The 5 best Marvel games
Before the MCU came to full fruition, Marvel was making video games. Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, and Thor have been the focal point of every aspect of the entertainment industry. When you introduce the merchandise into the market, design costumes, organize cosplays and comic cons the franchise fares well. The gaming industry offered a final boost in popularity of the franchise, making it the richest in entertainment history. Heck, even the gambling the industry decided to turn to this way, by creating fun to play online slots games, featuring marvel themed games among others. It’s a separate business outside Marvel’s, but attractive to consumers nonetheless.
The franchise continues to thrive thanks to strategic marketing and when combined with comics, movies, and video games, their net worth is over $4 billion.
In honor of the release of already released Spider-Man: Homecoming and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, we thought we’d put together a list. Despite some atrocious entries, Marvel has had a few gems. Here are our favorites.
5. Deadpool (2013)
Starting out our list is everyone’s favorite loud-mouthed mercenary. Deadpool is really a diamond in the rough in the Marvel universe, having not only an amazing film but a solid video game as well.
The M-rating is capitalized on with the same vulgar humor you’d expect from Deadpool. Outside of that are some solid action mechanics, hacking and slashing your way through waves of enemies. While the Arkham form of combat has spoiled it a bit for other ways of doing it, you’ll still have plenty of fun here.
4. The Punisher (2005)
Continuing with the M-rated trend, The Punisher was also a fantastic Marvel game. Although it’s just a bit more serious than Deadpool. The game was originally rated adults-only but was dialed back to an M-rating.
The reason for this is the infamous interrogation scenes. These are brutal, even by today’s standards. Putting a drill press to someone’s skull, curb stomping them with your boot or dunking their head in a tank of piranhas are all up for grabs.
Outside of that, there’s competent gunplay that isn’t exceptional but satisfies enough for a Marvel game.
3. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (2013)
Lego games are amazing, and this one is no exception. It’s a far cry from The Punisher and Deadpool, but it’s still a fun and funny ride. Featuring a roster of 155 different characters in the base game, you take on a combination of Marvel comics and the MCU.
Despite being a Lego title, there’s a ton of content here as well. You’ll find ours of brick-busting gameplay. If you love Marvel, don’t let the Lego branding turn you off. The game offers basically all characters from Marvel Universe, whether villains or heroes and it’s the best-selling game of all Marvel Games. This game is fantastic.
2. Ultimate Spider-man (2005)
We couldn’t make a list in honor of Spider-man without including one of his games. Writer Brian Michael Bendis and penciler Mark Bagley created the comic book series of the same name. Brian Michael Bendis was the writer and director of the game, so there’s enough continuity here for Marvel fans.
Not only is the game true to the source material, it was some solid gameplay mechanics as well. Swinging and shooting webs makes you feel like a slender badass. Thankfully, there’s plenty to play around with too. Despite being a 2005 release, this game is completely open-world (or open-city), with a scale that is impressive considering the age.
1. Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006)
Winning Wizard Magazine’s “Game of the Year” and Gamespot’s “Best Use of a Creative License” in 2006, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is one of the most well-rounded Marvel games out there. There are 23 playable characters, 16 more being system exclusive, that travel to locations like Atlantis, the Valley of Spirits, Asgard, Valhalla, Mephisto’s Hell realm and more.
Yes, there is a sequel, but this is by far the superior game. It’s not exceptional in the context of other games on the market, but it’s fantastic for Marvel fans.