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X-Men: Legends (PlayStation 2)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.4
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (12 votes) 3.7

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I've been playing X-Men games since the earliest PC titles, which had all the gameplay of running into the enemy really hard. While some were immensely fun, like Capcom's arcade contributions, they never gave me the feeling that I was actually reliving a true comic book adventure. Raven has finally given me that feeling, and I can't wait to see what they have in store for X-Men Legends 2.
Game Informer Magazine
Never have I encountered a game that so perfectly caters to its rabid fan base as X-Men Legends. From the moment you start to play, it’s apparent how much the developers care about the characters, the background, and the essence of what has made the X-Men the most beloved superhero group in comic history. But more than that, Legends is a game of phenomenally intense action that manages to maintain its momentum through a surprisingly lengthy story – even with over a dozen playable characters to level-up and enjoy. While several technical issues are apparent, it’s amazing how much you’re willing to forgive when a game is as ridiculously fun as this one is.
A young girl named Alison Crestmere has been identified as a mutant. She is being run down on the streets, denying that she is, when suddenly Mystique and The Blob appear to snag here. It would be a hopeless situation but for a crouching form, sarcastic and deadly, who appears to protect her.
GamePro (US)
Having first appeared in the pages of Marvel comics more than 40 years ago and recently starring in two highly successful movies, dozens of comic spin-offs, and video games on nearly every platform since the 8-bit NES, the X-Men have broken out of the geek-chic mold of the comics universe to become modern pop culture icons. But thanks to their new digital debut in the action/RPG genre with X-Men Legends, you?ve never seen Xavier?s men (and women) quite like this before.
Why is it that the X-Men, one of the most celebrated comic teams of all time, have never been properly represented in video games? Sure, there have been some decent 2D and 3D fighting games, but we've also had to wallow through dreck like X2: Wolverine's Revenge, a game that I thought would set the franchise back 10 years. It seemed like we would never see a title that accurately portrayed the lives of everyone's favorite muties, and their struggles against not only super-villains like Magneto, but bigotry and hatred as well. Just when I thought all was lost, X-Men Legends landed on my desk, and I'm happy to say that the franchise is finally getting the respect that it deserves.
Gamers' Temple, The
If you are an X-Men fan, then you finally have a game worthy of your attention and devotion. The story stays true to the X-Men universe, beginning with the rescue of Magma from the Brotherhood soon after she discovers her powers and soon involving the X-Men in an effort to thwart the latest Brotherhood plot. On a smaller scale, the attention to details from the X-Men universe means that the game does deserve its Legends subtitle. If you’re just a fan of the X-Men movies or are even completely new to the X-Men, there’s still an enjoyable action-RPG here so you should still check the game out if you enjoy games of this type.
I have played some really, really bad X-Men games in my life. There really have only been a couple of good mutie games throughout the entire existence of home consoles, and not a single good one this generation. It's been nothing but disappointment for X-fans for the past few years. Playing Activision's latest, X-Men Legends, is a lot like day 41 for Noah -- seeing the first ray of sunshine after a whole lot of darkness and downpour is thrilling. While not perfect, Legends does justice to the X-Men franchise and will almost certainly please fans. It's about damn time.
When it comes to the world of video games, the mutant fighting force known as the X-Men are probably best known for their work in fighting games. More specifically, the X-Men are best known for their work in Capcom's fighting games, which turned the eye-beam-firing Cyclops into a Ryu-like fighter, complete with a dragon punch. While the X-Men have occasionally crept into other genres, the results are usually less than favorable. X-Men Legends, however, packs in a good number of different playable characters and great-looking graphics into an easy, but fairly lengthy adventure. It all combines to form a great action RPG with strong action and a well-told story.
Where X-Men Legends 2 shows its franchise roots is in the fact that it genuinely isn't that much of a visual step up from last year's model. It's essentially the same gaming models -- although this time round extra "skins" for your mutants are available from the get-go -- in slightly prettier gaming environments. It's just that with the addition of the Brotherhood to your gaming choices, there's an awful lot more game to play, and a reasonable amount of impetus to actually replay the game, just to see how the different character's powers deal with different challenges.
X-Men Legends, at the very least, is an impressively well-made take on Gauntlet. If you're a fan of superhero comics, it's the best Gauntlet ever. Up until now, the folks at Raven Software had never made anything that wasn't a first-person shooter. Now they've made a pretty fiendishly complex four-player 3D action-RPG -- who'd have thought they had it in them?
Meine Meinung - Wolfgang Fischer Ich bin von X-Men Legends positiv überrascht. Obwohl das Action-RPG in technischer Hinsicht nicht gerade berauschend ist, kann man sich nach einer gewissen Eingewöhnungszeit so schnell nicht mehr davon lösen. Besonders der gut gelöste Team-Aspekt sorgt (vor allem bei Mehrspieler-Matches) für hohe Langzeitmotivation. Dank des gewaltigen Bonusmaterials für X-Men-Fans ein Muss. Alle anderen Rollenspieler mit Hang zur Action sollten aber definitiv auch einmal Probe spielen.
Game Revolution
Growing up with mutant powers is hard, especially when they’re something of an uncontrollable nuisance. I should know – I’ve had to deal with them my whole life.
X-Men Legends sera clairement un produit à destiner aux fans. Manquant de finition dans les coins avec une réalisation à l'arrache et souffrant de problème de clarté de son action, le titre de Raven a tout de même quelques arguments en sa faveur (nervosité, évolution des héros) pour assurer sa défense auprès d'un certain public.
X-Men : Legends est une bonne petite surprise. Contrairement à de trop nombreux titres qui se contentent de s'appuyer sur une licence connue, la production d'Activision confirme grâce à un gameplay alliant l'action, le multijoueur et une gestion de l'évolution des personnages qui s'avère assez prenante sur la longueur. Cela dit, on regrettera aussi quelques pépins techniques limitant un peu le plaisir de jeu comme des temps de chargement fréquents et longuets couplés à une interface du même acabit qui cassent le rythme de l'action. Pas de quoi crier au scandale non plus, cela dit, et les vieux fans des mutants de Marvel pourront se procurer ce titre sans prendre trop de risques.
Once I had spent a further five and twenty minutes making my way through much of the material’s opening, I found nothing more than a dreary imitation of such advancers of the medium as Kingdom Hearts and its kin. An X-Men film license masquerading itself as simply a broad sterilisation and amalgamation of all that is average and tawdry in the genre. In finding this, I proceeded to construct a parody, rather wittingly basing it on a poem which bears similar nomenclature to the company of its production, though it does little justice to the genius of the original work.