One of DC Comics' most popular characters, Flash, has appeared as a playable character in multiple video games throughout the years. These appearances come in many forms, mostly due to the many iterations of Flash himself. Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, and Wally West have all been in assorted video games throughout the years showcasing their powers as Speedsters. Whether it was in DC fighting games like Injustice, MMOs like DC Universe Online, or platformers, these characters have all gotten a chance to show their Speedster skills across genres in the medium of video games.

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Although DC games have tended to focus on the company's two biggest heroes - Batman and Superman - other figures have occasionally been able to enter the spotlight. As one of the original seven members of the Justice League, it should be no surprise that Flash has been able to nail down repeat appearances in the gaming medium. His powers have been hard to translate at times, but when a game is able to convey that sense of speed, he can often end up being the highlight of whatever game he's appeared in.

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Despite this, Flash has never had a major AAA video game to call his own. There was a canceled open-world Flash game project from the mid-2000s, but apart from that it appears as if no other attempts have been made to give the Scarlet Speedster his own solo title. That doesn't take away from the fact the hero has made plenty of playable appearances in other DC video games, however. From team-ups like a few Justice League Heroes games to fighting game showdowns like in the Injustice series, here is every DC video game with Flash as a playable character.

Wally West Is A Playable Flash In Three Justice League Games

The Flash as seen in Justice League Heroes: The Flash for Game Boy Advance.

While Barry Allen may be the more popular modern-day Flash, before Allen, there was Wally West. West appeared in three different Justice League titles before Barry would take the mantle as the more popular Flash. The first of these was Justice League Task Force, a fighting game for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. Task Force was a poorly received game that players won't find in Nintendo Switch Online's Sega Genesis collection, largely due in part to the game's poor controls, ugly animation, and generic presentation.

On the other hand, Justice League Heroes is a 2006 game for Xbox and PlayStation 2. Instead of a fighting game, Justice League Heroes was instead an action RPG, allowing players to take control of a cast of 15 Justice League characters, including Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and Zatanna. Similar to most licensed games of the 2000s, the game's combat is simple beat-'em-up, with the occasional opportunity for cool usage of heroes' powers. It's essentially the DC version of Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

Justice League Heroes: The Flash followed the Flash's perspective during the events of Justice League Heroes while other heroes were on other missions. Unlike the main Justice League Heroes game, which got mixed reviews, Wally West's spin-off fared well with critics, likely thanks to the developers WayForward, a team responsible for many well-received licensed games of the 2000s, as well as the Shantae series. Though it may not rank among the best Game Boy Advance games, it's still a small romp worth checking out for fans of the Scarlet Speedster.

Infinite Crisis Featured A Playable Flash

Key art of The Flash from a DC Comics MOBA, Infinite Crisis.

Barry Allen was the playable version of Flash in WB Games' own MOBA, Infinite Crisis. Infinite Crisis was released in 2015 for Windows PC. The game featured some different maps for different modes, like Gotham Heights and Coast City, and also featured a large number of interesting playable characters other than Flash, like Katana, Sinestro, Starro the Conqueror, and even Krypto the Superdog. Although it shared a title with the comic book event of the same name, Infinite Crisis had its own story and unique multiverse premise.

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The MOBA gameplay loop is very successful for franchises with large casts of established characters to choose playable Champions from. Pokémon UNITE is one MOBA success that proves that point. Infinite Crisis, though, was an exception to the rule. The game was shut down in August 2015, less than six months after its March 26 launch date.

DC Legends Features A Few Iterations Of The Flash

Jay Garrick as shown in DC mobile game DC Legends.

DC Legends is a mobile game all about collecting gear and upgrading heroes. The game features countless DC characters, including Jay Garrick and Barry Allen's versions of the Flash. DC Legends is a live service game still getting updates, featuring new heroes, gear, and powers for players to collect and earn.

Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe Put Flash In A Proper Fighting Game

Batman and The Flash on the character select screen for Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

The final project by Midway Games, Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe was seen as a return to form for the Mortal Kombat series, returning to the series' roots in this game for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The game even featured some of Mortal Kombat's signature fatalities, but these were mostly required to be toned down and censored due to the inclusion of DC characters in the game. While Mortal Kombat now mostly uses horror movie villains for its non-MK characters, DC heroes were able to get a fighting game series all their own instead.

Injustice: Gods Among Us & Injustice 2 Give Flash A Big Role

A screenshot of The Flash in Injustice 2.

The first Injustice game, Injustice: Gods Among Us released in 2013. Developed by NetherRealm Studios, the game focused on the conflict between two new groups of heroes: the Regime, led by a now-villainous Superman, and the Insurgency, led by Batman. The Flash played a pretty prominent role in the game's story, starting as a member of the Regime before defecting to the Insurgency later in the events of the game's story. His playstyle focused on speed, with an ability making him able to slow all time around him.

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Releasing in 2017, Injustice 2 gave Flash a fresh supermove and a key role in the story. He had a lot more of his own villains to face off against this time around, with Reverse Flash and Captain Cold being two villains from his rogues gallery that made it into the fighting game sequel. Overall, Injustice 2's story mode was even more ambitious than the first, featuring impressive cutscenes and even two different endings.

LEGO Games Feature Iterations Of The Flash From Across DC's Multiverse

A screenshot of The Flash as seen in various Lego games.

The Flash has made an appearance in three LEGO DC games: LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, and LEGO DC Super-Villains. These games are well-known for the extent of their playable cast. LEGO Batman 3 in particular has over 200 characters from across the DC Multiverse. These include different iterations of the Flash, including Barry Allen and Wally West versions in the bad guy-oriented LEGO DC Super-Villains, as well as a version of Kid Flash. Flash also makes a non-playable appearance in the toys-to-life game LEGO Dimensions.

While never starring in his own major AAA game, Flash has appeared in many DC games over time. He doesn't have as many playable games as a hero like Batman, but with his popularity always climbing, the Scarlet Speedster may be in line for his own game soon. Hopefully, someday, Flash can go beyond LEGO and Injustice games and get a true AAA game to call his own.

2022-08-06T11:01:58.000Z

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