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X-Men Legends 2: Rise of the Apocalypse Review - PS2, Xbox, GameCube, PC

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Colossus shows off his massive mutant powers

X-Men Legends 2 Screenshot

The Bottom Line

OK, upfront: If you are a comic fan in any way, take my word for it, this is easily a 4.5 star game, if you are not a comic geek, knock a star off; it's fun, but a major part of its charm is the immense amount of comic book goodness.
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Pros

  • Amazing amount of playable X-Men and other heroes/villains
  • Incredible amount of unlockable goodies
  • Uncanny attention to the X-men lore
  • Ultimate X-men game thus far, fun and deep

Cons

  • Levels and gameplay can get repetitious

Description

  • Graphics: 4 The X-men and co. look fabulous, though things get lost in the environment
  • Sound: 4 Decent music, superb voice acting, hearing the X-Men sweeps you up in the story
  • Concept: 4 If you liked X-Men Legends at all, then the Rise of Apocalypse is sure to please
  • Control: 4.5 Easy to switch heroes and use mutant powers, too bad teammates don't pick up items
  • Difficulty: 2 Play it on hard, normal was a button mashing cake-walk
  • Multiplayer: 4 The system works fine, but remember that you SHARE items
  • Replay: 4 With so much to collect, there's plenty to go back for
  • Rated: Teen - Those roughish X-Men are violent and have been known to use mild language
  • All scores are out of 5. The overall rating is not an average of the above scores.

Guide Review - X-Men Legends 2: Rise of the Apocalypse Review - PS2, Xbox, GameCube, PC

Dangnabbit, it used to be commonly assumed that comic-book based videogames sucked, and thus you could easily score them. But recently, with such great titles as Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Ultimate Spider-man, and now X-Men Legends 2, the stereotype is fading, fast.

X-Men Legends 2 builds off its popular predecessor and basically gives you more. More heroes, more costumes, more danger-room, more villains. The amount of playable characters is staggering. What makes this version so much better is the inclusion of older X-Men and Brotherhood of Evil Mutants' roster. As per the last game, you build a team of four mutants, and go out and smash everything in sight. Yes, barrel smashing is still here, damn you Mario! But the AI is greatly improved, and I found myself playing one character and letting the PS2 handle the other 3.

The four player action combat is superb, and the ability to let the machine handle the micromanaging of equipment and stats is welcome. But what really makes X-Men Legends 2 shine is the superb level of detail, story telling and voice-overs. The X-Men legend really does come through, and X-Fans will be tickled pink watching and listening to their favorite heroes duke it out.

The levels can get repetitive, and the menu's aren't the most intuitive, but with sharp graphics and an amazing story to build off of it's a tough game to beat. Living the X-Men legend has never been so fun.

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