The 10 Best Marvel Video Games Of All Time

The 10 Best Marvel Video Games Of All Time

June 07, 2019

The upcoming Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order releases on the 19th of July 2019, but if you’re yearning to jump into the role of one of Marvel’s legendary superheroes, you're in luck as there are already a number of excellent Marvel-themed games on the market.

If you need a break from Marvel games, check out our guide on How To Watch The Marvel Movies and TV Series In The Correct OrderKeep in mind you are going to need at least 100 plus hours to watch the entire story unfold from beginning to end.

In celebration of the upcoming Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, I have compiled the ultimate list of Marvel games every comic fan should be playing. Listed in no particular order as all of them are well worth your time.

10. X-Men 2: Clone Wars

The 10 Best Marvel Video Games Of All Time

Playable Platforms: Genesis 

Release Date: 1995

Review Score: 8.1/10 (GameSpot)

The X-Men were some of the biggest superheroes in the ‘90s. Fans all around the world dreamed of being one of Marvel’s mutants, and Headgames’ co-op friendly side-scrolling action game helped scratch that itch.

Gamers can control one of several different mutants like Beast, Cyclops, Gambit, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, and Wolverine as they move across the world on a mission to defeat the Phalanx virus and protect everyone from becoming techno-organic slaves. Each mutant has its own individual set of abilities, which aid them in combat and changes how they traversed the environment, giving this game plenty of replayability.

Synopsis:

"The game is based on the current story arc from the comics at the time of development. The plot is narrated through the Cerebro and Professor X's communication with each other. Cerebro detects that the technorganic alien race known as the Phalanx have returned and have contaminated a Sentinel manufacturing facility.

Learning this, Professor X sends the X-Men (Beast, Psylocke, Gambit, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, and Cyclops) to destroy the Phalanx virus, but discovers that the virus has spread to Avalon, home of Exodus and Magneto. Magneto then allies with the X-Men in preventing the Phalanx from taking control of Earth by assimilating all of its inhabitants.

They trace the Phalanx to Apocalypse's facility, where he has allowed the virus to spread. After defeating him, they leave to the Savage Land where they defeat a Phalanx clone of Brainchild who was overseeing the assimilation. They continue to the Phalanx ship where they are attacked by Deathbird, and then proceed to the clone factory and the Nexus before confronting Phalanx clones of themselves"

9. Marvel Strike Force

The 10 Best Marvel Video Games Of All Time

Playable Platforms: iOS, Android

Release Date: 2018

Review Score: 8/10 (Critical Hit)

As one of the agents of the Special Tactical Reserve for Interdimensional Key Events or (S.T.R.I.K.E.) for short, you are tasked with gathering a team of mutant heroes to defend the planet from an alien menace.

Strike Force’s turn-based combat features just the right amount of strategy, and chasing that slow unlock of new characters is incredibly addicting.

Synopsis:

"In MARVEL Strike Force, ready for battle alongside allies and arch-rivals in this action-packed, visually-stunning free-to-play game for your phone or tablet.

An assault on Earth has begun and Super Heroes and Super Villains are working together to defend it! Lead the charge by assembling your ultimate squad, including Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Loki, Elektra, Captain America and Iron Man, as you enter strategic combat against an all-new enemy threat. It’s time to fight! Gather your squad and prepare for the battle to save Earth!"

8. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

The 10 Best Marvel Video Games Of All Time

Playable Platforms: 2009

Release Date: PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, Wii, PC

Review Score: 7/10 (GameSpot)

Wolverine is one of Marvel’s most popular mutants and for good reason: he’s a hardened fighting machine who can walk off almost any injury. Based on the 2009 film of the same name, Raven Software let fans of the franchise explore Logan’s past while tearing through legions of enemies with Wolverine’s indestructible razor-sharp claws.

Seeing his body slowly heal itself after an attack is quite fascinating to watch. Not only is X-Men Origins an exceptional Marvel game, but it also pulled off an uncommonly rare skill, it’s a game that is actually better than the movie.

Synopsis:

"Unleash the razor sharp adamantium claws, feral instincts, and mutant regeneration powers of the world's fiercest Super Hero - Wolverine - and uncage the story of how the ultimate weapon was created.

The team at Raven Software has dedicated Wolverine's development to unstoppable, true-to-character authenticity. Take on impossible odds and exact revenge"

7. X-Men

The 10 Best Marvel Video Games Of All Time

Playable Platforms: Arcade, PS3, Xbox 360 

Release Date: 1992

Review Score: 7.5/10 (IGN)

Back in the ‘90s, gaming arcades were scattered with Konami’s addictive side-scrolling beat ‘em up. I'm aware that some of the X-Men’s powers seem misrepresented throughout the game but I can’t resist the excitement of beating up an army of Sentinels before the epic final throwdown with Magneto.

Synopsis:

"When a large group of Sentinels under Magneto's control start rampaging in the city, the X-Men are dispatched to stop them and save the city. However, while they are gone, Professor X and Kitty Pryde are kidnapped by Magneto, forcing the X-Men to follow them to Island M to rescue them.

After rescuing Kitty Pryde, they find the Professor, who lures them into a trap after revealing himself to be Mystique in disguise. After escaping the trap, they get a mental call from the real Professor X, who has been taken to Asteroid M. The X-Men travel to Asteroid M in the Blackbird, and rescue Professor X after defeating Mystique-as-Magneto. They then defeat the real Magneto, and escape as Asteroid M explodes."

6. Lego Marvel Super Heroes

The 10 Best Marvel Video Games Of All Time

Playable Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC 

Release Date: 2013

Review Score: 9/10 (IGN)

Released just before the 2012 Avengers film, Traveller's Tales and TT Fusion’s take on the Marvel universe was an absolute pleasure to play through.

Not only was the roster of characters insanely extensive, but each mutant had their own unique set of abilities, and rummaging through every level for the secrets proved amazingly gratifying.

Synopsis:

"LEGO® Marvel™ Super Heroes features an original story crossing the entire Marvel Universe. Players take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more Marvel characters as they unite to stop Loki and a host of other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon capable of destroying the world.

Players will chase down Cosmic Bricks as they travel across LEGO Manhattan and visit key locations from the Marvel Universe, such as Stark Tower, Asteroid M, a Hydra base and the X-Mansion."

5. Spider-Man 2

The 10 Best Marvel Video Games Of All Time

Playable Platforms: PS2, Xbox, GameCube

Release Date: 2004

Review Score: 5/10 (GameSpot)

For a long time, Spider-man 2 was considered the best Marvel game ever produced. Based on the Sam Raimi film, Spider-Man grapples to keep his civilian and superhero life in balance while battling foes like The Rhino, Black Cat, and Dr. Octopus. 

Treyarch's open-world Manhattan is a lot of fun to explore, and the combat was fast and fluid. 

Synopsis:

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2 takes place outside the events of the 2nd film in a unique story where Spider-Man discovers a larger threat to NYC that has turned the underworld upside down. Villains from the film and classic Marvel characters come together in a twisted web of adrenaline-fueled, web-slinging action.

Play as Peter Parker for the first time ever in The Amazing Spider-Man game series. Battle all-new villains from both the movie and Spider-Man universes. New web-swing mechanic includes expanded web-shooter capabilities and chemical properties that allow you to freeze and blow up items on impact.

Explore a more expansive Manhattan cityscape than the previous Amazing Spider-Man. New “Hero or Menace” system rewards you for acting as Spider-Man by stopping crime and saving citizens. New abilities and expanded fast-paced, acrobatic combat moves."

4. The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction

The 10 Best Marvel Video Games Of All Time

Playable Platforms: PS2, Xbox, GameCube 

Release Date: 2005

Review Score: 8/10 (NintendoLife)

There are very few games let you feel like an unstoppable rage machine, except for Radical Entertainment’s Ultimate Destruction.

Hulk runs straight up walls, fashions cars into brass knuckles, bats missiles away like flies, and generally obliterates anything or anyone silly enough to get in his way. The boss battles with nemeses like Devil Hulk, Mercy, and Abomination feel absolutely epic. 

Synopsis:

"Following on the heels of their hit game based on the Hulk movie, Vivendi has plundered Marvel's comic library for a more literary take on the Jade Giant.

We're promised the Hulk as he appears in the comic books: super-strong, using anything he can lay his hands on as a weapon and inflicting mayhem on an epic scale. A free-roaming interactive world is the Hulk's playground; go anywhere, climb anything and of course smash stuff up to your heart's content before reverting back to the puny Dr. Banner.

The Hulk is brought to life through a compelling storyline written by Eisner Award-winning comic book writer Paul Jenkins (Hulk, Spider-Man) and high-quality art created by comic artist Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates). The Hulk you always wanted in a videogame; free to do what he wants, go where he wants and SMASH what he wants! Based on Marvel's long-running comic book 'hero'"

3. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

The 10 Best Marvel Video Games Of All Time

Playable Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2, PSP 

Release Date: 2006

Review Score: 8.3/10 (GameSpot)

Building on the X-Men Legacy franchise, Ultimate Alliance takes Diablo’s basic action/RPG gameplay style and throws every significant Marvel character into the mix.

You and up to four friends can play together and watch each other’s backs as they engage in some truly wild scenarios, such as protecting a helicarrier from the dragon Fin Fang Foom to freeing the citizens of Atlantis from mind-control and competing in a game show on Murderworld. 

Synopsis:

"Marvel: Ultimate Alliance lets players create their ultimate team from the largest superhero alliance ever as they engage in an epic quest to determine the fate of the Marvel universe.

Players can control their own completely unique team by selecting from the largest roster of legendary superheroes ever assembled in one game. Through the epic campaign, the heroes will battle, team-up, and interact with over 140 characters from the Marvel universe and ultimately confront notorious villains. Use a universal team upgrade system to balance your heroes' powers, or customize each member to maximize their effectiveness.

In addition to engaging in the epic single-player storyline, you can converge in battle, online or offline, against the world's most evil Super Villains. Switch between cooperative and competitive mode to partner or challenge up to three other players."

2. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

The 10 Best Marvel Video Games Of All Time

Playable Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Vita

Release Date: 2011

Review Score: 8.5/10 (IGN)

The Marvel vs. Capcom series is the only game where you are going to see Captain America team up with Captain Commando or Mega Man and go toe-to-toe with Iron Man.

The rerelease of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 hit a precise balance between combat and its massive roster of characters. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a big reminder that you don’t need a detailed story mode when the action is this good.

Synopsis:

"Marvel and Capcom join forces to deliver the most frenetic 3 vs. 3 tag battles ever with Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. This release comes fully loaded, including all previous DLC, and the Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works. Select some of the most iconic Marvel and Capcom characters, and customize your team with "Heroes and Heralds" mode.

Once you've honed your skills, hop online and go head-to-head against players from around the world to see who is the strongest in the universe."

1. Spider-Man

The 10 Best Marvel Video Games Of All Time

Playable Platforms: PS4

Release Date: 2018

Review Score: 9/10 (DigitalTrends)

Insomniac’s take on Spide-Man is a masterpiece and a contender for game of the year when it released. Insomniac expertly used all of the mechanics that fans enjoyed from earlier Spider-Man games and built on them to create something unique.

Spider-Man’s combat and web-swinging are the best it’s ever been, and Insomniac tells an excellent story that highlighted Peter Parker’s heroics as well as he alter ego (Spider-Man). The wait for a sequel is going to be painful because we want to see what Insomniac does next with our beloved wall-crawling hero.

Synopsis:

Explore a new chapter in Marvel’s Spider-Man universe as a more experienced Peter Parker. Starring one of the world’s most iconic Super Heroes, Marvel's Spider-Man features the acrobatic abilities, improvisation and web-slinging that the wall-crawler is famous for, while also introducing elements never-before-seen in a Spider-Man game.

From traversing by parkour and unique environmental interactions to new combat and blockbuster action, it’s Spider-Man unlike any you’ve played before.



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