With the release of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Marvel fans have gotten a new opportunity to take control of their favorite heroes. Whether they be popular heroes like Spider-Man and Wolverine, or lesser known favorites like Ms. Marvel and Spider-Gwen, Ultimate Alliance 3 has something for every Marvel fan.
Once players finish that game, there are plenty of other Marvel games that feature jaw-dropping superhero action and an impressive cast of Marvel Universe favorites. Since there have been so many different Marvel games over the past few decades, CBR is picking out the very best recent Marvel games for current and last generation systems. After finishing Ultimate Alliance 3, any Marvel fan could find something to enjoy in these titles.
The LEGO Marvel Games
Developer Traveler's Tales has produced three LEGO Marvel games that capture the spirit of the Marvel Universe. The first is 2013's LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, which boasts a cast of 155 characters from the Marvel Universe, and 180 if you include the DLC characters. The selection ranges from iconic Avengers to the X-Men to more obscure characters like Dormammu, Hoawrd the Duck, and even Stan Lee. Each character has their own unique set of abilities that can be used to creatively solve the game's many puzzles and traverse its open world.
If you're more interested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 2016's LEGO Marvel's Avengers is for you. This game's story mode covers the first two Avengers movies, as well as Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Despite this, this game has over 200 characters as well, featuring many characters not featured in the movies. Like the first game, it also features a mix of story-driven levels and open world exploration.
Finally, 2017's LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 updates the franchise's successful formula with an eye towards alternate realities. Althought he game does not deature any X_Men or Fantastic Four characters, over 200 character are being included, ranging from Spider-Man 2099 to Jane Foster's Thor and the Crimson Dynamo. The game also has a four player competitive battle mode and the title features a new time manipulation mechanic.
Although its not as widely available as it once was, 2013's Deadpool is still work seeking out. Developed by High Moon Studios, the game is a crass, bloody and hilarious companion to Deadpool's movies. This action title features hack-and-slash combat and third-persona shooting with a little bit of platforming for good measure.
The game's main campaign follows a self-aware Deadpool as he tries to make the best game ever. Unfortunately, his efforts are thwarted by Mr. Sinister, as well as a small budget for his game. The game also features Wolverine, Rogue, Cable and a boatload of references to Deadpool's previous comic book adventures. Although it's been de-listed from digital platforms for licensing reasons, physical copies of the game can still be tracked down.
Marvel vs. Capcom Games
Capcom's Marvel vs. Capcom franchise marks Marvel's first major video game crossover and is still legendary within the fighting game community. The original Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 are seminal titles that still play well today, however, they're not currently available digitally on modern consoles.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is the final version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. In this long-awaited follow-up title, players battle it bouts of frantic, three-on-three combat. This game features a total of 51 characters ranging from Doctor Doom to Strider Hiryu and Storm. This title also marks the franchise debut of Hawkeye, Deadpool and X-23. Even though this game was released in 2011, it's still well worth picking up today.
Despite a mixed reception, 2017's Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite is still worth seeking out too. This game is much more focused on characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, removing the X-Men in favor of cosmic MCU characters like Captain Marvel, Gamora and Thanos. While that didn't win the game any fans, the combat is very open, allowing for a lot of freedom with fighting styles. For anyone who found UMVC3's combat too hectic might prefer MVCI's two-on-two tag combat with Infinity Stones power-ups a bit better.
Marvel's Spider Man
Last year, Marvel's Spider-Man swept the gaming world by storm. From developer Insomniac Games, this title is as close as you can get to swinging through New York like Peter Parker. The combat feels smooth, and recreates Spider-Man's nimble style of fighting by allowing layers to to use a variety of web abilities in-between the punches and kicks.
The game has a fantastic original story featuring multiple villains from Spider-Man's rogues gallery, and various side missions include a variety of things for you to do. Furthermore, the game also includes a wide variety of alternate costumes taken from every area of Spider-Man's history.
While Crystal Dynamic's Avengers won't be released until next year, all of these games can help make the wait between Marvel's video game releases a little more bearable.