Top 10 Marvel Video Games
Marvel Comics with its expansive storyline has not stayed limited to a singular medium of storytelling. From comics to films to animated TV shows, there is almost no form of media on which Marvel Comics hasn’t made its mark. Video games are no exception to this. Marvel has created some masterpieces in this field as well, so, let us take a look at the top 10 Marvel video games:
Top 10 Marvel Video Games
Developed by Insomniac Games which has created other games like Sunset Overdrive (2014), the video game focusing on this arachnid hero created quite a stir when it first came out. With contributions from some incredibly talented people like Brian Horton, Ryan Smith as directors, Jacinda Chew and Grant Hollis as artists and John Paquette, Benjamin Arfmann and Kelsey Beachum as writers, ‘Spider-Man’ (2018) was published by Sony Entertainment in 2018. It was first made available on PlayStation 4, then later also on PlayStation 5, on November 12, 2020. In the most recent development, ‘Spider-Man’ (2018) will be made available to PC users on Microsoft Windows on August 12, 2022.
The game is set in Manhattan, New York, and follows the usual Spider-Man storyline, where Peter Parker, a student, gets bitten by a genetically modified spider, thus gaining super-strength and arachnid abilities and faces a number of villains during his journey. The game follows an open-word model and is single-player, with Spider-Man as the primary playable character.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (2011)
Ironically enough, this crossover battle game was a collaboration between two Japanese video game developing companies, Capcom and Eighting. The game, ‘Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’ (2011) was made under the direction of Hiroyuki Nara and Go Usuma, The art was created by the artist Takuro Fuse. It was first released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in November 2011 and then on PlayStation 4 in 2016. Lastly, it came out on Microsoft Windows and Xbox One in 2017.
‘Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’ (2011) is a more developed version of a similar game under this same series. As the name suggests, this game is a fighting game with options to play it as multiplayer as well as single-player. It follows the concept of a tag-team fight, where players can create a team from the large variety of characters that are available under both the Marvel and the Capcom banners.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
The game ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ (2009) was developed by multiple video game companies for different modes. While the primary developer of this game was The Raven Software, there were still studios like Amaze Entertainment, Griptonite Games and EA Mobile who also developed it for different mediums. The writer for this game was Marc Guggenheim and it was first released in 2009. ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ is available on Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Playstation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360, Mobile Phone and PlayStation 2 and 3.
The game is an action-adventure, fighting game with a single-player format. The story follows Logan after his endeavours with Team X come back to haunt him. Apart from the combat aspect, players also get to make use of Wolverine’s ability of accelerated healing in order to maximize their gameplay.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006)
In 2006, Raven Software developed a Marvel video game by the name of ‘Marvel Ultimate Alliance’. The director for this game was Dan Vondrak with the designer Keith Fuller, artist, Dan Hay and writer Robert Love. The game was released as a part of a series and came out on the following platforms on October 24, 2006: Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance, Xbox One, Playstation Portable and PlayStation 2, 3 and 4.
‘Marvel Ultimate Alliance’ (2006) features a wide variety of characters from the Marvel Universe. The story allows the player to choose from the twenty-two characters available to make their own team as they go up against Dr, Doom, the villain of this game. The game allows players to choose between both single-player as well as multiplayer. The gameplay has many similarities to the previous games developed by Raven Software for Marvel.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2013)
Traveller’s Tale developed the game ‘LEGO Marvel Super Heroes’ (2013) following a LEGO theme. The game was directed by Arthur Parsons, designed by Jon Burton, and written by Mark Hoffmeier with art and programming by Leon Warren and Steve Harding, respectively. While ‘LEGO Marvel Super Heroes’ was released on Microsoft Windows, OS X, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3 and 4, a new version for handheld devices was developed by TT Fusion, a subsidiary of WB, along with Traveller’s Tale in 2013. The latest version of the game was developed for Nintendo Switch, in October 2021.
The game follows the heroes of the Marvel Universe as they fight off villains like Dr. Doom and Loki and their horde of villainous characters. In this action-adventure game, all the characters are present in their LEGO forms, as we can tell from the name of the game itself. The game allows both a single-player as well as a multiplayer setting.
The video game ‘Deadpool’ (2013) was developed by High Moon Studios and Mercenary Technology. It was directed by Sean Miller and was designed by Joseph Shackelford. The artist Damon Wilson-Hart, and writer Daniel Way also worked on this game. It became available on Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3 and 4, Xbox One as well as Xbox 360 in 2013 and 2015.
The game follows the hack and slash, action model, where the player gets to play as Deadpool as the story progresses. The game ensures to retain Deadpool’s witty, sarcastic, fourth-wall-breaking personality. The game is available only in single-player.
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (2010)
With directors, Jose Pablo Gonzalez and Kody Sabourin and writer Dan Slott on the team, the game ‘Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions’ (2010) was developed by Beenox. The game is available across platforms like PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii, and Nintendo DS (it was developed for the DS by Griptonite Games. The game was first released in 2010.
It follows a third-person point-of-view, where the players get the opportunity to play not as one or two but as four different Spider-Man versions. The role allows the players to use many of the abilities that they might have seen Spider-Man in the comics or films use before. The game has a single-player set-up.
Marvel Strike Force (2018)
‘Marvel Strike Force’ (2018) stands apart in this list as it is the only video game that is exclusively available only on mobile phones. It was developed by Foxnet in 2018 and was later acquired by Scopley in 2020. The game is available on the platforms like iOS and Android.
The game follows the plot where a dystopian Earth needs the heroes from S.T.R.I.K.E. to rise up and take charge against the evil. Players can collect different characters from the Marvel Universe and use them in battle. Winning and fighting battles will help players level up. The game is available in both multiplayer and single-player modes.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009)
‘Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2’ (2009) is a successor to the video game ‘Marvel: Ultimate Alliance’ (2006). This sequel was developed for separate mediums by separate video game companies. For platforms like PlayStation 2, Wii, and Nintendo DS, Vicarious Visions-n-Space were the developers, while for the PlayStation Portable, Savage Entertainment were the developers. Zoe Mode developed the game for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was released in 2009 across almost all platforms (It became available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2016.
‘Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2’ (2009) becomes much more interesting when you find out that the storyline it follows is a hybrid of both the Civil War and Secret Wars storyline from the comics. The gameplay remains quite similar to the first in the series – with a team of four characters that the player can swap between during battle – while making some improvements that the last game lacked. It, like its predecessor, allows both multiplayer and single-player.
X-Men Legends (2004)
‘X-Men Legends’ (2004) was developed by Raven Software in 2004. The directors, Robert Gee and Patrick J. Lipo, programmer Daniel Edwards, writer Robert Love, and artist Brian Love worked on this project. The game is available on platforms like GameCube, N-Gage, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It was released in 2004 as an action role-playing game.
The game follows a pretty similar pattern to the games we have seen before, where a player can create a team of a handful of characters from the larger selection of the X-Men. The game is available as a single-player as well as a multiplayer.
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