Cubed3 Nintendo gaming, Wii and DS

X-Men Legends (GameCube) Review

Going on previous X-Men titles, Legends was always going to have a hard time to change the wind. Average beat 'em ups weren't supposed to work with X-Men, but RPGs?! You must be joking, surely? Nope. In a complete turnabout, Activision has put a substantial amount of time and effort into injecting a franchise with new life. Does it give us the ultra mutant goodness we want or do we merely get flashing blinks? Read on to find out...

Rather than focusing on one on one fights and stealth, Legends centres around the team aspect that made the X-Men great in the first place, allowing players to take control of their favourite heroes. The idea is sound; you can have four X-Men on the team with their unique powers, strengths and weaknesses and this introduces a tactical element

Screenshot for X-Men Legends on GameCube - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Having a real-time combat system in an RPG is fine, but you need to get it right. The combos are there, subtle differences between character's attacks are there and by combining these with your mutant powers, you can do some inventive and enjoyable fighting, but it sometimes feels forced. More often than not, you'll be accompanied by a team of either CPU or human controlled characters, which is where problems start. The AI (throughout the game, not just your allies) is questionable at first, but then you realize that they tend to act like 2-bit cows asked to run a government. They'll get in your way, in the way of your attacks and get themselves killed trying to attack enemies without you either being able to do anything or not even being able to command them. It's worse when you're fighting a powerful boss requiring tactics

Screenshot for X-Men Legends on GameCube - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review


Things in co-op are a bit better: the challenge is higher and more engaging; you can pull off better combos and even get tactics involved if you have more than 2 people playing (get your sibling to be your decoy! Excellent!). Unfortunately, the game doesn't fully take advantage of the co-op setting in the main game, there's no puzzles, or at least none requiring a days meditation and you can't split up and tackle a large level separately for example, instead having to cope with waiting for the second player to catch up after getting caught on stairs. The design of the game is also quite linear and limited at times, which is slightly disappointing considering that the game is about adapting and customisation, but otherwise it pulls off, but only just.

Screenshot for X-Men Legends on GameCube - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Looking into the engine pushing the game, it feels a bit sluggish. The loading times are frequent, but thankfully not too long, but it still feels like the GameCube is being held back somewhat. The frame-rate drops considerably when there are about five enemies on the screen and the graphics, while in the same style of the comic books, are a bit lacking when it comes to the characters (you need to see these guys in conversation, it's like the Thunderbirds, where the person talking jiggles about spontaneously) and the textures and range of colours start to irritate after a while. Sometimes it feels levels are blurred and obscured, while some others look quite decent. Across the board, they are satisfactory (at least the camera behaves itself), but by no means excellent.

The game's finest hour is its sound quality throughout. The music suits the levels perfectly, rising and changing during heated battles and there are some good themes. The voice acting is superb; there are a few famous faces behind the characters (both from Star Trek, including Captain Picard himself, Patrick Stewart!), giving them each a unique identity that can be recognised, and they're all clear and stay faithful to both the cartoons and the comics, and are really enjoyable to listen to, from Wolverine's dry sense of humour to Iceman's constant flirting. All in all, this game is excellent for your X-Men nut, with tons of secrets, such as comics, character bios and a story made for the fans. We just wish that there was more to the game itself.

Screenshot for X-Men Legends on GameCube- on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Gameplay

The repetitive nature of running around a unimaginative map lets it down. However, learning new moves and levelling up, the combo system and co-op modes go some way to stop it being a limp title.

Graphics

Lacking in detail and texture at the best of times, the graphics are weak as Tetley, with the characters lacking definition or mouths.

Sound

The sound is the best aspect of the game, consistently drawing you into the scenarios and challenges that the X-Men cope with.

Value

The plot is engrossing enough to keep you playing and the extras available are extensive, just make sure boredom doesn't set in beforehand...

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Good - Bronze Award

About this score
Rated 7 out of 10

While not being a disaster, Legends can start grinding nerves because of its numerous flaws and oversights, which is a pity because working as a team from a gameplay perspective, especially in co-op, is an intuitive idea. Hopefully the next time will see an improvement in the way it is executed.

Read and post comments

 Buy X-Men Legends (GameCube) Buy X-Men Legends (GameCube)

Buy X-Men Legends on AmazonBuy X-Men Legends on Shop To Buy X-Men Legends on GameBuy X-Men Legends on TescoBuy X-Men Legends on The Hut

Share this Review Share this Review

16.10.2004

2

2562

Games you may also like...

Developer

Raven

Publisher

Activision

Genre

Real Time RPG

Players

4

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10 (5 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

Reader comments - add yours today Comments on this Review

i've been having problems getting in since monday. tonight seems to be really bad for some reason, took me about 10mins and several hundred refreshs to get in.

Senior ModeratorStaff Member

We'll be back and running full steam soon enough! :Smilie

Adam Riley < Operations Director :: Senior Editor :: Cubed3 Limited >
Word of Adam | Voice123 Profile | AdamC3 on Twitter

Comment on this review

You can comment as a guest or join the Cubed3 community below: Sign Up for Free Account Login

Preview PostPreview Post Your Name:
Validate your comment
  Enter the letters in the image to validate your comment.
Submit Post

Subscribe to this topic Subscribe to this topic

If you are a registered member and logged in, you can also subscribe to topics by email.

Follow this topic Follow this topic

Keep up with new comments with the RSS feed for this topic, or subscribe via email above.
Turqoise Radio - Cubed3's Glass to the Wall
Sign up today for blogs, games collections, reader reviews and much more
Latest news and updatesSite Feed
Vote on our latest community pollNintendo Poll
Vote: Which eShop Games will you Download this Week?
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Demo
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
Golden Sun
I am in the Movie
Mario Golf: World Tour Demo
My Exotic Farm
My Farm
Nintendo Pocket Football Club
Putty Squad
Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons
Member of the weekMember of the Week
This week's top member is Azuardo, awarded the most stars for great posts.
Online Play and ChatOnline Nintendo Play & Chat
General Chatroom: Click here to chat Wii U Nintendo Network Codes - Find other Nintendo Wii U users 3DS Nintendo Network Codes - Find other Nintendo 3DS users
Listen to our Nintendo Jukebox - Classic Mario, Zelda, Metroid songs and more Nintendo news and reviews on the move