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Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material 

Logan Rapp
Updated March 24, 2020 9.5k votes 1k voters 9.9k views 102 items

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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Star Wars: Knights of th... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Released: 2011 (Rocksteady Studios)
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South Park: The Stick of... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Released: 2013 (Obsidian Entertainment)
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Star Wars Jedi Knight: D... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Released: 1997 (LucasArts)
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GoldenEye 007 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Released: 1997 (Ashby Computers and Graphics Ltd.)
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Star Wars: Battlefront I... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Released: 2005 (Savage Entertainment)
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Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Released: 2002 (Square)
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SpongeBob SquarePants: B... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
JLaksmono added Released: 2003 (Heavy Iron Studios)
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The Simpsons Hit & R... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
JLaksmono added Released: 2003 (Radical Entertainment)
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Star Wars: Knights of th... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Karnak108 added Released: 2004 (Obsidian Entertainment)
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Batman: Arkham Knight is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Released: 2015 (Rocksteady Studios)
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Star Wars: Dark Forces ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added Released: 1995 (LucasArts)
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Vampire: The Masquerade ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Released: 2004 (Troika Games)
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Aliens versus Predator ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Released: 1999 (Rebellion Developments)
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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
cortesfr added Spider Man PS4
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Star Trek: Judgment Rite... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Karnak108 added Released: 1993 (Interplay Entertainment)
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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Karnak108 added Released: 1994 (MicroProse)
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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added Released: 2004 (Aspyr)
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Star Trek: Klingon Acade... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Karnak108 added Released: 2000 (14° East)
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Battlefleet Gothic: Arma... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Karnak108 added Battlefleet Gothic: Armada
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Released: 1989 (Backbone Entertainment)
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Injustice: Gods Among Us... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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Warhammer 40,000: Mechan... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Karnak108 added Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Released: 1989 (Capcom)
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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Karnak108 added Released: 1998 (MicroProse)