X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Review for Xbox 360

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A new video game scheduled for release in spring 2009 to coincide with the release of the Wolverine feature film.

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7Out of 10
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That pilot's going to lose his head
That pilot's going to lose his head

That pilot's going to lose his head

Playing X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a very odd experience. It's a game based on a 12-rated summer Blockbuster, but it's more violent than any other game released this year. The violence actually makes a lot of sense when you think about it (although we're still amazed it's actually happened), but the game's high quality is really quite surprising. While Wolverine doesn't come out on top when compared to the best in the hack 'n' slash genre, it most certainly is a big step forward for movie licensed games in general.

We haven't seen the movie yet, but the game presumably follows its plot to some degree. We won't spoil too much of what goes on, but there's a twin storyline at play here, covering Logan's (played by Hugh Jackman) capture and escape from the Weapon X Facility (where he gets his Adamantium covered bones) and Team X's mission in Africa (of which Logan is a part of). There's plenty of spoiler material here if you're planning on watching the movie, but also far more content, dwarfing the multi-million blockbuster's meagre running-time.

If we started the game not really knowing what to expect, the opening sequence does a great job of setting the tone. After a helicopter you and the team are travelling in is shot down, Logan is sent into a freefall to the jungle environment below. You're in complete control here, eventually slamming with great force into an unsuspecting soldier - who understandably is squashed into a Wolverine-sized crater. It's a brilliant set-piece that gets you in the right frame of mind from the off.

From here on in it's ultra violent melee combat almost all the way through, with just a little bit of adventure-like puzzling and platforming thrown in from time to time. The puzzles and platforming are extremely light on difficulty, book-ending lengthy bouts of full-body mutilation. Thanks to what the game calls Feral Vision you're never really going to get stuck either; a simple flick over to that vision mode reveals more or less exactly where you need to go and what objects can be interacted with.

The combat is fast and great fun

The combat is fast and great fun

Back to the combat then, as this is what you're going to buy an 18-rated Wolverine game for. It's fast, blood-soaked and really gory. We're used to seeing splashes of red all over the screen in action games, but here Logan will tear off limbs, decapitate soldiers, hold people's heads in helicopter blades, smash enemies onto spikes and generally rip them to shreds. Initially the combat system feels quite light in terms of depth, but as with any good hack 'n' slash you'll acquire new moves as you progress, opening up devastating combos and finishers.

There's also a fair amount of defensive play required if you're going to succeed. Counters are handled as you might expect, with a block timed just as an enemy is about to strike giving you a window to hit them back without reply - later enemies even try to counter Logan's attacks. The dodge and dash moves also come in extremely handy, getting you out of tight spots and making it relatively easy to evade charging monstrosities.

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BLAZER

loved it.superb healing mechanics.the grab system worked great.
Posted 04:35 on 04 April 2010
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ZeitgeistReview

I made a video review of this game on my YouTube channel.

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Posted 19:56 on 02 June 2009
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Karlius

100% completed and my feelings haven't changed. Solid 8-8.5/10.

:)
Posted 19:23 on 09 May 2009
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guyderman

Played it for a couple of hours last night - It may lack a little depth - but my god it's fun - I can't believe how Bloody it is! - LOL!
Agree with the repetative Bosses though but I'm really enjoying it at the moment! - I'm prefering it to Devil May Cry 4. At the moment I'm with you Karlius I'll give it an 8 too - just for sheer fun and cool factor - this is definatley a Wolverine I've wanted to play for a long time - nice and violent!
Posted 09:43 on 02 May 2009
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thpcplayer

REally expected a 9 atlast hell i am way too short of games right now looks like i will miss it huh :(
Posted 09:11 on 02 May 2009
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guyderman

Whoo Hoo! picked it up on the way home - couldn't help myself - God I'm gonna be in trouble - LOL!
Posted 17:56 on 01 May 2009
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guyderman

I really want this game - unfortunatley the Boss (wife) said I can't spend anymore money till next payday!

*wonders why he got married*
Posted 13:17 on 01 May 2009
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Karlius

I think thats an awesom ereview Tom. I feel exactly the same way. I'd of given it an 8 though lol. Too many glitches a feel that it's been slightly rushed. The repitition of bosses gets annoying. The repitition of bosses gets annoying. The repitition of bosses gets annoying. The repitition of bosses gets annoying..... See what i mean lol. But all in all just good fun. It does get a 10 for gore.
Posted 12:55 on 01 May 2009

Game Stats

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
7
Out of 10
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • Combat is fast and fun
  • Extreme violence
  • Too much boss repetition
  • Stay too long in each location
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Release Date: 01/05/2009
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , Wii , DS , PS2 , PSP
Developer: Raven Software
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 4,018 971
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