In honor of our Marvel’s Midnight Suns cover article this month, we wanted to re-edit this 2019 list of the top ten Marvel-themed video games. If you can’t wait to take on the role of one of Marvel’s legendary heroes, there are a number of great games out there. We have put together the ultimate list of Marvel games that every comic book fan should play.
10. X-Men 2: The Clone Wars
Genesis • 1995
The X-Men seemed to be the greatest superheroes of the ’90s. Young fans across the country dreamed of being one of Marvel’s merry mutants, and Headgames’ side-scrolling co-op action game has helped to eliminate this itch. Players control Beast, Cyclops, Gambit, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, and Wolverine as they travel the world in an effort to destroy the Phalanx virus and prevent everyone from becoming techno-organic slaves. Each hero has their own unique set of powers, which aided them in battle and affect how they moved through the environment, further encouraging replay.
9. Marvel Strike Force
iOS, Android • 2018
As a Special Tactical Reserve for Interdimensional Key Events (STRIKE) agent, you are tasked with assembling a squad of heroes to protect the planet from an alien threat. But who are we kidding – we don’t like Marvel’s turn-based mobile gaming for its plot. We love to amass an ever-growing list of some of our favorite heroes (and villains) in the universe. Strike Force’s turn-based combat offers just the right amount of strategy, and continuing that slow unlocking of new characters is incredibly addicting.
8. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, Wii, PC • 2009
Wolverine is one of Marvel’s most beloved heroes, and for good reason: he’s an irresistible scrapper who can get rid of any injury. Based on the 2009 film, Raven Software allowed fans to explore Logan’s past while tearing apart legions of hapless foes with Wolverine’s indestructible claws. Watching your body slowly rebuild after an attack is endlessly fascinating, and your lunge attack was incredibly stimulating. X-Men Origins is not only a great Marvel game, but it pulled off an incredibly rare trick – it’s a game that’s actually better than the movie.
Arcade, PS3, Xbox 360 • 1992
In the 90s, arcades were littered with addicting side-scrolling beat’em ups from Konami. In fact, it seemed like arcades were required by law to own some version of this game. But we’re not complaining; we gladly toss a few coins into one of these machines every time we see it. Sure, some of the X-Men’s powers seem warped (Nightcrawler zipped around the screen like the Flash, for example), but we can’t resist the thrill of defeating an army of Sentinels before the epic overthrow with Magneto.
6. Lego Marvel Super Heroes
PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC • 2013
Lego sets are like crisps – they are comfort food. After a long day, they don’t make you feel any pressure to play; you can just relax and smash objects and enemies into tiny Lego bricks. In the wake of the 2012 Avengers movie, Traveller’s Tales and TT Fusion’s exploration of the Marvel Universe was a sheer delight. Not only was the character roster absurdly massive, but each hero had their own set of powers, and the search for secrets across the board has proven to be incredibly satisfying.
5. Spider-Man 2
PS2, Xbox, GameCube • 2004
For a long time, Spider-man 2 was considered the best Marvel game, if not the best licensed game. Based on Sam Raimi’s film, Spider-Man struggles to balance his life as a civilian and superhero while battling enemies like The Rhino, Black Cat, and Dr. Octopus. Treyarch’s open world of Manhattan was a lot of fun to explore, and the combat was fast and smooth. However, the piece of resistance is Spider-Man’s swing mechanics, which feels so good that it has become the swing mechanic by which all other Spider-Man games have been judged.
4. The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
PS2, Xbox, GameCube • 2005
Few games let you feel like an unstoppable rage machine like Radical Entertainment’s Ultimate Destruction. The Hulk runs along walls, turns cars into brass knuckles, repels missiles like flies, and generally annihilates anything stupid enough to get in his way. The boss fights with enemies like Devil Hulk, Mercy, and Abomination are truly epic. Bruce Banner just wants to go secretly away and search for a cure for his illness, but the world doesn’t want to leave him alone. We don’t want to leave him alone either, because this fight is so much fun.
3. Marvel: the ultimate alliance
PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2, PSP • 2006
Raven Software’s epic smash fest was Avengers: Endgame of its day. Building on the X-Men Legacy franchise, Ultimate Alliance takes Diablo’s core action / RPG loot festival and throws all of the main Marvel characters into the mix. Up to four friends can look behind each other as they engage in truly wild scenarios, like protecting a helicarrier from the dragon Fin Fang Foom, freeing the people of Atlantis from mind control, and participating in an absurd game show. on Murderworld. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 has a lot to do.
2. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Vita • 2011
The Marvel vs Capcom series is the only place you can see Captain America tag team with Captain Commando or Mega Man take on Iron Man. While we also have a soft spot for Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, the re-release of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has struck the perfect balance between combat and its massive roster of characters. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a good reminder that you don’t need a wacky story mode when the action is this good.
PS4 • 2018
What else did you expect at the top of this list? Insomniac’s masterpiece was a real contender for Game of the Year when it was released, and Insomniac expertly took all the mechanics fans loved from previous Spider-Man games and built them to create something something special. Spider-Man’s fight and web swing is the best it’s ever been, and Insomniac tells a gripping story that brought out the heroism of Peter Parker as well as his alter ego. We could do without the simple moments of stealth, but these are easy to forget when the rest of the game is in full swing. The wait for a sequel is going to be excruciating, as we want to see what Insomniac does next with our favorite wall-crawler.
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