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

Logan Rapp
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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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125 27
Star Wars: Knights of the Old ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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126 34
GoldenEye 007 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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101 23
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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143 48
Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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103 32
South Park: The Stick of Truth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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83 27
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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62 17
Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added 2004

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92 37
Batman: Arkham Knight is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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28 3
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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62 22
DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
1989

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The Simpsons Hit & Run is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
JLaksmono added 2003

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53 21
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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55 26
Disney's Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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70 38
Injustice: Gods Among Us is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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51 25
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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45 21
The Wolf Among Us is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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38 16
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added 2000

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43 23
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Fo... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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33 18
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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43 27
The Chronicles of Riddick: Esc... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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24 13
Sam & Max Hit the Road is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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26 15
X-Men is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added 1993

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12 2
Ghostbusters: The Video Game is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Mark Caplan added 2009

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31 23
Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Figh... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material