Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 51
  2. Negative: 25 out of 51
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  1. Sep 29, 2011
    Silicon Knights may not be treading into its Eternal Darkness territory here, but at least it's steering clear of its Too Human regime. This Destiny's got some weight behind it.
  2. Sep 28, 2011
    I stopped having "true fun" about halfway through X-Men: Destiny and sadly finished out of obligation and a curiosity to see how the story would unfold. Hopefully, if you're a bigger fan of the X-Men franchise than I am you'll have a better time. Casual gamers should probably skip – this is one for true X-Men aficionados.
  3. Oct 4, 2011
    The action is fun, if not monotonous, and there is simply nothing special about it at all. Still, I had fun the entire time I was playing the game, and that speaks volumes in my book.
  4. Sep 27, 2011
    Add in some middling environment and character visuals on top of the lackluster gameplay, and X-Men Destiny has some big problems.
  5. Oct 17, 2011
    There's no reason to play it, but it is not actively bad the way that some games are. It simply exists to kill time, and to make you think of the six thousand ways it could be better.
  6. Sep 29, 2011
    Unfortunately it feels like Silicon Knights wrote the story on the back of a cocktail napkin and employed absolutely zero imagination in building the enemies we'd be facing.
  7. Oct 2, 2011
    X-Men: Destiny feels like a demo for a bigger game that never was. Little of the excitement that could have followed in the booted footsteps of X-Men Legends or Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is buried within its too-short campaign and thin smattering of gameplay. It's Dynasty Warriors for mutants; it can be fun at the outset, even with all the button-mashing, but the boxed-in world is not enough to distract from the hollow feeling of this particular destiny.
  8. Games Master UK
    Nov 20, 2011
    We expected so much more. [Christmas 2011, p.65]
  9. Oct 27, 2011
    Despite a few interesting game mechanics and Mike Carey's writing, X-Men Destiny is a pale adventure with no challenge whatsoever and really outdated visuals. Fans of the franchise would rather play as one of their beloved heroes or villains instead of a generic super kid, that's for sure.
  10. 55
    The premise is full of universe-expanding potential, but ultimately, it's undermined by mind-numbing gameplay.
  11. Oct 4, 2011
    Small annoyances like low quality environments and repeating enemy models may deter some players. One bright spot is the dialog, written by longtime comic book writer Mike Casey.
  12. Oct 4, 2011
    The good news for beat-'em-up fans is that the combat is fast, furious, and mostly satisfying. The bad news is that repetitive enemy types, lack of cooperative play, and confining levels are decidedly not. Even on the hardest difficulty setting, you'll beat the game within seven hours.
  13. Sep 30, 2011
    Even for an action brawler, this one is as mindless as they come.
  14. Nov 22, 2011
    The new adventure of the X-Men is poor and simple. Although the story looked interesting, the result is an average action game, without anything remarkable, that only hardcore X-Men fans will enjoy.
  15. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 20, 2012
    Destiny promised to bring a lot of choices – side to choose, moral choices… but despite on how you decide, the game won't change – you will beat hundreds and hundreds similar enemies. [Dec 2011]
  16. Dec 12, 2011
    Between those passive tendencies, the lack of strategic combat, a smattering of trite escort missions and the lack of much R in the RPG equation, the total X-Men Destiny package ends up kind of boring. It would've been nice to see Silicon Knights right its up-ended ship, but this game makes me seriously wonder if the studio's ship has already sailed.
  17. Nov 15, 2011
    About as middle of the road as it's possible to get without being some kind of pedestrian crossing. X-Men Destiny does everything in as average a fashion as possible and then some. Even hardcore X-Men fans will feel let down by the story and action that is served up, and even the few good ideas are rapidly swamped in mediocrity.
  18. Oct 31, 2011
    Although X-Men Destiny is extremely short, wrapping up at six hours or less, the game's many customization options, including three power sets with multiple individual power options, three playable characters with different backgrounds, and two factions to join, give it a lot of replay value. Unfortunately, other elements of the game are not up to snuff, and it's difficult to recommend as a full-priced product.
  19. Oct 20, 2011
    We can accept that X-Men: Destiny doesn't look the part, but the gameplay isn't anything to write home about either. The only thing it has going for it is the ability to combine mutant power.
  20. Oct 18, 2011
    X-Men Destiny is a very boring game. The gameplay is nothing special, the graphics are just not good and we haven't even begun talking about all of the glitches. It's great however that you can make a lot of choices while playing the storyline, but it's too little too late.
  21. Oct 13, 2011
    A straightforward 5-6 hours action game with very tiny RPG elements. Even a true fan on the X-Men series should think twice about buying this.
  22. Oct 12, 2011
    Overall, X-Men Destiny is a game you should avoid. It has little in the way of redeeming qualities and other than racking up some relatively easy Xbox Achievements or PlayStation Trophies, X-Men Destiny comes across as an unfinished product that will likely hit bargain bins come boxing day. Sadly, Silicon Knights' slump continues on.
  23. Oct 11, 2011
    A disappointing game, with interesting premises but with a boring gameplay and underdeveloped RPG elements.
  24. If you can swallow the pad-mashing mechanics and wince your way through Silicon Knights' ham-fisted attempts at delivering back-story, there's a certain satisfaction to be had replaying to unlock new suits and powers.
  25. Sep 29, 2011
    X-Men: Destiny isn't a bad game -- it just plays like an unfinished one.
  26. Sep 27, 2011
    Some boss battles are absolutely thrilling, and the plot, while somewhat convoluted, definitely feels like a proper X-Men story, but the dull, monotonous battles and lack of polish hamstring the game.
  27. Sep 29, 2011
    It's a shame that a clever concept was not given the care required to shape an epic quest with a completely fresh hero. From the short story and flaccid combat to the poor technical skill in the music and visuals, a few scattered collectibles and a handful of Achievements/Trophies are not enough to justify a sixty dollar purchase. In fact, it's probably not even worth the few dollars to rent unless you're a diehard fan of the series who must play every game, whether good or bad.
  28. Nov 15, 2011
    The worst thing about X-Men: Destiny however is the complete lack of any multiplayer whatsoever. A game like this screams for at least 2 player co-op, along the lines of far superior games like X-Men Legends. Even if it's just so you can share your pain with someone else.
  29. Oct 11, 2011
    I wish it wasn't true, but X-Men: Destiny is a dud
  30. Oct 10, 2011
    It's about as bland as a game can get.
  31. Nov 30, 2011
    It is an amateurish approach to see a waste of the X-Men: Destiny game's potential. It is a pity that another game title of the famous comics brand did not work out and that the reasons to play it can be counted on four fingers of a single hand.
  32. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Nov 15, 2011
    This game's destiny? The bargain bin. [Issue#78, p.84]
  33. Oct 17, 2011
    X-Men Destiny has only one positive aspect: the screenplay, written by Mike Carey. Everything else, gameplay, graphics and sound, is difficult to define, if not with a peremptory: disaster.
  34. Oct 14, 2011
    The newest game from Silicon Knights is so mediocre and bland, it's very hard to believe that it was made by the same people who brought us Too Human and Eternal Darkness.
  35. Oct 9, 2011
    It's as if Silicon Knights threw together a boring action brawler and slapped the X-Men name on it to sell more copies.
  36. Oct 4, 2011
    The argument has been made a lot in the video game industry. Which is better five hours of exceptional gameplay or twenty hours of good gameplay? Don't worry about that with X-Men Destiny it's not only short but it's just flat out a bad game. Unless you want easy achievement points there are far too many great titles this holiday to waste your time with this one.
  37. Oct 3, 2011
    Top to bottom, this game feels rushed, a supposition backed up by Silicon Knights' history of protracted development cycles, from which X-Men: Destiny did not benefit. While politics of why that's the case, as well as speculation on the impact more time and money would've had on the game, are ultimately irrelevant to the game's failures as they are, it's not that hard to see how it could've been something great.
  38. Sep 29, 2011
    In X-Men: Destiny, mindless combat and meaningless choices combine to create a new mutation of boredom.
  39. Sep 27, 2011
    This game should not have made it past the concept stages, not for a property so well-loved like Marvel, since there's no execution that could have fixed this, either.
  40. Oct 27, 2011
    X-Men Destiny isn't inherently bad; it's just unfinished and unpolished with a few poor design choices that make for a shallow experience.
  41. Oct 3, 2011
    If you're a fan of the X-Men, you might find something to enjoy in this game, since there are tons of characters, and lots of powers to try out. But the game is so fundamentally flawed it will undoubtedly disappoint even those committed fans.
  42. Sep 29, 2011
    An absolute mess that isn't worth your time.
  43. games(TM)
    Nov 16, 2011
    Destiny is so bad that it could force players to question their cherished memories of Eternal Darkness. [Issue#115, p.106]
  44. Oct 7, 2011
    With a running time of just about 4 hours from start to finish, it seems obvious that you're meant to play X-Men Destiny with all three characters, but there's no reason to. It's repetitive, ugly, stupid, and boring.
  45. Oct 6, 2011
    If you are an X-Men fan, save your money. If you must, give it a rental. But under no circumstances should you waste your money on this. The less people buy it the better, maybe then Activision will get the message that they can't get away with substandard rubbish like this.
  46. 30
    The X-Men don't have a great history in video games but this is possibly their worst outing yet and offensively poor value for money even for fans.
  47. Sep 28, 2011
    It's a careless, cynical, opportunistic mess that Silicon Knights and Activision should be ashamed to release. In fact, its concision almost comes back around to being a virtue, because at least you can quickly move onto something more pleasurable, like selling X-Men Destiny to a stupid friend you hate, or burying a beloved family pet.
  48. Oct 26, 2011
    Thankfully short lived, X:Men: Destiny fails to capture the fun and excitement of the Marvel Universe.
  49. Oct 4, 2011
    X-Men: Destiny fails as a game and as an X-Men property and there isn't an X-Gene in the world that can fix it.
  50. Sep 30, 2011
    X-Men: Destiny is an ugly, boring, lazy little game. Even if it were free, it would be insulting to have one's time wasted in this way, but the fact it's being sold for sixty dollars rubs salt in the wound. It tries to eke out an existence by pretending to be a far richer and more satisfying game than it is, but the promise of a better experience only serves to hammer home just how bad the final product actually is.
  51. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Oct 31, 2011
    Even for the notoriously shabby ghetto of licensed-games, X-Men Destiny represents a new low. Activision have sent this one out to die. [Christmas 2011, p.102]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 76
  2. Negative: 34 out of 76
  1. Sep 27, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. By far the worst X-Men game ever made. It is sad that this ever got past a concept design. The voice acting is awful, the graphics are early X360 at best, even the subtitles don't match the voice dialogue. Furthermore, the designers had little to no background on the X-Men other than the NPC characters. Silicon Knights didn't do any homework. They barely put an effort into this for a good game. Do you get to choose X-Men/Brotherhood? Yes. Do any other choices make a difference? No, it's simply dumb dialogue. Apparently suits grant powers in this game too. What?

    If you REALLY are an X-Men/Marvel/Comic fan, I would say rent this at best. Mostly to just see how they ruined some favorite characters and concepts (like Nightcrawler. Lets give Kurt some dreadlocks and hippie rings on his tail). Anyone else, it is your money, and you can do as you want with it. But it is not anywhere close to a 9, or even a 5 at that. It's glitchy and even sluggish at times.
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  2. Sep 28, 2011
    The honest truth is this game needed a lot more time in development. The graphics overall are somewhat ugly. The animations can be stiff andThe honest truth is this game needed a lot more time in development. The graphics overall are somewhat ugly. The animations can be stiff and just as ugly. And the ability to handle your character in terms of gameplay isn't quite what one would expect or want for forking over $60. BUT, I have found myself really enjoying this game none the less. A lot of people have complained that you're not playing as a previously established X-Men or Brotherhood member. But honestly, you interact and fight alongside a huge cast. And the fact that you can upgrade and craft your own mutant with they own unique abilities is way more compelling to me. The gameplay isn't overly deep. You'll essentially move from section to section, and you'll beat up a huge group of enemies. Then some more enemies. Then some more enemies, with some bigger meaner enemies. So on and so forth. Its a beat 'em up game, plain and simple, with some RPG upgrading elements to help keep things from getting stale. And sometimes, all one really wants is a simple beat 'em up. In my opinion, beats another mindless First Person Shooter. Anyways, the story won't blow you away, but at the same time its solid. The voice acting is pretty good overall as well. If you enjoy the X-Men franchise, don't mind a simple minded yet fun beat 'em up game with fun upgrading aspects, and can cope with some less than beautiful graphics and animations, this game should satisfy. I will suggest that most people wait until the price drops below $60. But, as a rental from Redbox at $2 a night, its a hell of a fun game. Full Review »
  3. Oct 3, 2011
    X-Men: Destiny had such great promise; unfortunately it failed dismally in delivering on it...

    You start out by choosing one of three
    X-Men: Destiny had such great promise; unfortunately it failed dismally in delivering on it...

    You start out by choosing one of three youngsters oblivious to their mutant abilities and predictably once a horrific event takes place you discover you them. Throughout the course of the game you make various choices to help you expand upon these abilities. To keep it simple the game uses a mix of choices at key moments and a simple "Power branch system" in order to define what powers you utilise and which you will expand on. This sounds fantastic, but it's not really. The main power choices are pretty limited and result in much the same thing whichever way you go. The "Sub Powers" allow you to define the type of attack and defence modifiers each of your chosen powers has, e.g. Pyro's fire or Colossusâ
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