Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
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  1. AceGamez
    70
    An adaptation of a popular game format rather than anything particularly new and innovative.
  2. Having old enemies join forces against Apocalypse is a decent idea for an X-Men story, it's a shame that it has been rendered into a series of dull maps and substandard action. One for collectors.
  3. Navigating the menus and many options can be seriously intimidating for the uninitiated, thanks to some complicated design features.
  4. There's not a great deal here that you haven't played before - like, last year - and we can't help but feel that this particular dungeon-crawl epic needs more updating and fewer characters. A little more, shall we say, mutation?
  5. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    60
    A game that's forgotten it's about superheroes. They're supposed to be spectacular, aren't they? This isn't. [Dec 2005, p.111]
  6. Very much in the same vein as last year's effort, Legends II manages to make further improvements especially with the introduction of online functionality though it still fails to offer the level of immersion that perhaps shoudl be expected of an RPG title.
  7. Rise Of The Apocalypse shows great attention to detail, with genuinely exciting gameplay. Even for an occasional Marvel fan, this is more than worthy of your time.

Awards & Rankings

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#70 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 42
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 42
  3. Negative: 9 out of 42
  1. Jun 8, 2013
    8
    If you are a fan of the original X-men Arcade game or of Gauntlet Legends style beatem-ups you will absolutely love this game. I'm onlyIf you are a fan of the original X-men Arcade game or of Gauntlet Legends style beatem-ups you will absolutely love this game. I'm only wondering why a couple vanilla RPG fans came here to write negative reviews. This is an action game thats fun to play with family or by yourself. Its a must have on the PS2. It is fun to switch characters and level them up. Basically the longer you play the more attacks you get. There are some menus, where you can change items, change player skins, and team mates, but you don't have to go into them if you want. The A.I. is generally very good and won't hold you back. The team attacks are really fun to perform (rogue throws Wolverine). The artwork is gorgeous with tons of backgrounds and different enemies. Even the loading screens feature amazing X-men comic artwork. The characterizations and voice acting are dead on. Even Patrick Stewart is back for Xavier. Not the hardest game in the world, but it is fun to play. This is almost a perfect game. One thing is that you should probably have big screen to play it on. These types of games have a lot going on. They also could have made a little bit more back and forth combat where you time attacks. But this is sort of a button masher. You can and will lose team mates mid-way through a level, make it harder, but you can revive them at checkpoints. I liked exploring all of the areas and making sure I had destroyed everything in site. The music of this game is also very cinematic. I'm very critical of my games, but this is definitely a solid 8 rating with high production values. This game was designed to be fun for multiple people, and probably kids. This game was not meant to be X-men Final Fantasy where you watch hours of cutscenes and dork with item menus. Its just great. So pick up this game! Must have Ps2 game. Its still worth playing in 2013. Full Review »
  2. Mar 19, 2012
    1
    There is no coherent story and no character development at all in this game. The game is a series of repetitive gameplay. The music is theThere is no coherent story and no character development at all in this game. The game is a series of repetitive gameplay. The music is the worst of any RPG out there. The only saving grace is that you get to play as characters from the Marvel universe. Full Review »
  3. WeaponX
    Nov 23, 2005
    9
    A very fun game and I like the graphics. Too bad in half of the game you will be fighting bugs,but after you're done with them the game A very fun game and I like the graphics. Too bad in half of the game you will be fighting bugs,but after you're done with them the game will start to get your full attention. Full Review »