ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

Whilst they've been steadily chipping away at the way we consume stories of superheroes, Marvel have had their name attached to some brilliant games over the last decade and more. The X-Men are definitely up there with having some of the most iconic.

So come with me now as I cast my eye over 7 of the most exemplary examples of excellence:

1. Deadpool (2013)

Naturally in this list would sit this incredible piece of fan service. Deadpool was a game that was as much fun as it was batshit insane. The game sought to break both you and its protagonist through the fourth wall at every chance, and even allowed you to beat up bad guys with 'pool's custom set of katanas and pistols.

Nolan North voiced Deadpool too, so you know this shit is legit.

2. Captain America: Super Soldier (2011)

This game went out of its way to prove that the First Avenger certainly needs another go at helming his own game. Though the story was a bit bland, the combat in this game was excellent and not too far removed from anything we haven't experienced in the Batman: Arkham trilogy.

3. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2013)

It was only a matter of time before the all-conquering behemoth that is LEGO got its blocky palms on the Marvel franchise, and when it did it let you know. Containing pretty much every triple-A Marvel hero and villain you can name off the top of your head, and then some, LEGO Marvel is a lot of fun. Once you attempt to drown out its sometimes garish sense of humor that is.

4. Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (2000)

Because, come on, the first time you played as Spider-Man in this was one of the greatest gaming moments of your life, right?

5. The Punisher (2004)

It's easy to say that both of The Punisher's cinematic exploits were fraught with middling reviews, though Thomas Jane's turn wasn't all that bad. So naturally there would come a time when a video game starring the ultra-violent badass would actually nail down the character spot on.

And those torture scenes, man. Shoving a goon's head into a cog and watching it explode will change you.

6. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (2005)

Don't get me wrong, the first instalment in this thrilling isometric, stat boosting RPG adventure game was great, but developers Raven Software really pinned down the rush of being part of a squad of badass mutants in the sequel.

The multiplayer, destructible environments and the inclusion of additional mutant powers sure had me coming back for more!

7. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Repeat with me Spider-Man in an open-world, and you'll swiftly understand why this is on here. Inspired by, possibly, the best Spider-Man movie to be made, Spider-Man 2 had you swinging through New York beating up goons in random encounters and... saving kids' wayward balloons?

This is how you make a Spidey game.


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