Every “Marvel’s” game, ranked from worst to best (including GotG)

Marvel has been releasing video games based on their comic book features since the 1980s, but starting with the release Marvel’s Spider Man in 2018, the legendary comic book company began releasing some of its games under the “Marvel’s” banner. Although these games are not part of a single continuity and are made by different developers, they have a lot in common. Most are story-driven AAA action games with impressive realistic graphics and action-adventure combat. Some, such as Insomniac’s Spider Man games, is open world, whereas the titles published by Square-Enix follow a more linear format.

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Several “Marvel’s” games are also in production. After the success of Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Insomniac is currently working on Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Marvel’s Wolverine. Marvel’s midnight sun, developed by XCOM the studio Firaxis Games, will be released next year and will focus on Marvel’s supernatural characters. Skydance New Media recently announced a story-driven Marvel game without a name, and more could be on the way from Square Enix with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy leaving the door open for a continuation with its end.

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It’s not quite MCU levels of dominance, but the Marvel Games is experiencing a major resurgence lately. However, not all games have been a critical success. While some have been met with praise for delivering fresh and exciting versions of the Marvel myth, others have fallen into conflict due to inadequate gameplay. In any case, the majority of the latest “Marvel’s” games have still been met with a positive response from fans, with many no doubt excited about the prospect of more to come.

The Worst Marvel’s Game – Marvel’s Avengers

Marvel's Avengers offers cooperative combat

While not without its own dedicated fanbase, Marvel’s Avengers is definitely the most controversial game to release under the “Marvel’s” banner. Unlike the other items on this list, Marvel’s Avengers was heavily marketed as a multiplayer, live-service game, albeit one that still featured a long single-player story campaign. This lack of focus left many Marvel fans confused about what the game was trying to be, and ultimately led to overwhelming sales at release.

While most critics and gamers agreed that the game’s single-player story was a well-written and exciting action game, many found the multiplayer live service element far more disappointing. A poor gear system, poor rewards and incentives, ruined matchmaking and lack of a clear and convincing endgame left the live service part of Marvel’s Avengers feels hollow. However, in honor of developer Crystal Dynamics, the development team has worked tirelessly to improve Marvel’s Avengers and help it live up to fans’ expectations. In the year since its release, the studio has added three new playable characters Marvel’s Avengers (with a fourth, Spider-Man, on the way in late November), a massive Wakandan-themed expansion, and two other minor story updates along with numerous bug fixes, time-limited events, MCU-based cosmetics, and various structural reworks.

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Despite Marvel’s Avenger’s many improvements since the game’s launch, but it has not been without its fair share of controversy as well. Fans regularly criticize the game’s overly expensive cosmetic market skins, many of which are merely remanufactures of skins that used to be free of the game’s cosmetic supplier and patterns. In addition, Crystal Dynamics has recently released (and subsequently pulled) a form of pay-to-win in purchasable XP boosts, even after promising Marvel’s Avengers would never have any pay-to-win mechanics. There is still time for that Marvel’s Avengers to live up to its potential, but the tumultuous ebb and flow of many fans’ hatred / love affair with the game still places it at the bottom of this list.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was not a full-fledged sequel

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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales published to far better reviews from both critics and fans than Marvel’s Avengers. But like the previous game, some of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales’ biggest problems started with marketing. Before the game was even launched, many fans were in doubt as to whether Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was a complete game or an expansion to 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man. The developer, Insomniac, eventually clarified that the game was a standalone release, even though physical copies were bundled with a remastered version of Marvel’s Spider-Man. But when they actually played the game, many fans and critics felt that with its shortened length and familiar gameplay, it would have been better served as a DLC expansion.

While Miles Morales contained less than Marvel’s Spider-Man, most fans agreed that the content it had, for the most part, was great. While much of the gameplay simply refined what already worked in Marvel’s Spider-Man, many critics praised the game’s new bioelectricity and Venom capabilities and agreed that it looked and ran absolutely amazing on PlayStation 5. Fans also quickly came in contact with Miles Morales and his related and emotionally charged journey.

Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy surprised many fans

Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy

When video game publisher Square Enix announced that it would release a video game based on the popular Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, many Marvel fans were a bit skeptical. Square Enix’s previous Marvel games were highly divisive Marvel’s Avengers. This skepticism grew even greater when it was announced that Star-Lord would be the only playable Guardian in the game. So when the game was released to overwhelmingly rave reviews from critics, some fans were surprised. In the end, it did not take long Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy to win the hearts of many Marvel fans with its witty dialogue, first-class writing and stylish battles that evoked beloved games such as Devil May Cry. The game managed to offer its own interpretation of the Guardians, combining MCU influences with the team’s source material.

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Although players can not directly control the other members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, they still play a very important role in the game’s battles and puzzles. Players like Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) are able to order their AI-controlled teammates into Marvels GOTG at will to perform functions such as getting the Rocket to launch a powerful AOE attack in combat or getting Groot to build a bridge made of vines to help the team cross safely over a hole in the terrain. This helps the players to feel more directly involved in the actions of the whole team.

Developer Eidos MontrĂ©al also helped justify the decision to only make Star-Lord playable with its exciting selection system, which gives players more input on how Peter Quill interacts with and leads his team. This can range from minor choices about how to mitigate a disagreement among the team, affecting how well the other Guardians get out of it with Quill, to larger, more influential choices that can affect Marvel’s GOTGs missions. This system, combined with the fact that Star-Lord is written as a convincing, sympathetic character, ensured that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was worthy of the license.

Best Marvel Game – Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel Spider Man Heist new costumes

Marvel’s Spider-Man was the first game released under the new “Marvel’s” umbrella, and for many fans it still holds up as the best in the pack. It has found its way to the top of many lists of the best Marvel games and continues to have a dedicated base of players who have played and replayed the game over and over again, often just to try yet another of the game’s impressively recreated Spider-Man costumes from Marvel’s comics and movies.

The best know Marvel’s Spider-Man is that it really makes players feel like they are being said as superheroes. Every mechanic, from the fluid, meandering traversal system to the clever combinations in battle, helped every fan live out their best Spider-Man fantasies. The game also gave players a massive, open world playground in New York City. Iconic Marvel locations such as Avenger’s Tower and Daily Bugle were lovingly recreated in the open world, and the excellent photo mode has inspired many amateur photographers in the game to post their own lovingly created screenshots.

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One of the most compelling features of Marvel’s Spider-Manhowever, that was its story. The game portrayed Peter Parker as a young adult struggling with his broken relationship with Mary Jane and the arrival of several classic villains, leading to some excellent boss fights with Spider-Man villains like Doc Ock, Taskmaster, Rhino, the Vulture and more.

With Marvel’s Midnight Suns, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, and Marvel’s Wolverine along the way, this location may look very different in the next few years. But right now, Marvel’s Spider-Man is still the game that represents the pinnacle of Marvel gaming and serves as a plan for how to make the perfect superhero customization. It made full use of the Marvel license and made its own unique bid on the wall crawler.

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