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  • Summary: Unleash the razor sharp adamantium claws, feral instincts, and mutant regeneration powers of the world's fiercest Super Hero - Wolverine - and uncage the story of how the ultimate weapon was created. The team at Raven Software has dedicated Wolverine's development to unstoppable,Unleash the razor sharp adamantium claws, feral instincts, and mutant regeneration powers of the world's fiercest Super Hero - Wolverine - and uncage the story of how the ultimate weapon was created. The team at Raven Software has dedicated Wolverine's development to unstoppable, true-to-character authenticity. Take on impossible odds and exact revenge. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 41 out of 74
  2. Negative: 0 out of 74
  1. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a superb action game especially for fans of the character. This is the Wolverine game that fans have been waiting for. It’s not incredibly varied and a lesser game would have suffered because of this but Wolverine is just incredibly fun.
  2. 83
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine is not a game for everyone; you have to have a strong stomach, you have to like hack and slash games and you have to know the story of Wolverine to fully appreciate it.
  3. It’s a savage game; the only thing more violent that the damage inflicted on Wolverine is the rapid and nonchalant dismemberment of everyone he comes into contact with. Mature’s one word for it: absurd and childish are other, more accurate words. But it’s a brilliant kind of ridiculous nonsense that’ll occasionally pull reluctant cheers out of your grown-up neck.
  4. A good game. A damn good game. For many it'll be a rent, but for fans of the character I would say there's enough incentive for a purchase, especially since there are some neat extras such as the ability to unlock classic comic book costumes for Wolverine to wear.
  5. 72
    The problem is it's a one trick pony. The shock of the violence and the speed of the gameplay initially grabs your attention, but it lacks the spectacle to keep itself feeling fresh and inventive, then before long a sense of banal repetition sets in. And you're not even a third of the way through the game. I can't deny that it gives you quite a lot of game for your money, but it also outstays its welcome.
  6. Will never be in anyone’s top ten list but Wolverine offers a tremendous amount of fun while keeping the balance with depth and a decent challenge. Another surprise in 2009.
  7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine may be one of the the best games based in the franchise, but the lack of impressive visuals, variation and a compelling story drags this game down. The game does nothing original and might as well be a worse version of God of War with sideburns.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. PacoP
    May 4, 2009
    10
    This is a great game, offers FUN game play and also very cool levels. Visceral, bloody and just over the top action in spades. Also has great This is a great game, offers FUN game play and also very cool levels. Visceral, bloody and just over the top action in spades. Also has great replayability, with the achievements actually being worth getting. Expand
  2. YunosukeCalifornia
    May 4, 2009
    9
    It's repetitive but its button mashing playing is implemented at highly polished level. It is just plain fun. Ignore critics. They It's repetitive but its button mashing playing is implemented at highly polished level. It is just plain fun. Ignore critics. They don't have a brain to just ask their own instinct then write reviews without trying to be highbrow. They're just like movie critics. Expand
  3. JimmyS
    Aug 3, 2009
    9
    I don't know if the lunge feature will ever get old. At this stage in my life I don't want much of a relationship with my XBOX, I don't know if the lunge feature will ever get old. At this stage in my life I don't want much of a relationship with my XBOX, just some catharsis. This game offers that in spades. I compare this to The Force Unleashed - in both games we (finally) get to just be as bad-a** as we wanna be (and neither require a huge time commitment). Expand
  4. RicO.
    Dec 16, 2009
    8
    My first impressions of this game were simple. I thought "Wow, why wasn't the film like THAT?!" And I kept thinking the same all the way My first impressions of this game were simple. I thought "Wow, why wasn't the film like THAT?!" And I kept thinking the same all the way through. This game captures what Wolverine should always have been about: blood lust and vengeance. The graphics are pretty good, and the character's regeneration looks wonderful. The game isn't too short, and there are a number of collectables too. Plus, it is something that most games these days lack: fun. Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2011
    8
    Oh man this game is hella fun. Really great hack and slash action. It's sorta like... Max Payne but instead of guns you've got adamantiumOh man this game is hella fun. Really great hack and slash action. It's sorta like... Max Payne but instead of guns you've got adamantium claws. Every once in a while you'll pull off a crazy move like slicing a guy's torso in half or whatnot and it'll go into slow mo while the blood splatters everywhere. Never fails to make me laugh. And it's all optimized really well for a PC port. This was made by Raven, so that's to be expected, those guys have been working on PC games for ages. It's just so cool seeing yourself heal back up from getting blown up, with skin growing over exposed ribs and muscle.

    The only problem I've noticed so far involves the platforming. It's not really done well, and this one section in particular is super frustrating because you can't quicksave. Games like Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia really show how bad and outdated this platforming is. But most of the game isn't platforming, it's usually killing soldiers in really brutal ways with your claws. My favorite move is leap, it's a really fast lock-on ability that you can perform from 3 to 40 feet. Just lock on a guy, leap and knock him over, jump up and dive down on him again to kill him, then leap onto the next guy, and rinse and repeat. You can do this to wipe out entire squads at a time. That never gets old.
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  6. Apr 26, 2013
    7
    Saying that this is one of the best movie-licensed games is kind of tarnishing Xmen Origins with false praise. There is a overwhelming senseSaying that this is one of the best movie-licensed games is kind of tarnishing Xmen Origins with false praise. There is a overwhelming sense that this is just 'God of War Origins: Wolverine', however there is no denying the fun factor that Activision has brought to this game. If movie-licensed games keep this level of quality there may be hope for this sub-genre. Expand
  7. Mar 25, 2013
    5
    While it does look good and can be pretty fun to play at times, mostly it's just a repetitive button masher. As a license tie in it isn't badWhile it does look good and can be pretty fun to play at times, mostly it's just a repetitive button masher. As a license tie in it isn't bad and perhaps one of the better games of it's kind. But, even though it does make a solid effort, it clearly could have done more if the level designers would have made the effort. The highlight of this game for me would have to be the cinematic cut-scenes that were really well done and did more for the narrative than the movie did. Overall: An average game that is by no means bad, but also not good. Worth a go if you've got nothing better to do. Collapse

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