X-Men: The Official Game GameCube

Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 31
  2. Negative: 12 out of 31
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  1. Edge Magazine
    30
    Had The Official Game provided a consistent overall challenge, it would have been bearable, if unexciting. But it hasn't, and it isn't. [July 2006, p.88]
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    38
    The play-style variety may be decent--and you get to upgrade abilities--but each character's level sets grow horribly repetitive and pointless, with stingy checkpoint placement compounding the frustration [July 2006, p.91]
  3. Game Informer
    40
    Unless you despise the X-Men movies and simply want more ammo that can be used to insult your friends, I strongly advise that you avoid this game like you would a French kissing toad. [July 2006, p.104]
  4. This caught-between-generations game manages to just barely clear graphical obstacles and shallow depth by introducing some simple, fun game mechanics.
  5. games(TM)
    30
    When accurately describing videogames, we tend to use the word 'dross' rarely, but this particular X-Men title has forced the word from us in a spectacular fashion. [July 2006, p.130]
  6. 40
    Perhaps the worst offense of all would have to be Wolverine. Not only has Z-Axis managed to take everyone's favorite adamantium-infused Canadian wildman and turn him into possibly the most boring hero ever, they've pinned a sizable majority of the action upon playing as him. Boring, you say? Yes.
  7. As it is, X-Men: The Official Game is "officially" a horse's turd of an experience that's approximately as painful as Wolverine's claws inadvertently sliding out while he's wiping his arse.
  8. Nintendo Gamer
    38
    This is substandard licensed tosh. [Aug 2006, p.67]
  9. Play Magazine
    35
    X-Men: The Official Game is pretty awful. [July 2006, p.71]
  10. 30
    The idea of giving the player three fairly unique characters to play as is good one, but the game design verges on plain stupid at times.
  11. Almost everything about this movie cash-in is cheap and incompetent, from the short, forgettable levels to the poor control system to the hand-crampingly repetitive action.
  12. 40
    Like many games of this style, there is some vague, half-guilty pleasure in the mechanical repetitiveness of the game's combat. But ultimately, X-Men is in the time-honored tradition of licensed games -- rushed, derivative, and well worth avoiding.

Awards & Rankings

#19 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2006
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. May 27, 2016
    3
    Strange title aside this game does scream movie-tie in. It is functional and will keep you entertained at times but there are plenty ofStrange title aside this game does scream movie-tie in. It is functional and will keep you entertained at times but there are plenty of problems that will frustrate the player. The game takes place in between the events of "X-Men United" and "The Last Stand" which attempts to fill in the gaps. Unfortunately the story felt incomplete which leaves more questions than answers. For some reason cutscenes are told in still images to mimic a motion comic but it looks lazy on the developer's part. Even though they are decently voice-acted the cut scenes have no real purpose outside of giving context to the game play. The story mode has three branching paths in which you can play as three members of the X-Men : Wolverine, Ice Man, and Nightcrawler, who each have their own play style. Wolverine's campaign plays like a typical specatcle fighter if the enemies are overly agressive and use ambush as an instant tactic. The best Spectacle fighters like Devil May Cry or God of War (personal feelings aside) have enemies that use different tactics and they gradually use smarter maneuvers to get the better of the player. This game doesn't really do that as all of the enemies use ambush as a given and can even hurt you when you are knocked down but you can't do the same for them. The only way to get past the hordes is to use your berserk mode but it is only able to be used for two attacks at a time which will give the enemies an unfair advantage. Wolverine does have a healing ability but it is too slow to keep up with the onslaught of the enemies. Ice Man's levels are the worst part of the game as he is entirely on rails. Ice Man moves himself with the same type of control scheme as a flying game (up makes you go down and vice versa). It is tolerable in a flying game as it is the standard but not when it is switched for the standard of an action game. because it causes nothing but frustration on the player's part. Night-crawler's segments are the only tolerable parts of the game with his acrobatics and his telportation. He specailaises in stealth which does make some exhilarating times for him. In fact I would be in favor with a whole game based on these mechanics. Aside from that though, this game is best left avoided as there are plenty of other superhero games that are worth your time. Full Review »
  2. EthanR.
    May 24, 2006
    3
    A very boring game with really nothing to offer. In this game you can only play as 3 characters, wolverine, nightccrawler and ice man. A very boring game with really nothing to offer. In this game you can only play as 3 characters, wolverine, nightccrawler and ice man. Wolverine's levels are dreadful. With barely any moves you must stay in a room and defeat what seems like hundreds of enemies. Nightcrawler is the only reason i gave this game a 3. His levels are spectacular and unique and other then that nightcrawler is easy to use and the best of the bunch. Last is ice man, he has a few fun levels and some terrible levles. For one thing you barely use ice man in the game. His controls are okay. But using him gets very frustrating. Ovverall I say this is a below average game. Full Review »
  3. LuisA.
    May 17, 2006
    5
    what a disapointing game, please dont waste your time and money on it, this is a discrace to the xbox360, and developers who make this crap what a disapointing game, please dont waste your time and money on it, this is a discrace to the xbox360, and developers who make this crap are stuffing up the Next-Gen concept for Microsoft. Althought let's be honest, it was expected its a movie, how good can it really be? Full Review »