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

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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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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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Batman: Arkham Knight is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added 2004

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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
1989

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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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Disney's Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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The Simpsons Hit & Run is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
JLaksmono added 2003

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

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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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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Fo... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle ... is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 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) 21 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added 1993

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The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Figh... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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James Bond 007: Nightfire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added 2002

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Star Wars: Dark Forces is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added 1995

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Mark Caplan added 2009

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Epic Mickey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: R... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
thisisfortwitterbusinessemail added 2001

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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Ac... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
thisisfortwitterbusinessemail added 2003

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X-Men 2: Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added 1995

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X-Men vs. Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added 1996

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Indiana Jones' Greatest Advent... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
thisisfortwitterbusinessemail added 1994

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Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
thisisfortwitterbusinessemail added 2008

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: T... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
QueenofPepper added 2012

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Aliens versus Predator is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Indiana Jones and the Emperor'... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added 2003

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Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Star Trek: Voyager – Elite For... is listed (or ranked) 42 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) 43 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added 2003

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WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
thisisfortwitterbusinessemail added 2003

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Galactiac added 1989

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MechWarrior 3 is listed (or ranked) 46 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) 47 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Star Trek Online is listed (or ranked) 48 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) 49 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material

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Cars 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Conar McVicker added Cars 2 2011