Avengers: Endgame - the 22nd Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film and the conclusion of the Infinity Saga - has finally arrived, and is already one of the greatest superhero films of all time, both critically and financially.
MEGPlay13 May, 2019
Speaking of endgame, nothing makes me wants to feel like a superhero more than watching superhero films. Obviously playing real-life superhero ala Kick-Ass isn’t the best solution so what’s the next best thing?
No, it’s not cosplay, but that’s a good alternative.
It’s superhero video games!
Not only can you live out the power fantasy of a super-enhanced, spandex-wearing individual, but you can do so without endangering your loved ones, or risk getting beaten to a pulp like Daredevil.
So to celebrate the 11-year-culmination of Avengers: Endgame, let’s reminisce some Marvel video games that wowed us - or were at least decent enough:
1. Marvel's Spider-Man
It goes without saying that Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man is one of the most beloved elite superhero games - it makes you feel like Spider-Man. Perfecting the foundation of Treyarch’s Spider-Man 2 in 2004 - especially its web-swinging mechanics, most players were amazed by the PS4-exclusive’s Oscar-worthy voice acting, (web) fluid movement, satisfying combat, the perfect web-swinging mechanic so far, arguably the best non-comic Spider-Man story, and breathtaking visuals - I mean, look at this screenshot I took!
No wonder so many call it one of the greatest superhero games of all time, right next to the Batman Arkham trilogy.
Can’t wait for the sequel already!
More so than Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Did you know that a Deadpool video game was released three years prior to the first Deadpool film? Written by ex-Deadpool comic writer Daniel Way and voiced by Nolan North (Nathan Drake of the Uncharted series, Meepo the Geomancer of Dota 2), it’s one of the most expensive games ever made, with a whopping budget of $100 million - even more costly than the Deadpool film!
Thanks to High Moon Studios, they developed a faithful video game adaptation of The Merc with A Mouth; a ridiculous premise (he held the developers hostage to make “the most awesome (Deadpool) game ever”), frequent fourth wall-breaking conversations with the player, plenty of running gags, mind-boggling plot points (literally blowing up the game’s budget with explosives), and gratuitous violence, makes it the most Deadpool game so far. Alas, its bland beat 'em up gameplay and uninspired level design made it fall flat and ended up as “just a decent game”.
At least the voice acting and writing was top notch!
3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
If there’s one superhero I wouldn’t want to be in real-life, it’s Wolverine - it’s got to be painful every time he unsheathes his claws! Thankfully, I can be Wolverine with X-Men Origins: Wolverine without the physical punishment. And it’s a pretty decent game, with gameplay mechanics akin to Devil May Cry and the pre-reboot God of War. It’s a hack and slash where you earn experience points (XP) to upgrade your skills, and the Uncaged Edition is even better with its no-holds-barred bloodshed and gore. And the cool thing? For every damage Wolverine endures, they’re reflected on his body and he even heals from them in real time!
4. Marvel Ultimate Alliance & X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse
Get on board! We’re taking the Quinjet down the PS2/Xbox era, where couch co-op games were in abundance. Let’s blast things off with these 2 similar classics: Marvel Ultimate Alliance & X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse.
Venture out on a nostalgic action-RPG adventure with a customised team of four - which you can select from an impressive roster of your favourite Marvel superheroes/mutants - and battle small baddies, big baddies, and big BIG baddies, such as fan-favourites Apocalypse, Doctor Doom, and Loki. The gameplay and graphics were well-received, but it lacks in the voice acting department - not that it mattered to us at the time when it was so fun!
P.s. Both games play almost exactly the same - 2004’s X-Men Legends did inspire the development of Marvel Ultimate Alliance - and both were developed by Raven Software.
P.s.s. The Game Boy Advance version of Ultimate Alliance never existed, period.
What are your personal favourite Marvel video games? Let us know in the comments what it is and why do you think it should’ve been included in this list!