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The 25 best Spider-Man games of all time

15. Spider-Man: Edge of Time

This is the follow-up to Shattered Dimensions, and it cant help but feel like half of a sequel by comparison. Instead of four Spider-Men, Edge of Time just has the two, regular Peter Parker and the Spider-Man of 2099. Thanks to the confusing effects of time travel, the two different Spider-Men swap chronologies, dropping Spidey into a futuristic setting while the edgier 2099 model fights the robot armies of today.

Edge of Times biggest issues come from a lack of scope, because there are so few enemies to fight beyond an army of boring robots, with an adequate fight against Anti-Venom being the exception. Plus, virtually every stage takes place indoors, restricting a characters that works best when he has freedom to move. On the other hand, Edge of Time is still ahead of the pack when it comes to fashion; Spider-Mans costume has never looked more realistic than it does in this game.

14. Marvel Pinball/Pinball FX DLC

If you want to feel old, just recall all the different pinball games of your youth, and then realize theyd never be built today. Tables were created for the likes of the X-Men and Terminator, but people arent designing the same type of tables now, at least not for physical release. The current pinball market has pushed the best designers to create content could only exist digitally in games like Pinball FX, including some unique Marvel DLC that features an especially good Spider-Man table.

The Marvel set has its ups and down, but the Spider-Man pinball machine is one of the best, telling a simple but exciting tale of Spider-Man battling Doctor Octopus and Green Goblin. Quality voice work and character animations support a fun narrative that unfurls as a reward that goes beyond a high score. Theres no real stinker among the Marvel Pinball set, with World War Hulk and Civil War being other standouts, but the quality Spider-Man content, short as it may be, is enough to place it on this list.

13. The Amazing Spider-Man vs The Kingpin (Sega CD version)

Spider-Man starred in multiple 2D adventures in the 8/16-bit days of gaming, but few made a real mark. Peter Parker starred in console games developed Rare, Acclaim and Capcom, but at the time it was Sega that understood the Web Slinger best. After some fun adventures on Genesis, Game Gear and Master System, Sega saved its best for the little played Sega CD.

Released in 1993, Spider-Man vs The Kingpin is basically a remake of 1991's Spider-Man for Genesis. This gave Sega a chance to revisit and improve a good game and really make it shine. Plus it had an open level structure that was very ahead of its time. It's true that it has laughable voice acting and a cheesy guitar-fueled theme song by Mr Big that look bad now, but underneath it all is the best 2D Spidey game ever made.

12. Marvel vs Capcom Origins

Capcom and Marvel have created some very popular games together, including some titles that have sustained popularity for years and years in the fighting game community. The two companies teamed together so many times that we dont fault some players for missing out on Capcoms earliest titles featuring Spider-Man. But even if the more current entries give you a better experience, theres still fun to be had in these two early Capcom fighters starring the Webhead, both of which appear in the downloadable Marvel vs. Capcom Origins.

Origins brings together Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes into one XBLA/PSN title, showcasing a Spider-Man sprite design that hasnt aged a day. His poses, attacks, and taunts all fit the agile, red and blue character, plus Spider-Man best frenemy, Venom, gets to join in on the action. Yes, some of its combat is a tad outdated and unbalanced compared to its sequels, but its still a fun part of Spidey history, particularly for those with a good deal of nostalgia for the original Capcom brawlers.

11. Marvel Heroes

The free-to-play market seems like a neverending waterfall of money, so it isnt surprising to see comic books join in, like with the DC Comics MOBA, Infinite Crisis. Marvels F2P title sidesteps DOTA, instead taking its inspiration from the Diablo titles to create quite the dungeon crawl for Marvel Heroes. The full game is free, but to add some of your favorite characters to the roster, including Spider-Man, youve got to pay.

This is worth it if you want a satisfying adventure games thats similar to Marvels previous Ultimate Alliance games, but theres a bit more to find if Spider-Man is your favorite Marvel character. Theres the thrill of seeing the Webhead team up with obscure heroes like Squirrel Girl and Moon Knight, and longtime Spidey fans will appreciate the deep selection of (purchasable) costumes. His alternate looks span Spider-Mans five decades of existence, including the black symbiote suit, the costumes worn by Peter Parkers many clones, and his uniform from his recent stint in the Fantastic Four. Its more fan service than youll find in most solo Spider-Man games.

10. Spider-Man: The Video Game (Arcade)

Your typical '90s arcade beat 'em up, this Sega creation is a colorful classic. Made during Sega's arcade heyday, the bright colors, fluid animation and spoken dialogue were some of the fanciest features a comic book game ever had to that point. Sure, it followed the same formula as most other brawlers, but it shook things up every once in awhile by pulling back the camera add in some a platformer action on occasion.

Sega's Spider-Man arcade title featured many of his greatest enemies, including the relatively new Venom, as well as Fantastic Four nemesis Doctor Doom. Unlike similar games from the time, like X-Men, TMNT and Simpsons, Spider-Man has yet to see a downloadable rerelease, but we can always hold out hope that it will show up eventually.

9. Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Its Mahvel Baybee! Ahem Sorry. As its ardent fans will tell you, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is one of the most doggedly popular fighting games ever made, remaining a favorite for some of the most hardcore folks in the fighting game community. The 56 character roster included one final appearance of the Spider-Man sprite that fans had come to love over Capcoms multiple Marvel titles, this time moving with more intense speed than ever before.

Despite some gamers still favoring this entry in the series, the third Marvel vs. Capcom title definitely ranks higher when rating games based on its Spider-Man-osity. Both move at an insane pace and have crazy hyper moves like Parkers risky Maximum Spider attack, but the world of MvC2 favors amusement parks and swamps over famous settings like the Daily Bugle, along with random alternate colors that dont have any real comic equivalents. The only definitive advantage MvC2 offers the Spider-Man crowd is that Venom is still playable in this entry, but wouldnt you rather play with the symbiote costume skin in MvC3?

8. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2

Spidey doesn't need to be the star of every game he appears in. Sometimes it's fun for Spider-Man to be part of an ensemble, just one of the unforgettable characters in the Marvel Universe. He's been a supporting character in many marvelous adventures, but if we had to pick one, it would be Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 as his best super team-up.

A retelling of the highly publicized story line Civil War, the plot is ripped from the headlines, as the hero community reacts in different ways to a horrifying terror attack. Spider-Man--along with heroes as varied as Iron Man, She-Hulk and Wolverine--have to choose their side on the issue. Even without that plot hook, the simple fun of teaming Spidey up with multiple heroes (we preferred the classic duo of him with the Human Torch) was enough of draw for the MUA2. But when will there be a MUA3?

7. Spider-Man (PSX)

After dozens of lackluster platformers and brawlers starring the webbed wonder, many fans were beginning to think he'd never star in a truly great game, let alone one fans would embrace. Then came the title that proved them wrong, and it arrived from a very unlikely source. With Spider-Man on the PSOne (and virtually every other console of the era), Neversoft proved they were more than just skateboarding experts.

Made mostly obsolete by the later open world adventures, Neversoft's Spider-Man embraced something that couldn't be expressed in Spidey console games before: Peter Parker's voice. Thanks to the extra space on CDs, Spidey talked constantly, cracking wise with his greatest enemies and superhero friends. It added a much needed personality to the character. It also was the first Spider-Man game that felt made by fans for fans, with dozens of cameos and jokes meant for comic readers. This was the beginning of modern Spider-Man games.

6. Lego Marvel Super Heroes

How did it take so long for there to be a Lego game set in the Marvel Universe? Well, Travellers Tales made the wait worth it by including just about every possible character they could in this block action game. The Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and many, many more are all crammed into this adventure game, and the adorable Lego Spider-Man is right in the middle of it all.

Its an increasingly rare treat to see Spider-Man hang out in-game with all his Marvel buddies in same campaign, so its great to see his personality bounce off the Lego visages of Hulk and Wolverine. Legos all ages thrills are in full force, and the world is packed with details, taking players to famous Spider-locales like The Daily Bugle, Oscorp headquarters and the super prison, The Raft. And best of all, the free roaming web swinging controls better in this game than it does in some of the most recent solo Spider-Man titles.