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Total Nerd Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material  

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Which licensed video games are actually worthy of the properties on which they're based? There are so many Star Wars games and Batman games out there, but so few live up to their promise. In the video game industry, there's a stigma attached to games based on existing properties like films, comic books, TV shows, and so on. Often, licensed video games are essentially money traps selling an underdeveloped game to fans of the property who will buy without regard for quality.
 
Often, games based on movies go terribly wrong. Sometimes, it's so bad that the developer literally buries their shame in the desert.
 
However, licenses for properties we love are occasionally placed in the hands of capable designers who want to do right by the source material and also make truly compelling interactive entertainment. Here, we've compiled a list of those exceptional licensed games - some you may not even realize came from a movie, book, or wherever!

When it goes right, fans end up with a franchise game series for a popular multi-platform character. Here, we list the games that lived up to their namesakes. So go ahead and vote on the best licensed video games ever made!

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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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GoldenEye 007 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Star Wars: Battlefront II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Batman: Arkham Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added Spider-Man 2 2004

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South Park: The Stick of Truth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Injustice: Gods Among Us is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age o... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Fo... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Disney's Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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The Wolf Among Us is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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The Chronicles of Riddick: Esc... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added Spider-Man 2000

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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added X-Men 1993

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Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Figh... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Aliens versus Predator is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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X-Men vs. Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added X-Men vs. Street Fighter 1996

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James Bond 007: Nightfire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added James Bond 007: Nightfire 2002

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MechWarrior 3 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Sam & Max Hit the Road is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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X-Men 2: Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added X-Men 2: Clone Wars 1995

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: T... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Star Wars: Dark Forces is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995

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Star Trek: Voyager – Elite For... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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The Walking Dead: Survival Ins... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Strong Bad's Cool Game for Att... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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James Bond 007: Everything or ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing 2003

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Indiana Jones and the Emperor'... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb Feb 24 2003

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Epic Mickey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Star Trek Online is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Madden NFL 2005 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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ESPN NFL 2K5 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material