Mixed or average reviews - based on 61 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
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  1. It's derivative and occasionally buggy, but solid action and over-the-top gore make X-Men Origins: Wolverine a cut above other movie tie-ins.
  2. There’s enough violence in X-Men Origins: Wolverine to please comic book fans.
  3. Every remark, battle cry and slash looks, sounds, and feels authentic to these characters, especially Wolverine and Sabertooth. This game will definitely put you in the spandex of your favorite spandex slasher, which by the way is not the manliest of looks.
  4. 60
    The plot jumps around too much to be coherent, most boss battles aren't captivating, and some stages drag on far too long. Origins sags with plenty of problems, but it's still a cut above most Hollywood-licensed pap.
  5. X-Men Origins: Wolverine may be unapologetically violent, but it's also unapologetically repetitive, and it's the one apology that needs to be made.
  6. 60
    Its repetitive gameplay, mundane puzzle design and eye-twitching platforming segments really cuts into Origins' fun and yet, for fans of the franchise, it's a solid title that's worth playing through. It will even make the most jaded comic fan smirk every once in a while. However, if you're not a huge fan of Wolverine, I'd suggest you sink your claws into something else.
  7. 58
    Origins isn't bad at what it does, but what it does isn't very ambitious.
  8. games(TM)
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a dynamic and visceral amalgamation of genre conventions, showcased in a wonderfully action-packed adventure game. [June 2009, p.125]
  9. Edge Magazine
    Wolverine isn't lazy - its frequent repetitions and fine repertoire of glitches are signs of a product hurried to launch rather than bankruptcy of imagination. [June 2009, p.94]
  10. X-Men Origins Wolverine is a thrilling action game, and it delivers all the violence and the testosteronic action that Logan's fans were asking for. A great combat system is mixed with good level design; on the other side, the difficulty level is not challenging, and there's a lot of repetitiveness in the second half.
  11. At the end of the day X-Men Origins: Wolverine offers a fun, albeit repetitive romp as one of comics' most savage characters.
  12. An extremely competent hack 'n' slash that achieves exactly what developer Raven set out to do: deliver a real Wolverine experience. This isn't the feral X-Man as family-friendly super-hero, but a full-on blood thirsty killer.
  13. While the game doesn’t break any new ground it is a lot of fun to play and worth your time if you’re a Wolvie fan or looking for a glimpse of what God of War could look like in HD.
  14. Although X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a game based on a film, it's made with the right intentions. The unfinished look, a total lack of any challenge whatsoever and tedious gameplay make Wolverine a little harder to digest. Perfect for filling in the gaps between busy hours. Not so perfect if you want to play all night long.
  15. For a film tie-in it's not bad, but this is not the ultimate Wolverine sim it could've been.
  16. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Then there's the visual sadness, which includes duff lighting, awkward cameras, and the stuttering Zoetrope-style framerate. [June 2009, p.98]
  17. 71
    Perhaps the greatest achievement here is the way the gameplay evokes the sensation of being Wolverine.
  18. Undoubtedly the most enjoyable game to be based around Wolverine (but that's probably not saying much), X-Men Origins: Wolverine offers fast-paced, brutal, brainless action by the bucketload.
  19. It has its flaws, and is by no means the perfect game, but it is the perfect Wolverine-simulator, at least for the time being.
  20. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is an action game that can only be recommended to the most devoted fans of the character. For others, even fans of the genre itself, it must be considered with some caution because although highly entertaining, it does not present anything new. It is an ingrate position this game takes, because while not doing something really bad, it does nothing new or really interesting.
  21. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Quickly repetitive, but Wolverine's brutal combat makes for the best film tie-in in ages. [June 2009, p.64]
  22. X-men Origins: Wolverine manages to rise above the low standards of licensed videogames by presenting spectacular fights without complex button combinations. The monotonousness and some small technical difficulties make Wolverine a game that can only be recommended to the fans of the anti-hero or anyone else who enjoys simple but enjoyable popcorn entertainment in a videogame.
  23. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    It's a head-slicin', chest beater of a slash 'em up. It's derivative though. [June 2009, p.58]
  24. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a game that won't be a significant part of gaming history, but it's an entertaining one while it lasts. Its classical arcade playability, ultraviolence and charismatic main character make Raven's game a great option for fans of the comic and the movie it's based on.
  25. The lack of replayability means you'll probably get your fill of the game in about a week, but it's definitely worth a playthrough.
  26. The best reason to buy this is if you don't think you can hold out until God of War 3 - the other reason is if you're a huge fan of the character. You'll find that this is ultimately the definitive version of the Xmen Origins story.
  27. 69
    If you're not fussy, like your button-mashy beat-em-ups and are addicted to either Wolverine or Hugh Jackman's tank-like physique, you'll get the most out of this. It's God of War with claws and an equally bloodthirsty attitude; flawed, fun and fairly brainless gaming.
  28. X-Men Origins: Wolverine lets us walk in Logan's shoes for a few days. And we like it. Although the game doesn't offer anything new to the genre, it is still worth playing. It has a few welcome gimmicks, like the feral sense and the ability to deal with enemies in many various ways, but the dull boss fights and occasional bugs lower the total score.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Mar 16, 2012
    Best game based on a movie this gen.. Ignore the stupid reviews from critics, go watch some gameplays and see for yourself, its an amazingBest game based on a movie this gen.. Ignore the stupid reviews from critics, go watch some gameplays and see for yourself, its an amazing game, one of the best hack N slash games this gen, truly underrated Full Review »
  2. JeffreyB
    Oct 4, 2009
    So much fun! A great hack 'n' slash game. There's a little bit of thinking in it, but mostly, you get to be Wolverine! If you So much fun! A great hack 'n' slash game. There's a little bit of thinking in it, but mostly, you get to be Wolverine! If you like Wolverine, you have to try this! Full Review »
  3. alexm
    May 3, 2009
    Ok, so u may think that 10 is a bit ott, but man i love hack n slash adventure games, and this really is as close to god of war as we're Ok, so u may think that 10 is a bit ott, but man i love hack n slash adventure games, and this really is as close to god of war as we're gonna get for now. the violence in this game is astounding, and the graphics are pretty damn good for a rushed tie-in game, only real glitch i found was his dogtags that seem to jitter about all over the place for no apparent reason, lol. also, i don't understand why the 360 version has a higher metascore, after perusing the reviews there are a few non console specific reviews that are only applied to the 360's metascore, which are higher, and the ps3 page has some non specific reviews which are low and not applied to the 360 version, which is odd, have a look metacritic moderators, i swear its not right! Full Review »