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Best Video Games Based on Marvel

Some of the best Marvel content hasn't appeared on the page or the silver screen. Today, we're counting down the ten best Marvel video games of all time!
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Marvel’s comics are home to some of the most compelling characters ever created. It’s always fun to see a superhero fighting evil, no matter the medium. Reading a comic book can be just as much fun as watching a movie. However, some of Marvel’s best outings have been video games! 

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Sure, it’s fun to watch Spider-Man beat up bad guys on the big screen. But it’s even more fun to play as Spider-Man yourself, swinging through the city and stopping villains. Or, sometimes, you might want to play as the Incredible Hulk and go on a rampage through a city. We’re not here to judge!

Today, we’re counting down the top ten video games based on Marvel characters. These range from beloved arcade classics to modern AAA blockbusters! Are you ready to save the world?

If you’re more of a Star Wars fan, we’ve got you covered there, too! Check out our list of the ten best Star Wars video games!

10. Marvel’s Avengers

Marvel’s Avengers received mixed reviews upon release. Some critics even considered it a bit of a flop. It’s a messy title featuring live-service components that feel at odds with its stellar single-player story and sandbox gameplay. However, the game nails a few integral aspects of playing as a superhero.

For one thing, nothing beats crashing around the map as Thor or Iron Man, beating enemies to a pulp, and performing team-up attacks with friends. For another, the voice acting is consistently impressive, lending a unique personality to the numerous melees.

While Marvel’s Avengers isn’t the best beat-em-up title on the market, it’s a fun game that deserves a second look from superhero fans. Give it a shot; it might just pleasantly surprise you!

9. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

You might not remember this tie-in game for the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While the movie version was a dud, the video game adaptation is surprisingly solid! The game sports impressive graphics for its era, including a fascinating real-time healing factor for its title character.

After Logan shrugs off damage, the game showcases his mutation in a gruesome animation. Players can see his injuries knitting back together, allowing the Wolverine to keep dishing out punishment as he soldiers through the game’s numerous levels.

Hacking crowds of enemies with Logan’s indestructible adamantium claws is also tons of fun! If you’re a big fan of the X-Men, try this game out.

8. X-Men (Arcade)

The X-Men had a huge renaissance in the 1990s. The characters starred in a fantastic animated series aired on Fox starting in 1992, featuring an iconic lineup of characters like Cyclops, Jean Grey, Wolverine, and Storm. Arcades around the country were quick to cash in on this surge of popularity, thanks to Konami’s excellent 1992 side-scrolling beat-em-up.

The 1992 X-Men arcade game is a classic, sporting a wide cast of playable characters. Players can topple foes over as Colossus, electrify enemies as Storm, or unleash devastating eye beams as Cyclops. 

The game received a digital re-release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2010, introducing a new generation of fans to the classic side-scroller. 

7. Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2 isn’t just a fantastic game. It might be the best movie tie-in video game ever made! The game, released in 2004, is an adaptation of the Tobey Maguire film of the same name. Spider-Man 2 became an instant classic on release thanks to its incredible web-swinging physics.

Plenty of games before Spider-Man 2 showcased the Web-Head’s signature mode of traversal. However, this title was the first to make web-swinging feel like a central mechanic. Peter Parker moves with visible weight along his web lines, forcing players to think about their approach before diving into combat.

Spider-Man 2 also features an excellent story, bolstered by a talented voice cast. It’s every bit as good as the film that inspired it, even if its story is only tangentially related to the movie.

6. The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction

The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is an excellent sandbox game. Players take control of the titular green monster as he rampages through a sprawling city. The Hulk can use cars and lampposts as weapons, leap over buildings, and rip helicopters out of the sky.

The game’s wanton destruction and over-the-top action make it a complete blast to play. It’s a surprisingly accurate depiction of the Hulk’s comics, bringing high-concept sci-fi together with delirious mayhem. There’s something cathartic about unleashing destruction on countless waves of enemies, swatting aside tank shells and flinging cars as your digital avatar bellows with primal rage. 

If you’re looking for a game that will grab your attention and take you for a comics-style ride, Ultimate Destruction is a great option. Even 18 years after release, the game is still the best digital representation of the Hulk yet.

5. Marvel vs Capcom 2

While saving the world as a superhero is a blast, sometimes you just want to engage in “who would win” hypotheticals. Countless volumes of comics have been printed based on this simple premise. After all, it’s compelling to ponder who would win in a duel between the Hulk and Wolverine.

That’s the main draw to the long-running Marvel vs Capcom series, which spices things up by adding classic Capcom characters like Ryu and Chun Li to the mix. Marvel vs Capcom 2, released in 2000, is the series’ high point, introducing franchise staples like three-on-three tag-team battles and character assist moves. It’s also a silky-smooth fighting game that challenges players to memorize combos and control their distance from opponents with practiced precision. 

While the game was a popular arcade hit, the Dreamcast version is the definitive release. Fighting game fans often hunt down Dreamcast systems and analog TVs only to play the home console version of MvC2!

4. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a long-running top-down beat-em-up franchise that stars pretty much every Marvel character you can think of. If you’ve always wanted to see Ghost Rider and Iron Fist beat up MODOK, you should check out Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

Ultimate Alliance 3 is the latest entry in the franchise, and it’s arguably the best entry so far. Players control a squad of superheroes in a desperate bid to stop Thanos’s villainous Black Order from conquering the galaxy with the Infinity Stones. In the Marvel Universe, they just call that “Tuesday”.

3. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was one of 2021’s biggest surprise hits. The third-person action game came out of nowhere, impressing critics and players alike. This is ironic, given that it’s essentially the same thing the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy did upon release. 

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has a big heart, like the film it shares a name with. It’s a game about a lovable group of misfits who work together to defend all innocent life in the galaxy from unspeakable threats.

Fans of the Guardians comics will love the game’s accuracy to the source material. The characters are based on their comics counterparts, not the MCU films, so newcomers might be a bit confused when Star-Lord’s dad shows up and he isn’t Kurt Russel. 

GotG is also an extremely funny video game. At times, you might have to set your controller down, pause the game, and laugh for a few seconds before collecting yourself and resuming play. The voice cast absolutely nails these fan-favorite characters, with Rocket Raccoon and Drax the Destroyer standing out as particularly memorable allies. 

2. Spider-Man

Spider-Man was the most compelling argument for owning a PS4 when it hit store shelves in 2018. It’s still one of the best titles on the system, and its enhanced PS5 port is among the prettiest video games ever made. It’s also a game that fundamentally understands Spider-Man in a way that makes it an outright treat for any longtime fans of the Wall-Crawler.

Spider-Man features excellent gameplay and an unparalleled story. The game rewards skillful players with mesmerizing combos and an addictive gameplay loop, as Peter moves gracefully through crowds of enemies. Not to mention, web-swinging through a photorealistic echo of New York City is more fun than it has any right to be.

The storyline covers classic Spider-Man fare without feeling rote. Peter juggles his job as a lab assistant with his responsibilities as Spider-Man. He also struggles to rekindle a romance with his estranged ex, Mary Jane Watson. It’s a pulse-pounding game with a touching central message.

1. Spider-Man Miles Morales

Miles Morales is something between a sequel and a standalone DLC release. It’s the successor to 2018’s Spider-Man and uses many of its predecessor’s assets and story beats. The games’ focus shifts from all of Manhattan to just Harlem, the home of protagonist Miles Morales. Miles inherits the title of Spider-Man from his mentor, Peter Parker, after being bitten by the same kind of radioactive spider that gave Pete his powers. 

Miles exemplifies the “neighborhood” part of the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man by working to make things better for the people in his community. The game’s story makes note of Miles’ unique background. His mother is Peurto Rican, and his late father was a black man and a police officer. This narrative choice makes Miles a refreshing protagonist in a genre often dominated by white characters and typically written by white creators.

Miles Morales one-ups its predecessor in almost every way. The fights are grander, the graphics are sleeker, and the stakes are more personal. Miles can also swing through the city with a bodega cat in his backpack. That automatically gives the game the edge over Spider-Man