‘X-Men’ underwhelming, lacks replay valueWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“X-Men Destiny” (Activision) sets the series back with an underwhelming experience and low replay value. “X-Men: Destiny” focuses on new mutant recruits who find themselves unsettled without Professor X’s peaceful presence. The X-Men, Brotherhood, and mutant-hating humans called the Purifiers present endless characters and scenarios in a one-player story-based
format, but the limited button-mashing combat disappoints. The familiar low strategy, beat ’em up combat needs sharper graphics and fewer clipping issues — fantasy elements lessen when players constantly see objects and people unnaturally go through things. Combat puts players beside and against characters like Emma Frost, Gambit and Wolverine in massive melees where players can just wail on everything coming at them without hurting their allies. The boss fights confuse and frustrate, even in the easiest mode, especially when essential instructions come too late and players have no available energy boosts.
The options seem impressive at first, but basically do not mean much. Players get combat choices during key moments (energy projection, shadow matter or destiny control), but they do not change the story significantly. There are no online or co-operative modes, so the game depends on the story. Players cannot skip past the dialogue but can choose dialogue areas, which, unfortunately, do not change game outcomes. Character customization basically mashes character powers together for minimal variety.
Players can choose from three different difficulties (a higher difficulty usually just means more enemies) and use a radar screen to navigate and spot incoming enemies. Players can easily spot shiny places on buildings and objects to jump while helpful icons prompt special action spots like “ground pounds” to access undercover levels. Experienced players can conquer this underwhelming action game, but only big X-Men/hero and beat ’em up game fans get the biggest benefit here (PlayStation 3 review rating is **, rated T for action violence, mild language and mild suggestive themes; also available on Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360).