Do you like God of War? How about Hugh Jackman, star of X-Men Origins: Wolverine? If so then boy have I got a game for you!
X-Men Origins:Wolverine is the game based on the movie of the same name. The game’s plot is basically split into two sections, one a flashback to a mission Wolverine underwent for the military in Africa somewhere(they never tell you where exactly), and the other section being the present day. The gameplay is your stand God of War style action game, where the player mows through mobs of enemies to get points to spend upgrading his abilities so that he can more quickly mow through hordes of enemies.
This game does do a couple things right. The music is decent, and the graphics are pretty good throughout. Also, the controls did seem to be pretty responsive and solid. Wolverine responds to your commands quite readily, and it is very easy to get caught up in the carnage of the moment and really get absorbed into what’s going on. However, that’s pretty much all there is to say good about it.
Wolverine is a ridiculously easy game. Like never challenging. At all. I died maybe five times on my playthrough of the game, all of which were stupid moments like accidentally running off a cliff because I wasn’t paying attention. Wolverine’s regeneration kicks in so fast, that if you ever are actually in danger of dying, simply run away/block for 15-20 seconds and you’re back at full health. Also, while Wolvy does have a fairly robust combat repetoire, the lunge ability is so abusively good that you only use the other moves because either a) you want the achievements for using them, or b) you are fighting one of the 3-4 enemies in the game that you cannot lunge at. The story is abysmal as well. The climax of the movie is barely shown in the game, and other scenes from the movie are not even mentioned. The Africa mission that I mentioned above is taken from maybe a 20-30 minute scene in the movie that exists purely for explaining why wolverine and sabretooth don’t get along anymore, as well as introducing you to the movie’s other mutant stars. This 20 minute scene is drug out into 3-4 hours of gameplay intersperced between the modern day missions. The modern day missions were interesting and varied, but the Africa missions felt like the same level over and over again. I actually audibly groaned when the game flashed back to Africa, because I knew I was in for the same thing yet again.
So here’s the bottom line: If you really like this style of game, or if you are a total Marvel Comics nerd, rent this game. Otherwise, I wouldn’t even spend the three dollars on a rental.
Experience with the Game: Played through the entire game on Normal Difficulty
Reccomendation: Avoid It
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