After “X-Men Legends” came out in 2004 earning praise from critics, fans and gamers alike. A sequel titled, “X-Men Legends II: Rise Of Apocalypse” was officially released in 2005 (same year the first God Of War came out) on Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2. The sequel earned more praise, followed by “Marvel Ultimate Alliance” and its two sequels released in 2009 and 2019.
Insomniac Games (the Ratchet And Clank series, Spider-Man on PS4/PS5) announced they are working on a Wolverine video game. Currently in development, it’ll be released in the future. After Disney purchased Fox, the “X-Men” film series is getting a reboot set in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” or MCU for short alongside another reboot of “Fantastic Four.” Before Wolverine’s solo game comes out, I wanna share my thoughts on Rise Of Apocalypse. Wolverine is my favorite Marvel character.
This review contains no SPOILERS. Does this game remains as one of my favorite games? Let’s find out shall we?
Strong & Weak Elements
Strong: Steve Blum, Dee Bradley Baker, Tara Strong, Grey DeLisle, James Arnold Taylor & John DiMaggio all did a fantastic job for their respective voiceover performances.
Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Professor X. He did a decent job for his voiceover performance. He also participated in “X2: Wolverine’s Revenge” and the previous X-Men Legends game.
Graphics are displayed in cel-shaded format. As if a comic book is brought to life.
Gameplay retains its dungeon crawler format like the “Diablo series.” You navigate to your objective, fight a group of baddies, choose four characters on your journey and overcome obstacles.
Combat features normal attacks with good combos, special attacks from one individual are quite effective, if two characters simultaneously use a special attack on an enemy a powerful combo comes in handy. Courtesy of the game announcer shouting “COMBO!”
Co-Op allows you to play with your buddies. Meaning, four players can play as their favorite character.
As you progress, characters gain experience points. Level Cap is 99. You’re able to invest in skill points for a character’s skills/abilities. It’s optional to select automatically or manually. If you’re having a hard time deciding which skills or buffs you want to pick, you can always reset your points for a hefty fee.
Wolverine, Gambit, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, Jean Grey, Rogue, Iceman, Bishop, Sunfire, Magneto, Juggernaut, Toad & Scarlet Witch are playable.
Three characters can be unlocked following these instructions. Tony Stark/Iron Man, collect all pieces of his armor. Beat the game once, you get Deadpool. Finish all Danger Room courses, you get Professor X standing. Both Tony & Deadpool are playable the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games.
Apocalypse, Mr. Sinister, Lady Deathstrike, Beast, (brainwashed) Angel, (brainwashed) Omega Red, Grizzly, Zealot, Abyss, Sugar Man, Sauron, (not from The Lord Of The Rings) Bastion, Garokk, Mikhail Rasputin & Stryfe all serve as bosses. Think you can defeat them all?
Once you reach a character to Level 15, you unlock his or her ultimate ability known as “Xtreme Power.” Collect a few pieces. Use it carefully if you’re in a sticky situation.
A trivia game in multiple choice centering on the X-Men lore. If you’re knowledgeable, the correct answers gives you experience points.
Placing specific team members will grant you a status buff. For example, if you pick villains like Magneto, Juggernaut, Toad & Scarlet Witch, a boost aids you on your mission. Try experimenting on random characters if you wanna keep moving forward.
You can always find a vendor near the X-Jet. Don’t forget to stock up on health and energy packs.
If you’re on a level’s main hub, you have the option to get to know your fellow teammates.
Soundtrack isn’t that bad.
Collectible comic book covers, concept art and danger room discs are scattered across various locations. Think you can find them all?
You can equip alternate costumes for your personal hero or villain.
Loading Screens are gorgeous. I never felt impatient taking a look at each one before a level starts.
Cheat Codes are available at any time. Google them. If you wish to play the game without enabling any codes, fine by me.
Chemistry between the X-Men and The Brotherhood Of Evil flesh out their personalities. Gotta love their bantering.
Set after the events of the last game, the X-Men & Brotherhood Of Evil are forced to make a temporary alliance, due Apocalypse who’s way too powerful beyond aforementioned teams’ power levels. In the comics, Apocalypse is the first mutant. He and his second in command, Mr. Sinister have their own agenda to recruit four people as his pawns by doing all his dirty work.
After you rescue Blink, Fast Travel is enabled.
If you pick a specific character in one mission, special dialogue with a boss occurs. For example, if you have Wolvie on your team, he interacts with Lady Deathstrike before engaging in battle.
Enemies are less difficult than the last game.
After you beat the game, you can revisit previous locations. New Game Plus is optional. If you wish to replay, so be it.
Weak: I couldn’t find any issues with this game. I’m giving the developers an Extra Point for making a flawless game as possible.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
X-Men Legends: II Rise Of Apocalypse still holds up as one of my favorite video games along with the first game and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. If you haven’t played any of the games, I strongly recommend them. Someday in the future, I hope a third X-Men game might come into fruition. Just wanna relive my childhood.