Since the inception of video games, licensed titles have snuggly fit into the business side of the industry. Probably because for a good long while (the E.T & Atari fiasco aside), it was almost like a recipe to print money for publishers.
It didn't matter that most games were rushed and half-baked (usually due to coincide with movie release dates), or just plain unfocused rubbish, but attractive brand value blinded most gamers, with licensed titles selling like hot cakes for over three decades.
Sadly, this was due more to there being no other way to play as your favorite superhero, without swallowing the bitter taste of a mangled product.
In the late noughts, trends finally changed, as gamers caught onto publishers going for easy cash-grabs, and the formula petering out. And things have been relatively quiet since... but it looks to be changing in a major way.
Recent examples like Insomniac's Spider-Man, displayed to the industry that with high quality, strong ambition and a talented developer - coupled with a solid property - publishers could find themselves with a GOTY contender.
The handful of games on this list could likely share that pedigree, due to their mouth-watering criteria...
7. Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League
Rocksteady Games matched up with Suicide Squad...what more can be said?
Not only did the dev finally give gamers the first great Batman game with Arkham Asylum, but they continued the quality with Arkham City and Arkham Knight. Since wrapping thay trilogy, they've been toiling away on a mystery project for many years, until finally pulling back the curtain in 2020.
The plot depicts our gang of loveable rogues heading to Metropolis to take on the Justice League after Brainiac has brainwashed them into his minions.
It looks to take the foundations of the Arkham games - detailed open-world, satisfying third-person action, strong adaptation of source - but apply it to a set of morally compromised characters, with co-op as an optional gamer path as well.
It sounds overly ambitious...but so did Arkham Asylum. Rocksteady knows the stakes, and how to successfully deliver the goods for the fans.
This is pretty much a sure thing at this point.