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I became a fan of the X-Men several years ago when I first watched the original cartoon series, and then X-Men Evolution. I liked these series so much that I even hunted down the rubbish pilot episode of X-Men... Pryde of the X-Men (it's pretty bad :( )... When I first saw this gameboy game at a pretty affordable price (around £10) instead of £20+ like the other games, I was convinced to purchase it. It's an old game made for the already out-dated gameboy advance, but if you're like me and still search around for these gameboy advanced games than I hope this review helps you!
The start is promising (for me anyway)... cue dramatic music and graphics featuring the popular goodies and baddies. There is a multiplayer option for VS Mode and Co-Op Mode, but unfortunately I had nobody to play with since you have to connect up your console to another one.
The single player mode features 4 memory slots, selecting one of these always gives you the option of whether you want to rewrite it or not. You get a choice of 4 players to play with once you start a new slot. There is Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops and Rogue. Each of them is presented with facts about ability and name, height and weight...
"Returning from a journey to the mojoverse, the x-men enter into a..." There is a small text block that you press through to set the scene at the beginning. Basically the X-Men return to find that their home has been wrecked and they must battle their usual foes.
As you start playing the level, you get commentary from each of the 4 players. It's worth noting that the player you've selected from the start will be the player for the rest of the game. From each scene your task is now to battle through all the mutants that come your way - these aren't Magneto&Co...rather they are just lowly drones that are boring and easy to defeat. This is pretty monotonous and it's set up so that they are just coming at you - you can't move forwards at all until you've defeated the amount they want you to. As you attack and get hurt, you can also see your energy dwindling... This does get tiresome because throughout each level you are pretty much fighting the same drones with only the reward of one of the familiar enemy characters later. It isn't that the mutants that come before X-men's traditional foes are hard to beat, there is just a lot of them.
There are over 10 levels, and having finished this game more than once, you can do the whole thing pretty quickly. The characters don't seem to have any advantage over each other apart from some just look a tad cooler when fighting than others, etc.... I was a little disappointed since the gameplay was much shorter than the other games I've played. Heck, even Pokemon was a lot more entertaining and took up about 8-10 times more time than this game!
I love the thought that went into the graphics though. The backgrounds and animation for the main characters are really nicely done. I like the comic styled commentary that I mentioned before which makes it feel a bit more special than other games.
You can't really do many moves, so your character is just stuck with doing the same thing over and over again... and you are, most likely, going to be sat there bashing your A button or something... Magneto & Co are more difficult to beat than the surge of mutants, but you still don't feel like there was much challenge in doing so!
It's an OK game that is rather mindless and repetitive. I love the graphics and wouldn't mind playing this when I'm really bored, and for the money I paid, it's really not too bad. If you want a serious, action packed game that is more than just button bashing, I definitely wouldn't recommend it! 2.5 stars from me...
X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse is a beat em up game on the gameboy advance. On their return from the mojoverse the X-men are sucked into a parallel dimension where the king is apocalypse. wolverine, cylcops storm and rogue must battle there way deep into sentinel territory to defeat apocalypse and find there way home.
The graphics of the characters are great and very colourful with excellent animation. The enemy's are also challenging enough to make the game fun but not too challenging for the game to be tedious and frustrating. There are also 16 bosses in the way some of which you will find familiar such as magneto. There are 12 locations throughout the game including the golden gate bridge and a moon base.
The game also features two-player multiplayer and upgradable characters. The two-player mode is co-operative over various stages and is great fun to play. As you play through levels defeating enemy after enemy you will earn points with which can upgrade your characters strength, mutant powers and vitality.
Unfortunatley the music is very short and constantly looping and repeating itself and the sound effects are somewhat rubbish too. The gameplay is also very basic and is in no way original though thats not to say it isnt fun. The ending is also a bit of a let down.
X-men is basically your average final fight style beat em up. You have the choice of controlling 4 people. These are taken from the popular cartoon/comic/film. You can be wolverine, cyclops, storm or rogue. The graphics are very cartoonish and feature nice scrolling effects. For the first few levels you think " wow this is great". But eventually you get tired of doing the same limited moves over and over again. Each character has basically the same moves and they're arn't many. Wolverine for example has a strong punch and a weak one. Thats it. One of the highlights of the game is defeating the boss's. These come in all shapes and sizes and require differing skills to defeat them. Each has something unique about them and the boss's always presents a good challenge. The actual monsters during the level though, are all very similiar and have sketchy Artificial Intelligence (AI). They just walk and punch every now and then. The game plunges you straight into the action straight away which is a good thing but the sounds are a big dissapointment. Firstly they're mono and the music from the game is too over powering. When you punch someone istead of getting a satisfying boom you hear a little sqeak, with the music blasting away. Eventually you get bored of the similair concept in each level. It wouldnt surprise me if you dont finish the game, not because its hard but because it gets very repetitive. If you aint gonna finsh something then i wouldnt start it. This brings me to my final conclusion, dont get it! UNLESS...... The multiplayer mode in this is quite good. If you are willing to get the same cart because someone else has got it with a link cable, then do so. Although not brilliant its quite good and it livens up the single player game when they're two of you. It also features a vs match so you can get even with your best mate. The multiplayer game is the only feature which saves this gam
e, but bear in mind that you need two cartridges to have a two player game. If this is never going to happen then put it back on the shelf after you have read the back and looked at the pretty pictures.