Sunday, May 8, 2011

Simply Marvelous: The Top 10 Best Games Based on the Marvel Universe

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Oh, Marvel, Marvel, Marvel. What don’t we love about you? Well, how about your movie related video games for one? While your comic books, feature films, and even those old hologram cards of yours are the shit, you have a pretty sketchy track record when it comes to taking those same characters from the big screen and putting them on the Playstation or 360. We mean, besides Spiderman 2, everything else you’ve given us has either been mediocre at best (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ghost Rider), or outright garbage (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Iron Man, Blade, etc). And with the new game Thor (May 3) looking like something in-between the two, we’re not going to get our hopes up anytime soon.

But that doesn’t mean that good Marvel games don’t exist. In fact, lots of them do (Well, at least ten of them do). Here are the ten best Marvel games that we can think of. Can we get an “Excelsior!” Mr. Stan Lee?

10. Captain America and the Avengers (Arcade)

To hell with Thor and the Hulk. Who needs ‘em when you’ve got Vision (Who?) and Hawkeye? With Iron Man along for the ride as well, Captain America and the Avengers stormed the arcades and later the home consoles with this beat-‘em-up classic in the early 90s and we’re all better for it. Red Skull was of course the big, big baddie in the game, and all of the characters had their own special projectile attacks and hover vehicles (Except for Iron Man and Vision, they could fly) to combat him with. Other Avengers like Quicksilver and Namor: The Sub-Mariner, would also make cameo appearances, so this was Marvel stuffing the whole Avengers concept down your throat way before the second Iron Man movie. Oh, we thought you knew.

9. Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (SNES, Genesis)

Coming in a black cartridge on the SNES, you knew that this game meant business right from the get-go. And with a soundtrack by Green Jelly, it only intensified the stage of battle. Set with the backdrop of the epic Maximum Carnage series behind it, Spider-man and Venom teamed up to take on the creature that once went by the name Cletus Kassady. Lots of characters joined in for the Final Fight-esque battle, like Iron Fist, Cloak and Dagger, and Morbius, but only Spider-man and Venom were playable, which sucked. What also sucked was that it got a little repetitive after awhile, but still, with both Spider-man and Green Jelly on one cartridge, how could you possibly go wrong?

See the rest of the list at the link above


Robert said...

Rich, you're wrong about the X-Man Arcade game - I ONLY EVER played Dazzler. Seriously.

Rich Knight said...

HA HA HA HA HA! Dazzler. The sucky version of Jubilee. She does have a fan base though, I hear