The Most Memorable Marvel Games Ever
By Matthew Arcilla
Last Friday, Marvel Entertainment and Square Enix announced a multi-game partnership. The deal is to develop great big budget videogames by the powerhouse studios of the latter, featuring the world famous characters of the former.
That’s a big deal because Marvel Entertainment has been shy about video games for nearly a decade now. Other than a few great releases on mobile, the House of Ideas has long recognized that big budget games featuring their characters can be difficult to pull off.
Here are Marvel games of the past worth remembering. For this list, we focus on games featuring Marvel characters only, rather than games in which they crossover with other heroes, as in the well known Marvel vs. Capcom fighting games.
8. Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems
This action side scroller for the Super Nintendo is based on the events of the Infinity Gauntlet story arc from the early 90s. It features an all star playable character roster of Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk and Iron Man. While it can be beaten with some ease, it’s still a fun game to break out with your friends, providing you set up an emulator for it.
No one’s going to pretend Deadpool is a perfect game. It’s controls can be unreliable and the graphics were dated even at the time of release. But this one is definitely for the fans. Deadpool writer Daniel Way doubled down on breaking the fourth wall and constant talking from the Merc with a Mouth, and wrote in some irreverent appearances from other Marvel characters like Rogue, Colossus and Cable.
6. The Punisher
Announced alongside the Punisher movie featuring Thomas Jane and John Travolta, this game was based on a script by Punisher writer Garth Ennis. The game features decent combat, but most memorable was the ability to grab any enemy and torture them for information. The results could be so gory, that the game would occasionally apply a black and white filter, as if that would fool anyone into thinking blood wasn’t being spilled.
5. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse
This action role-playing game plays like a co-op Diablo featuring the merry mutants. It’s like an all you can eat buffet for X-Men fans that features 18 playable characters and pretty much all the name villains like Omega Red, Sauron, Mister Sinister and of course, Apocalypse. Together with its predecessor, X-Men Legends, this game established the mold from which another great Marvel game was made.