Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. Vicarious Visions have once again done an exceptional job in adapting a console game to a handheld system, yet for the first time ever, have made it virtually indistinguishable.
  2. The PSP version of X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is better than the console versions thanks to the surprising level of quality and faithfulness to the original product.
  3. Definitely recommended if you haven’t picked up a console version. You aren’t losing anything in the game, but you’re able to play it in the bus.
  4. The gameplay is great, and feels right at home on the PSP. The controls are quite comfortable, and (expect for the lack of camera control on a second analog stick) work just as well as the console iterations.
  5. It seems a bit odd to say that a game rooted in comic books is now the best RPG experience to be had on the PSP. However, the game... even outshines its console counterpart.
  6. Game Informer
    Revel in the pixel-perfect GC and destructive, slowdown-free gameplay. You can thank me later. [Dec 2005, p.190]
  7. On the PSP, it really shines, offering up a portable dungeon hack that matches its consoles counterparts in just about everyway -- something you can rarely say for a PSP port.
  8. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    This is exactly the kind of game the PSP needs. [Jan 2006, p.106]
  9. Fans of last year’s X-Men Legends game are going to absolutely love what Raven has done with Rise of the Apocalypse.
  10. A fairly linear game, and while there is a sense of exploration, the path for the game is fairly easy to find and it is difficult to get off-track into an area you shouldn’t be in.
  11. Expect a long adventure with an excellent amount of replay value due to trying out all of the characters available.
  12. Provides a console quality experience in portable form. With danger room missions and comic book side stories, as well as unlockable characters and conceptual art, you will surely be playing X-Men Legends 2 long after the credits roll.
  13. Technical glitches aside, this is an excellent port of the console title that doesn't cut any corners with the story or a number of the features in the game, which is a feat in and of itself.
  14. I suggest a purchase for anyone who has a PSP and likes Action RPGs. You do not even have to be a hardcore X-Men fan to enjoy this one.
  15. It's impressive that Raven somehow managed to cram every little detail of the game onto a handheld, but aside from the portability, there isn't much new here. However, if you haven't played the game on consoles, you won't be sacrificing anything if you pick up the PSP version.
  16. 84
    X-Men Legends 2 feels like it was made for the PSP. This style of dungeon crawler is ideal for quick bursts of action on a handheld and the addition of four player co-op sweetens the pot.
  17. Legends features a very impressive, fully orchestrated soundtrack.
  18. One of the best games this year for the PSP and one of the only solid RPG experiences out there right now.
  19. While some of the game exceeds that of the console counterparts, problems with load times, camera angles, and some unstable frame rates hold it back.
  20. The extra goodies offset the lower framerate and iffy multiplayer. The core problem still hasn't changed, though, and if you tire of the same thing easily, you're going to be even more turned off by what the PSP version offers.
  21. 80
    It's just a well developed and deep adventure game that does its genre as well as the legendary series justice.
  22. 80
    Graphically, it can be too impressive for its own good at times, and the online experience doesn't quite measure up to that of the consoles, but it does more than enough things right to make it worth a look.
  23. 80
    There's no question that X-Men Legends II is an improvement on its console predecessors -- now it's even better with a PSP version, so you can take your mayhem with you.
  24. PSM Magazine
    Its straightforward gameplay is so well suited to portable gaming that this is arguably the more desirably version. [Jan 2006, p.82]
  25. AceGamez
    If you're a Marvel Comics fan then it's an absolute must. But even if you're unaware of the story behind this oh-so-famous band of mutants, it's still worth adding to your collection and again a must for RPG fans on the go.
  26. A remarkably faithful but also remarkably flawed version of a great party game.
  27. 75
    Not quite legendary, but not apocalyptic either.
  28. The presentation, solid storyline and good use of the X-Men characters lift Rise of Apocalypse into the top echelon of PSP games. [PSW]
  29. Pure Magazine UK
    Offers a great collection of heroes to choose from and has plenty of replay value. [Jan 2007, p.63]
  30. It should go without saying that if you already own one of the home console versions of X-Men Legends II: Rise Of Apocalypse, then you can almost certainly live without the PSP version.

Awards & Rankings

#20 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
#18 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 76
  2. Negative: 6 out of 76
  1. Jul 3, 2011
    pros: decent roster of characters, pretty good graphics, interesting story. cons: boring and dark gameplay and interface, loading times arepros: decent roster of characters, pretty good graphics, interesting story. cons: boring and dark gameplay and interface, loading times are annoying, too deep for psp, all the characters' melee are similar, beast isn't a playable character. OVERALL: fun for a while but sometimes too hard and an overall dull game. Full Review »
  2. Jun 24, 2020
    Truly horrible UI design that incur unnecessary interaction and time lost on the player. Missions are simply getting from A to B exercises.
  3. Sep 20, 2013
    At first I liked this game. There was a considerable effort made for it. Its a decent team based brawler with some cool maps and good artwork.At first I liked this game. There was a considerable effort made for it. Its a decent team based brawler with some cool maps and good artwork. What bogs this game down is the missions and ugly menus. At some point you will think you have cleared the first act, but you realize you don't know what to do next. You went through every map and killed bunch of monsters, and you realize you don't understand the point of the game. Its very easy to get lost once your 2 hours+ in. At that point it ceases to be fun and you won't play it again. Full Review »