Batman Day 2023: Ranking the Greatest Batman Games of All-Time

The Dark Knight's greatest games, according to critics

This weekend, starting September 16, 2023, marks the celebration of a transcendent comic book icon known by a variety of monikers. Whether you prefer, the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader, the World’s Greatest Detective, or another alias, it has been over 84 years since Detective Comics #27 landed on newsstands back in May 1939, introducing Batman, a moment that forever shaped the future of comics, pop culture, and (eventually) videogames!

This day of Batman celebration is a prime opportunity to look back and examine the many gaming experiences featuring Bruce Wayne’s crime-fighting alter ego, as well as his iconic allies and foes from the DC Universe. While some say, “you either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain,” a few Batman games have proven the phrase wrong, truly standing the test of time as worthy representations of Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s iconic comic book hero in the videogame medium. As of Batman Day 2023, here are the Caped Crusader’s top ten games of all-time, according to critics.

10. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

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Release Date: November 16, 2008

Highest Metacritic Score: 76 (PS3)

9. Batman: Arkham Origins

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Release Date: October 25, 2013

Highest Metacritic Score: 76 (PS3)

8. Batman: The Enemy Within

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Release Date: August 8, 2017

Highest Metacritic Score: 79 (PC)

7. LEGO Batman

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Release Date: September 23, 2008

Highest Metacritic Score: 80 (PC)

6. LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes

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Release Date: June 19, 2012

Highest Metacritic Scores: 81 (PC & PS3)

5. Injustice: Gods Among Us

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Release Date: April 16, 2013

Highest Metacritic Score: 82 (Wii U)

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4. Batman: Arkham Knight

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Release Date: June 23, 2015

Highest Metacritic Score: 87 (PS4)

3. Injustice 2

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Release Date: November 30, 2017

Highest Metacritic Score: 89 (Xbox One)

2. Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Release Date: August 25, 2009

Highest Metacritic Score: 92 (Xbox 360)

1. Batman: Arkham City

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Release Date: October 18, 2011

Highest Metacritic Score: 96 (PS3)

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Grant Testa

Grant Testa is a writer at Prima Games, who specializes in achievement hunting and horror gaming. He is also an avid comic book reader/collector, fantasy footballer, and rock music fanatic. Thousands who have been defeated by Grant in online multiplayer games have cried to themselves, wondering, "How did he get so good?! Why can't I be a gaming demigod like him?" They would probably be surprised to learn that Grant actually inherited his elite gaming skills from his mom, Joann Hansen, one of the speediest stenographers/typists in the nation, (and probably the world). Fun fact: he is also the son of the world’s first “let’s player” and comedy legend, Tim Testa.