X-Men: The Official Game Xbox

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 38
  2. Negative: 12 out of 38
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  1. Definitely a fun game. It is short, as all franchise games tend to be, and it does suffer from substantially frustrating issues, but that doesn't kill the experience.
  2. X-Men: The Official Game isn't a terrible game, but it's not any good, either. It managed to dip down below mediocre and into the realm of "Why bother?" It's short, uninteresting, and probably won't keep your attention based solely on the fighting, either. It's an odd mishmash that just doesn't work out the way it was supposed to.
  3. It's flawed, sure, but it doesn't stop the game from being fun, and it's certainly above the typical standards of movie-licence games nowadays. The game challenges your finger-mashing skills, not your puzzle-solving ability, though, so as long as you don't expect a deep, involving cranium workout, you won't be at all disappointed.
  4. It just never really sustained my interest after the first three to four hours, especially after running into Pyro and dying over and over.
  5. Sadly, the lack of a discernable plot, limited character selection, some bugs(enemies walking through barriers, jumping off the screen only to appear on the other side), and boring basic level play lead this game down a bad road.
  6. Everything considered, the gameplay, the graphics, the dialog, the music, make X-Men: The Official Game an officially average game.
  7. When it comes down to it, X-Men: The Official Game is exactly what you'd expect out of a game based on a movie... extra story for fans, flashy graphics and good voice acting, but shallow gameplay and a short playthrough time.
  8. As I played through it, there were times when I was just plain bored out of my noggin'. The Wolverine missions are so darn banal.
  9. Nice graphics and smooth gameplay are no substitute for imagination.
  10. 59
    The combat and stage design are substandard in every way, enemy AI is ordinary coin-op fare, and the presentation elements are nowhere near the level we've come to expect from Marvel or Activision.
  11. The killing part is fun when you find the special X-Men powers amusing, but that river runs dry approximately an hour into the game, which is actually a decent ratio when compared to the total playtime of about six hours.
  12. 57
    X-Men: The Official Game is officially a disaster.
  13. It's not that it's entirely broken, mind you, but X-Men's missions are entirely generic and devoid of captivating content, and there are enough annoying little glitches and other obnoxious things prevalent throughout to give the game that thrown-together feel.
  14. The broad strokes of story in the Official Game aren't without their intrigue, but the overwhelming pedestrian nature of the combat and uninspired treatment of the villains crush both the dramatic potential of the story and the gameplay possibilities of the characters' unique abilities.
  15. One of the chief problems with X-Men lies in its mission structure. Branching paths are often a good thing, but when they are as disconnected to point where any semblance of an underlying plot is compromised at these are here, any benefit of such a feature is wasted.
  16. Only controlling three characters, no multiplayer of any kind, and reverting to basically a 3rd-person "beat 'em up" is not the way to take this franchise.
  17. You could probably leech out a weekend's worth of so-so gaming, and at 30 bucks, you'll still have plenty of cash to check out the upcoming film. It's bound to be more exciting than this.
  18. AceGamez
    50
    It's sad to say, but after playing this I spent a good few hours playing "Wolverine's Revenge" and having more fun in the process - and that game is over three years old!
  19. Nightcrawler and his teleportation attacks are a definite highlight, but the majority of the game is a mundane romp from Point A to Point B, with a number of unintelligent enemies blocking the way.
  20. 50
    While the gameplay does have its high points (again, mostly surrounding Nightcrawler), it's also quite often littered with monotony thanks to seemingly nonexistent enemy A.I., confusion (poor level design), and frustration (glitches, a sometimes lack of checkpoints, and uneven challenges).
  21. 50
    The disappointment comes from the fact that it simply feels average. I left the game feeling like I wanted more, whether it was better visuals, more diverse game play, or simply a fresh helping of innovation.
  22. 50
    Thanks to some horribly generic gameplay and uninspired combat, it ends up continuing the disappointing trend of movie license video games.

Awards & Rankings

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#45 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2006
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Feb 15, 2011
    7
    X-Men: The Official Game takes place between the second and third movie, it's a pretty good game with pretty good controls, a good story, andX-Men: The Official Game takes place between the second and third movie, it's a pretty good game with pretty good controls, a good story, and some fun gameplay, ultimately an enjoyable game, the only bad parts are the Ice Man levels which are bad do to poor controls, all in all if you like the X-Men and the movies you'll enjoy this game. Full Review »
  2. Elijah
    May 25, 2006
    4
    X-Men: The Official Game is crap quite simply. It was obviosly thrown togethor in a hurry in the hopes of scoring some easy money for X-Men: The Official Game is crap quite simply. It was obviosly thrown togethor in a hurry in the hopes of scoring some easy money for dedicated X-Men fans like me. Well i wouldn't pay 5$ for this game. The graphics are bland and the gameplay is as generic as it gets. With wolverine it's nothing more than hack n slash the entire way through. With nightcrawler it's more of a bore the teleportation feature really isn't special and isn't much fun either. Iceman is the worst of the three, gliding around on ice and putting out fires isn't very endearing. The story is somewhat interesting but it is hard to keep playing through the mess of the game to get the juicy comic book style sequences. So X-Men fans beware! This game is barely worth a rental and you'll have to have some perserverance to get through the whole game. Good luck. Full Review »
  3. BarryH.
    May 17, 2006
    8
    Game graphics and storyboard is acceptable. The lengh of the game is short. Overall, This game is satisfactory.