It’s no secret that licensed games have a reputation for… let’s charitably call it mediocrity. But they’re not all soulless tie-ins desperate to capitalize on the success of whatever IP the developer happens to have landed. After all, for every infamous bomb like E.T. or Colonial Marines, there’s an Arkham series or The Witcher; and to that end, here are nine licensed games that were actually pretty solid, and five that, well… weren’t.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)
The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003)
Jedi Knight (Series)
South Park: The Stick of Truth (2014)
Def Jam: Fight For New York (2004)
TellTale’s The Walking Dead (2011)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Mad Max (2015)
The Bad & The Ugly
Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game (1995)
Superman 64 (1998)
The Walking Dead: Survival Instincts (2013)
Rambo: The Video Game (2014)
JR is IGN’s Senior Features Editor, and might be problematically invested in getting a Mad Max sequel. He’s definitely mentioned it a bunch on Twitter.
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