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Game review: X-Men Legends

Friday, November 12, 2004

Just laze around during the Deepavali holidays (haven't been doing that for quite some time) and managed to spend some quality time with my X-Box. :) Didn't do any visitations this year. Anyways, was playing X-Men Legends and here's my review.

The X-Men are one of the most popular comics' mutant teams. Going back all the way to the 60s, and with two box-office movies, they have generated some sort of cult-following. However, their history in video games has been umm.. mediocre at best. In fact, the only memorable game to date is the 'appearance' in Capcom’s popular Street Fighter “Vs.” series, in which Cyclops’ turned into a fireball-spitting Ryu-clone and Juggernaut a Zangief wannabe. So, is Legends any good?

X-Men Legends is an action-RPG, which starts off with Brotherhood (made popular by the movie) members Mystique, Blob, Avalanche, and Pyro attempting to kidnap a young girl named Alison in broad daylight. True to any X-Men story, the government sends an anti-mutant attack squad to deal with it. As usual, the X-Men’s hero Wolverine shows up to save the day. After the first mission, the game shifts focus to Alison, point of view and in between missions, Alison is given the freedom to explore the the X-Mansion and talk some of the X-Men scattered throughout.

For each mission, the game allows you to select up to four X-Men from the list of Wolverine, Magma (Alison), Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, Rogue, Gambit, Nightcrawler, Jubilee, Colossus, Emma Frost, Beast, Iceman, Psylocke, and even, Professor X! Each character have their own strength and customizable/upgradable mutant special mutant powers which is suitable for some missions and not for some. The missions themselves range from simple ten minute find this person or item to rescue missions or attack raids that may take an hour or two to complete.

IMHO, the most outstanding thing about this game is the engrossing storyline which takes its' plot from comics produced over the years. The gameplay itself is so-so and more of a no brainer beat-em-up with a dash of RPG flavour allowing you to upgrade your characters as you gain sufficient points. Besides that, missions get repetitive as you just go around bashing up enemies. Your enemies range from the Brotherhood, the Morlocks, the anti-mutant armies and the Sentinels. As for the graphics, the characters are cell-shaded in a 3D environment which in a way makes the characters stand out over the rendered background. Pretty well done I would say. Overall, a great game for X-Men fans and if you're not a fan, the arcade-styled game play would still appeal to you.

Ratings (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest)

Graphic : 4.5
Sound : 4
Gameplay : 3.5 (up to 4 players simultaneous)
Storyline: 5

OVERALL : 4.25

Ohh.. long weekend coming up! (Yay!) Happy holidays and Selamat Hari Raya!
posted by Ivan, 1:52 pm

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