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Marvel's cast of mutants takes center stage and shows the rest of the comic world how to make the jump to consoles in this stellar RPG/action game.
Let’s face it; good superhero games are very few and far between. With the exception of City of Heroes (NCSoft’s incredibly addicting PC MMO), there hasn’t been a decent team-based superhero game in a long time. However, Raven Software and Activision are looking to change all that with the release of X-Men Legends. Legends takes our familiar uncanny buddies and puts them in a top-down Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance-style action RPG. The game features some great RPG elements, customizable characters and excellent multiplayer gameplay. X-Men fans should take note, as Legends is the best game yet to feature their likenesses, as well as one of the best superhero games in a long time.
Game Informer Magazine
With over 20 hours of gameplay, and one of the most enjoyable cooperative multiplayer experiences I've had, I couldn't recommend Legends more highly to fans and newbies alike.
Other than those trivial issues, this is a great game. X-Men: Legends is a game that anyone can enjoy. Comic book fans will love the attention to detail that has been paid to their long-time mutant heroes. Gamers will love the action, graphics, the RPG elements of customizing their team and the ability to sit down and fight bad guys with your friends. X-Men: Legends is a worthy addition to anyone's game library.
X-Men Legends isn’t perfect, but it comes pretty damn close. A few notable gripes do arise, like the abhorrently sluggish and leisurely loading times and the unimpressive and outdated cinematic sequences that jar with the otherwise slick visual stylings. The camera also hangs at an awkward perspective and occasionally moves too far out to cover all the action, leaving you with a screen of indiscernible mini-mutants. However, such complaints seem petty and entirely forgivable when juxtaposed with the stellar cell-shaded graphics, excellent voice acting (with Patrick Stewart reprising his cinematic role as Professor X), and multiplayer mayhem that make Legends look and feel like the A-list game that it is. Whether you’re a long time X-fan or simply an action/RPG enthusiast, X-Men Legends is an outstanding addition to any gamer’s library.
As far as gameplay goes, it's more or less the standard dungeon-crawling that we've seen many times before. While you can only control one player in a few levels, the majority of them let you lead a group of four X-Men into battle, and you can easily switch between them using the D-pad. Once you set a team, you have the ability to change the members any time you come to one of the game's fairly frequent X-Traction points, which also allow you to save your game. It's nice to be able to switch out teammates, as there are some instances when you'll need a particular X-Man to get through a level.
While the game does have some flaws that keep it out of the 'instant classic' category, Activison is now two for two in comic-related franchises this generation. Xmen Legends is bar none the best X-men game I’ve ever played, good job Activision. Bring on the sequel!
I have played some really, really bad X-Men games in my life. There really have only been a couple of good X-Men 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.
Overall, X-Men Legends is a good game with no major flaws. Although it's certainly not genre busting in any way, it provides Action-RPG fans something better to play than the subpar Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel. Anyone who is a fan of either the X-Men or Action-RPGs will find a fun, 15-hour game with X-Men Legends.
X-Men: Legends is by far the best X-Men game ever released, it gives fans a closer look into the super-heroes they love. The AI really has some flaws and overall the representation of Legends being an RPG is misleading. Aside from these flaws X-Men: Legends has loads of replayablilty, customization and super awesome cast of X-Men and villains. The action is fast paced, and it's great with friends over. It's not perfect, but there is an abundance to love with in X-Men: Legends.
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?
However, in X-Men Legends you will always be in control of four mutants at the same time. At the beginning of each level, you select the four mutants to take on the mission, controlling one active mutant while a slightly customizable A.I. controls the others. You can switch between the four by pushing different directions on the D-pad, so if you’re unhappy with the way the computer is handling Cyclops, you can hop into the driver’s seat and zap things yourself. This comes up pretty often, too, because the A.I. isn't very good. Computer-controlled mutants end up dead more often than not.
And, obviously, there's the coup de grace: there's four-player multiplayer, with each player taking control of a separate superhero. You can play through the entire story like this, and the combat's deep enough to make Legends an X-Men must-have for this aspect alone. Fans will love it.
Easily summarized, X-Men Legends is a decent top-down action game encased in an excellent RPG with more than enough super powers to send fans racing to the retail bins. If Raven Soft had paid as much attention to the details and gameplay as they did the role-playing elements, this would have been a tsunami to the genre; as-is, however, it’s still the best X-Men game I’ve played since Clone Wars on Genesis.
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.
The Video Game Critic
Continuously beating up the same generic thugs becomes tiresome, and the stage designs are monotonous. Too many times we found ourselves going in circles, asking, "haven't we been here before?" Since the camera is pulled back, there's not much eye candy to enjoy. Also, the save game points are spaced far apart, so dying forces you to revert to your last load and replay a large chunk of the stage - not cool. X-Men Legends does contain some old-school charm, but I'd hardly call it addictive. Casuals fans will tire of it quickly, but bump up the grade by one letter if you're a die-hard.
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