Gotham, Metropolis, Themyscira, and Atlantis.
DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power
DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power is based on the DC Super Hero Girl show. The game, like the show, stars characters such as Batgirl, Bumblebee, Wonder Woman, Zatanna, and Green Lantern all attending Metropolis high school. Similar to how the show touches upon the characters navigating the balance of their hero identities alongside their everyday school life, the game tasks the player to do different missions dependent on their alter egos or in their hero getups.
The game itself is exclusive to Nintendo Switch, and provides six playable characters, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Batgirl, Star Sapphire, and Wonder Woman. Three heroes alongside three villains, Bumblebee and Green Lantern fans are left behind by having characters such as these two show up as non-playable characters to just interact with.
Teen Power having six playable characters from the show gives you many different ways to initiate combos, and fight. Slash enemies with Wonder Woman’s sword, use acrobatic athleticism with Batgirl, or swing Harley Quinn’s mallet with ease. The game also has stellar performances from voice actors like Tara Strong, it really is a game that had fans of the show in mind throughout by making these characters more realised.
Sometimes, when games are created on intellectual property they cut corners in the voice actors they hire by not having the same from the shows, but Teen Power brings all of the things they love from the show. Where it lacks in playable characters from the series, it makes up with its gorgeous and intricate visuals, plus voice-acting interactions.