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Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material 

Logan Rapp
Updated February 8, 2020 7.7k votes 944 voters 8.7k views 100 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
Oct 18 2011
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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
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The Simpsons Hit & R... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
JLaksmono added 2003
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SpongeBob SquarePants: B... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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Star Wars Jedi Knight: D... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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Star Wars: Battlefront I... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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Star Wars: Knights of th... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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GoldenEye 007 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
cortesfr added Spider Man PS4 2018
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Star Wars: Dark Forces ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added 1995
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Kingdom Hearts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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Star Trek: Judgment Rite... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Karnak108 added Nov 01 1993
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Warhammer 40,000: Mechan... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Karnak108 added Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus 15 Nov, 2018
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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
jonathan-guerra added 2004
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Battlefleet Gothic: Arma... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Karnak108 added Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 21 Apr, 2016
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Star Trek: Klingon Acade... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Karnak108 added Jun 21 2000
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Batman: Arkham Knight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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Vampire: The Masquerade ... 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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
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Battlefleet Gothic: Arma... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Licensed Games That Actually Live Up to the Source Material
Karnak108 added Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 24 Jan, 2019