Summary: X-Men: Arcade
is a fun game to spend an intoxicated evening playing with your friends. It brings back a bit of the old arcade feel that’s sorely missed in today’s world of home-based gaming. The game looks outdated, the dialogue is laughable, it’s an easy, incredibly short button masher starring a few decidedly lesser characters (namely Dazzler and Cyclops)…yet somehow it all works.
remains a coin muncher in every sense of the word, but that’s okay.
Pros: Believe it or not, after all these years, this is the first time the game has ever been released on a home console., It’s a party game: several people can play at home and for a change, you can, all, play along with all those strangers (or even the occasional person you know) online too., It’s pure 80’s cheese gold. X-chicken!
Cons: Achievements are hampered by a mess of glitches., Cheap recycling of non-canonical enemies. Which essentially makes it a typical Nintendo-era, side scrolling button masher. ‘Nuff said!, The absurdly high price point for what you’re actually getting. Maybe they were adding up all the quarters you’d have blown playing through once – there’s just no other rationale I can come up with for charging so much for such a short and linear game.
Conclusion: Fun: 10/10 - very fun and a stress reliever type of game , if you have Xbox live the experience with friends Is prob. even more greater. Replayability: 10/10 - There is much replayability value in my opinion for all the dedicated X-men fans out there. It took me at most 30 min. on normal to finish the game but with unlimited mutant powers and unlimited continues it is quite short but enjoyable.
Conclusion: One of the best beat’em up’s of the nineties is finally available to download, untouched and full of all those classic moments that will not make you laugh your socks off. X-Men Arcade won’t break any walls down in today’s standards but the game is still real fun after all these years. If you got $10 to spend you have better do so on this game right away. And remember…I’M NOT DAZZLER!!!
Excerpt: Honestly, before replaying this console version of it, I didn’t remember anything about it except the boss battles and a couple of the voice clips (like “NOTHING CAN BEAT THE BLOB“). Playing it so many years later made me a bit fearful at first because I wasn’t sure how well it was going to hold up. I’m happy to say that aside from wishing it had a run button, it’s held up remarkably well.
Excerpt: Children of the early ‘90s let out a hearty roar of approval when the X-Men Arcade game was announced for online release a few months ago. It’s been in licensing purgatory for what seems like forever, and now, can finally be played at home (legally) for the first time ever. Anyone who played it in the arcades remembers the feeling of swarming bosses with a group of allies, especially if you had the entire 6-player cabinet filled up.
Excerpt: Most arcade ports to home consoles are lazy and X-Men Arcade is no exception. There are no sweeping changes – the original 1992 arcade version of the game is presented in full glory. The gameplay remains unchanged and there was no graphical overhaul. Even with the inclusion the Japanese version and adjustable difficulty levels, X-Men Arcade is just the same as it was back in the day, sans quarters and credits. And you know what? I’m fine with that.
Excerpt: Playing the old X-Men coin-op with five other people always felt like a victory in its own right — a triumph over the four-player cap everyone was used to. To its credit, this Live Arcade port gives you that same giddiness when you start a five- or six-person game. As you bash your way through legions of robots and lizard men (and the occasional supervillain, like Pyro, Blob, and Magneto), you’ll marvel — and chuckle — at just how many heroes, flunkies, and pixelated...
Pros: + Six-player arcade action still feels novel., + Geek out with old-school heroes (Dazzler), villains (Nimrod), and locations (Asteroid M).
Cons: - Short game with little replayability; barely upgraded port., ? Why are Wendigo and Juggernaut so skinny? They’re usually bulky baddies.