Video Games Based On the Written Word

by Guernicaman | created - 10 Dec 2016 | updated - 10 Dec 2016 | Public

A list of video games that are based on or inspired by books, novels, short stories, comic books, manga, etc..

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1. Metro 2033 (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

Man has fallen, struggling to survive within Moscow's metro. In the face of a new mysterious threat young Artyom must leave his home station for the first time, making a dangerous journey to the legendary Polis to enlist their help.

Directors: Keith Arem, Andrew Prokhorov | Stars: Mark Ivanir, Yuri Lowenthal, Boris Kievsky, Ari Rubin

Votes: 3,093

2. Spec Ops: The Line (2012 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

Set in modern day Dubai, massive sandstorms have buried the city. As Capt. Martin Walker, you're sent in to find any survivors and learn what happened to the original rescue and evacuation team led by Lt. Colonel John Konrad.

Directors: Francois Coulon, Cory Davis | Stars: Nolan North, Christopher Reid, Omid Abtahi, Bruce Boxleitner

Votes: 2,657

Inspired by author Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness".

3. Alice (2000 Video Game)

M | Action, Fantasy, Horror

A game with an all new story that takes place after Lewis Carroll's stories. Alice must return to Wonderland and defeat the Queen of Hearts once and for all.

Stars: Susie Brann, Jarion Monroe, Roger Jackson, Andrew Chaikin

Votes: 1,312

Inspired by characters from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland", as well as, "Through the Looking Glass: And What Alice Found There".

4. Spider-Man: The Video Game (1991 Video Game)

Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Spider - Man has now faced his greatest enemy The Green Goblin

Votes: 58

5. Hulk (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Set shortly after the movie, while on the run; Bruce Banner is contacted by his old mentor Professor Crawfrod, who claims to have developed a device called the Gamma Orb which can cure the ... See full summary »

Director: Mark James | Stars: Eric Bana, Katie Bennison, Michael Donovan, Michael Dobson

Votes: 373

6. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (2010 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

An artifact known as the "Tablet of Order and Chaos" is shattered, causing problems with multiple Marvel realities. Madame Web calls on 4 versions of Spider-Man from 4 realities to assist her in bringing the realities back into balance.

Directors: Jose Pablo Gonzalez, Kody Sabourin | Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Keaton, Dan Gilvezan, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Votes: 1,111

8. Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace (2001 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Peter Parker promises Mary Jane to get a bowl for her goldfish, but gets involved in stopping a crimewave as Spider-Man - Hammerhead, the Big Wheel, Electro, the Rhino and the Scorpion are ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Barriga

Votes: 36

9. Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (2007 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Just when Spider-Man thought it was safe to relax, he's summoned by the famous Colonel Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury has had his eye on Spider-Man for quite some time, and now he's being recruited to help take on a world wide threat.

Director: Jason Carr | Stars: James Arnold Taylor, Marc Graue, Kat Cressida, Chris Gardner

Votes: 431

10. Spider-Man: Edge of Time (2011 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099 travels back in time to present day New York City to stop a scientist from altering the timeline that could cause the death of Peter Parker/Spider-Man at the hands of Anti-Venom.

Directors: Gérard Lehiany, Ramiro Bélanger | Stars: Josh Keaton, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Steve Blum, Katee Sackhoff

Votes: 426

11. Spider-Man: Battle for New York (2006 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Family

After finding how Spider-Man got his powers, Norman Osborn becomes Green Goblin and creates a whole army.

Stars: James Arnold Taylor, Neil Kaplan, Stephen Stanton, Jennifer Hale

Votes: 29

12. Spider-Man and the X-Men: Arcade's Revenge (1993 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Side-scrolling action featuring Spiderman and the X-Men.

Votes: 89

13. Spider-Man vs. the Kingpin (1991 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

You control Spider-Man as you race against time tracking down an nuclear bomb set by the Kingpin.

Director: Randel Reiss | Star: Emil Bejstam

Votes: 65

14. Spider-Man 3 (2007 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

Spider-Man is back to save the city with his usual hero work, only this time he bonds with an alien substance known as symbiote which turns his hero days and personal life into something ugly.

Director: Margaret Tang | Stars: Tobey Maguire, James Franco, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 2,800

15. Spider-Man 2 (2004 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

Spider-Man/Peter Parker struggles between his personal life which involves Mary Jane Watson and his superhero life where he joins up with a vigilante known as Black Cat battling a series of foes including the mad Doc Ock.

Director: Tomo Moriwaki | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, Holly Fields

Votes: 4,421

16. Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety (1995 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Mayhem-packed sequel to Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994), with appearances from loads of other Marvel Comic-Book characters.

Votes: 52

17. Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Comic-book based platforming action starring Spidey himself.

Votes: 153

18. Spider-Man (2002 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Crime

In this game loosely based on the film, Spider-Man is on a mission to fight evil in the forms of the villains Shocker, Vulture, Scorpion, and the Green Goblin.

Director: Chris Soares | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Bruce Campbell, Josh Keaton

Votes: 1,907

19. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

Spider-Man's strength and powers are tested when he is forced to save the world after Manhattan gets threatened by a deadly cross-species virus and robots created by Oscorp mastermind Alistaire Smythe.

Director: Keith Arem | Stars: Sam Riegel, Kari Wahlgren, Steve Blum, Nolan North

Votes: 1,530

21. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

Spiderman faces new threats to the city of New York.

Stars: Sam Riegel, Ali Hillis, JB Blanc, Steve Blum

Votes: 850

22. The Incredible Hulk (2008 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Drama

The incredible hulk video game takes place during the movie's storyline with lots of new characters and enemies. Bruce is let loose as the hulk in New York with massive destruction and combat to fight his way to his decision; Cure or Embrace

Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

Votes: 877

23. The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

As Bruce Banner, he is merely just another guy named Bruce... but as the Incredible Hulk... he's more than a man... but a monster. Play as the Hulk as you experience the freedom to lose ... See full summary »

Directors: Scott Morgan, Tom Keegan | Stars: Neal McDonough, Ron Perlman, Daniel Riordan, Richard Moll

Votes: 324

24. The Punisher (2004 Video Game)

AO | Action, Adventure, Crime

Frank Castle's war on crime has him face the mafia, the Russian mob and the Yakuza as well as his famous archenemies from The Punisher comics. Along the way, he gets to briefly team up with some of his S.H.I.E.L.D. allies.

Stars: Thomas Jane, Bob Joles, Darryl Kurylo, David Sobolov

Votes: 1,450

25. The Punisher (1993 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Thriller

Side-scrolling beat-'em-up featuring Frank Castle and Nick Fury.

Director: Noritaka Funamizu

Votes: 113

27. Ultimate Spider-Man (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

You play the Marvel Ultimate Universe versions of Spider-Man and his nemesis, Venom, as both clash with each other and others.

Director: Chris Busse | Stars: Sean Marquette, Andrea Baker, Arthur Burghardt, Bob Glouberman

Votes: 990

28. Thor: God of Thunder (2011 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The powerful but arrogant god Thor, comes from Asgard to Earth and becomes one of its finest defenders.

Directors: Michael McCormick, Robert Taylor | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Phil LaMarr

Votes: 765

29. Wolverine: Adamantium Rage (1994 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Wolverine receives a mysterious transmission about his past and must go to Canada to find out.

Votes: 21

30. X-Men (1993 Video Game)

Not Rated | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A Sega Genesis-exclusive game based on the very popular comic hero team.

Votes: 168

31. X-Men (1992 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi

Marvel's mutants face off against their nemesis Magneto in the popular arcade game from Konami.

Director: C. Lee | Stars: Kyle Hebert, Mela Lee

Votes: 53

32. X-Men 2: Clone Wars (1995 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

X-Men 2: Clone Wars is a platform game developed by Headgames and released by Sega of America. The game is based on the adventures of the Marvel Comics superhero team, the X-Men.

Votes: 69

33. X-Men Legends (2004 Video Game)

T | Action, Sci-Fi

You play the X-Men as they battle against the forces of evil be it mutant haters with their Sentinels or Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Michelle Arthur, Edward Asner, Dee Bradley Baker

Votes: 653

34. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Family, Fantasy

You play the X-Men and the Brotherhood in a uneasy alliance to fight the menace of Apocalypse.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Grey Griffin, Dwight Schultz, Dee Bradley Baker

Votes: 787

35. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Crime

Based on the film, the player controls Logan, a veteran who used to work for William Stryker in his gang of mutants. Now, Stryker has come back to Logan for help. Play as Wolverine as you hunt down Sabretooth and fight other mutants.

Director: Margaret Tang | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Will.i.am, Dave Florek

Votes: 2,904

36. X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1996 Video Game)

T | Action, Sci-Fi

The Street Fighters team up with the X-Men to halt the terror of Apocalypse.

Stars: Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd, Catherine Disher, Lenore Zann

Votes: 404

37. X-Men: Children of the Atom (1994 Video Game)

X-Men: Children of the Atom is an arcade game based on the X-Men comic book that was produced by Capcom and released on the CPS II arcade.

Stars: George Buza, Catherine Disher, Cathal J. Dodd, Dan Hennessey

Votes: 154

38. X-Men: Destiny (2011 Video Game)

T | Action

You control three characters and decide their actions with their newfound powers in a plot to investigate an attack on a mutant rights rally.

Director: Margaret Tang | Stars: Milo Ventimiglia, Jamie Chung, Scott Porter, Phil LaMarr

Votes: 168

39. X-Men: Mutant Academy (2000 Video Game)

T | Action, Sci-Fi

X-Men Mutant Academy is a 2.5D fighting game.

Stars: Ray Landry, Lawrence Bayne, Tim Harrison, Jennifer Dale

Votes: 93

40. X-Men: Mutant Wars (2000 Video Game)

E | Adventure

A band of cyborgs is terrorizing the planet and the X-Men believes Magneto is behind this and will do anything to stop him.

Votes: 15

41. X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 (2001 Video Game)

T | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport

One on One arcade game with your favourite X-Men!

Stars: David Hemblen, Don Francks, Catherine Disher, Tony Daniels

Votes: 98

42. X-Men: Next Dimension (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Sci-Fi

Prime Sentinels retrieves the head of Bastion with his desire to wipe out all mutants.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jenette Goldstein, Tony Daniels, Don Morrow

Votes: 107

43. X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse (2001 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Returning from Mojoverse, the X-Men returns to the X-Mansion, only to discover they are in an alternative universe, under Apocalypse control.

Votes: 25

44. X-Men: The Official Game (2006 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Play as Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Iceman in this action tie-in game that bridges the gap between X2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).

Director: Adam Tierney | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Alan Cumming, Shawn Ashmore

Votes: 602

45. X2 - Wolverine's Revenge (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

Logan goes in search of clues to his past and involvement with the Weapon X program in Canada with the help of his friends from the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters and facing off ... See full summary »

Director: Brigitte Burdine | Stars: Mark Hamill, Patrick Stewart, Fred Tatasciore, Jennifer Hale

Votes: 494

46. Men in Black: The Game (1997 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy