Just last week, we covered the seven essential DC Comics-based video games that every gamer should own or at least play (or both). Now it's DC rival Marvel's turn to get the special treatment, and just like DC, there have been dozens upon dozens of Marvel games released over the years, with the first one being Atari 2600's Spider-Man, released back in 1982.
SYFY WIRE has compiled a handy list of the seven essential Marvel video games that gamers MUST play, and rest assured that, yes, it does include some (ahem) gems.
Released in 2005, X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse (multi-platform) has naturally made the list (having played it, I can attest that it was a pretty great game), and so has Marvel Superheroes in War of the Gems (SNES), a 1996 beat-'em-up that was based on the Infinity Gauntlet storyline.
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (multi-platform) also found a spot on our list, since it made you feel as if you were the Green Goliath. So. Much. Smashing. Fun. Then we have the X-Men arcade game, followed by LEGO Marvel Super-Heroes (multi-platform), where you have to take down Dr. Doom's Doom Ray of Doom. Ha! Totally love this.
Also on the list is 2000's Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (multi-platform), a fighting game that pitted Capcom characters against Marvel ones. And at the number one spot is Spider-Man 2 (multi-platform), a 2004 action-adventure game loosely based on Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 movie.
Check out our video above for more info on those games and why we think they are essential, and let us know which one is your favorite as well as what other Marvel video game(s) would make the cut on your list.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.