The Marvel universe is a great and expansive universe with many superheroes packing different abilities in it. The Marvel comics have been around for a long time, but recently, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been catching a lot of people’s attention. The stories and movies are well written and are really interesting. Apart from movies and comics, Marvel also makes games for their movies and comic superheroes. Now, some games may have their flaws but being thrown right into the action is always fun, and that is exactly what these games do. So, here is a list of some of the 15 best Marvel games you can play:
1. Deadpool (PC, PS4, PS4, Xbox 360 Xbox One)
Deadpool is perhaps one of the most hilarious (anti-)heroes in the Marvel Universe. He is famously known as the “Merc With The Mouth” and is portrayed as a self-aware character who usually breaks the fourth wall. The Rated R hero has a game of his own which is no different. The game has you hack and slash your enemies and spew guts and blood everywhere. The game has a lot of the signature elements of Deadpool, such as the fourth wall break, vulgar humor, and a lot of profanities.
The game starts off with Deadpool introducing you to the studio and his voice actor, and then him ripping off the pages of the game’s script and instead going on his own adventure. The game has a decent storyline, with good characters but it is the nature of Deadpool himself which makes the game so much fun.
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PC, PS4, PS2, Xbox 360)
This is perhaps one of the best games put out by Marvel and might be one of the few instances where the game is better than the movie itself (not better than Logan though). The game has Hugh Jackman play as Logan, so the game stays true to the Wolverine played in the MCU. Origins: Wolverine is another M-rated Marvel game, so you know it is going to be the real deal. The game is filled with brutal deaths with tons of blood. The story might not be the best one out there, but it exists to have you fight with a lot of bad guys and shred them into pieces or get shredded into pieces yourself.
The game is not easy and you will get a lot of damage which exposes Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton, further adding to the genuineness of the game. The game also has unlockables and custom outfits which you can equip to your liking. Origins: Wolverine is one of the few games which really makes you feel like that you are a part of the game, and is one heck of a game.
3. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (PC, PS2, Xbox)
The Rise of Apocalypse is an RPG styled game such as Diablo. The game has the basic elements of an action RPG but with X-Men characters throughout the game. These characters all have special abilities and powers which can be upgraded and made more powerful. The objective of the game is to take down the supervillain Apocalypse and to do that, the game allows a lot of team and character customization.
Like the previous X-Men Legends, you can form teams, even if it is with nonmutants like Iron Man, or even with the Brotherhood of the evil mutants. The game delivers on the story and has a lot of dialogues between the characters. The interactions were also quite interactive, as the dialogues are designed with the history of these characters in mind.
4. Marvel Vs Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes (PS2, PS4, Xbox, Xbox 360, PSP)
Marvel Vs Capcom 2 is a button mashing, exhilarating, 3v3 fighter game and is perhaps one of the greatest fighting games ever. The game is unlike most Marvel games and was made in collaboration with Capcom – the company which makes Street Fighter. Thanks to this collaboration, we got an amazing game with a huge roster. About 56 playable characters, each with their own special moves. The game has all the major characters from Marvel and Capcom, such as Iron Man and Mega Man. When these characters perform special moves, they take up the entire screen with gorgeous animations.
The game was so popular that it even got an HD re-release nine years after the original. The game has you battle a team of three members, with your own team having three members as well. This gauntlet style battle and the different special moves and characters make the game refreshing every time you play it, and each battle has something new in it.
5. Captain America: Super Soldier (PS4, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, DS)
Captain America is one of Marvel’s most important superheroes and was the first Avenger. He also helps in forming up the new Avengers with the Black Widow. The game Captain America Super Soldier takes us to the first movie where Steve Rogers becomes Captain America. The game takes place in the movie universe, and has some references to the movie, though not much. The game is set in a castle with various levels, puzzles, and enemies.
In the game, you will have to face countless enemies, which are all creations of a mad scientist. The game will have you take down antennas, guns, and even tanks. The campaign is about six hours long with boss fights with some of Captain America’s nemesis such as the Viper and Iron Cross.
6. Marvel Heroes Omega (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Marvel Heroes Omega is a different type of game compared to other Marvel games on this list. This game is an MMORPG and was recently made available to consoles after years of being available on PC. The game has most of the major characters from the Marvel Universe in its roster. You can glide your shield across Hydra henchmen as Captain America, or you can beat people up as The Hulk.
Omega follows the story of the Cosmic Cube. Dr. Doom possesses the Cosmic Cube and plans to reshape the entire universe and to achieve that he has built an extensive army of allies. In this game, you are to team up with other members and stop him. The game offers traditional MMORPG features such as character customization, interaction with NPCs, and even quite a bit of loot.
7. Lego Marvel Superheroes (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC)
This is by far one of the best games from Marvel. LEGO Marvel Heroes is a collaboration with LEGO and consists of over 100 different characters. As this is predominantly a LEGO game, it has the same design and main objective as other LEGO games, but how the objective is reached is the fun part. The game has you collect Cosmic Bricks (a nod to the infinity stones) scattered throughout the universe before the villains do.
The gameplay is smooth, with a matching plot and you will need to switch between characters to get the job done. There are numerous characters to play this game, but you start off as Iron Man and Hulk and then proceed to get the rest of the characters. Each character has specific abilities which will help in certain situations. For example, Black Widow’s power to spoof cameras and other things. This variety and art make this game a perfect game for Marvel and LEGO fans alike.
8. Spiderman (PS1, N64, PC)
This is one of the earliest superhero games and was the first Spiderman game to have three-dimensional graphics. This game had a lot riding on it, as the previous Superhero game – Superman64 – on the N64 was a total fail. This Spiderman game did a lot of things right. It had voice acting, with some witty comments while Spidey crushes his enemies, had a proper and in-depth story with some voice overs by Stan Lee as well. Furthermore, this game set the tone for future superhero games.
Features like unlockables, different costumes, and Easter eggs were all in this game. Although the graphics are not up to par by today’s standards, it still holds up pretty well. Especially the What If mode, which changes the dialogues and gameplay entirely when you enter the cheat. Also, with the upcoming Spider-man game, it’s a good time to get nostalgic with this Spiderman game.
9. X2: Wolverine’s Revenge (PC, Xbox, PS2, GBA)
This is another retro superhero game. Wolverine’s Revenge was available on the Gameboy Advanced as well, so that shows how old this game is. The game is linked to the X-Men movies and explores Wolverine’s special abilities, the past, and his future. The game is well built with an exceptional storyline. The title is not long and only features eight levels with unlockable danger rooms, but is fun nonetheless. You play as Logan and unlock different abilities as you progress through the stages. These abilities are all utilized in different ways to make the game exciting. The game combines a few different game styles but mainly staying action packed.
10. Marvel Contest Of Champions (Android, iOS)
Marvel’s Contest Of Champions is a mobile version of their own take on the fighting genre. It borrows cues from its own Marvel Vs Capcom and DC’s Injustice, with its own twists. The game remains a fighting game where characters fight each other in a 2D arena. All the controls are touch based and simple swipe gestures, but with the addition of different special moves makes the game more interesting. Apart from the fighting and special moves, Contest Of Champions boasts a wide variety of characters, and each character brings something new to the table. This game is simple yet fun, and is a must pick for Marvel fans.
11. The Punisher (PS2, Xbox, PC)
The Punisher made a great impact in the Daredevil TV show and a new Punisher show is in the works. For people unaware, the Punisher is a vigilante whose job is to take down villains. The game stays true to that and is a third person shooter with some twists. Apart from the bullets and the guns, there are also scenes where you must interrogate the opponent. Apart from that, there are features like Slaughter Mode, in which the game is slowed down and you lose your guns in favor of an endless supply of throwing knives which you can use to precisely hit an enemy’s face. Another fun addition is that you can use any opponent as a human shield. The gameplay spans over 10 hours, so there is plenty of action to go around.
12. Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Ultimate Destruction is the arguably the best Hulk game made. It is extensive and has a huge open world map where you can roam and do as you please. It is one of the deepest and most accurate representations of the Green Giant. In this open world, everything is smashable. From tiny humans to buildings, which makes this game even more fun. The Hulk has a huge set of moves, so that you can keep destroying things to keep the game fresh and entertaining. You even have the freedom to smash a bus and use it as a shield. Apart from smashing, Ultimate Destruction also has a set story in which you start off battling small foes, and then advance up to huge bosses such as the Hulkbuster. This game is extremely fun, and with the free world, anything is possible.
13. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is another RPG game by Marvel, which is jam-packed with adventure and a plethora of different superheroes and villains. The game features a numerous Marvel villains and heroes all with their respective special powers and abilities, that can be activated on your command. The game ties in with the Civil War story and hence makes this game all the more fun.
The game has all the RPG attributes with character customization and upgrades and even has some puzzles as detours. The game is an enjoyable experience with a huge character palette. All these characters can beat anyone to a pulp, drag enemies, and much more. Some characters are more fun than others, but this variety keeps the game from getting boring. It is a must play game because of this feature alone.
14. Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 is the successor of the Marvel Vs Capcom 2 game and brings some updates to its predecessor. Like other Capcom games, this update is similar. It brings new characters with new special moves and new stages to fight in. The Ultimate version of Marvel Vs Capcom 3 boasts fifty characters, which are almost all new characters when compared to the second iteration of this series. These new characters have different styles of fighting and vary in their techniques. There is a new mode as well called Heroes and Heralds, which adds more value to this game.
15. Spiderman: The Shattered Dimensions (PC, PS4, Xbox 360, PC, DS)
Spiderman: The Shattered Dimensions is a game full of different atmospheres and universes. It does a lot of things and succeeds in most of these things. Unlike other Spidey games where you play as Peter Parker, in this one you get to play as others as well. Noir Spiderman, 2099 Spiderman, and even Ultimate Spiderman are all playable characters. All these are well built with a proper story linking them.
The story has you play in different dimensions, and all these dimensions have different art styles and graphics keeping the game fresh. It is an amazing game, and the different Spiderman versions along with their witty dialogue make the game more interesting than most other Spidey games.
SEE ALSO: 15 Best LEGO Games You Should Play
The Best Marvel Games to Play On Your PC or Console
If you are a Marvel fan then you should definitely try out these games, if you haven’t already done so. Your wish for playing as your favorite Marvel superhero is about to come true. We have included games, both for PCs, as well as gaming consoles like Xbox and PlayStation. However, if we might have missed a game from Marvel, do let us know in the comments section below.