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Platform Votes Score
GameCube 7 3.6
PlayStation 2 11 3.5
PSP 5 3.2
Windows 9 2.7
Xbox 7 3.6
Combined User Score 39 3.3


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PSPGaming Age (Sep, 2005)
Finally the last difference is if you want to go over the game with a fine tooth comb, you'll see that some of the geometry of the models have been reduced and more noticeably several textures have been reduced in quality in order for the game to fit into RAM. Despite that, given the small screen, and that areas like ground textures usually still look good, it's hardly a distraction.
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Xbox1UP (Oct 11, 2005)
With the superb The Incredible Hulk, the fun Ultimate Spider-Man and even surprisingly accessible The Fantastic Four, 2005 has been a great year for Marvel superhero games. But X-Men Legends II gets the crown.
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XboxInto Liquid Sky (2005)
If you loved the previous one, X-Men Legends II is a fine step up and well worth your money. Raven has addressed a lot of the complaints from the first game without taking away from what made the game work so well. With tons of items to collect, including unlockable characters, and some excellent co-op play, this game may be the best the X-Men have to offer this generation.
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XboxGaming Age (Oct 12, 2005)
There's quite a bit of replay value involved, primarily when trying to get the three hidden characters unlocked. One of which you'll unlock only by obtaining and completing all the danger room exercises. Along with that, the game contains quite a few comic covers and concept art that can be found throughout all the levels. Combine that with co-op play either online or off, and X-Men Legends 2 will have a pretty long life inside your system of choice. I definitely suggest picking it up, primarily if you were a fan of the first one, or a fan of the X-Men in general.
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PlayStation 2GameZone (Oct 13, 2005)
One comic book franchise that has captivated many people thoughtout the years has been the X-Men. This franchise has spurred on at least two animated T.V. shows, games, cards, and various other items. Last year, X-Men Legends hit the gaming world and many people fell in love with this game instantly. Not only did you get to control some of the most powerful mutants known to mankind, but it also added a new RPG twist to the game. It was only a matter of time before a sequel would be produced and now that it is finally upon us is it as good as the original? Read on to find out!
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GameCubeRPGFan (Mar 25, 2006)
Despite its shortcomings, X-Men Legends is a great game. It's even better with friends. The game can be completed rather quickly (in less than 20 hours), but there are tons of unlockables to keep you playing well past 40 hours, such as secret characters, a Hard Mode, and the option to start a new game with your cleared save data. If you're looking for a fun game to play whenever your friends come over, this is it. It is without a doubt, the best X-Men game ever made.
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GameCubeGame Informer Magazine (Nov, 2005)
Overall, I offer the identical recommendation I did last year - this is pure fun that increases exponentially as you add more friends to the mix.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine (Nov, 2005)
Overall, I offer the identical recommendation I did last year - this is pure fun that increases exponentially as you add more friends to the mix.
90
XboxRPGFan (Mar 25, 2006)
Despite its shortcomings, X-Men Legends is a great game. It's even better with friends. The game can be completed rather quickly (in less than 20 hours), but there are tons of unlockables to keep you playing well past 40 hours, such as secret characters, a Hard Mode, and the option to start a new game with your cleared save data. If you're looking for a fun game to play whenever your friends come over, this is it. It is without a doubt, the best X-Men game ever made.
90
XboxKombo.com (Oct 21, 2005)
X-Men Legends II is an excellent gaming experience from start to finish that every gamer can truly appreciate. When you have a formula that works, all you have to do is tweak it to make it better. That's exactly what RavenSoft did, and the results will not disappoint fans of the series and will not hesitate to invite new fans into the fray.
90
XboxGameSpy (Sep 23, 2005)
There have been roughly a billion different X-Man games over the years and most of them have disappointed. Last year's X-Men Legends was an exception. It captured the essence of the wide range of characters and of the whole X-Men concept and distilled it into a well-received game. This time around, Raven Software beefed up things in just about every department and the result is a game that will wow fans of the first game and probably earn some converts to the series. Things just keep getting better for the Marvel Universe. Excelsior!
90
XboxMS Xbox World (2005)
Still, minor (and understandable) technical complaints aside, this is a gem of an Xbox game. Just like X-Men Legends, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is a must-own for any X-Men fan, hell, for any Marvel fan. With nearly every aspect improved, Xbox Live play, and so much to unlock and enjoy, Raven succeeded in bringing true believers everything they could have asked for in a sequel. Excelsior!
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WindowsDreamStation.cc (Dec 05, 2005)
Overall X-Men Legends II is a lot of fun to play in single player and multiplayer modes. The length and depth of the story keep the game playable for a very longtime. In addition the amount of un-lockable items will keep X-men gamers interested. The vast amount of characters that are playable and non-playable characters should appeal to all X-men fans. This would be a good addition to anyone's game collection.
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GameCubeDreamStation.cc (Dec 05, 2005)
Overall X-Men Legends II is a lot of fun to play in single player and multiplayer modes. The length and depth of the story keep the game playable for a very longtime. In addition the amount of un-lockable items will keep X-men gamers interested. The vast amount of characters that are playable and non-playable characters should appeal to all X-men fans. This would be a good addition to anyone's game collection.
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PSPGame Informer Magazine (Dec, 2005)
Pay attention. I don’t have a lot of space here, and this is important. Take three of your PSPwielding friends and each of you find a copy of this game. Wirelessly connect by ad hoc if you’re all close by, or find a wireless location and go online. Play through the mammoth multiplayer-enabled campaign, and don’t forget to check out the extra characters or the new flashback comic book-based missions that you couldn’t get in the console release. Revel in the pixel-perfect CG and destructive, slowdown-free gameplay. You can thank me later.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Nov, 2005)
What can I say? X-Men Legends was one of my favorite games last year, and the sequel manages to walk that fine line of keeping everything that made the first game great while simultaneously excising almost all of the petty problems and frustrations. Not content to just eliminate those missteps, Raven has upped the ante with a larger game, more powers, and the big kicker of online play. It is, quite frankly, one of the best console multiplayer games available, and still manages to please X-Men fans in all the ways that matter.
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WindowsGameZone (Oct 21, 2005)
For decades, Marvel Comics has thrilled us with a dazzling array of astonishing characters known as Mutants. If you bundle up a group of them and introduce a wheelchair-bound Master of the Mind named Professor X, you get the Uncanny X-Men. While saving the Earth on a daily basis, they must battle some baddies (the Brotherhood) that are equally as mutated, but steered in the opposite moral direction - under the watchful eye of Magneto. However, if something were to happen and they had to join forces for the better good and a common enemy, you'd get X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse.
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WindowsGaming Nexus (Dec 09, 2005)
I never had the pleasure of experiencing the first game, but from what I’ve seen of the sequel, this series just keeps getting better. Activision and Raven have outdone themselves again.
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GameCube1UP (Oct 11, 2005)
I can't say I'll be going online much, but I'm really glad to see it as a big addition in XML2. I've played coop and melee on a broadband connection and saw only the slightest lag...hiccups really. Not much more to say here except that playing coop is not only a fast way to get through the game, it's a more natural way. After all, XML2 is at its core a team-driven game and playing alongside other people just makes sense.
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PSPGameZone (Oct 28, 2005)
X-Men Legends II is a great continuation of the original hit game, and makes the transition to the portable gaming realm very nicely. Check it out if you are a comic fan or a lover of deep and engaging action-RPGs.
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PlayStation 2GamePro (US) (Jan 25, 2006)
Raven Software developed one of the only truly good X-Men games, and now they're looking to trump that achievement with a new and improved sequel to last year's mega-hit. While still hewing closely to the first game's general design, Raven has made some minor tweaks and adjustments in an effort to smooth out the rough patches. Fans of the X-Men are in for some seriously jubilant rejoicing, for their king has returned.
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PlayStation 21UP (Oct 11, 2005)
I can't say I'll be going online much, but I'm really glad to see it as a big addition in XML2. I've played coop and melee on a broadband connection and saw only the slightest lag...hiccups really. Not much more to say here except that playing coop is not only a fast way to get through the game, it's a more natural way. After all, XML2 is at its core a team-driven game and playing alongside other people just makes sense.
90
PlayStation 2GameSpy (Sep 23, 2005)
There have been roughly a billion different X-Men games over the years and most of them have disappointed. Last year's X-Men Legends was an exception. It captured the essence of the wide range of characters and of the whole X-Men concept and distilled it into a well-received game. This time around, Raven Software beefed up things in just about every department and the result is a game that will wow fans of the first game and probably earn some converts to the series. Things just keep getting better for the Marvel Universe. Excelsior!
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Xbox4Players.de (Oct 24, 2005)
X-Men Legends II macht genau da weiter, wo die ersten Legenden aufgehört haben – und setzt noch eins drauf: Nahezu alle Kritikpunkte des Vorgängers (mit Ausnahme der Kameraführung) wurden ausgemerzt und die paar neuen Mini-Mankos schaffen es nicht ernsthaft, den Spielspaß ins Wanken zu bringen. Grafisch gelungen, spielerisch durchdacht, mit einer satten Story unterlegt und mit Ausnahme des GameCube endlich auch online spielbar, können sich alle Fans der X-Men auf ein forderndes und stets motivierendes Action-RPG freuen, das nahezu konkurrenzlos an die Spitze stürmt. Vor allem für PC-User ist der Kampf gegen Apocalypse mehr als interessant, da sie zum einen den ersten Ausflug der X-Men noch aussitzen mussten und zum anderen zusätzliche Inhalte bekommen. Egal ob solo oder zu viert, ob off- oder online: X-Men Legends II ist ein Freudenfest für Fans unkomplizierter, aber durchweg motivierender Dungeon-Hacks.
89
PlayStation 24Players.de (Oct 24, 2005)
X-Men Legends II macht genau da weiter, wo die ersten Legenden aufgehört haben – und setzt noch eins drauf: Nahezu alle Kritikpunkte des Vorgängers (mit Ausnahme der Kameraführung) wurden ausgemerzt und die paar neuen Mini-Mankos schaffen es nicht ernsthaft, den Spielspaß ins Wanken zu bringen. Grafisch gelungen, spielerisch durchdacht, mit einer satten Story unterlegt und mit Ausnahme des GameCube endlich auch online spielbar, können sich alle Fans der X-Men auf ein forderndes und stets motivierendes Action-RPG freuen, das nahezu konkurrenzlos an die Spitze stürmt. Vor allem für PC-User ist der Kampf gegen Apocalypse mehr als interessant, da sie zum einen den ersten Ausflug der X-Men noch aussitzen mussten und zum anderen zusätzliche Inhalte bekommen. Egal ob solo oder zu viert, ob off- oder online: X-Men Legends II ist ein Freudenfest für Fans unkomplizierter, aber durchweg motivierender Dungeon-Hacks.
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Windows4Players.de (Oct 24, 2005)
X-Men Legends II macht genau da weiter, wo die ersten Legenden aufgehört haben – und setzt noch eins drauf: Nahezu alle Kritikpunkte des Vorgängers (mit Ausnahme der Kameraführung) wurden ausgemerzt und die paar neuen Mini-Mankos schaffen es nicht ernsthaft, den Spielspaß ins Wanken zu bringen. Grafisch gelungen, spielerisch durchdacht, mit einer satten Story unterlegt und mit Ausnahme des GameCube endlich auch online spielbar, können sich alle Fans der X-Men auf ein forderndes und stets motivierendes Action-RPG freuen, das nahezu konkurrenzlos an die Spitze stürmt. Vor allem für PC-User ist der Kampf gegen Apocalypse mehr als interessant, da sie zum einen den ersten Ausflug der X-Men noch aussitzen mussten und zum anderen zusätzliche Inhalte bekommen. Egal ob solo oder zu viert, ob off- oder online: X-Men Legends II ist ein Freudenfest für Fans unkomplizierter, aber durchweg motivierender Dungeon-Hacks.
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XboxGameZone (Oct 10, 2005)
You don’t have to be a fan of the comic book to enjoy this unique and wonderfully addictive game that manages to cram in all the things you could ask for in an action RPG. For fans of the X-Men or role-playing games in general, this one is destined to become a fan favorite so do not hesitate to buy this one right away.
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XboxTeamXbox (Sep 20, 2005)
The online multiplayer cooperative play is a blast and something Raven wasn’t about to deny us a second time. If you are still wondering if there is any life left in the Xbox before the launch of the Xbox 360, I invite you to pick up a copy of X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse and sit back and enjoy the mutant superpowers that are at your fingertips.
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XboxPGNx Media (Sep 24, 2005)
X-Men Legends II isn’t a drastic improvement over the first game, but it is definitely an improvement and ultimately a fun game. In addition to the lengthy single-player mode, the cooperative mode adds many hours to the game. This isn’t even mentioning that the single-player mode has a high replay value since you can easily go through to the game with another set and enjoy yourself. Overall, X-Men Legends II is definitely recommended.
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PSPDefunct Games (Nov 18, 2005)
Regardless of whether you're a fan of the X-Men or not, Rise of Apocalypse is a fun game that will have you glued to your PSP for dozens of hours. It may get a little repetitive towards the end, have some slow down problems, and have an interface from hell, but even if some faults this ends up being one hell of a great handheld experience. With online play it's easy to see how people could still be interested in this long after they've beaten Apocalypse. Not only is X-Men Legends 2 a great RPG, but I dare say it's best on the PlayStation Portable. If you still haven't experienced this adventure then this is the version for you.
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WindowsPGNx Media (Sep 24, 2005)
Raven Software attempts to deliver another solid action RPG. Last year, Raven Software surprised the gaming public with an incredibly well-put together game based on the X-Men franchise. X-Men Legends was quite enjoyed, prompting Activision to greenlight a sequel which we’re seeing about a year later. X-Men Legends II doesn’t stray far from the formula established by the first game but remains a compelling game nonetheless.
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GameCubePGNx Media (Sep 24, 2005)
X-Men Legends II isn’t a drastic improvement over the first game, but it is definitely an improvement and ultimately a fun game. In addition to the lengthy single-player mode, the cooperative mode adds many hours to the game. This isn’t even mentioning that the single-player mode has a high replay value since you can easily go through to the game with another set and enjoy yourself. Overall, X-Men Legends II is definitely recommended.
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PSPGame Chronicles (Jan 08, 2005)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is one of the most amazing action-RPG’s of the holiday season. Whether you are a hardcore X-Men fan, an RPG-lover, a single-player, or a multiplayer, this game has something to offer everyone, and with more than 70 branching levels and over 100 potential hours of gameplay, there is a whole lot of X-Men and Brotherhood action just waiting for you to explore.
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PSPKombo.com (Dec 01, 2005)
The sheer amount of stuff packed into this UMD disc is really worth the purchase price. My only real problem is with the load times. Performance issues of this sort mar an otherwise excellent PSP game. If you’re looking for a really dense yet enjoyable game with tons of high quality content, XMLII is it. If you're a Marvel fan who also owns a PSP - shouldn't you already have this game?
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WindowsGame Chronicles (Sep 27, 2005)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is another stellar addition to any comic book fan’s realm of Geekdom. Not only that, but it is also a very solid game, that improved upon it’s earlier design with new powers, online co-op, and the immense collection of playable characters. With sharp graphics, a wealth of rich dialogue, and simplistic, yet fun gameplay, this title will surely skyrocket up the bestseller charts.
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XboxGame Chronicles (Sep 21, 2005)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is one of the most amazing action-RPG’s of the holiday season. Whether you are a hardcore X-Men fan, an RPG-lover, a single-player, or a multiplayer, this game has something to offer everyone, and with more than 70 branching levels and over 100 potential hours of gameplay, there is a whole lot of X-Men and Brotherhood action just waiting for you to explore.
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GameCubeGame Freaks 365 (2005)
The only problems I really had with the game is that all but 3 characters are unlocked from the get go, the characters you do unlock are obtained at the very end of the game, and 2 of them don't take much effort to get. There also aren't many places for you to actually level yourself up. Not that the game is uber hard or anything, but it'd be nice to be able to pick up new skills and upgrades a bit easier. Which is fine, considering that the game isn't all that hard the first time around (yes, that's a gripe also). Either way, this game was a lot better than the first, and that says a lot.
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WindowsGame Freaks 365 (2005)
The only problems I really had with the game is that all but 3 characters are unlocked from the get go, the characters you do unlock are obtained at the very end of the game, and 2 of them don't take much effort to get. There also aren't many places for you to actually level yourself up. Not that the game is uber hard or anything, but it'd be nice to be able to pick up new skills and upgrades a bit easier. Which is fine, considering that the game isn't all that hard the first time around (yes, that's a gripe also). Either way, this game was a lot better than the first, and that says a lot.
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WindowsFiringSquad (Nov 10, 2005)
X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse aims to address the shortcomings of its direct predecessor. The original was a console-only release that featured rather standard character archetypes instead of unique powers and was often criticized for having a narrow perspective. We can’t, unfortunately, say that the viewable area has improved much in the sequel but character design has changed significantly.
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WindowsGamingExcellence (Dec 15, 2005)
X-Men Legends II does what every sequel tries so hard to achieve; change and tweak enough to make the game better, but provide enough new content to make the whole experience seem fresh. The only thing I can say to that is simply that Legends II is a much better game then the first and every gamer, regardless of their comic book knowledge, should grab this one and experience all that it has to offer. Many have tried to make a cohesive game with one superhero and failed miserably. Activision and Raven Software happily give you dozens of unique mutants to toy around with and pull it off (again) with ease.
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PlayStation 2Next Level Gaming (Sep 22, 2005)
Ahhh, the X-Men. As much as I know about Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man, my knowledge of all the X-Men is not nearly as good. I wasn't huge into the comics like many people were, but the movies were of course fantastic. Yes, I am sorry to say that is where I base the bulk of my knowledge of the X-Men. But I know enough now to see just how cool they are. And enough to get excited about all the X-Men video games that I have been able to play over the years. They've been in the arcade, on older consoles and the PC. Some have been really good, and some have been just so-so. Activision has had the license for sometime now and through the good and the so-so they have continued to try and find new and innovative ways to use the license.
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GameCube4Players.de (Oct 24, 2005)
X-Men Legends II macht genau da weiter, wo die ersten Legenden aufgehört haben – und setzt noch eins drauf: Nahezu alle Kritikpunkte des Vorgängers (mit Ausnahme der Kameraführung) wurden ausgemerzt und die paar neuen Mini-Mankos schaffen es nicht ernsthaft, den Spielspaß ins Wanken zu bringen. Grafisch gelungen, spielerisch durchdacht, mit einer satten Story unterlegt und mit Ausnahme des GameCube endlich auch online spielbar, können sich alle Fans der X-Men auf ein forderndes und stets motivierendes Action-RPG freuen, das nahezu konkurrenzlos an die Spitze stürmt. Vor allem für PC-User ist der Kampf gegen Apocalypse mehr als interessant, da sie zum einen den ersten Ausflug der X-Men noch aussitzen mussten und zum anderen zusätzliche Inhalte bekommen. Egal ob solo oder zu viert, ob off- oder online: X-Men Legends II ist ein Freudenfest für Fans unkomplizierter, aber durchweg motivierender Dungeon-Hacks.
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PSP4Players.de (Dec 18, 2005)
Vicarious Visions hat mit der Umsetzung des bereits auf Stationär-Systemen Award-prämierten X-Men Legends II ganze Arbeit geleistet. Abgesehen von kleinen technischen Mängeln wie PSP-üblichen Ladezeiten, sporadischer Ruckler bzw. Slowdowns sowie Lags im WiFi-Modus machen die Abenteuer der X-Men für unterwegs genau so viel Spaß wie die anderen Versionen und haben sich den Award redlich verdient. Mit neun exklusiven Missionen und vier neuen spielbaren Helden wird die PSP-Fassung zusätzlich veredelt. Fans von Dungeon Hacks, die Activision bei Untold Legends noch leicht verflucht haben, werden jetzt eine Lobeshymne auf den Publisher anstimmen. Viel besser dürften Action-RPGs auf der PSP nicht mehr werden.
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PlayStation 2Digital Entertainment News (den) (Nov 07, 2005)
Typically, RPGs take a long, long time to develop. Even once the engine is built and the first game fills it out, it just takes a really long time to build each game, even if you only make minor tweaks to the game engine for the sequel. So when Activision announced X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse would be available almost a year to the day after the first was released, it was cause for concern. Would the game be a rush-to-market job? Would it have most of the same bugs as the previous title? Would it play more like X-Men Legends 1.5 instead of a full sequel? Happily, except in the minor details, none of those worst fears were realized.
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XboxXBox Evolved (Oct 30, 2005)
I still miss some of my favorite X-men that appeared in the original such as Emma Frost, Psylocke and Beast. Though their loss isn’t one that is sorely missed, I’d love to have seen Raven round out the roster with at least an even twenty mutants and have a few more unlockable rather then give the gamers everything right off the bat. Gameplay pretty much remains the same but the presentation is ten times better. Not a dramatic improvement overall though, but if you are a fan of the series (X-men that is), RPGs, or just need a new game for the Xbox (not too many currently releasing that are ‘AAA’), I suggest you pick up X-Men Legends II.
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X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse is a solid sequel to a solid debut...it makes smart, incremental changes to the gameplay without messing with what made it work so well. The storyline is great, the variety of characters is excellent, and the inclusion of Xbox Live co-op is just what fans were clamouring for. There's been quite a lot of fine-tuning done to the game, but nothing has really changed dramatically, and if you didn't like the first game, there's probably nothing here that'll change your mind. Nevertheless, Rise of Apocalypse is an outstanding hack'n'slash action-RPG, so if you're looking for a fix, you could do a lot worse than this x-cellent game!
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XboxIGN (Sep 21, 2005)
Raven doesn't lose sight of its fans, either. This game is hopping with cool Marvel characters, NPCs cameos, and the ability to change outfits, strap on hundreds of gear types, and more. It's a giant treasure chest of X-Men goodness including unlockable comic book covers, art, screens, movies, and more. It's easily one of the top ranking comic books games of the year.
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XboxGame Over Online (Oct 24, 2005)
X-Men Legends II is definitely a title worth players’ time, even with the minor annoyances. There is a great deal of fun to be had controlling the X-Men in such detail with your best bud, and configuring your parties with different characters really adds to the “longer lasting” flavor of the game as a whole. If Raven and Activision decide to continue the franchise, they should be able to iron out some of the game’s minor problems and really deliver a repulser-ray power blast of a game on the next-gen hardware. In the meantime, however, X-Men Legends II more than pays for its fifty-dollar price tag by delivering hours of mutant melee mania.
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XboxDreamStation.cc (Jan 13, 2006)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is a great single player game or when played with your mutant friends. Xbox Live adds to the replay value and your social skills. The soundtrack adds to the environment, as well as the slight cell shaded graphics. The only beef is some weird camera angles at times. If you like the X-Men or were into Dark Alliances, you will really enjoy this game.
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WindowsIGN (Sep 21, 2005)
In classic sequel tradition, Raven Software has made the action RPG, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, the game that X-Men Legends should have been. It's got four-player online co-op, it's got tons of playable characters including a healthy range of X-men and the Brotherhood of Evil, and it's bigger, more interactive, and it's re-organized for more efficient team-based leveling up.
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GameCubeGame Chronicles (Sep 21, 2005)
If you enjoyed X-Men Legends, you need to drop what you're doing right now and go get X-Men Legends II. The game takes everything done right in the first game and does it better. The story is just as compelling if not better, and being able to mix the Brotherhood with the X-Men is over the top of cool. Almost all the complaints from the first game have been successfully addressed, and some new features make this game an even more compelling experience.
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PSPGame Over Online (Nov 10, 2005)
Technical glitches aside, this is an excellent port of the console title that doesn't cut any corners with the story or a number of the features in the game, which is a feat in and of itself. Plus, the additional exclusive characters further boost a title that already has tons of replayability. This is perhaps the title that will prove that action RPGs can work on the PSP, and comic book fans will enjoy taking their favorite heroes and villains on the go for some serious beat 'em up portability.
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PlayStation 2IGN (Sep 21, 2005)
In the grand scheme of things, nothing major has changed here. Rise of Apocalypse is pure, familiar, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance-style dungeon crawling. The cool thing, however, is it's X-Men dungeon crawling. Which makes it different and refreshing in a very real sense; there are no orcs, elves, gnomes, or anything remotely D&D about the characters (though I admit, there are still quite a few caves). Instead it's all crazy X-Men madness. You and three AI team members (or, now, three other online buddies) huddle, enter environments, and proceed to bash the living daylights out of everything that moves. Sure, you collect stuff, find gear (belts, armor and gloves), upgrade and customize your characters. But it's all in the game of improving your hacking and slashing skills.
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Overall X-Men Legends II is quite enjoyable. There’s a lot of enjoyable gameplay for action-RPG fans here, and X-Men fans will really appreciate the game’s close ties to the X-Men universe. The game’s few shortcomings don’t really get in the way of a good time, but it will take a little more tweaking before the game would achieve “legendary” status. On the downside, the game can suffer from the same repetitive feeling inherent in games of this nature. In short, if you liked X-Men Legends you’ll love X-Men Legends II and if you missed that game then Legends II is well worth a look.
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PlayStation 2Playzone (Nov 14, 2005)
So muss eine gelungene Fortsetzung aussehen! Dank zahlreicher Detailverbesserungen, vergrößerten Umfangs und schickerer Optik macht X-Men Legends II deutlich mehr Spaß als der Vorgänger. Erfreulich ist zudem, dass man sich diesmal auch online durch die Hauptkampagne und diverse Mehrspieler-Modi kämpfen kann. Ebenfalls lobenswert: Durch Umstellung der Konsole kommt man in den Genuss der englischen Sprachausgabe, die wie so oft um Längen besser ist als das deutsche Pendant. Wer sich für X-Men-Spiele oder Action-Rollenspiele im Allgemeinen interessiert, bekommt hier auf jeden Fall enorm viel für sein Geld geboten und sollte unbedingt zugreifen. Bleibt nur noch zu hoffen, dass ein möglicher dritter Teil endlich komplett ruckelfrei wird.
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PSPGameSpot (Oct 20, 2005)
Overall, X-Men Legends II is a lengthy and fun adventure that anyone with a PSP and an interest in superheroes or beat-'em-up games will certainly enjoy. It doesn't do anything new or groundbreaking in terms of gameplay mechanics, but the cast of characters and the story are more than enough to make it worth playing. The game takes about 20 hours to finish, but when you do, you can play it again on a different difficulty setting.
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PSPIGN (Oct 25, 2005)
Everything that was successfully implemented in the first game is back and better than ever. The PSP version deserves even more praise for a number of reasons. X-Men Legends 2 feels like it was made for the PSP. This style of dungeon crawler is ideal for quick bursts of action on a handheld and the addition of four player co-op sweetens the pot. If only the PSP could receive some original content and overcome its slight technical failings, titles like these would go from impressive to great.
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Windows2404.org PC Gaming (Oct 18, 2005)
X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse (ROA) is a unique game to review. I played X-Men Legends on my X-Box, but they never released a PC version of Legends . While this means that Legends 2 is a sequel, I have nothing to compare it to on this platform. Still, I cannot help but compare the game to the original, at least a little bit.
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XboxArmchair Empire, The (Nov 21, 2005)
In the end, if you're into action/RPGs or the X-Men, X-Mem Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse should be on your wish list for Christmas. It's just about everything a fan could want even if it's more popcorn than a "serious" RPG.
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XboxWorth Playing (Oct 21, 2005)
If you weren't a fan of the first X-Men Legends despite how many people told you that you should have been (don't worry, I feel your pain), if you were, or even if you missed the first one, fear not, because this new installment is solid. Fetch-quests and sometimes tedious level-grinding aside, Raven Software has refined and polished their product to a shiny sheen, and you should reward them for it with your money.
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PSPGame Shark (Nov 15, 2005)
In the end X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is one of the best games this year for the PSP and one of the only solid RPG experiences out there right now. If you love the X-Men, or decent action RPG's than you owe it to yourself to give this game a shot - and if you're a gamer on the go then this game is even more of a perfect fit for you. Buy it or rent it today!
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GameCubeN-Zone (Jan 03, 2006)
Man merkt dem Titel durchaus an, dass sich die Entwickler Gedanken gemacht haben. Rise of Apocalypse wirkt in spielerischer Hinsicht durch die Detailverbesserungen ausgereifter als der Vorgänger. Besonders erwähnenswert ist der sehr gut gelungene Mehrspieler-Part. Optisch ist zwar ebenfalls ein Schritt nach vorne zu bemerken, der aber durch häufiges und auf Dauer störendes Ruckeln nur bedingt positiv ausfällt. Wem Baldur´s Gate schon gefallen hat, der kann zugreifen. Comic-Fans sind jedoch im Vorteil.
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WindowsUGO (UnderGroundOnline) (Sep 29, 2005)
Fans of the first X-Men Legends (or just fans of the series), will find a lot to like in X-Men Legends II. Sure, the visuals aren't exactly groundbreaking, the gameplay isn't all that different and there are some voice-acting issues, but considering that the first game was solid to begin with, some minor upgrades were all we really needed. If you're looking for a quick and fun hack-and-slash RPG with plenty of backstory and more mutants than a traveling freakshow, you'd do well to pick this one up.
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WindowsArmchair Empire, The (Nov 03, 2005)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse fits firmly into the action/RPG genre along with the likes of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, Dungeon Siege II, and The Bard's Tale and acts a perfect follow-up to last years (console exclusive) original by offering a great mix of "more of the same" and some new additions, like the ability to utilize members of The Brotherhood -- the evil counterpart of the goodie-goodie X-Men.
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GameCube64 Power / big.N / N Games (Dec, 2005)
Bisschen überarbeitet, ansonsten: War gut, bleibt gut.
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WindowsActionTrip (Sep 30, 2005)
X-Men 2: Legends: Rise of Apocalypse is not a game without its faults. Its strong sides outweigh anything negative I could say about it, however, and it's clear that Raven has put a lot of effort into it. Once you are done with the single-player campaign, you can hop on online and play with your buddies. The sequel is not extraordinary in any way, but it is bigger than the original in almost every way. X-Men fans will surely like it and I even recommend the game to action RPG fans who are unfamiliar with the X-Men mythos. The first game already managed to convert one action RPG guy to the mutant side - me.
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WindowsVGPub (Oct 18, 2005)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is a very good game, but it?s easy to point out aspects that could be better. If you?re a fan of the comics, you should definitely consider picking it up, but unless you have a compelling reason to get the PC game, I?d recommend the console versions instead. The Legends series continues to be above average. Here?s hoping future entries will be improved further.
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XboxGameSpot (Sep 21, 2005)
Overall, X-Men Legends II is a definite step up from its predecessor. It doesn't do anything new or groundbreaking in terms of gameplay mechanics, but the cast of characters and the story are more than enough to make it worth playing. The game takes about 25 hours to finish, but when you do, you can play again on a different difficulty setting. Better yet, you can try playing through with a new combination of characters to see which combos work best. Even if you're only a passing fan of the comic book series, and even if you've already played the first game to death, you'll have a lot of fun with X-Men Legends II.
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WindowsGameSpot (Sep 21, 2005)
A good game plays by a set of clearly defined rules; a great game gives you plenty of clever opportunities to break those rules. X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse breaks the rules by letting you create an unlikely mutant dream team of heroes and villains from a cast of characters that includes the legendary X-Men as well as Magneto’s sinister band, the Brotherhood. In most respects, the game doesn’t differ much from the first title in the series; but the novelty of teaming up the good guys and bad guys to go after the really bad guys is enough to make this game enjoyable in its own right.
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GameCubeGameSpot (Sep 21, 2005)
Overall, X-Men Legends II is a definite step up from its predecessor. It doesn't do anything new or groundbreaking in terms of gameplay mechanics, but the cast of characters and the story are more than enough to make it worth playing. The game takes about 25 hours to finish, but when you do, you can play again on a different difficulty setting. Better yet, you can try playing through with a new combination of characters to see which combos work best. Even if you're only a passing fan of the comic book series, and even if you've already played the first game to death, you'll have a lot of fun with X-Men Legends II.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot (Sep 21, 2005)
When playing the game single-player, all but one of the members of your party will be artificial intelligence-controlled. It isn't as bad as it sounds, though, because here you can customize the AI by setting parameters for aggressiveness, primary moves, and when to heal. Each character can be programmed individually, so you can have Cyclops and Iceman hang back and use ranged attacks while Wolverine and Juggernaut go in and tear things up. Even with these options, the AI isn't brilliant or anything, but it usually stays out of the way.
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XboxDiehard GameFan (Sep 28, 2005)
This game is a ton of fun, especially if you can get some friends to come over for a solid play session. It’s not quite crack on a stick, but it’s pretty damn close. Especially for fans of the comic book, or comic books in general. The storyline is also incredibly absorbing and moves along at a brisk pace. It will develop and expand even while you are in the middle of an area, and it really helps to make you feel like you are making progress. And once you start gaining powers and really seeing your team come into their own, you’ll just want to play that much more.
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PlayStation 2HonestGamers (Oct 10, 2013)
Still, I found X-Men Legends II to be one of the more enjoyable superhero games that I've played. You get a large group of characters to choose from, they all have many diverse attacks and passive skills, there are plenty of notable villains to fight and a decent number of secrets to scour each level to find. Diehard comic fans would probably have a blast experimenting with each character and putting together custom teams to do things such as access optional boss dialogue (for things like having Wolverine in your party when you meet Lady Deathstrike), but there's plenty of entertainment here for anyone who's a fan of building up character to unleash all sorts of attacks on hordes of adversaries.
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PSPPower Unlimited (Feb, 2006)
Erg simpel, doeltreffend maar bovenal helemaal geschikt voor die korte reisjes..
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PlayStation 2UOL Jogos (Oct 04, 2005)
O primeiro "X-Men Legends" é um jogo competente, com boas idéias, mas, inexplicavelmente, não tinha o recurso das partidas online. A continuação repara essa falha e traz ajustes que melhoram a experiência do game, como novos personagens e mais golpes. Apesar de não ser nenhum título genial, a produtora conseguiu uma boa química com a mistura de personagens conhecidos e um sistema de jogo consagrado.
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XboxGame Critics (Dec 28, 2005)
All that being said, Rise of Apocalypse is a good game that will give gamers roughly twenty hours of offline entertainment and countless more online with friends. My biggest beef remains the fact that the game feels more like an expansion of last year's title as opposed to a new experience—however, I can't fault the game for that since it's becoming something of an industry standard. I will say this, though— those who'veplayed last year's X-Men Legends have essentially played this year's game as well. The addition of online play is excellent, but everything else is just as it was last year—which makes it hard to justify spending $50 on it. If you missed last year's game though, or are just a hardcore comic fan with a hankering to kick butt with people online, then Rise of Apocalypse is definitely something to put on your holiday wishlist.
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XboxWham! gaming (Oct 28, 2005)
While the special attacks, diverse settings and guest-star appearances by other notable comic book heroes and villains such as Iron Man, Kazar and Lady Deathstrike will thrill any Marvel Comics fan, it is the intriguing storyline that will compel players to press on with this title. Apocalypse's master plan is doled out in small doses with every reveal generating more and more questions about what the heck old prune face could be up to. There is an assortment of plot twists too that provide surprise after surprise as you continue forth. If nothing else, 'X-Men Legends 2' is a well-crafted and executed storyline that gets progressively intriguing the more time you spend playing it.
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XboxEurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 28, 2005)
Raven know what their fans want, and this time, they've delivered. It's a gaping chasm of Comic Book joy, filled to brimming with great characters, unlockables, collectibles and some top-notch mutant-oriented RPG action. It is, in short, one of the best comic book adaptations in quite some while, and if you are an RPG fan or a Comic Book fan, you'd be remiss not to take this to your heart.
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Promising at least 20 hours plus gameplay (not including the multiplayer facets) is nothing to sneeze at. X-Men Legends 2 isn't miles away from the original which will please fans of the first game undoubtedly. Extra costumes and more playable characters as well as three difficulty levels will ensure subsequent playthroughs are equally as entertaining. XL2 is a solid, well put together game that is sure to have mutant-lovers everywhere firing up their favorite system in a bid to save the world.
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XboxGamer 2.0 (Sep 26, 2005)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is solid fun, assuming you loved the first, and the addition of co-op play makes for a lasting value. If you’ve had your fill of action RPG’s, it might taste a little stale, but that’s not enough for us to withhold a recommendation. Play Legends II and enjoy it for what it is: a good action game with enough cool powers and personalities to gratify anyone’s X-Men fix.
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WindowsUOL Jogos (Oct 04, 2005)
O primeiro "X-Men Legends" é um jogo competente, com boas idéias, mas, inexplicavelmente, não tinha o recurso das partidas online. A continuação repara essa falha e traz ajustes que melhoram a experiência do game, como novos personagens e mais golpes. Apesar de não ser nenhum título genial, a produtora conseguiu uma boa química com a mistura de personagens conhecidos e um sistema de jogo consagrado.
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WindowsPlayback (Dec, 2005)
Gra spodobała mi się. Nie była bardzo hucznie zapowiadana, a okazało się, że pod płaszczykiem niepewności jaką się okryła po pierwszych wzmiankach, krył się tytuł wyjątkowy i wciągający. O ile w poprzednim numerze naciągnąłem trochę ocenę Ultimate Spider-Mana, to dziś z czystym sumieniem przyznaję grze uczciwe cztery i pół. Polecam!
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PSPGameCell UK (2005)
Minor gripes aside, this is yet another top PSP game that you’d do well to check out, even if the RPG element might have put you off initially. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is an instantly playable game with some real depth, and does both the legendary series and the genre justice.
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Windows1UP (Nov 09, 2005)
In the interest of full disclosure, let me say this: More often than not, Marvel's X-Men comic-book franchise leaves a bad taste in my mouth. With somewhere in the ballpark of 15 X-Men books and spin-offs hitting the shelves every month (many poorly written and apt to retread the same ground ad nauseam), the whole concept of these mutant outcasts is sadly diluted. But, bizarrely, every other medium that features these characters-from cartoons to films to games-treats them with an entirely different level of respect that the source material simply doesn't match. Activision's X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse continues the trend.
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XboxExtreme Gamer (Oct 31, 2005)
X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse keeps up with the original and gives gamers more of the same marvel experience. Teaming up the X-Men with the Brotherhood gives the player lots of choices while wrapping in the game around one of the best X-Men storylines of Apocalypse and his horesemen is awesome. If you haven't played an X-Men Legends game grab this one up you won't be disappointed.
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PlayStation 23DAvenue (Nov 13, 2005)
Activision's X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is undoubtedly a game that fits into the "yet another sequel" category, but thankfully it provides a greatly improved gaming experience to justify its existence. Yes, the roster's been updated -- and considerably increased -- and yes, it doesn't change much about the core mechanics of last year's Dark Alliance-esque X-Men Legends game. To use an incredibly over-used journalistic cliché, if you liked last year's game, you'll like this one, and if you didn't, you won't.
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WindowsGamer 2.0 (Sep 27, 2005)
We loved the original X-Men Legends, with its fresh take on the action-RPG and the gleeful button mashing that comes with the Diablo-style gameplay. Rise of Apocalypse delivers fans more of what they loved about the first game, and in every version but the Gamecube’s, it also supplies a satisfying new online co-op mode. Legend II’s 20 hours of pandemonium is fun, but it makes us wonder if more is always better. Die-hard X-Men fans and RPG-lite lovers will be pleased, but considering similar formulas in Fantastic Four and Champions of Norrath, we can’t help but feel a little unfulfilled. If you loved the original, or require the online play, feel free to pick up X-Men legends II; just don’t expect more than a continuation of the title you finished a year ago.
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WindowsCheat Code Central (Oct 06, 2005)
Promising at least 20 hours plus gameplay (not including the multiplayer facets) is nothing to sneeze at. X-Men Legends 2 isn't miles away from the original which will please fans of the first game undoubtedly. Extra costumes and more playable characters as well as three difficulty levels will ensure subsequent playthroughs are equally as entertaining. XL2 is a solid, well put together game that is sure to have mutant-lovers everywhere firing up their favorite system in a bid to save the world.
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WindowsGameSpy (Oct 11, 2005)
The first X-Men Legends game proved that, despite so many lackluster licensed titles, a popular franchise can actually be put to good use. When done right, that license can be an integral part of the whole experience, bringing all its character, energy, depth, and mythos into a new medium. Like its predecessor, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse does just that, and produces a great action-RPG that just wouldn't have been the same with any other cast.
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GameCubeGameSpy (Sep 23, 2005)
There have been roughly a billion different X-Men games over the years and most of them have disappointed. Last year's X-Men Legends was an exception. It captured the essence of the wide range of characters and of the whole X-Men concept and distilled it into a well-received game. This time around, Raven Software beefed up things in just about every department, and the result is a game that will wow fans of the first game and probably earn some converts to the series. Things just keep getting better for the Marvel Universe. Excelsior!
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PSPGameSpy (Oct 25, 2005)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse will definitely scratch the itch of those looking for the rare action/RPG for the system, and it'll delight all X-Men fanboys and girls. Graphically, it can be too impressive for its own good at times, and the online experience doesn't quite measure up to that of the consoles, but it does more than enough things right to make it worth a look.
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GameCubeIGN (Sep 21, 2005)
In classic sequel tradition, Raven Software has made the action RPG, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, the game that X-Men Legends should have been. It's got tons of playable characters including a healthy range of X-men and the Brotherhood of Evil, it's bigger and more interactive, and it's re-organized for more efficient team-based leveling up.
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PlayStation 2Yahoo! Games (Sep 26, 2005)
When it comes to making a sequel, there's a thin and sometimes indeterminate line between "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and "more of the same." X-Men Legends II perches precariously on this line. This isn't necessarily a criticism, since the original game was a superlative action RPG/dungeon crawler that also did a great job of giving the X-Men their due. It created the sense of a team of superheroes working together, it involved you in some nifty character advancement, and it had great support for cooperative hack-and-slash with up to three friends in your living room.
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XboxPlay.tm (Nov 15, 2005)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse could suitably have been named 'X-Men Legends II: More of the Same +', for that's what it offers. If you liked the first game then you're bound to relish the opportunity to do it all again with a fresh group of characters available and a load of new levels. Legends II is yet another example of how superhero games should be done, with over the top special effects, non-stop action and huge bosses. If you don't mind an underwhelming musical score and can put up with the oft confusing layout and loading times of the menu screens then there's nothing to say you won't enjoy the latest in a series that looks to have a bright future ahead of itself.
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XboxJolt (UK) (Nov 25, 2005)
X-Men Legends 2 is an entertaining title that’ll keep die-hard fans of the X-Men interested to a greater extent than those of us who have merely seen the films. Its simplicity is its strength, and its weakness – while traipsing around looking for annoyingly hidden items and backtracking is almost completely avoided, the limited direction of the game reduces its chances of holding your interest for long enough to play it all the way through. Nevertheless, those hours of fun you’ll get from it before getting bored certainly make it well worth a look.
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WindowsPC Powerplay (Nov, 2005)
Da die Gegnervielfalt innerhalb eines Aktes zu wünschen übrig lässt, wird mir das Geprügel auf Dauer zu fad. Kurzweiliger ist die Mutanten-Balgerei da schon mit Kollegen im kooperativen Mehrspielermodus. Wenn hier jeder seinen Charakter vernünftig spielt, dann macht X-Men Legends 2 nicht nur mehr Spaß, sondern die Missionen sind auch schneller zu bewältigen.
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WindowsJolt (UK) (Nov 25, 2005)
X-Men Legends 2 is an entertaining title that’ll keep die-hard fans of the X-Men interested to a greater extent than those of us who have merely seen the films. Its simplicity is its strength, and its weakness – while traipsing around looking for annoyingly hidden items and backtracking is almost completely avoided, the limited direction of the game reduces its chances of holding your interest for long enough to play it all the way through. Nevertheless, those hours of fun you’ll get from it before getting bored certainly make it well worth a look.
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GameCubeWorth Playing (Oct 25, 2005)
I have listed quite a few complains about X-Men Legends II in the course of this review, but I still find myself shoving those ideas aside and seeing the truth of the matter: This game is still fun. While I wouldn't dare touch the single player mode ever again, I will still enjoy multiplayer sessions with friends, and, no matter how easy the game is, we will still have fun. I do hope for an improved, focused sequel to this game, one that is more of an evolution from the original than the tweaked add-on that this version feels like. I will have fun with this nonetheless, and I will hold my tongue every time the game slows down or even freezes, because I would love to get back in to the fray and dig my adamantium claws into another few scores of the ranks of evil.
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PSPWorth Playing (Nov 30, 2005)
X-Men Legends II on the PSP is a remarkably faithful but also remarkably flawed version of a great party game. It's excellent for tuning everything out during a long road trip – and yes, this is tested with bitter experience – but you'll want to bring a car adaptor for your PSP. The only problem that this game really has is that it's imperfectly adapted for a portable console, so if you're going to get one version and you want to take it on the road… get this one. It'll save you some headaches.
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WindowsGameLemon (Jan 07, 2006)
In the end, if you think comics are for dorks and that a Garokk is something you get on your wang when you don't use adequate protection, well, I suppose you can go back to playing football and making out with girls, or whatever else it is you and your kind do when not administering wedgies or swirlies to people like me. If, though, you really liked the first X-Men Legends and you've always wondered what a battle with Gambit, Sunfire, the Scarlet Witch, and Bishop versus the Living Monolith would look like, this game is everything you could ever dream of in a sequel. And, on a side note, perhaps it's time you went outside and got a little sun.
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PSPGameLemon (Jan 07, 2006)
In the end, if you think comics are for dorks and that a Garokk is something you get on your wang when you don't use adequate protection, well, I suppose you can go back to playing football and making out with girls, or whatever else it is you and your kind do when not administering wedgies or swirlies to people like me. If, though, you really liked the first X-Men Legends and you've always wondered what a battle with Gambit, Sunfire, the Scarlet Witch, and Bishop versus the Living Monolith would look like, this game is everything you could ever dream of in a sequel. And, on a side note, perhaps it's time you went outside and got a little sun.
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GameCubeGameLemon (Jan 07, 2006)
In the end, if you think comics are for dorks and that a Garokk is something you get on your wang when you don't use adequate protection, well, I suppose you can go back to playing football and making out with girls, or whatever else it is you and your kind do when not administering wedgies or swirlies to people like me. If, though, you really liked the first X-Men Legends and you've always wondered what a battle with Gambit, Sunfire, the Scarlet Witch, and Bishop versus the Living Monolith would look like, this game is everything you could ever dream of in a sequel. And, on a side note, perhaps it's time you went outside and got a little sun.
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XboxGameLemon (Jan 07, 2006)
In the end, if you think comics are for dorks and that a Garokk is something you get on your wang when you don't use adequate protection, well, I suppose you can go back to playing football and making out with girls, or whatever else it is you and your kind do when not administering wedgies or swirlies to people like me. If, though, you really liked the first X-Men Legends and you've always wondered what a battle with Gambit, Sunfire, the Scarlet Witch, and Bishop versus the Living Monolith would look like, this game is everything you could ever dream of in a sequel. And, on a side note, perhaps it's time you went outside and got a little sun.
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PlayStation 2GameLemon (Jan 07, 2006)
In the end, if you think comics are for dorks and that a Garokk is something you get on your wang when you don't use adequate protection, well, I suppose you can go back to playing football and making out with girls, or whatever else it is you and your kind do when not administering wedgies or swirlies to people like me. If, though, you really liked the first X-Men Legends and you've always wondered what a battle with Gambit, Sunfire, the Scarlet Witch, and Bishop versus the Living Monolith would look like, this game is everything you could ever dream of in a sequel. And, on a side note, perhaps it's time you went outside and got a little sun.
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XboxMygamer.com (Jan 02, 2006)
Being the X-Fan I am, I really, really wanted to rate X-Men Legends II higher, especially considering how the X-Men are used in an original way here. Even though the core experience is enjoyable, there are too many little annoyances and omissions that pile up together to bring it down. Since X-Men Legends II is the second game in the series, such small flaws are all that much more noticeable. While the game is terrific, the X-Men really deserve better than a sequel that only makes small, checklist jumps in quality.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany) (Oct 24, 2005)
Mit Fäusten, Füßen und Spezialattacken nehmen Sie es mit dem Obermotz Apocalypse auf. Enge Klamotten, geschwellte Brust, stolzer Blick: Die Protagonisten aus X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse bestreiten bereits ihr zweites Action-Rollenspiel. Diesmal nicht nur auf Konsole, sondern auch auf dem PC. Der Entwickler: Raven Software (Quake 4).
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WindowsUSA Today (Oct 19, 2005)
What makes Legends II unique is instead of pummeling rival Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the X-Men must fight side by side to save the universe from a common foe.
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WindowsMygamer.com (May 09, 2006)
X-Men Legends II is a gem for comic book fans, or fans of a good action RPG. The game offers a very balanced proportion of depth, control, and action. All that being said, X-Men Legends II is a decent, but not great, port from console to pc. Despite the free multiplayer and the pc exclusive content, it's hard to recommend this game over the console versions because there is just not enough originality for it to stand above the other versions. If you do not own a console version of XML II, then by all means go and buy this game; X-Men Legends II is not worth missing. However, if you are already playing XMLII on Xbox Live than there is nothing you are missing with the PC version. In the end, it does not take a world class telepath to know that the console version, at least this time, may be the best.
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WindowsGamestyle (Germany) (Oct 03, 2005)
X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apokalypse erfindet das Genre zwar nicht neu, bietet aber sowohl für Fans als auch für Einsteiger eine Menge Spaß. Allerdings sollten Spieler, die keine besonders großen Fans von Wolverine und Co. sind, sich überlegen vielleicht nicht doch noch ein oder zwei Monate zu warten, um den Titel dann günstiger zu erwerben. Schwachstellen hat das Spiel allerdings in Sachen Abwechslung und Grafik. Gibt es zwar viel zu tun abseits des "roten Fadens" (siehe "Das Drumherum"), doch scheinen sich Missionen regelrecht zu wiederholen, da man fast immer nur durch kämpfen zum Ziel kommt. Grafik Fetischisten mit Monster-PCs werden hingegen von der Optik enttäuscht sein.
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WindowsGamer Within (Oct 29, 2005)
In the end, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse heavily relies on your interest in the classic comic book super heroes in order to maintain your interest in the game from start to finish. Fans of the original will likely find plenty to enjoy with Raven Software’s sequel, as will true fans of the mutant freaks. Unfortunately, those who have little or moderate interest in the X-Men will be hard pressed to have any enjoyment with this latest title, as it fails to introduce any major new gameplay elements that set it apart from other RPG’s and keep the interest high throughout the entire experience.
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PlayStation 2PlayFrance (Oct 16, 2005)
Au final, X-Men Legends 2 rentre dans la catégorie des bons jeux exploitant convenablement la licence. Un brin répétitif dans son déroulement il compense ce défaut par un choix de combattants conséquent, une prise en main immédiate et le fun de son mode multijoueur.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Oct, 2005)
Nach einem stressigen Arbeitstag mal für eine halbe Stunde entspannen — dafür ist X-Men Legends 2 genau richtig. Die Kämpfe machen durch die coolen Spezialmanöver und bunten Effekte eine Menge Spaß, Erfahrungspunkte und ansteigende Heldenkräfte sorgen für Motivation. Zumindest eine Weile. Denn der Anspruch reicht gerade für Einsteiger, alle anderen gehen durch das Spiel wie Wolverines Krallen durch Butter. Eben etwas für zwischendurch.
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PlayStation 2Video Game Talk (Nov 14, 2005)
Rise of Apocalypse is just about as addictive and enjoyable as an action RPG based on a comic book license can get. There is a lot to do and the gameplay will keep you coming back for more until you beat the game or if you just want to power up some mutants. There aren’t enough innovations to truly call this game a sequel, but it is faithful enough to the original that it warrants a serious look. The graphics and sound are of good quality, though there are some questionable moments with the content. If you played the first one or love the X-Men and Action RPGs then you owe it to yourself to play this game.
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XboxTotalVideoGames (TVG) (Oct 17, 2005)
Integrated into this year's instalment is the online play, which allows players to progress through the storyline with friends, and thanks to the relatively non-linear hub structure of the narrative, gamers can continue to progress through the main campaign without restrictions. In other words if two gamers were at a certain point in the game offline and then took the adventure onto online, be that Xbox Live, PC, or PS2's Network Play, they could visit new areas of the adventure that their online friend had been too, and vice versa. It's certainly one way of expanding RPG titles on the current generation of consoles, and in some ways it's surprising that this is only happening on the cusp of a new generation leap. It's rather doubtful that such a gameplay feature will cause many gamers to rush out and buy Legends II just for the online experience, but it's certainly a new way of looking at expanding such titles onto the online world, which is commendable.
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WindowsPro-G (Oct 25, 2005)
X-Men Legends 2 is a solid sequel to an already impressive game. Despite the few mentioned niggles it feels exactly like a sequel should: more developed and more adventurous. The gameplay is addictive and very rewarding, and in the time honoured RPG fashion, the more you play, the stronger you get, and the more you rule.
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WindowsPC Zone (Dec 03, 2005)
X-Men Legends II doesn't make much of a departure from the original X-Men Legends (unreleased on PC in case you're confused). It's about time somebody grabbed this licence by the proverbials and created something special. Sadly, this game isn't it.
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PlayStation 2Game Revolution (Oct 13, 2005)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse will inevitably be popular among X-Men fanatics as it dives pretty deep into the X-Men mythos. It’s a solid hack-and-slash action/RPG, nailing all its marks with easy puzzles and epic boss battles. Even better, it is a long game, and the variety of characters and skills gives an illusion of depth. But there's not a great deal here that you haven't played before - like, last year - and we can't help but feel that this particular dungeon-crawl epic needs more updating and fewer characters. A little more, shall we say, mutation?
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com (Oct 13, 2005)
X-Men Legends 2 verse dans le "toujours plus" avec davantage de personnages, de pouvoirs et un mode Online mais quid des améliorations concernant la jouabilité ? Eh bien, il n'en est rien vu que tous les problèmes du premier épisode sont à nouveau au rendez-vous. C'est d'autant plus rageant que le concept de X-Men Legends est à la base, excellent. Retrouver tout ce qui a fait la mythologie des X-Men dans un jeu à la BG Dark Alliance est une idée riche de possibilités mais si le gameplay ne suit pas, à quoi bon ?!
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GameCubeJeuxvideo.com (Oct 17, 2005)
X-Men Legends II verse dans le "toujours plus" avec davantage de personnages, de pouvoirs mais quid des améliorations concernant la jouabilité ? Eh bien, il n'en est rien vu que tous les problèmes du premier épisode sont à nouveau au rendez-vous. C'est d'autant plus rageant que le concept de X-Men Legends est à la base, excellent. Retrouver tout ce qui a fait la mythologie des X-Men dans un jeu à la BG Dark Alliance est une idée riche de possibilités mais si le gameplay ne suit pas, à quoi bon ?!
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PSPTTGamer (Jan 15, 2006)
It should go without saying that if you already own one of the home console versions of X-Men Legends II: Rise Of Apocalypse, then you can almost certainly live without the PSP version. Having said that, if you like dungeon bashing games and mutants, it's a good title to have, and one of the better ports to PSP we've seen of late.
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XboxJeuxvideo.com (Oct 13, 2005)
X-Men Legends 2 verse dans le "toujours plus" avec davantage de personnages, de pouvoirs et un mode Online mais quid des améliorations concernant la jouabilité ? Eh bien, il n'en est rien vu que tous les problèmes du premier épisode sont à nouveau au rendez-vous. C'est d'autant plus rageant que le concept de X-Men Legends est à la base, excellent. Retrouver tout ce qui a fait la mythologie des X-Men dans un jeu à la BG Dark Alliance est une idée riche de possibilités mais si le gameplay ne suit pas, à quoi bon ?!
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PSPJeuxvideo.com (Nov 28, 2005)
Copie quasi conforme de la version Playstation 2, X-Men Legends 2 : L'Avenement D'Apocalypse a toujours les mêmes défauts sur PSP : inventaire confus, combats pas assez lisibles et level design un peu en deçà des standards actuels. Néanmoins, disposant d'une réalisation convaincante et d'une très bonne durée de vie, le jeu n'est pas foncièrement mauvais. Il vous permettra donc de passer de nombreuses heures en compagnie des mutants.
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PSP3DAvenue (Jan 15, 2006)
It should go without saying that if you already own one of the home console versions of X-Men Legends II: Rise Of Apocalypse, then you can almost certainly live without the PSP version. Having said that, if you like dungeon bashing games and mutants, it's a good title to have, and one of the better ports to PSP we've seen of late.
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WindowsGameplay (Benelux) (Oct 29, 2005)
De bedoeling is leuk en er is genoeg inhoud, maar het is veel te simpel en al snel té saai. Opnieuw geen supergame voor deze helden!
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com (Oct 24, 2005)
X-Men Legends II verse dans le "toujours plus" avec davantage de personnages, de pouvoirs et un mode Online mais quid des améliorations concernant la jouabilité ? Eh bien, il n'en est rien vu que tous les problèmes du premier épisode sont à nouveau au rendez-vous. De plus, cette version PC se paye le luxe d'avoir de gros ralentissements durant les parties solo ! C'est d'autant plus rageant que le concept de X-Men Legends est à la base, excellent, et que nous avons ici encore plus de personnages que sur consoles. Retrouver tout ce qui a fait la mythologie des X-Men dans un jeu à la BG Dark Alliance est une idée riche de possibilités mais si le gameplay ne suit pas, à quoi bon ?!