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While the game is simple and quite short (it can take roughly 30 minutes to complete it), X-Men is well worth the $10, especially if you're nostalgic of early '90s arcade games, and beat-em-ups in general. If you're too young to remember those days, then it's still worth a look for the online multiplayer experience, just to see what those days were like.
X-Men’s cheesy poor translation makes the game charming and its co-op play options make it easy to pick up and play and have a blast, but it’s not exactly an exceptional beat-em-up. Your attack options are limited and enemies don’t push you to do much, but despite the faults in its design, it does capture the basic requirements of a brawler so well it helps hide the simplicity. Character options, explosive powers, and memorable moments help you forget that you spend most of your time hammering one button or unloading mutant powers in tepid boss battles. Taking on hordes of enemies and knocking them down nails the beat-em-up genre’s goal of making the player feel powerful, allowing it to earn a spot in many hearts despite how basic it seems under scrutiny.
X-Men Arcade isn’t going to wow anybody with its presentation, story, or even gameplay. It’s a shame they couldn’t add extra characters or even an option for updated graphics, but at the same time it helps the game keep its original charm. Most players who didn’t spend all their quarters on this game aren’t likely to understand why people are so excited about this release, and they’ll scoff at the 800MP (or $10 on PSN) price tag. While I think most people would agree that 400MP (or $5 on PSN) would be a fairer price, the nostalgia is worth every penny if you experienced it nearly 20 years ago.