Marvel’s universe has blessed the world with several top gaming experiences through the years. With Marvel’s Avengers joining the fray this month, here are some favourites from the past decade or so.
MARVEL PINBALL (2010)
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In all, the pinball masters at Hungary’s Zen Studios unleashed their talents on 23 different Marvel-themed tables that played just like the real thing – well, if they were actually real-world pinnies. While all the usual stars of the Marvel show got their time in the spotlight, so too did some of the lesser-known heroes like Moon Knight and A-Force.
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Long before he took over movie screens, the merc with a mouth was busy breaking fourth walls on our home consoles with his usual shenanigans. The plot, when not being interrupted by you-know-who, revolved around Deadpool teaming up with the X-Men and Cable to thwart a world domination plot (you have to have a world domination plot!) by Mister Sinister.
DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 (2014)
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While seen as a bit of a joke by many, the “toys to life” craze – the likes of Skylanders, Disney Infinity, LEGO Dimensions – not only gave us some solid video game action, but also some incredibly stylish and detailed collectibles. The range of Marvel figures released to accompany this second Disney Infinity outing were superb – and the game was fun, too!
LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES 2 (2017)
So many LEGO games, but this third outing of the Marvel universe doing their block was the finest of them all. Taking the usual route of jamming in as many characters as possible, all with their various attributes to help in the puzzle solving action, this one also brought a very cool time-bending dynamic into play to defeat Kang the Conqueror.
MARVEL VS. CAPCOM: INFINITE (2017)
Crossovers are familiar to comic fans and this sixth entry in the series, that took some of arcade giant Capcom’s most famous stars and banged them together with Marvel’s mightiest, was a blast. This one changed the mix from three-on-three to two-on-two tag team bouts, as the two worlds collided to save Earth from the threat of Ultron Sigma.
MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN (2018)
One of Marvel’s most treasured heroes has starred in several games through the years, but none as mightily fine as he got here, thanks to the people at Insomniac. Full of fab fan service, the third-person swinger saw Spidey out to thwart super-human crime lord Mister Negative’s plot to seize control of New York City’s criminal underworld.
MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: THE BLACK ORDER (2019)
After a decade-long break, Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance got another gig, pretty much rebooting the series with a new setting and no continuity from preceding releases. Taking many cues from Marvel’s comic book universe, it boasted the largest character roster yet in an action adventure with added multiplayer that saw players taking on big bad Thanos.
MARVEL’S IRON MAN VR (2020)
Can you seriously tell us that the chance to step into the boots of Tony Stark’s alter ego and fly all over the place in virtual reality doesn’t appeal? There were a lot of expectations to live up to here, and once it arrived it delivered. The addictive shooter presented a variety of missions, with the ultimate aim of bringing down mysterious hacker Ghost.
Marvel’s Avengers is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC.