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The best Marvel video games on PS4 and PS5, ranked

Marvel has had its fair share of ups and downs when it comes to its video game adaptations. From the glow of Insomniac’s open-world opus in Marvel’s Spider-Man to the nasty Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, the fans have been a quality roller coaster. Fortunately, things to look for because Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a good, if not a great video game adaptation. Here is our ranking, from least favorite to most favorite.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 & 2

A good ol ‘beat’em up is sometimes what the doctor ordered, but the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games, the first one in particular, are riddled with bugs and dated game design. Seeing all of our heroes come together is great, but there is only a limited number of waves of enemies we can fight off before we get bored. Boss fights are also poorly designed with overkill attacks. With basic RPG mechanics, a decent storyline, and mediocre gameplay that lasts over 10 hours, we would rather ignore this Marvel game on PS4 and PS5.

dead Pool

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Talk about a game with a good start but which fails to land. Deadpool is extremely comedic as he plays with the breaking of the fourth wall early on. You interact with Deadpool’s environment with lots of funny crass jokes, and then once you’re in the game it becomes as bland as toast without butter. Repetitive combat, uninspired level design, and boring environments make this once-comedic journey boring. We only rate this above because Nolan North fits the role perfectly. We would like to see another crack in this from another development team like Insomniac Games.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinity

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This game is what happens when a studio loses touch with its audience. The overall game design is solid, but the general consensus is that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is a dud. The overall art style is a mess with weird characterizations of our favorite heroes mixed in with poorly implemented animations. The models of Captain America and Chun-Li in particular have bowled fans over with their facial animations. Plus, the story is filled with bad jokes, terrible fan service lines, and awkward moments that likely reflected the communication between Marvel Games and Capcom at the time.

Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign

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This Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign match-3 puzzle game is loved by critics and fans alike despite its simple premise. In addition to this proven match-three gameplay formula, there is an RPG leveling system as well as episodic events written by comic book authors. Each Marvel character has their own unique abilities to offer, and the gameplay itself is addicting.

LEGO Marvel games

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When you play a Lego game, you usually know what to expect. There are puzzles to solve, sweet fights for families, and comedic charm for cutscenes. The formula has become obsolete for those who grew up with Lego Star Wars games, but these games are great for kids and parents alike. The number of characters they add to these Marvel games is staggering and they are generally liked by their target demographic. We also love the attention to detail in every location of the movies and characters. There’s a reason these games keep being made.

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

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Similar to the Lego Marvel games, you also know what to expect with the Telltale games. This game has a strong emphasis on dialogue with conversation trees and consequences throughout the story. Guardians of the Galaxy fits this mold perfectly. As a Starlord, you have to keep the group together, and your decisions will impact your relationship with each member. As the Guardians are a family of aliens, their personalities really shine in this underrated Telltale series.

Marvel Avengers

Marvel Avengers
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Square Enix’s first attempt at a Marvel property was hit or miss, but arguably it did more, especially if you look at it from a single player perspective. This game has one of the best coming-of-age stories in the interactive medium as Kamala Khan becomes the hero she always wanted to be. The story of Marvel’s Avengers plays out in a predictable way, but the journey is filled with blockbuster action, decent comic writing, and great graphics to boot. It’s a shame this game has been bound by its obsession with being a live service title, and the missions are moot and the multiplayer aspect seems like an afterthought.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Battle
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Making Marvel’s storytelling shine in a single-player game is true in Guardians of the Galaxy. Although the dialogue can be heavy in places, this Eidos-Montreal project has a lot of charm thanks to its rich cast of characters. Its combat system is a fast-paced third-person shooter with team management. You will have to use tactics to outsmart the bosses. For example, in a battle against a sprawling monster called the Dweller-in-Darkness, you have to use Groot’s roots to hold his arms in place. The puzzles are also quite ingenious as you use each of the Guardians’ abilities to move around the environment.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered
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Insomniac Games has completely nailed who Spider-Man is in its video game adaptation of the Friendly Neighborhood Hero. Through an original and impactful story, we are driven by Peter Parker’s double life as a scientist / volunteer and a superhero. Almost all bad guys are developed and every encounter feels like an emotional roller coaster. Mix that up with some of the best fighting in the superhero genre, enjoyable stealth mechanics, and a suite of gadgets at your disposal, and you’ll have a fun time. We would be ashamed if we didn’t shout out the wonderful work of animation and reimagining of beautiful New York City.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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The sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man starring Miles Morales is arguably even better. Although its range is more limited, the combat is even sharper with Miles’ new electric powers. We love zipping and zipping all over town. It once again has a compelling tale of family, loss, and acceptance. Tears will definitely flow if you decide to play this. We thought it was a great coming-of-age story like Marvel’s Avengers as Miles grows up as Spider-Man from Harlem. We’re also deepening the camaraderie between Peter and Miles, and we can’t wait to see that relationship grow with Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 around the corner.

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