|Marvel games: The best of the best|
By Rich Shivener
Like DC Comics, Marvel is guilty of making crappy videogames.
Those on today's list, though, are nothing short of entertaining - whether they're of the role-playing, beat-'em-up or fighting game variety. We gave points to those not skimping on comic book tie-ins, team-ups and absurd violence.
In short, they're the best Marvel video games to date. To find out what made the list, read on!
10) Marvel Super-heroes: War of the Gems
Marvel is big on interweaving popular storylines into its videogames. In this side-scroller mainly based on Infinity Gauntlet, Captain America, Wolverine, Hulk, Spider-man and Iron Man are tasked with tracking down the Infinity Gems, pummeling doppelgangers (Wolvie Vs. Wolvie!) and familiar enemies such as Doctor Doom and Thanos. It's a fairly easy game by today's standards, but gets major ups for its heavy roster featuring the aforementioned superheros and others such as Daredevil, The Thing and Silver Surfer.
9) Spiderman: Web of Shadows
Like Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage, Web of Shadows has loads of cameos from the Marvel Universe; we see Spidey's allies - e.g. Black Widow, Moon Knight, Luke Cage - as the fight against Venom and symbiotic army rages on. Wolverine is most helpful, but a pain in the ass to win over early on during a quizzical challenge in a back alley. So is the last battle against the gargantuan Venom, a frustrating fight worthy of quitting, hitting the power switch and never playing again (ahem). Still, this is probably Spidey's best 3D, free form game yet.
8) The Punisher (PS2)
Forget the plot and cameos - no, really, do it. Mix Frank Castle with the brutality of Splinter Cell and Grand Theft Auto games, and you have this title. The only things that matter are the special interrogations and kill tactics. That's how you progress in the game!
YouTuber SilentPhil2 has more of the gruesome beauty:
7) X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Dismembering, beheading, impaling, berserk-ing, claw spinning, feral sensing, real-time healing - these factors make X-Men Origins: Wolverine the goriest and most excellent of Wolvie's solo games, surpassing the violence of (the not-very good) X2: Wolverine's Revenge. You wanna stick someone's head in helicopter rotors? Sounds good. Jam those adamantium slicers into an enemy's chest? Right on. The game resembles the movie, varying from it slightly so we have more reasons to slice up the bad guys. However, it's not as absurd as The Punisher.
6) Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage
From the borrowed panels to the impressive cameos, Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage is the eponymous storyline given the SNES/Sega treatment, following the two as they battle the bloodlusty, symbiotic Carnage. And it's awesome - not only because it's faithful to the storyline, but also because Deathlok, Cloak and Dagger and Firestar are among the "allies" available throughout. However, do we really need to fight Shriek and Doppelganger more than once? At least we have the rock soundtrack a la Green Jelly as a sweetener.