Terrible, DO NOT BUY
I got this game as a freebie due to a coupon and I still feel like I overpaid. I've read other reviews elsewhere that make reference to the fact that the feel of the game is if though it was released unfinished. I think that about sums it up. This game is terrible and as a huge X-Men fan, this is very disappointing due to the fact that the story has so much potential. It would have been better if they had released nothing at all then associate anyone with this debacle. And it is a debacle. Beyond inconsistencies, timing issues, etc., I played as the energy projection character who apparently can't hit anything right in front of them or more than 10 feet away. And for a 4 gig install, I expect much, much better graphics. I'd say they were around PS2 worthy. It feels flimsy, unprofessional and unworthy of the Marvel brand. Stay away from this game. You were warned.
Not terrible as I had been led to suspect
I'm not going to lie and say that I'm blown away by how amazing this game is. But, it's far more enjoyable that I expected. I assumed it was going to be unplayable by all of the horrible critic reviews. But, I'm having a good time with it along with my 7 year old son. It's fun to mix and match the X-gene powers and see what new combos we can come up with next. Honestly, I'd give it around a 6.75 out of 10 if I had that detailed of a scale available. But, I feel 7 is close enough.
Your Destiny is Way Too Short
You play as a new mutant that has your powers awakened when Magneto apparently attacks a rally about peace between mutants and normal humans. Your quickly drawn into the intrigue around this attack and can either take missions from the x-men or the brotherhood.
On the downside the story is rather short so the amount of depth and intrigue to be had is rather limited. In fact, this game can easily be beaten in a single afternoon.
X-Men Destiny is a rather straight-forward beat-em up with little to offer outside of simplistic button mashing pleasure and a simple upgrade system.
The boss fights are interesting, but the game only features a few actual boss fights with most bosses actually being mini-bosses that will pop-up in later stages ad nauseum.
Graphically the game is alright I guess, but a lot of the character models are over used and considering how short this game is it could have at least provided a more diverse cast of opponents to face-down. The game also suffers if you play as the girl character since her face will constantly poke through that scar she wears in the various in-game cut scenes.
I honestly can't remember if there was background music in this game or not and just beat it an hour ago. So, if it is there it is extremely forgettable. And, to add to the sound problems sometimes the characters seem to have massive drops in terms of being audible. This game offers a rather poor presentation overall and could have really benefited from the inclusion of the intro song from the original cartoon series.
The game does offer a few story paths and power paths that you could play with, but I don't find either option to be all that appealing to be honest.
Lasting Appeal: 5
So I was super excited for this game when I first heard about it, create your own mutant, choose your own powers, multiple storylines. Got it as an early Christmas present, played through one characters storyline, thought it'd be different, better, if I played through a different one. No. Exactly the same except for the character specific cutscenes. Just not okay. Plus power evolution is only by cutscene. You can improve your powers that you start out with, but in order to actually get more powers you have to play the game through one character multiple times to get all of them. Not much story development in the stock cutscenes either. It's pretty much a repetitive "go there, punch/blast/throw this, find them" game.
Not the best...
Marvel tried really hard with this game, and kind of failed. I will admit this was a big step forward for them in the X-Men field, but the poor quality and run-around nature make the game hard to enjoy. The "Factions" thing is pretty much a joke. No matter which side you choose, Emma Frost still leads you around the help the X-Men, and the battles are still all the same. The inability to skip the character prologues when playing through the game again is really annoying,and the little pop-up boxes to "help" you are beyond aggravating. The concept was good, but the game fell very flat.
Not Worth It
If you really wanted a good casual game, don't even bother picking up this game as your doing the same things over and over again. The gameplay is quite boring as all your constantly doing is pressing the X or Triangle button over and over again. You could beat all 3 difficulty settings in under 6 hours if they allowed you to skip the cutscenes but you can't. The only good thing about this game it that it's really easy to get all the trophies.
Amazing...that they are still selling it for $50
After the Ultimate Alliance games, my hopes were high for this game. Sadly, it didn't deliver. This game would have been better developed as its own IP without doing it around such a beloved group like the XMen. I feel like the restrictions of the gameplay don't mix well with the mutant lore, and it's likely that those two things worked together to tear apart what could have been an interesting concept on its own. Not sure what went down in development (you know they must have realized this was a smoking pile of excrement as it went out the door with a thud) but I couldn't recommend this as anything more than a rental.
Not a good game
Just a quick review since my other one never got posted. GOt this game when it first came out and its boring.... end of story. Repetitive enemis, movesets, etc. Faction doesn't even matter until the end of the game and the game itself doesn't make much sense... (Example: Getting all the sets of a suit to get that hero's'villian's powers. Now we have a no name mutant with pyro's powers, juggernaut's powers, magneto's powers, etc. Could we ATTEMPT to make this more realistic?)
This game really disappointed me. X-men are definitely my absolute favorite group of comic book heroes, and yet this game was one of the worst I've personally played. The concept had tons of potential, the voice acting sounded quite good, and the story itself was solid (to be honest, marvel should have adapted this into they're comic books) but it all stops there. The game is extremely repetitive, very limiting, not at all challenging, and did i mention repetitive. Playing this game is just a huge drag.
Please Make Another Xmen Game That Doesnt Suck
this game is unacceptable for any xmen fans. U make a game that u put just three unknown people and give them limited customization. When this game came out u were probably thinking u probably get to make your own xman with a wide variety of super powers to choose from but that was not the case. If u are bored and need a game to play make sure u dont pick this up u will be highly dissapointed.