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Licensed Games That Actually Live Up To The Source Material

Updated October 1, 2020 13.1k votes 1.2k voters 12.3k views108 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 the Old Republic1

    Genres (Video game)Action role-playing game, Adventure, Role-playing video game, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    PlatformOS X, Microsoft Windows, Xbox, Macintosh

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  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords2

    Genres (Video game)Action role-playing game, Action game, Adventure, Role-playing video game

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, Xbox

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  • Batman: Arkham City3

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Beat 'em up, Stealth game

    PlatformPlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii U, OS X

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  • Spider Man PS44
    235
    34

    Spider Man PS4

    2018

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure

    PlatformPlayStation 4

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity5

    Genres (Video game)Puzzle game, Adventure

    PlatformDOS, Macintosh

  • Star Trek: Judgment Rites6

    Genres (Video game)Puzzle game, Adventure

    PlatformDOS, Macintosh

  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II7

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Action game, First-person Shooter

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows

    Amazon buy button
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom8

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Platform game, Action game, Adventure

    PlatformPlayStation 2, GameCube, Personal computer, Microsoft Windows, Xbox

  • The Simpsons Hit & Run9

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Action game, Adventure, Sandbox

    PlatformXbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows

  • Star Wars: Dark Forces10

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Action game, First-person Shooter

    PlatformMS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, DOS, PlayStation, Macintosh

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  • Aliens versus Predator11

    Genres (Video game)First-person Shooter

    PlatformOS X, GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance

    Amazon buy button
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada12
    155
    17

    Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

    21 Apr, 2016

    Genres (Video game)Tactics

    PlatformPC

  • Star Trek: Klingon Academy13

    Genres (Video game)Space flight simulator, Action game, Simulation video game, Space flight simulator game

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows

  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines14

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Horror, Action role-playing game, Action game, Beat 'em up

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows

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  • Batman: Arkham Asylum15

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure

    PlatformPlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 4

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth16

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing video game

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    Amazon buy button
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus17
    124
    15

    Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

    15 Nov, 2018

    Genres (Video game)Tactics

    PlatformPC

  • Spider-Man 218
    198
    60

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Action game

    PlatformPlayStation Portable, OS X, N-Gage, GameCube, PlayStation 2

    Amazon buy button

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  • Star Wars: Battlefront II19

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Action game

    PlatformPlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360

    Amazon buy button
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 220
    111
    12

    Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2

    24 Jan, 2019

    Genres (Video game)Tactics

    PlatformPC

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Klingon Honor Guard21

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Action game, First-person Shooter

    PlatformPlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Personal computer, Mac OS, Macintosh

  • Batman: Arkham Knight22

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    Amazon buy button

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  • GoldenEye 00723
    264
    106

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Action game, Stealth game, First-person Shooter

    PlatformNintendo 64, Wii

    Amazon buy button

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  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Birth of the Federation24

    Genres (Video game)Turn-based strategy, Strategy video game

    PlatformCommodore 64, Apple II, Microsoft Windows

  • Star Trek: Starfleet Academy25

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Space flight simulator, Simulation video game, Space flight simulator game

    PlatformSuper Nintendo Entertainment System, Microsoft Windows, Sega Mega Drive, Mac OS