X-Men the Official Game
X-Men The official game is supposed to be a story
bridge, joining the events of the films all the way from X-Men, to
X2: X-men United and even the new film X-Men 3 the last stand. It's
a bridge filled with pot holes and hazards that make you wonder why
you even bothered to go the route in the first place. Following the
characters Wolverine, Iceman and Nightcrawler through some 28
missions battling some villains here and there and the organization
known as Hydra. I'll refrain from my impressions until I give you
fine readers a run down of the features of the game. Then I will
state my thoughts and try not to be overly critical. Koff. Koff.
Features include character-specific level
geometry specific to certain characters super-powers, voice-overs
from select members of the motion picture cast (Which I hate to say
is perhaps the best thing about the game.), and an original
narrative written by Chris Claremont and Zak Penn.
Credits go to,
. Developer: Z-Axis
. Publisher: Activision Inc.
. Distributor: Ingram Entertainment
At this time the game is available for Xbox, PlayStation2, Game
Cube, the PC, and the Xbox 360. In the graphics department all of
the game platform versions look about the same, the Xbox version
comes out on top by just a hair. As for the Xbox 360 version, 360
owners are pretty much getting wallet raped here since the 360
versions does not bring much to the table other than what looks like
a port from its little brother the Xbox version. So that extra ten
to fifteen bucks is just not justified. 360 owners seem to be paying
for the pleasure of having the game with the 360 logo on the box
only. No extra bells or whistles. While most all of the versions
seemed to run pretty well I had the worst time with the PC version.
Installing the game went fine but when it came time to play, the
game would keep looking for a game controller and I just could not
go any further. It is unknown at this time as to if this is isolated
or others are having this problem as well. Either way I would
strongly suggest a platform version and not the PC version.
X-Men The Official game is yet another no brain movie license romp
on the quest for fast cash from the unsuspecting consumer. While
there is plenty of straight forward fight your way through the
throngs of enemies, there is nothing here that constitutes more than
one play through. Even hard core fans.(I admit I am one) may have a
hard time justifying keeping this one on their collection shelf.
Although I must further admit that playing NightCrawler and using
the teleport ability is a real blast, perhaps a slight shimmer in an
other wise lack luster game.
Be afraid be very freaking afraid because the Crap movie license
machine has churned out another slap in the face of gaming fans
The hack job shows a rush mentality to cash in on Movie hype and
ride the wave of free advertising from the film. The game play
missions are so ho hum, they are the run of the mill yawn fest. The
levels are character specific, in other words for NightCrawler there
are levels with things to climb and jump and dodge and of course
teleport which makes it a bit more fun, like mazes of pipes and high
platforms. Wolverine gets the least interesting levels with wave on
wave of enemies, which has the player deciding on juggling between
fighting and healing at the right moments or even Wolverine is
overcome and defeated. Iceman has a lot of wide open levels with
which he can skate along on an ice bridge created from his own
powers and he can also fire ice blasts. Iceman levels do tend to be
a bit more interesting since there are a few more pitfalls and
dangers to contend with. I think if I had to make a solid choice,
NightCrawler and Iceman Missions make the game enough to merit a
rental of this game. The easy to please fans will enjoy the romp
with these X-Men, but the harder to please crowd will wish there was
something more here. The levels tend to not make any sense in the
plot or so called story that's taking place.
Sound and music is passable and pretty darn good
at times. Voice over when done by actual cast members is very good,
but things get pretty bad when they send in someone else for voice
over or sound alikes for the rest of the cast of characters.
Cut scenes are done in some comic book style that just misses the
mark entirely. The style is best represented with a perfect bulls
eye if you take a look at Ultimate Spiderman. Ultimate Spiderman is
a really good example of cut scenes done very well using a comic
book panel effect, living in the comic book so to speak. In the
X-Men game it's just a spectacular mess that is just more annoying
than anything else.
The X-Men over all the years have went face to face with incredibly
powerful villains and have come out on top so many times. This time
the villain came up and blind sided them and caused an almost
unbearable defeat for everyone's favorite mutants. Someone in the
game industry decided lets make a fast buck, and X-men the Official
Game is the victim. The game designers and artists did a great job
at doing what they do, the visuals are enough to please and
everything put together comes out with a limp after the battle of
creativity. But in the end X-Men The Official Game just cannot
deliver the juice. I have to pass on this one. Rent it, try it,
cry.. move on.
Have fun, play games.