Licensed games that against all odds are really good?

#1 Posted by PeZ (108 posts) -

I tried (and failed) to add this as a concept, so here goes-  what Licensed games do you actually consider to be decent, or even good or great games?

A small list of mine, mostly of 8-16bit era:

Capcom:
Duck Tales
Chip & Dale
Aladdin

Virgin:
Cool Spot
Lion King

Rare:
Goldeneye

Sunsoft:
Batman

LucasArts:
A lot of Star Wars stuff. 
Indiana Jones stuff

Konami:
TMNT stuff (except the first one, perhaps)
Tiny Toons

It's just good to see some games that take the license and in stead of shovelware, really make it good. I remember being really disappointed as kid when some franchise I really liked was turned to a god-awful game (most of Looney Toons stuff, Knight Rider, I'm looking at you).
Anything fun I've missed?

Also, after all the years of making license-based games, where hell is

THE MACGYVER GAME

?!
#2 Posted by jmrwacko (2444 posts) -

Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay was a very good game. Much better than the movie it  was released alongside.

#3 Edited by MattyFTM (14240 posts) -

These are the ones that jump to mind:

  • Sam & Max (LucasArts & Telltale)
  • Wallace & Gromit (Telltale)
  • Kingdom Hearts (Square-Enix)
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#4 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (5794 posts) -

There was a surprisingly decent Discworld game released quite a while ago.  The Wheel of Time game was pretty good in its day, but I haven't played it in a while.  Straight out of the box, Vampire - The Masquerade: Bloodlines is almost unplayable, but once it's patched up, it's an amazing game.  Most pen and paper games tend to translate pretty decently to video games, like D&D.  I'd love to see a halfway-decent Rifts game somewhere down the line.

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#5 Posted by FlamingHobo (4475 posts) -

King Kong.
Yes, it was good.

#6 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2385 posts) -

is Kingdom Hearts really a "licensed" game?
I mean, it HAS licensed characters in it, but it's in an entirely different universe, with an entirely different story.

#7 Posted by SteamPunkJin (1286 posts) -
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum 
  • Afro Samurai (yes, it was a solid hack and slash that did a good job w/ the mythology)
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic/Rouge Squadron/Shadows of the Empire
  • Might have the wrong name but Mickey and Donald and the Castle of Illusion for the Genesis, excellent two-player platforming that FORCED you to work together and help each other over come obstacles.
  • Power Rangers: The Movie: The Game SNES - another great side scrolling beat em up, fully co-op.
#8 Posted by fwylo (3556 posts) -
@SteamPunkJin: Afro Samurai was so amazing, good call.
#9 Posted by Professor_Moon (18 posts) -

I use to enjoy the Toy Story game on my SNES when I was 5, but I'm not sure if it would hold up now.

#10 Posted by animateria (3252 posts) -
@Sparky_Buzzsaw said:
" There was a surprisingly decent Discworld game released quite a while ago.  The Wheel of Time game was pretty good in its day, but I haven't played it in a while.  Straight out of the box, Vampire - The Masquerade: Bloodlines is almost unplayable, but once it's patched up, it's an amazing game.  Most pen and paper games tend to translate pretty decently to video games, like D&D.  I'd love to see a halfway-decent Rifts game somewhere down the line. "
As someone who beat Vampire the Masquerade, the only time I was hindered by the game was when the Chinese Gate bug happened and it wouldn't open. Thank God I found a way to make console commands happen and just move through the door or I would've been pissed. Great game, I wish someone would make another one using today's technology. I'd just kill for a GTA4 type of open world for a Vampire game.
 
The D&D side-scrolling arcade game from Capcom is pretty damn amazing (The 2nd one especially). Every time I play Castle Crashers, I really just wish Capcom would make another one of those. 
 
Speaking of which, the side-scrolling Alien Versus Predator arcade game Capcom made is fucking rad as well. Oh and Cadillacs and Dinosaurs... Never knew it was based on some comic book until later but damn that was weird in an awesome way. Fuck yeah, Capcom knows what to do with licenses.

I liked my Super Robot Wars series on the SNES (Rom hacked translated version in Korean), those were some brutal yet awesome SRPGs. It had a shit ton of different super robot licenses that interacted with each other. Sort of a dream match type of deal. Too bad only the mediocre OG series made to the US.
 
The Die Hard arcade games were really fun too... Though I guess they really had nothing to do with Die Hard movies all that much.
#11 Posted by JokerClown88 (1051 posts) -
#12 Posted by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -

X-men Origins: Wolverine is a good looking if poorly made game (it crashed everyday I played it). But God almighty that game is a lot of fun! Sticking claws into a guys throat stamping on his foot then popping his head off never gets old.

#13 Edited by Jeust (10334 posts) -
  • Star Wars Force Unleashed for the consoles, not the pc 
  • Batman Forever for the Snes and Genesis 
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum 
  • Knights of the Old Republic

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