X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse
The sequel to the
best-selling X-Men title ever, X-Men Legends , X-Men Legends II: Rise of
Apocalypse is an all new action-RPG that lets players create, customize
and control teams of four mutants from 16 all-time favorite X-Men and
classic Brotherhood villains from the Marvel Universe. With the X-Men
and Brotherhood fighting side by side for the first time, players switch
instantly between teammates wielding many more super powers and skills
than X-Men Legends , as they overcome obstacles, solve puzzles and
defeat more than 100 types of enemies including Lady Deathstrike and the
notorious Four Horsemen of Apocalypse.
X-Men Legends 2:
Rise of Apocalypse is the sequel to the highly popular game X-Men
Legends that once again reunites gamers with the Marvel universe and
those uncanny X-men. The story begins with the X-Men and their
arch-enemies, the Brotherhood, teaming up to foil the plans of
Apocalypse. Apocalypse has devised a plan to use the mutant powers of
four X-Men to make himself unstoppable. Once again it’s up to the X-Men
to put a halt to Apocalypse nefarious schemes.
The control system
and playability is similar to the previous title with the gamer
controlling four heroes at any one time, although you only actually
'control' one of them. As you move through maze-like dungeons, er…
sewers… tons of bad guys hurl themselves in your direction, ready to be
mowed like a mutant lawn.
Each character has
default melee attacks that can be strung into short combos as well as a
long list of “mutant powers” that they can unlock and unleash as they
gain experience points. With over twenty powers per character and
eighteen total characters to choose from, that’s a lot super heroes from
the Marvel universe.
As with all good
RPG titles, your characters must level up when they acquire enough
experience points and you can distribute stat points, skill points, and
equipment for your team, but keeping more than four mutants adequately
equipped is unfortunately sometimes extremely tedious. Thankfully, the
game includes an “auto-distribute” function that makes sure each
character is wearing what they should be and spending skill points
wisely. Still, you want to have some control over which skills are being
boosted, even as you might grow tired of dressing them and wiping their
Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse features some great cel-shaded graphics
that really blends with the comic book perfectly. The backgrounds and
environments are varse and interesting that almost mirror real-world
cities with lush detail and a great colour palette. When things are
really flying around, mutants firing away, and me calling for help or
complaining about my lack of power, the framerate can dip quite a bit.
In conclusion, X-Men Legends II: Rise of
Apocalypse is a worthy sequel to the original game and although it’s as
far as a D&D game as possible (graphically and with content), in actual
fact, it’s just your stock standard D&D game that is set in modern times
with super-heroes, not that this is a bad thing but it’s just different.
A great little RPG that I would recommend to all lovers of the Marvel
and RPG universe.