BySimon Rune Knudsen, writer at
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Simon Rune Knudsen

These days Marvel is mainly known for its cinematic output, but the trendsetting comic book company has a long history with video games, adapting everything from Spider-Man, to The Avengers and X-Men into the digital world.

With the rise of the MCU (the Cinematic Universe) a ton of more or less forgettable video games have been spewed out of the big money-making machine to meet the demand of our superhero-hungering pop culture.

Which is very natural, as the experience of playing as a superhero is obviously an appealing one. And sometimes we actually get a great video game out of it as well. But which games rank as the best Marvel superhero titles of all time?

Ranking The 10 Best Marvel Superhero Games

The time has come to reminisce upon the greatest superhero games ever. Marvel is an old company (created way back in 1939!) and there's been video games based on Marvel's iconic characters for almost as long as video games have existed. And some of them are still worth revisiting today.

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Let's introduce you to them with no further delay. Here is our list of the best Marvel video games ever made, ranked for your convenience.

10. 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

[Credit: Activision]
[Credit: Activision]
  • Developers: Raven Software, Griptonite Games and Amaze Entertainment
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Year: 2009
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, Wii, Microsoft Windows and Nintendo DS

Why is it good: One of the few, newer games on the list, X-Men Origins: Wolverine might stir up a feeling of unrest within you. Don't worry, that's just the suppressed memories of the actual movie of the same name, which you have been trying to forget for seven years.

The game is an awesome, gory mess that borrows heavily from franchises like God of War and Devil May Cry. Not very original, but that doesn't really matter as shredding everything and everyone to pieces as Wolverine in a mature rated video game is strangely satisfying.

9. 'Lego Marvel Super Heroes'

[Credit: TT Fusion and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: TT Fusion and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment]
  • Developers: Traveller's Tales and TT Fusion
  • Publishers: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Feral Interactive
  • Year: 2013
  • Platforms: Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Why is it good: Though Lego Marvel Super Heroes is one of the later Lego games, and the concept of Lego adaptations is getting kind of old, you can't get around the entertainment value of this game.

As other Lego games it has the ability to appeal to people of all ages. Both the gameplay and the story are superb and a hefty amount of genuinely funny jokes lifts the whole experience to another level. It's a true crowd pleaser that will satisfy anyone who doesn't need straight up violence to be entertained.

8. 'The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction'

[Credit: Radical Entertainment]
[Credit: Radical Entertainment]
  • Developer: Radical Entertainment
  • Publishers: Vivendi Games and Sierra Entertainment
  • Year: 2005
  • Platforms: PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube

Why is it good: The Hulk's character has never been lucky when it comes to game or movie adaptations, but this 2005 release might just be the most successful Hulk game out there.

Even though the graphics are outdated, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction perfectly captures the destructive force of the unimaginably angry superhero. And being able to control that through your controller just conjures up a sadistic feeling of very pure joy.

7. 'The Punisher'

[Credit: Capcom]
[Credit: Capcom]
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publishers: Capcom and Sculptured Software
  • Year: 1993
  • Platforms: Arcade machines and Sega Mega Drive

Why is it good: Pairing Nick Fury and Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher in a co-op arcade game is an idea made in heaven. Anyone who has seen Samuel L. Jackson and Jon Bernthal portray these guys on the big screen know this.

Though this side-scrolling beat 'em up didn't just work because of the strong characters, cheesy lines and great gameplay. No, it distinguished itself among the myriad of similar games by having a strong focus on firearms as a tool to defeat enemies, which gave the game a fresh feel in 1993.

6. 'X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse'

[Credit: Raven Software / Activision]
[Credit: Raven Software / Activision]
  • Developers: Raven Software, SuperVillain Studios, Beenox, Vicarious Visions and Barking Lizards
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Year: 2005
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation Portable and N-Gage

Why is it good: X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse's predecessor introduced RPG-elements to the X-Men world which worked well, though the gameplay didn't fully realize itself until the series' second installment.

The story revolves around the rise of the super mutant Apocalypse (known from 2016s blockbuster 'X-Men: Apokalypse') and how the X-Men has to join forces with Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants in order to defeat the godlike villain. Which means you can choose from a really wide range of interesting mutants, both good and bad, when creating your four-man team.

5. 'Marvel: Ultimate Alliance'

  • Developers: Raven Software and Barking Lizards Technologies
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Year: 2006
  • Platforms: Xbox, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation Portable, Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Why is it good: After the success of the X-Men: Legends series, Marvel pushed forward with RPG-focused superhero games, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is their biggest success in the genre.

The game spans the entirety of the Marvel universe and didn't limit itself to the X-Men franchise. The result? An astounding amount of polished playable characters, which, combined with the smooth gameplay, a solid plot, enjoyable one-liners and a four-man co-op mode, made for a very long-lasting game.

4. 'Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage'

[Credit: Software Creations / Acclaim Black Team]
[Credit: Software Creations / Acclaim Black Team]
  • Developers: Software Creations and Acclaim Black Team
  • Publisher: Acclaim Entertainments
  • Year: 1994
  • Platforms: Super NES and Mega Drive/Genesis

Why is it good: It's hard to say exactly what makes this Marvel game so great. Because glancing at it, Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage is just a side-to-side beat 'em up superhero game like many others of the time, but for some magical reason it just feels next level.

Perhaps it's the fact that you both play as Spider-Man and Venom, a very iconic, villainous character, and embark on a classic Spider-Man adventure to chase down Carnage, who's a real, psychopathic bad guy. The game just gets the comic book feel so right, from the bright colors to the speech-bubble dialogue, that you immerse yourself completely in the hunt for Carnage.

3. 'Spider-Man'

[Credit: Activision]
[Credit: Activision]
  • Developer: Neversoft Entertainment
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Year: 2000
  • Platforms: PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast and Microsoft Windows

Why is it good: We could've included the sequel, Spider-Man 2, on this list as well, but we feel both games are great for the same reasons. The first Spider-Man featured an open-world version of New York and the freedom it gave to players was crazy for its time.

The fun of webbing around the city—something you had only dreamed about before—was indescribable. There were of course limits to the openness of the game; the ground was covered in toxic green gas which meant you instantly suffocated if you ever went down from the rooftops. But that didn't really matter so much back then. Also, Stan Lee did a lot of the voice work for the game, which created the perfect atmosphere.

2. 'Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes'

[Credit: Capcom]
[Credit: Capcom]
  • Developers: Capcom and Backbone Entertainment
  • Publishers: Capcom and Virgin Interactive
  • Year: 2000
  • Platforms: Arcade machines, Dreamcast, iOS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox and Xbox 360

Why is it good: This game might very well be the best fighter ever created. With a 3 vs. 3 tag-style combat system and 56 playable characters, the game set a very high standard for others in the genre to follow just with the sheer amount of diversity it offered.

Even though the balance was very much out of tune and the sounds in the character select screen were horrible, it became the first really successful crossover fighter. It's a piece of timeless entertainment that paved the way for the more balanced sequel, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, that is still played competitively today.

1. 'X-Men Arcade'

[Credit: Konami]
[Credit: Konami]
  • Developer: Konami
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Year: 1992
  • Platforms: Arcade machine, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, iOS and Android

Why is it good: The beat 'em up game that gives all other beat 'em up games the beating of their life. Never has saving the world from an illiterate Magneto felt so good.

You could choose from six characters (Cyclops, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Dazzler and Wolverine) which injected some crucial variety into a rather repetitive genre. Fighting through the hordes of Reavers, Sentinels and other minions was such a blast, you'd never think about the amount of quarters you spent trying to get through the perfectly challenging X-Men Arcade. Nor should you.

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