GAMECUBE PREVIEW: X-MEN LEGENDS 2: RISE OF THE APOCALYPSE

Activision released some screens for X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse and lots of new details.

As the title suggests, Apocalypse comes out of hiding and strikes at both the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants, who discover that they have to work together to defeat this threat. Similar to the original Legends title, up to 4 players can pick from a roster of 16 mutants. Every level allows for four-player fun rather than people wait while the leader fights through a one-player mission.

Characters announced so far include: Magneto, Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Bishop, Juggernaut and Nightcrawler. Sabretooth, Mystique and Toad can be seen in intro. Each mutant has also had the amount of available active powers doubled. There have been some changes to avoid overlapping powers between the X-Men and the Brotherhood. Nightcrawler, for example, now fights with two swords. With the addition of the Brotherhood mutants, many more combos are now possible.

Some mission locales have been revealed, like Genosha, the Savage Lands, the temples of Madripoor, and Egypt. Players can also return to the HQ at any time, there will be more than one throughout the game, rather than having to run through already completed levels.

The big revelation of the Legends sequel is the addition of four-player online support for PC, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. GameCube users, while not online, will still be able to duke it out with a four-player split screen mode. Both the Xbox and PS2 support this, as well.

Features:

  • From hated foes to united force: Experience the amazing saga of X-Men and Brotherhood rivals bonded by a common enemy. Create, customize and control a punishing team of 4 powerful Mutants, selecting from 16 playable characters -- many playable for the first time. Choose from your favorite X-Men character -- including Wolverine, Bishop, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Storm -- and Brotherhood Mutants -- such as Magneto, Toad and Juggernaut. Instantly switch between team members mid-fight to take full advantage of their unique abilities. Combine their powers for even more bruising combo attacks.
  • Unique superpowers and customization capabilities: Each of the 16 playable characters has 10 individualized superpowers at your command, including awesome fighting, melee or ranged attacks and devastating extreme powers. Instantly upgrade and customize your characters' levels and powers on-the-fly with just the touch of a button so you never have to leave the action. Empower your character with a huge array of completely unique equipment items. Switch costumes between Ultimate, Astonishing and other styles.
  • Upgrade attributes such as Strike, Ability and Focus: Intense online and offline multiplayer action -- X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse's online multiplayer enables up to 4 players to engage in an exciting story-based co-op mode and enjoy exclusive online content. Both online and traditional offline multiplayer modes feature dynamic joining that lets your friends jump into the action at any time. 6 multiplayer skirmish modes offer head-to-head "versus" action, side-by-side battles against enemies and more.
  • Open-ended storyline and choices: Immerse yourself in an all new, flexible storyline with compelling gameplay and theatrical-quality FMV created by Academy Award nominee Blur Studios. Take advantage of over 70 free-roaming zones to regroup, begin new missions, complete unfinished missions, gather information and stock up on equipment. Get creative using your super powers to solve challenging puzzles. Every time you turn a corner, unexpected surprises keep you on the edge. In addition, new difficulty settings allow you to play at your skill level. As you improve, revisit levels using tougher difficulty settings for increased replayability.
  • Amazing array of enemies and environments: Demolish over 100 different types of enemies, from hordes of Apocalypse's henchmen to Lady Deathstrike and Apocalypse's 4 Horsemen. Fully destructible locales are more expansive, requiring even more exploration and containing many hidden items to uncover. Visit X-Men locales like the Weapon X facility and the Infinite Factory plus intriguing spots around the globe such as Egypt and the South Pole. Everywhere you go, discover hidden equipment and paths.
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System: PS2, X, GC, PC
Dev: Raven
Pub: Activision
Release: Sept 2005
Players: 1 - 4
Preview By Gooseberry
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