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  • Summary: X-Men: Legends is the first game to capture the complete essence of the X-Men by allowing players to control multiple characters that fight together as a team. The game blends the best parts of the movies, comic books in a fantastic new adventure that allows the you to develop yourX-Men: Legends is the first game to capture the complete essence of the X-Men by allowing players to control multiple characters that fight together as a team. The game blends the best parts of the movies, comic books in a fantastic new adventure that allows the you to develop your specialized powers as you succeed through your missions. Penned by Man of Action, a studio of comic industry veterans, X-Men: Legends begins with the rescue of a young mutant and takes players through an engrossing plot that could unite mutant-kind, yet destroy the human race in the process. Along the way, players will be able to assemble their ideal X-Men crew from over 15 of the most popular characters from the last 40 years, including Wolverine™, Cyclops™, Storm™, Nightcrawler™, Colossus™, Gambit™ and Beast™, to name a few. However, before players load-up their squad with heavy hitters, they will have to take their foes' abilities into consideration as certain situations may benefit from the abilities of specific X-Men. While Cyclops' optic blasts and Colossus' immense strength are great for clearing a path through hordes of enemies, players can opt to bring Wolverine and Nightcrawler along on a stealth intensive mission to help circumvent detection devices. Once the action begins, players can take control of any member of their squad and even execute multi-character combinations such as the famous Wolverine/Colossus Fastball Special. As they progress through the game, characters will gain experience points that players can use to upgrade the X-Men's abilities and even learn new fighting styles. [Activision] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. 92
    It is fast-paced, long, challenging, and beautiful to look at. The minor flaws with it are easily overlooked when one considers the whole package and realizes that this is probably the best X-Men game to appear on a console in the past ten years or so.
  2. Creates a thoroughly enjoyable atmosphere, with great multiplayer options. Marvel fans can rejoice, and fans of team-based combat games can as well.
  3. The action-RPG element really gave Raven Soft the ability to expand on the characters and give you more control than you've ever had with them.
  4. One thing to keep in mind though is that this is indeed an RPG. Although it may not seem like one, it is and the games length reveals that very well. You will need to stick with the game for some time until you start to see the real fun start to shine through.
  5. Super hero games have a particularly bad reputation among most gamers. For every rare decent licensed game there are always a slew along the lines of the abysmal Aquaman Now that I’ve succeeded in sending shivers down your spine, I am pleased to announce that X-Men Legends most definitely does not suck.
  6. The camera is a frequent problem and some of the battles and level designs are unbalanced, but these feel just like classic X-Men battles. [Holiday 2004, p.82]
  7. How is it possible to make a tedious game about the adventures of heroic mutants with super powers?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. HERO
    May 17, 2005
    10
    Quite possibly the best PS2 game I have ever played.
  2. DonV.
    Oct 3, 2004
    10
    This game is the best thing since Champions of Norrath.
  3. Tru
    Jan 27, 2005
    9
    I thought it was one of the better games from the RPG series and that they made it to come out as if you were right there during the whole I thought it was one of the better games from the RPG series and that they made it to come out as if you were right there during the whole thing. So I give it two thumbs up. Expand
  4. JoaoM.
    Oct 19, 2004
    8
    Great game for x-men fans and newbies to this world... controls are smooth, graphics are adequate and has much to do. tends to be a littleGreat game for x-men fans and newbies to this world... controls are smooth, graphics are adequate and has much to do. tends to be a little repetitive and the map isn't very clear when you decide to use it. Expand
  5. Dec 18, 2012
    8
    A epic X-Men action/RPG
  6. JonA.
    Nov 7, 2004
    8
    It is quite a nice game but could seriously have been loads betta. i feel like the activision crew have not tried to put in their best in it.It is quite a nice game but could seriously have been loads betta. i feel like the activision crew have not tried to put in their best in it. but the game definitely has its merits, the cool grafix are certainly to the spirit of the game and the game play is very good as well, the game lost its mark because of the not-so-good storyline and bad camera motions, all in all, it gets what it deserves- to be bought fast! Expand
  7. CloudStrife
    Mar 17, 2005
    5
    I didnt like the game at all. Camera sucks, All mutants make the same moves when they punch and kick ,except some characters like Storm, andI didnt like the game at all. Camera sucks, All mutants make the same moves when they punch and kick ,except some characters like Storm, and graphics are vey bad! the only good thing is thepowers but without putting any astonishing effects are losing their magic... This game wasnt as good as they promised to be... :( Expand

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