X-Men Origins: Wolverine Review
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine box art
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.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine screenshot

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.

By Adam Brown
CCC Staff Contributor

This game definitely doesn't look great with its bland textures and frequent clipping issues. This is especially disappointing considering the Wii is capable of much better visuals than what this title is providing.
The triggers work well, as attack inputs and motion controls have thankfully been limited to only a few special attacks and for some quick-time event waggling.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music and sound effects are passable, but the repetitive and often awkward dialogue is mostly unbearable.

Play Value
Attacking wave after wave of similar-looking, respawning enemies in countless kill rooms with the occasional boss battle thrown in is enjoyable for about a half hour tops. Much past that and you'll wonder if you also have Wolverine's memory issues, since the feelings of déjà vu set in very quickly.

Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Features eight uniquely designed areas to tell the story of Wolverine - such as the Canadian wilderness.
  • Beautifully rendered movies that aid in storytelling.
  • Controls specifically tuned for Wii allowing for unique gestures to perform special attacks.
  • RPG Lite setup that will allow you to customize Wolverine to your play style.
  • Collect tokens for a Blob bonus level.
  • Unlockable difficulty setting that is harder and will allow you to carry over your previous stats and upgrades.

  • Screenshots / Images
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