|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, PSP, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Amaze||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 1, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
When not using feral senses you may get a small red flash letting you know to turn them on, which can be helpful but also causes you to stand still for a few seconds, leaving you open to attacks. Of course, with them turned on your feral senses meter will constantly drain, and you won't be able to perform lunge attacks or interact with some objects, even ones that allow you to progress. These senses are also necessary for finding hidden items scattered throughout levels that will grant you large experience points boosts, allowing Wolverine to improve his abilities that much quicker.
Perhaps the only thing duller than this title's gameplay is its presentation. Graphically, Origins is full of drab colors and textures, unremarkable/generic-looking environments, and tons of clipping. The game also makes use of a fixed camera which not only ensures that it frequently gives terrible angles, especially when trying to jump between platforms, but also results in objects and enemies often obscuring your view. This game's sound is also less than flattering; with enemies repeating the same few lines of dialogue until you want to mute your television. The mute button is definitely your best option here, as even dialogue exchanged between the game's more important characters is also abysmal and delivered with all of the intensity and emotion one would expect from a Christmas play being performed by second graders.
In the end, this version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine fails to live up to that of the current generation of consoles. While it is unreasonable to expect the same level of visual fidelity, the basics of the game could have remained the same and still provided a fun and worthwhile experience. Hell, the game even takes so much creative license with the story put forth in the movie that it is difficult to tell at times that these two products are even supposed to be based on similar events. If you are looking for a fun game that really makes you feel like you are controlling Wolverine, try Origins on the current generation of consoles. Just be sure you know what you're getting yourself into with this version of the game, as this mature character and the teen ESRB rating don't seem to mix well.
CCC Staff Contributor