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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.0
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 2.7
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Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.0
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Overall User Score (10 votes) 2.9

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90 (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.
GameZone (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.
Gaming 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.
89 (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.
PGNx 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.
Game 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.
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.
FiringSquad (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.
GamingExcellence (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.
IGN (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.
84 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.
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.
Armchair 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.
ActionTrip (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.
VGPub (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.
GameSpot (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.
UOL 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.
Playback (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!
1UP (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.
Gamer 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.
Cheat 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.
GameSpy (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.
PC 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.
Jolt (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.
GameLemon (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.
PC 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).
USA 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.
74 (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.
Gamestyle (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.
Gamer 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.
GameStar (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.
Pro-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.
PC 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.
Gameplay (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!
55 (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 ?!