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This is 'Wolverine of war' minus a little bit of the class
on 8 July 2009
As you may know by now this new Wolverine game is heavily in debt to a certain Sony offering, hence their is a lot of button bashing and quick time events going on.If you dont like that kind of thing then you will not like this game at all, whilst some bits of it are beautifully done its very much the same all the way through.
Unfortunately repetition is the game's biggest problem - not the combat itself but the enemies you fight, there are two mini bosses that you fight over and over again (either a rock monster thing or a wendigo prototype) to the point that it gets depressing since they both use the same tactics and have similarly large healthbars (not a bad gamesplayer complaining - just an indictment of Ravens tedious gamedesign. I swear you fight these guys about ten times in the game).
There is quite a lot here to be enjoyed but theres a bit too much padding throughout the entire game, for every bit showing high invention (an awesome airborne fight against a huge sentinel being one of the highlights) theres a bit thats borderline garbage (as mentioned above regarding overdone repetition of dull hard enemies). In a nutshell for all the games promise it cannot outdo the game it is so clearly inspired by, though in general I give Raven credit for trying as this is easily their best game in a long while.
The gameplay is a little bit unsatisfactory in a few places but theres no complaints about the graphics, courtesy of the Unreal engine this looks leagues ahead of most games and almost competes with Gears 2. The voice acting is good, the plot is passable and the gore is luvverly if you like that kind of thing (and I admit with any game like this a certain amount of its appeal comes from the bloodletting).
As a fan of a certain Sony offering I quite enjoyed Wolverine, but theres a little too much bad stuff for me to rave more about it. Its solid and worth a play through but only if you like the core gameplay, which is a button bashing beat-em up - if thats your thing then give this a try, its not perfect but I'm fairly certain you'll get a decent amount of satisfaction from the game. At around 12 hours long its a little short but there are more than a few epic moments to be had throughout.