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X-Men Legends (PS2)

Platform : PlayStation2
4.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Create a dream squad from 15 different X-Men
  • Upgrade team and characters and unlock new abilities
  • Enemies include the Brotherhood of Mutants, Sentinels and more
  • Multiple gameplay modes including co-operative multi-player
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  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0000A1P6O
  • Release Date: 22 Oct. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,288 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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X-Men: Legends features favourite characters from the powerhouse Marvel franchise in an immersive action RPG. The story begins when the X-Men learn that Magneto, their greatest adversary, has devised a plan to give mutants the power to reign supreme over humans. The X-Men are then forced to battle Magneto to prevent global chaos and stop their foes from imprisoning the human race. In order to save the world from certain destruction, players must build the perfect X-Men team by recruiting new members and deciding how best to upgrade their powers and abilities. Players will need to choose the best combination of heroes to tackle each unique obstacle as they face a threat that could destroy all of mankind.

Gamers can pick their favourite X-Men character and upgrade each character's attributes to create their perfect team. Recruiting from 15 different heroes including Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey, players gain experience, upgrade their team, characters and unlock new abilities to aid in the quest. X-Men: Legends also features a multi-branching, mission-based storyline that allows for abundant replay value. Players can play solo or cooperatively with up to three friends as they battle evil mutants. Dynamic joining allows new players to become part of the adventure at any time during the game.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Although it was actually the first X-Men film that ushered in the current wave of (mostly) quality superhero films, the best the video game world has ever had to shout about is the Spider-Man games. This could all be about to change though as X-Men: Legends looks to be one of the first games to both do justice to its source and play a decent game at the same time.

Rather than being a simplistic fighting game, X-Men: Legends is actually an action role-playing game cum real-time strategy. The game is viewed from an overhead perspective and you get to take control of a team of four X-Men, chosen from a wider range of the comics best and brightest. You can only control one character at a time though, with the others following along behind and reacting to danger semi-autonomously.

You always have full control of the mood and tactics of all your team members though, being able to set them as passive or aggressive as well as choosing their formation and position in the team. Each level also features multiple "extraction points" so you can quickly swap new team members into your group and generally you're given as much control over strategy and tactics as you could wish.

It's always nice to see a company trying something a bit different with a license and, although both graphics and gameplay do occasionally appear a little simplistic, X-Men and RPG fans alike should find plenty to enjoy here. -- David Jenkins


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I have been a fan of the X-Men stories for years (back when people would look at you funny if you mentioned Wolverine or Colossus). When I heard that they were going to try and design a game where you could conrol a team of your favourite X-Men - well the anticipation was hard to bear.
What usually happens next is disappointment.
Not this time.
The developers have got it spot on. The little phrases the characters utter, the various relationships between them and, much to my pleasure, it is based on the comics - not the cartoons. This means people like Jubilee are much better.
It is up to you to pick the appropiate four X-Men for your team to progress through each level. It helps to have a leader like Cyclops or Storm. Iceman, Jean Grey or Magma can create bridges. It is up to you to get the blend just right, but it can be frustrating when you discover that you cannot go forward unless you bring back Cyclops to optic blast something (a minor complaint - you figure out who is going to be needed fairly quickly).
The graphics are great, with the powers shown to fantastic effect. I agree with a previous reviewer, who said that some bits look a little PS1-ish, but I believe that this is just the briefing scenes. The main game looks great and is easy to control.
The game has an excellent storyline and the developers have done great again, by hiring 'Man Of Action' to pen the story. Many in this group used to work for Marvel, writing X-Men comics - so they know their stuff.
The flashback sequences that you can play are also excellent, without distracting from the main story. The chance to take on Sentinels, fight Juggernaught at the X-Manision or take a trip down memory lane with Logan, when he burst out of the tank at Weapon X, is amazing.
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By A Customer on 13 Dec. 2004
The third X-men game to appear on the Playstation 2 and the first one that looks able to define the X-men as who know and love them, but does it live up to this? Previous attempts at converting the uncanny ones resulted in the awkward X-men: Next dimension and the average X: 2 Wolverine's Revenge
While these games were ok they never had a chance of exploring the team-based action the X-men represent through their many mediums of comic, film and cartoon. However, X-men legends addresses this problem reverting to a roaming action/adventure game including RPG elements. The game uses the same engine and dynamics as Baldur's gate so fans of this series will understand the mechanics of the game.
The game sees you taking control of up to four x-men at a time as your progress through missions suing your mutant abilities to defeat all manner of mutant evil doers. All X-men have quite different abilities and teams can be swapped over at any save point dotted throughout the levels. RPG elements enter the game through the traditional 'experience points' method as your team receives points for each objective completed and enemy defeated. Characters gain more moves and powers as you progress; these are all faithfully recreated from the marvel characters we know.
It does take different tactics to get the most of out of the characters. With Cyclops' optic beams its more effective to hang back and deal damage from a distance, with Wolverine's claws and healing factor it's more productive to head straight into the
action with claws at the ready.
The graphics are hardly anything unique anymore. The most over-used graphical style award goes to........ Cel-shading. This looks ok and probably will relate more to the cartoon x-men fan but can look childish to the rest of us.
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When I first heard about x-men ledgends I thought that it would just be another average game,but the more I have found out about the greater it looks.You get to customize your own team of 4 characters from Wolverine,Cyclops,Storm,Angel,Psylocke,Proffeser X,Beast,Phoenix,Nightcrawler,Gambit,Rogue,Iceman and Collossus {to name but a few}.This is gonna be an good solid RPG game and will do better than the other X-Men games released.Amazon says 8 oct but it might not come out until late oct and mid nov.This is gonna be a great game to X-Men lovers and will offer RPG gamers another great RPG game.
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As a huge fan of Cyclops, Storm, Wolverine and Co. I've been waiting for a worthy game for so long. Then in 2004 X-Men Legends delivered and it is still the best X-Men game out there.

The source material feels well-honoured in a story that sees you going up against both General Kincaid's Sentinels and Magneto's Brotherhood. The plot is progressed by completing levels, using an awesome-foursome of X-Men. You pick from a roster of over 10 favourites like Colossus, Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, Rogue, Storm and Wolverine. These levels are seperated by spending time exploring the X-Mansion, including its vast grounds and sub-basement.

The gameplay in the levels is frenzied and fun. I often found myself button-bashing in true arcade style, unleashing various uncanny (pun intended) powers with the likes of Beast, Colossus and Wolverine. However, you can take a more tactical approach and pick off foes at a distance with the likes of Cyclops and Storm.

My only gripe is that the cut-scenes, considering what games like Final Fantasy VII could do on PS One, could be better. Despite this, X-Men Legends is still more than good enough to warrant 5/5 Stars.
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