If you are in your 20s (maybe earlier but then it is more on a person-to-person basis), you remember arcade games. Besides fighting games, the most popular genre in arcades was brawlers, side-scrolling action games that usually consisted of multiple players destroying anything on screen. Konami’s “X-Men” was at the top of the brawler list.
“X-Men” is based off a pilot “X-Men” cartoon called “Pryde of the X-Men.” The show featured the team of Wolverine (With an Australian accent), Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus and Dazzler who were meeting a new recruit, Kitty Pryde, also known as Shadowcat. The crap hits the fan when the Magneto-led Brotherhood of Evil Mutants ruins the day.
The game takes this plot and expands upon it. All six X-Men, which are playable, must rescue ryde and Professor X, the creator of the X-Men. There are two different versions within this port available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3: American and Japanese. The Japanese version has extra mutant power pickups and health pickups that are available during gameplay. The American version does not have these and is much harder as a result.
The controls consist of attack, jump and mutant power buttons. All of the mutant powers are just insane and fun to watch. The wildest is Wolverine’s laser (I guess that’s what they are) beams that shoot from his frantically swinging claws. All of the mutant powers are very effective, but there is one drawback to using them, but this isn’t a drawback that hinders the game as it actually makes it more strategic.
If you do not possess any blue orbs beside your name and use your mutant power, some of your health will be drained. This feature was excellent for the arcade version as players that constantly used their mutant power had to feed more coins into the machine to stay alive. That effect is lost on the console port as you have unlimited continues.
Depending on what version of the American or Japanese version you are playing (Which have slightly different screen sizes), you can play up to four or six players. This makes online play and local play just as fun as it was in the arcade.
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