Button Mash This: Comics + Games

Today marks the opening day of FanExpo Canada, the country’s largest convention for all things comic books, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming related. The annual event, held at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre, spans over four days this year. I’ve attended a couple of times in the past and it’s always entertaining. So I’ll be sure to hit it up again at some point this weekend, perhaps even in disguise. In honour of this nerd mecca, here are my Top Three Comic Book Games

Ultimate Spider-Man

The appeal of Ultimate Spider-Man was the ability to play as both good Spider-Man and evil Venom in a kind of light GTA-esque gameplay. There’s something simply satisfying about swinging from skyscraper to skyscraper through a cartoon New York City saving (or destroying) innocent citizens. Also, the cell-shaded art style was refreshing at that time and made the player feel as if they were actually moving through a living, breathing comic book. Quite a sight the first time around.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

This is not a good comic book game. It’s a great video game that just happens to be based on a comic book character. Gameplay is at the forefront of this title. Everything else — presentation, story, characters, etc. — falls into place perfectly around this main element. That’s why Batman: Arkham Asylum remains a favourite amongst many comic book fans and video game fans alike. For those itching for more of the Dark Knight, keep your eyes peeled for the sequel, Batman: Arkham City, releasing October 2011.

Marvel VS Capcom series

There’s a lot of reasons to love the MvC series. Most (if not all) of those reasons are the characters. All of your favourites from either camp are here. The team combinations are endless. The newest iteration from this franchise boasts a total of 50 fighters in all. I get stupidly excited about the prospect of seeing Street Fighter‘s Ryu, Devil May Cry‘s Dante, and Resident Evil‘s Chris Redfield all on screen simultaneously beating the crap out of the likes of Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, and Wolverine (just to name a few). If you want the “be all, end all” version of the game, be sure to check out the upgraded edition, Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom, when it hits store shelves November 2011.

Honourable Mention: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

In the days of the arcade, beat-em-up games were top dog and TMNT was the cream of the crop. Fast, furious, frentic, fun. Back in 1989, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was all of these things. Fortunately, it still is today. It’s never been easier to re-live your childhood as a near-perfect port of the game is available for download through the Xbox Live Arcade. Cowabunga, dudes!

Agree? Disagree? What are your top three?