the power of the Merry Marvel Mutants on your PSP.
1, 2005 - Ported
from the console version of the same name, X-Men Legends
II: Rise of the Apocalypse is not only comparable
to the next-gen title but it contains exclusive content
in the form of nine new levels and a handful of playable
characters. X-Men fans will definitely want to check
this version out to see what they're missing. With
a multi-player co-op mode and the convenience of a
portable handheld system there are few reasons not
to buy this game - notwithstanding being financially
your favorite X-men characters are here including
Wolverine, Night Crawler, Storm, Cyclops and then
some. In this story the X-Men must team up with their
archenemies the Brotherhood in an effort to save the
Earth from the virtually unstoppable powers of Apocalypse
and his four horsemen. There are 16 playable characters
in all, and you can explore the dark side as you can
control some of the bad guys from the Brotherhood.
the same action-RPG formula of the original, the gameplay
has been tightened up allowing for more flexible attribute
management in which you can assign points to as many
characters as the number of points will allow or focus
on leveling-up one main character to get through the
game with overwhelming powers. Dungeon crawling still
comprises a large part of the gameplay and it's through
this process that you will find power-ups, health
potions, wearable accessories and other collectibles.
find all of the items in each level, or sometimes
just to get to the end, you will be called upon to
use different characters to take care of specific
situations. Some areas require that walls be torn
while some areas are accessible only by characters
that have the ability to fly. Bridges need to be constructed,
fires need to be extinguished and switches need to
be flipped by the use of projectiles. There is no
one, multi-purpose character that can be used for
all undertakings. Even if you choose to level-up your
favorite character to the max, you will still have
to gain access to some of these other powers through
can get used to the individual characters by taking
them into the Danger Room for training sessions. A
series of mini-missions will test your skills before
you take on a major mission. Successful completion
of your training with ensure you have the proper skills
to handle the upcoming task.
is performed in either of two ways, hand-to-hand melee
style or through the use of superpowers. Each mutant
has different superpowers that include both melee
and ranged combat attacks. There are several levels
of upgrades for each mutant's 10 distinct powers.
That's an awful lot of configuring and it's even more
difficult to keep track of in your head if you're
not a big fan of X-Men franchise. Just cycle through
the menu and it will remind you of the various characters'
to four players can participate in the multi-player
modes, both on and offline. The four-player co-op
mode is a huge hit on the console but the small screen
makes it difficult to see all of the action taking
place. It's very easy to lose sight of your character
if you happen to glance away. The idea of combining
different characters with different powers is a great
concept but it's best experienced on a larger screen.
You will notice some slowdown on the PSP when the
screen is crowded. Slowdown is also evident when you
access menus and save points.
the characters are easy to see thanks to an slight
outline that gives them distinction from NPCs and
the background. All the music, voiceovers and sound
effects are from the console version and are of top
quality. It's like a comic book come to life.
are automatic save areas in the game but if you have
to shut it down in a hurry you can use the blink portal
to get home and save there. You can always just put
the game in sleep mode and start again at where you
left off. It won't seriously drain your batteries
but when playing the game continuously you'll be lucky
to get more than five hours out of a fresh set. Considering
how good it is, expect to go through a lot of batteries.
hated foes to united force: Experience the amazing
saga of X-Men and Brotherhood rivals bonded by a
common enemy. Instantly switch between team members
mid-fight to take full advantage of their unique
abilities. Combine their powers for even more bruising
superpowers and customization capabilities: 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
online and offline multiplayer Action: 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.
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.
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.