Just like Star Wars, DC Comics, and other enterprises with tons of licensed properties under their banner, Marvel has had a bit of a mixed relationship with the world of video games. From arcade smash-hits to a host of hastily made movie tie-ins, some games were certainly a lot more fun and memorable than others. But even the ones based on mediocre movies still deserve some credit for giving us control of awesome powers such as the Hulk’s destructive strength, Wolverine’s razor-sharp claws, and Spider-Man’s amazing agility. So get ready for some colorful tights and cartoon violence as we count down the 12 best Marvel video games of all time!
12. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Next to Spider-Man 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is arguably the best Marvel game based on a movie. The appeal largely stems from its 17+ “M for Mature” rating, which meant fans could finally play as a realistic Wolverine and eviscerate hordes of enemies in a tide of blood. Seriously, this game is gory as hell. Not only can most of the enemies be dismembered in lots of brutally creative ways, but the presence of Wolverine’s healing factor means he can go on fighting even after his body has been ravaged to the point that nothing remains but his adamantium skeleton and a few muscle fibers.
Admittedly, the game is a bit derivative, as it borrow heavily from a couple of other popular action games like Devil May Cry and God of War, but considering both of those games have incredible combat systems, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Hugh Jackman also did all the voice work, so it does have more of an authentic feel than a lot of other movie games.