One of the most appealing features of modern gaming is the ability many titles give players to alternate between different cosmetic looks. This is especially present in superhero games; almost all superheroes have been known to appear in different costumes in both comic books and films.
While there are plenty of superhero games that have alternate color schemes for their characters, those wouldn’t necessarily be considered alternate costumes — just different colors of the same costume. However, there are quite a few (most of which happen to be Spider-Man titles) that give players a lot to choose from in terms of outfits.
10 Spider-Man (PS1)
Spider-Man was the first Spider-Man game released on fifth-generation consoles and remains a classic to this day, albeit a significantly dated one. At the time of its release, many considered it the “best Spider-Man game,” but that title has since been devoted to Insomniac’s Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Spider-Man has one of the lowest alternate costume counts among superhero games, falling at an abysmal 10 different suits. That being said, the appeal of in-game cosmetics had only just begun taking off in 2000 when the game was released, so it was a lot for its time. Unlike many modern games that have skins that only serve cosmetic purposes, however, every suit in Spider-Man benefits players in some way.
9 The Amazing Spider-Man
Despite its name being identical to the film it is based on, The Amazing Spider-Man takes place months after the events of the film, so it acts as more of a sequel to the film than anything. Unfortunately, that story wound up being labeled “generic” by some critics, and many others thought the game was far too easy to be considered rewarding in any way.
There are 10 different suits players can collect during their time playing the game, with some of them acquired by rather unique means. The Party Hat, for example, can be obtained once players set their console’s clock to August 2012 and play the game, as that is the month Spider-Man turned 50.
8 The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man and, like its predecessor, is based on the film of the same name. Like The Amazing Spider-Man, this installment takes place after the events of its associated film and revolves around Kraven the Hunter, as well as Peter Parker’s friend Harry, who is eventually revealed to be the Green Goblin.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s outfits fall immediately behind Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, with only 18 different suits to collect. However, four of them are no longer obtainable, as they were GameStop pre-order bonuses. Additionally, two of the suits could only be obtained by purchasing the game via the PlayStation Store.
7 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is not necessarily a sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man but rather more of a spinoff since it introduces a new playable character in Miles Morales. Despite being a spinoff, it garnered nearly the same level of positive attention as its predecessor, Marvel’s Spider-Man, with some critics and fans even calling Miles Morales an improvement.
Only just falling behind Arkham: Origins, Miles Morales has 19 different suits for players to collect. Unlocking a suit typically simultaneously unlocks an associated suit mod that can be equipped to any suit at any time, so they are all more than worth collecting. Most of the suits in Miles Morales can be obtained by first reaching a certain character level and then spending valuable resources to purchase them.
6 Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Origins is the third main installment of the Batman: Arkham series and acts as a prequel to 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, the first game of the series. Unfortunately, Arkham: Origins is the worst-reviewed Arkham game according to Metacritic, primarily due to the unnecessarily large size of its world, but it still has merit in its exciting boss battles and compelling character development of the Joker.
There are 20 different suits to collect in Arkham: Origins, but not all of them can be organically collected by playing the game. Some of the costumes are exclusive to the PlayStation 3 console, the season pass for Arkham: Origins, the Collector’s Edition version of the game, or are bought via its purchasable skin packs.
5 Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight is the fourth main installment in the Batman: Arkham series, and while it was initially met with mixed reception, it has gone on to be recognized as one of the best Batman games available. The PC version of the game, especially, is currently enjoying “Overwhelmingly Positive” reviews on Steam.
When accounting for other playable characters in Arkham Knight, like Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman, there are nearly 30 different suits to collect. Many of these costumes can be collected by playing and completing the main story, while others are acquired via DLC or as preorder bonuses for certain retailers.
4 Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy
Eidos-Montr?al and Square Enix’s Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit, mostly due to its lack of initial marketing and the publisher’s previous Marvel game and critical failure, Marvel’s Avengers. It was well-received, with most critics praising the story’s ability to emotional appeal, as well as the characters and performances.
There are over 30 suits to collect in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, most of which can be found hidden throughout the game’s world. There are some costumes that are collected automatically at the start of a new chapter, however, along with a couple that are acquired upon beginning a New Game + playthrough of the game.
3 Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
Insomniac’s Marvel’s Spider-Man has been called one of the greatest superhero games ever made. One of its most notable features is the web-swinging mechanics that many Spider-Man games before it could not seem to perfect. Apart from that, its Arkham-style combat is a perfect fit for it, and its impactful original story is backed by a cast of incredible talent.
Marvel’s Spider-Man was originally released with 28 suits for players to acquire and wear, with its DLC later adding another 10. However, Insomniac released a remastered version of the game in August 2022 that included 47 different suits. It currently has more outfits to choose from than most superhero games.
2 Injustice: Gods Among Us
Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting video game by NetheRealm Studios based on characters from the DC universe. It began as a free-to-play mobile app for iOS on April 3, 2013, but was later ported to Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation consoles.
Unlike its sequel, which mostly only includes alternate color schemes for each character’s outfit, Injustice: Gods Among Us provides players the opportunity to unlock several different costumes for each character, resulting in a total of over 80 alternate outfits altogether. Each of these outfits serves cosmetic purposes only and does not benefit gameplay whatsoever.
1 Marvel’s Avengers
Marvel’s Avengers was Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ attempt at making a superhero live-service game based on some of the most popular characters from the Marvel universe, and for a while after its release, it was a huge success. Most critics praised the story, but the lack of endgame content and its repetitive nature eventually resulted in its downfall. The last content update for the game was released on March 31, 2023, after Crystal Dynamics announced that all support for the game would end.
Marvel’s Avengers is currently the superhero game with the most alternate costumes, as that was a major feature of its progression when it was still a live-service game. Each character has dozens of outfits to choose from, totaling around 800 when all is said and done. The final update for the game also unlocked every costume that formerly required real money to obtain, leaving only those that can still be purchased to this day from the cosmetic vendor aboard the Helicarrier using in-game currency.
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