In the 1990s and 2000s, "licensed game" was a shorthand for "cheap junk that was made to get money from suction cups," with only a few outstanding exceptions such as Goldeneye . But that has changed: now there are many great games built on the backs of successful films, TV shows and comics.
These games are obviously great for fans who either suffered from mediocre titles from the NES to PS2 epochs or just go without it. But they also make excellent gifts because it's hard to know what a player will like. If you know someone is a fan of an established franchise, chances are they'll enjoy playing it on a console or PC.
This is not an exhaustive list of the best licensed games of all time, however bad they may be, that would be far too long. These are the best available on current and previous generations of consoles (Xbox 360 / PS3 / Wii U and Xbox One / PS4 / Switch). If you know someone who is a fan of one of the following shows or movies, you should be able to find a physical or digital copy of these games with ease.
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Despite not less than three different movie franchises with Spider-Man over the past decade, all made with at least some input from Sony, this game is not based on one of them. He tells his own story, though many familiar faces appear and are not caught up in continuity.
While the PS4-exclusive Spider-Man is a pretty decent open-world action game, what it really nails is the travel mechanics: fluid, physical web swing through Manhattan skyscrapers has never been so was a lot of fun. This game provides an excellent balance between giving you enough control to make you feel like a superhero and just enough to keep you from breaking your imagination. It is the first Spider-Man game since the original PlayStation release in 2000.
Batman: Arkham City (Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U, PC )
The Original Batman: Arkham Asylum has probably ushered in an era of high-quality licensing games. The sequel Arkham City opened things up with a huge section of Gotham for the Dark Knight to roam through and a much wider cast of interesting villains.
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Dragon Ball FighterZ (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Switch)
There were more games on the iconic Dragon Ball anime series than even the fans can watch, but this 2D fighter is by far the best. Dragon Ball FighterZ was developed by Arc System Works, the creators of the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue fighter. Not only is the fight fast, complex and surprisingly beginner-friendly, the 3D graphics make the look and feel of the animated shows amazingly good.
Fan favorites from the Dragon Ball Z era are the main highlights, but there's an original (not canon, of course) story campaign that makes the series's biggest villains a new member of the Android Family. Fans will get a special kick as they pick the right fighters with the right levels and trigger special moves that reenact the biggest battles of the shows in stunning 3D.
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise (PS4)
This classic anime series did not have a huge presence on Western TV screens or on modern consoles, but SEGA seemed to think that was the time to bring them back. North Star's Fist is basically Mad Max meets Yojimbo follows a ridiculously powerful martial artist when he seeks revenge in a nuclear wasteland.
The PS4 Exclusive Lost Paradise adapts the story to the engine and mechanics of SEGA's Yakuza series, which combines technical martial arts with the exploration of a living, breathing city. The show is pretty insane about the story, and that translates well into the sometimes silly Yakuza gameplay setup: you could box punks so hard their heads explode, and then Master Martial ten minutes later Use Arts skills to mix the perfect drink.
South Park: The Truth (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC, Switch)
Written and produced by the same two men who have made South Park for 20 years The Stick of Truth is both an expanded original story after the hooligans of the show and an exhaustive journey through their own story and details.
With 2D graphics that perfectly emulate the animation of the TV show, the game plays like an old-school SNES RPG, complete with turn-based combat and character balance. Not that any game on Super NES had scenes from [CENSORED] [CENSORED] and [CENSORED]while their [CENSORED] were seen with [CENSORED] [CENSORED] on his [CENSORED]. Um, did we mention that this game is not for kids? The sequel South Park: The Fractured But Whole (see what they did there) is more of the same formula with a superhero theme instead of fantasy.
Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinity (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
The Marvel vs. Capcom's series of fighters was one of the most reliable exceptions to the "licensed games are crap" rule, possibly because Capcom chose to raise its own fighting game characters to fight on the same roster. Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite combines the incredibly complex 2D combat mechanics of classics of the genre with a new 3D graphics engine and a dimension-spanning story that tears apart the canons of both companies.
Fans of MVC3 will probably not like the smaller list of fighters, but newcomers will appreciate the friendlier tag team mechanics and over-the-top combo moves. While the Marvel heroes of the game explicitly come from the comics, you'll also have a lot of influence from the popular movies. And where else can you see the Ghosts N Goblins knight teaming up with the Black Panther to beat Hawkeye through a building?
Alien: Isolation (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC)
The Alien franchise is host to some really terrible video games – Colonial Marines makes Alien: Covenant looks like one masterpiece. But Isolation brings it back to its roots: straight-up horror. In this game, Amanda, Ellen Ripley's daughter, plays the flight recorder from the ship in the original movie.
Unlike many of the more action-oriented Aliens games, this one has only one xenomorph, which is almost invulnerable and utterly frightening. Players must rely on stealth and spatial awareness to avoid being eaten. The retro-futuristic look of the game's environment and technology brings out the feel of the best alien films and tells a surprisingly compelling original story. Note Isolation 's very deliberate placement in the survival horror genre: players who spend most of their time looking into the barrel of a machine gun or pummeling around in a powerloader might opt for it Interesting Shock
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC)
What can you do to make a game from a series that is either a) over a decade old or b) with little boys who prefer not to fight? Of course, create your own story! Shadow of Mordor is an original story that plays between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with a Gondorian Ranger
Tolkien purists could mock the freedoms that go along with the protagonist's attitudes, characters, and abilities (apparently a dead elf in your head made you a super psychic ghost ninja), but the combat and parkour mechanics are worth it.
What's even more convincing is the Nemesis system: As you fight a huge army of orcs, their captains will learn from you, adapt to you, and mock you every time. Kill yourself and rise through their ranks. Finally, you can recruit your own orcs and build your own army to challenge Sauron. The newer sequel, Shadow of War is also pretty good, but you should start with Shadow of Mordor to learn the mechanics and trace the story so far.
Berserker and the band of the hawk (PS3, PS4, PC)
The Insanely Violent World of Berserk Anime and Koei-Tecmo's Killing Thousand Soldiers in One Level Dynasty Warriors Games are two great tastes that taste good together. Fans of the over-the-top series did not have much to offer on their way to high-quality games, so the Warriors series will be painted anime-colored.
In Berserk and the Hawk's Band You will play Guts as a series protagonist as he wields his lumbering sword through hordes of medieval demons and covers the classic storylines of the Golden Age and the Falcon of the Millennium Empire. Hack-and-Slash was never a more appropriate term, as Guts and his friends cut through hundreds of opponents at once. Note, this is really for mega fans: it includes hours of dialogue and 2D animated cut scenes, but Japanese voices (from the last reboot actors) and subtitles for other languages only.
Injustice: Gods Among Us (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U)
Superhero punch-ups are nothing new to video games – see Marvel vs. Capcom above – but DC's gang spent decades without a good up to that came with. 2D Fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us (this is 2D gameplay, the graphics are fully 3D) comes from NetherRealm, the developer of the latest Mortal Kombat games. So it has a pedigree for solid punchy mechanics and ridiculous amounts of spectacle. The essential is that it's an alternate universe in which Superman becomes evil and roughly divides the heroes of the DC universe into two factions rather than traditional lines.
As expected, the one-on-one battles feel very similar to later Mortal Kombat games, with some sci-fi spells taking the place of the pious blood in those titles. The story is actually pretty good – especially if you're still recovering from Dawn of Justice – and the list is a Who's Who of the greatest characters in DC's history. To continue the story with some of the more obscure fighters (and some rather unfortunate pay-to-win mechanics), you can pick up the sequel Injustice 2.