Reviews and Problems with X-Men: The Official Game
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X-Men: The Official Game
3 July 2010
Excerpt: Co-written by Zak Penn, the screenwriter of movies X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, and legendary comic book writer Chris Claremont, X-Men: The Official Movie Game (working title) immerses players in an original storyline that provides the back-story for the upcoming X-Men: The Last Stand feature film.
Excerpt: If you want to slice some enemies up with Wolverine’s sharp claws, teleport and bamboozle your foes with Nightcrawler or surf across a path of ice with Iceman then this is the right game for you. On the other hand if you were hoping to fire bright optic blasts with Cyclops or send thousands of deadly volts through your enemies with Storm then you are sadly out of luck (well, sort of).
Excerpt: X-Men: The Official Game , a major, nearly summer, blockbuster release. I guess that means there will be a nearly simultaneous release of the official game, based on the movie. X-Men: The Official Game is that game, taking all of the action, flavor, and characters from the movie and setting them in a story situated just before the events of the film. The graphics of X-Men are good, not great, but good.
Excerpt: No matter the pedigree of the company or the quality of the license, it's impossible to approach a move licensed video game with anything but caution. Games like King Kong may be carrying the torch for the genre, but unfortunately Ubisoft's effort is the exception to the rule. With X-Men 3 hitting cinema screens this month it was inevitable that a game would be released to coincide with it; the quality of the game is no more surprising.
Summary: Most ports of comic book characters or blockbuster movies usually turn out to be appalling and an anti-climax to the hype surrounding it, but will X-Men: The Official Game claw its way through?
Excerpt: The events in the game take place before those in the third X-Men movie. The team is mourning the loss of Jean Grey and struggling to get back on track when they're suddenly pressed back into duty. The story is told not through CG cutscenes, but dated looking still screens in the style of a graphic novel.
Conclusion: The gameplay is mediocre with a dash of repetitiveness and restrictiveness thrown in for flavor. The graphics feature glitches, dull textures and a certain lack of creativity in design. The sound is all over the map with fine voice acting but terrible sound effects and music. Overall this game feels like wasted effort and squandered potential. Put Nightcrawler in his own game with a Prince of Persia-esque control scheme and you'll have a hit.
Conclusion: When so much of the game is throwaway, you have a ton of wasted potential. For a game that serves to link the second and third movies, using arguably the best story arc in X-Men history, so much of the core was glossed over, and it's a shame.