Licenced games have a bad rap. Mostly because they’re absolutely terrible; they prey on your exiting love and attachment for a franchise, and usually piss it down the toilet. There have been good ones; I have very fond memories of Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers and Ducktales on the NES; I spent all my pocket money playing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the arcade and The 16-bit Aladdin games were amazing. More recently, Arkham Asylum ended up being the best super-hero game ever.
The flip side to those examples are games that have taken great licences and essentially destroyed them. Superman 64 is commonly cited as one of the worst games ever made, Kinect Star Wars made an absolute mockery of the universe, ET on the Atari 2600 was responsible for the entire game industry collapsing and yes, Aliens: Colonial Marines is pretty much a travesty.
While nobody really buys licenced games anymore expecting them to magnificent, there’s still the expectation that they might be decent, but they’re more than often not. What licenced games, old or new, have you picked up or were looking forward to – only to have your hopes and dreams crushed?
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I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces. I am also the emperor of the backend