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Cut, slash and dice with Wolverine:Uncaged Edition for X-Box 360
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Xbox 360)
Member Name: Jojoborne
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Cool, exciting, dynamic and most of all fun. great for X-Men or Wolverine fans
Disadvantages: None for me.
Produced and manufactured by Activision in association with Marvel and 20th Century Fox. Developed by Raven Software.
When it comes to buying games for my X-box 360 Elite I don't usually tend to buy them on the day they come out or even the first few months; unless I really want the game and have been waiting for it to come out or looking forward to it. I tend to buy the game when it has come down in price or buy it second hand.
In Holland we have a record shop that sells games and they often have a game sale. So when I saw Wolverine for four Euros ninety-nine, brand new, I thought 'must be worth a dabble'. That's about four pounds in English money. Keep in mind that the price of the game on its launch was sixty Euros or fifty pounds.
I'm glad that I did see this game in the bargain bin because I thoroughly enjoyed it and I was hooked when I started playing.
Wolverine, who most of you will know as one of the X-men was the member of a special tactics team within the military, named 'Team X'. The team was led by Col. William Stryker and included other mutant members; notably Wolverine's half-brother Victor Creed. Wolverine left Team X after Stryker ordered him to do something he was not at all comfortable with and couldn't bring himself to do. He wanted nothing more than to lead a normal life and he sought solace in the Canadian wilderness with his sweetheart, Kayla.
Wolverine spent the next three years in a calm state and enjoyed some of the best times in his life. Then his brother Victor found them and killed Kayla. Col. Stryker offered Wolverine the chance to find and kill Victor. He was hell-bent on revenge but did not realize that Stryker was leading him into a trap. Stryker had promised to give him the weapons and tools to defeat Victor. Wolverine's whole skeleton was coated in Adamantium, which is an indestructible metal alloy. He also gained the famous adamantium claws, which protrude from each set of knuckles. Now he was ready to face Victor Creed.
Let the games begin!
I would just like to point out that a lot of reviews have loads on the storyline and not a lot in way of what buttons to use and how to execute moves, while other reviews have all the button work and game play but not much back story. Therefore I would like to cover both to try and satisfy everyone. If this makes the review long, then so be it.
I thought Wolverine would just be a straight up and at em slice and dice affair. I wasn't expecting anything to be honest and at four pounds I wasn't too bothered if it turned out to be a lame game. Don't get me wrong, the main element of the game is pretty much slice em and dice em, literally. It is full of violence, bloodshed and fighting, but to my surprise it is also loaded with platform modes and puzzle solving. It is a lot like the Lara Croft games, with more violence and less cleavage (although, Wolverine is quite endowed in the chest area for a bloke). The game offers different tasks and new levels of play the further you progress and it really kept my attention. The more I played this game, the more I liked it.
The game is split into five chapters. Each chapter has numerous sub chapters and some of the levels are quite huge. Chapter One has six sub chapters, Chapter Two has six, Chapter Three has eleven sub chapters, Chapter Four - five and Chapter Five has four.
One of the things that kept me playing is the fact that it kept me interested with the storyline, which is quite engaging, especially for a fan of super heroes and a long time comic collector like myself. I mean, it's no Lord of the Rings but it is engaging enough to keep you curious and wanting to find out what happens.
The environments are quite diverse, with a good variety of terrains to play through, such as mountains, jungles, arctic conditions and snow, medical facilities, medieval ruins and rooftop scenes. I loved the rooftop scene as you had to scale massive skyscrapers to get to the mission point and some of the moves required were quite scary at those heights.
The old ruins are particularly engaging for me as I am a fan of the Tomb Raider games. Wolverine is asked to solve various puzzles, such as opening doors and locks and working contraptions.
The movement of Wolverine is quite smooth and realistic and you actually do feel like you are maneuvering the character about the field of play. Some games are very slow and methodical and the characters are almost stiff in that they move to the eight fundamental angles of the d-pad or analogue stick. Wolverine's movement system is pretty cool and you can strike fast and escape enemies quickly if need be.
The one downside to the movement is the camera. The camera is moved with the right analogue stick. For the most part, and I mean ninety percent, the camera is great and you get some real good views from atop mountains and buildings. The problem occurs when you are cornered by an enemy, usually a large one. It can be hard to get out at the same time as moving the camera around to the apt third person position. This can be a little tedious. It is not a massive problem though as it doesn't occur too often and can be resolved. This is the only real fault I can mention about this game and it is not, like I said, a major one as it is a problem inherent in most third person games. On the whole the camera moves smoothly and rapidly.
Wolverines abilities and special moves
Wolverine can perform the following basic movements:
Move - Left analogue
Dash - Left bumper
Lunge - Right bumper
Block - left trigger
Special Powers - right trigger
Light Attack - X button
Heavy Attack - Y button
Jump - A button
Grab - B button
Pause Game - start button
Character Traits - back button
Feral Senses - up on D-pad
Claws - down on D-pad
Look - right analogue
As you progress through the game you can pick up special abilities which are gained by pressing and holding the right trigger in conjunction with the relevant button; A, B , X or Y to implement the special ability attached to that particular button.
The special moves are as follows:
Right trigger and A - This causes Wolverine to go into 'Claw Cyclone' and repeatedly pressing A while keeping the right trigger held will prolong the attack. Wolverine spins in a sideways roll sort of like a horizontal crucifix position with his claws out.
Right trigger and X - is a 'Claw Spin', which is more of an upright crucifix spin with claws out. This is one of my favourite moves and you can kill a lot of enemies at once with this move.
Right trigger and Y - is the 'Claw Drill'. This causes Wolverine to fly at his enemies while he is spinning headfirst in corkscrew fashion, like a drill; very effective for taking out one stubborn enemy.
Right trigger and B - causes Wolverine to go into 'Berserk' mode. In this mode all of his attacks and blows are more damaging and much stronger and combined with the button combinations can be devastating.
Each special move can be given boosts and upgrades by spending skill points. Skill points are awarded for leveling up throughout the game. You collect experience points for killing enemies and progressing. Each time you reach a certain amount of points you 'level up' and are awarded skill points to spend on the character screen. The upgrade costs vary and get more expensive the more you upgrade a certain move or skill.
You can also hold down B and then press Y quickly to grab an opponent and move into quick kill mode. You will then have to press a button repeatedly in order to carry out the kill to some stunning effects.
Throughout the game there are dog tags to collect from dead soldiers. These give you experience points towards leveling up. Collecting them all also earns an achievement.
On top of the special moves you can also get special bonuses called 'Mutagens'. These are dotted around the game areas and all you do to gain them is walk Wolverine over them. There are eight mutagens in all, and each has three levels.
They are as follows:
Healing Factor, Samurai, Art of War, Rampage, Blood Rage, Vitality, Savage and Shredder.
When Wolverine's health is too low you need to avoid being hit while he regenerates his health. Healing factor reduces the healing time before regeneration starts.
Builds up Wolverine's combat reflexes quicker.
Art of War
This creates a damage boost from combat reflexes.
Increases Wolverine's maximum rage on top of special moves.
This increases the damage Wolverine does when he is near death, thus enabling you to defeat a particularly tricky enemy before they defeat you.
Increases Wolverine's maximum health.
Each time Wolverine kills or damages an enemy or opponent, a small amount of health is gained.
This increases the damage caused by fury attacks.
Of the eight mutagens, Wolverine can only carry three at any given time. This is only once you are on a higher level. At the start of the game, Wolverine is only allowed one mutagen and you unlock the other two as the game progresses and your level gets higher. Once you find a mutagen it is on level one and there are two other levels to find for that mutagen. Each level makes the mutagen more powerful.
There are also five reflexes which Wolverine builds up during battles. These are Machete, Machine Gunner, Jungle Mutants, Robots and Specialized Military Units.
There are also three levels for each reflex and each reflex increases damage toward that particular opponent or opponents from any given group.
Pressing up on the D-pad causes the screen to go bright as it is bathed in a yellow and white glow. This is Wolverine's feral sense. Any object that is useful or can be moved, manipulated or throw will so up in bright green on the screen in contrast to the bright background. This is a good ability to have and to use when you're stuck at a tricky spot in the game, as it can often reveal something that you have missed on the normal game screen.
Lunging to an enemy is a great way to kill them. By pressing the right bumper and then jump Wolverine can leap amazing lengths to land on an enemy. Sometimes this is the only way to reach an out of the way level. You may be falling from a crumbling ledge to certain death and spot an enemy on an adjacent ledge. If you're quick you can lunge over to him to save yourself and kill him of course. There is no better stress reliever than lunging onto a helicopter and giving it a few claw slashes, then punching through the windscreen, lifting out the pilot and thrusting his head through the rotor blades. Lovely jubbly!
Apart from his renegade half-brother, Wolverine has to deal with an array of enemies in the game. Some are simple foot soldiers with guns and are easy to kill. Others are a little trickier as they take five or six hits to kill. There are strange creatures with pointed staffs, machete hunters, robots, heavily armoured guards and all sorts. There are ghost soldiers who disappear and reappear at will. One of the fun things about killing them is pulling their shotguns out of their hand and making them blow their own heads off.
Some of the opponents are huge and can only be defeated by avoiding and then jumping on their backs. They take about twenty to thirty hits to kill and can be tricky when there is three or four of them. These are called Leviathans. There are bigger versions of these called W.E.N.D.I.G.O prototypes and it is great battling these.
I don't want to give away all of the enemies as there are some really good ones and it's best to come across them yourself as some of them are surprising and have some neat moves or tricks up their sleeves.
By reaching certain parts of the game you can unlock Bonus games where you can find 'Legendary Wolverine', 'Classic Wolverine' and 'X-Force' Wolverine. Once these are unlocked you can play as them in the game. It's great playing as the legendary Wolverine in the old black and yellow suit.
If you finish a complete play through of the game it unlocks the 'Hard difficulty'.
For those of you who like achievements, which I must admit has grown on me, there, are some real good ones to get in this game. I completed one play through and managed to get over eight hundred of the thousand on offer. I am going to attempt the others and as one of them is to finish the game on hard difficulty it looks like I will be playing the whole game through again. I honestly don't mind this though as it is entertaining.
Graphics and sound
The graphics on Wolverine are superb. Ok, there are some bigger companies who produce bigger games whose graphics are better but Activison has got some great developers working for them. Some of the colours and textures are amazing and it gives a real good and realistic feel to the overall game play. The sound effects are realistic too and the music is not off putting at all. Some of the music manages to add to the atmosphere and tension on some of the levels.
My dog Jessie and Wolverine
Jessie, my English Cocker Spaniel also enjoyed this game and sat at the foot of the television on numerous occasions enthralled in the antics of the silver clawed one. She woofed and chuntered a few times and wagged her tail.
I really enjoyed playing this game and it is not very often that I can complete a game and still want to play it. I think I will replay Wolverine on the hard level to see how much more difficult it is and to get the achievement of course.
Some of the bosses and harder to defeat enemies are fun to tackle but it can be a little repetitive at times with some of the easy to kill or pawn enemies. It is not a difficult game to play and will appeal to the recreational game player and comic fans.
The more hardcore gamer might find it a little easy and unappealing because of the lack of online play.
It is not a massively long game but is worth the money and if you want to get all the achievements then you definitely have your work cut out and it makes the game a lot longer.
My favourite comic character is Daredevil and I can only hope that one day someone will make a Daredevil game that is as good and enjoyable as Wolverine.
It would've been nice if more characters and levels were available via downloadable content on X-box live but none ever materialized.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes a fun game with lots of fighting mixed with platform and puzzle levels. It's has a good story to it and is a must for comic fans and especially X-men or Wolverine fans.
You can probably pick it up in the UK for seven pounds or so now and it is definitely worth it.
So if you're after a cheap thrill and some good fun, you can't do much better than X-men Origins - Wolverine -Uncaged Edition.
Jessie says so, so it has to be.... right?
Summary: Cut, slash and dice with Wolverine:Uncaged Edition for X-Box 360
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