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. A movie-based game that is well done and relatively problem free? X-Men Origins: Wolverine is definitely one of the more pleasant surprises of the year.
  2. 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.
  3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine might not be the most original title, but what it does it does very, very well.
  4. Have you ever been rewarded for ripping 250 guys in half with your bare hands? You will be while playing this game, and if that's not reason enough to buy it, then I really don't know what is.
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    A very good slash 'em up -adventure. It's pretty and faithful to the original character i.e. extremely brutal and bloody. There's some minor why can't I go there -type problems, though. [May 2009]
  6. There's seldom a dull moment in this game, and when one arises it's intentional. Raven completely outdid themselves with this game, delivering one of the best Marvel games yet to ship.
  7. At the end of the day, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a very good game that features action, adventure and fighting all under the auspice of Wolverine.
  8. I'd say it's a perfect rental, considering the run time of about 6-8 hours, and definitely worth picking up once a price drop kicks in.
  9. 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.
  10. Games Master UK
    Razor sharp combat and a mature nature makes for an excellent superhero slash-'em-up. [June 2009, p.72]
  11. If this had been just a couple of hours longer and had the option to kill Gambit, I’d say this was a shoe-in for game of the year.
  12. While X-Men Origins: Wolverine is not a perfect game, Raven can easily lay claim to having created the best game ever starring Wolverine.
  13. Rapidly pressing the same buttons to slaughter similar looking bad guys eventually grows repetitive, and the game chugs when the bigger monsters hit the screen, but overall, you'll enjoy carving evildoers like lunch meat and battling familiar foes from the comic books and this week's film.
  14. 80
    This is a good example of how to bring a movie to consoles. In terms of gameplay, it's quite solid. Visually, it fulfills with honor. Raven Software has proven it can bring Marvel licenses to a good end.
  15. This tears your skin off! Fast gameplay, customisable upgrades and lots of style – despite the repetitive action, Wolverine definitely is the best game incarnation of our favorite super-hero.
  16. The game may lose steam as it goes, but the excellent combat still makes it worth the price of admission.
  17. Raven Software acts as the gamers super-hero by developing one of the best comic book gaming experiences in recent memory.
  18. It’s obvious from the beginning that this game isn’t trying to do anything new or terribly innovative. Origins does action, and does it well.
  19. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Surprisingly lengthy and gruesomely entertaining. [July 2009, p.76]
  20. Origins is a fun game with great story and visuals, perfect for fans of Wolverine, hack and slash gameplay or a shirtless Hugh Jackman.
  21. 78
    The story is convoluted, the bosses are boring and the whole experience isn't that deep, but this game sure is fun.
  22. 78
    For a movie tie-in game, X-Men Origins: Wolverine has a surprisingly long 13+ hour playing time.
  23. The game is definitely fun, but the repetitiveness and poor quality steal some thunder.
  24. X-Men Origins: Wolverine delivers exceptionally on a very simple concept: an M Rated slice and dice adventure starring Wolverine that follows the plot of the movie. It never claims to be anything deeper than that, and in a way, that’s why it succeeds.
  25. This game is repetitive. You start out consistently having a blast, but towards the middle of it you realize that some stages drag on for way too damn long.
  26. Good news for the Hack and Slash lovers. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a fantastic brawler. On the graphic and audio side the videogame does nice work, but it's in the gameplay area where the new Raven effort shines above those hundreds of forgettable movie adaptations.
  27. 77
    Loads of blood and body parts are flying around from the beginning until the end of the game. Despite the errors, the game looks very decent and plays fine. Before you know it, you're playing for hours and don't want to stop. This game is a must have for every action gamer!
  28. Wolverine is all about blood, gore and violence. The rest is plain and simple.
  29. X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Uncaged Edition rises above the normal sanitized superhero games we typically expect from the genre.
  30. Overall, Raven Software did a very good job of sticking close to the movie plot while simultaneously delivering a rewarding experience.
  31. While X-Men Origins: Wolverine has some nice features, it ultimately can’t shake its mediocre gameplay.
  32. Push the platforming and puzzle solving to the side and you're in for an exciting and brutal ride.
  33. If you're not a big fan of attack button heavy action games, Wolverine is not enough of a departure from the mold to change your mind about these types of games. However, if you like Wolverine, X-Men Origins, or a big bloody mess of an action game, you should certainly give Wolverine a try.
  34. There’s enough violence in X-Men Origins: Wolverine to please comic book fans.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 71
    Perhaps the greatest achievement here is the way the gameplay evokes the sensation of being Wolverine.
  39. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Quickly repetitive, but Wolverine's brutal combat makes for the best film tie-in in ages. [June 2009, p.64]
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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]
  48. 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.
  49. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    It's a head-slicin', chest beater of a slash 'em up. It's derivative though. [June 2009, p.58]
  50. 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.
  51. At the end of the day X-Men Origins: Wolverine offers a fun, albeit repetitive romp as one of comics' most savage characters.
  52. 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.
  53. For a film tie-in it's not bad, but this is not the ultimate Wolverine sim it could've been.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. 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]
  58. 58
    Origins isn't bad at what it does, but what it does isn't very ambitious.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. 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]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 88
  2. Negative: 8 out of 88
  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. Mar 16, 2012
    Awesome game.. Better than most movie based games, my favourite one since spiderman 2 on PS2 watch some gameplays before buying it, but i canAwesome game.. Better than most movie based games, my favourite one since spiderman 2 on PS2 watch some gameplays before buying it, but i can tell you its a great game, one of the best adventure gmes this gen, very underrated Full Review »