10 Worst Video Games Based On Comic Books

Who do so many video games based on comic books suck?

Catwoman PS2
Electronic Arts

Shortly after video games became a thing, comic book characters merged with the medium to create some exceptional titles. Fans around the world have been enjoying games like Arkham City, Injustice, and Spider-Man on the PS4.

There are a ton of amazing games that feature comic book characters or are based on comic book events, but not every one is good. In fact, most games based on comic book characters are pretty awful. There are hundreds of games based on comics that aren’t worth a gamer’s time or their money.

You’d think the two mediums would go together well, and they sometimes do. That said, when they don’t work together just right, a brand new video game title will enrage gamers and comic book fans alike, and those are fan communities who don’t mind sharing their opinions online.

Determining which is the worst video game based on comic book characters requires looking at 40+ years of history to find the one stinker nobody would play again willingly. If you’ve played any of these, you already know how bad they are, and the top pick is the worst of them all.

10. Spider-Man And Venom: Maximum Carnage

Catwoman PS2
Acclaim Entertainment

For years, Spider-Man games have been hit or miss. Some are decent, every few are exceptional, and many more are just awful. One such game would have to be Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage, which was released for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis in 1994.

The game is based on the story arc of the same name, and the way it was advertised, it looked to be amazing! Spider-Man and Venom — mortal enemies — are forced to team up against Carnage, and they have a plethora of Marvel's most popular characters coming in for support.

Captain America, Black Cat, Iron Fist, Cloak & Dagger, Firestar, Deathlok, and Morbius are ... not playable characters in the game. That came as a surprise to plenty of gamers when the game was released, as it turned out you could only play as either Venom or Spider-Man.

The game is a relatively simple side-scrolling button-masher, and it is incredibly dull. All of the superpowers of Venom and Spider-Man are worthless, as the only real way to play is to punch and kick your way through endless swarms of enemies over a repetitive background.

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