X-men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition – Review (X360)

By Janrik “J4NR1K” Oberholzer

Comic book tie-in-movies, Game-tie-in-movies, and now another comic book – movie – game …

I popped the game  disk into my console with a fair amount of trepidation.

Will it be another case of  big industry milking the gaming faithful? Or will the guys from RAVEN Software outdo themselves?


Introduction


Become Wolverine in this cinematic action adventure game.

X-men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition places you behind the metal ‘claws’ of 2009’s Mutant of the year.

The game follows the events in the movie fairly closely, with some liberties taken to flesh things out, and in many ways improve upon the very ‘noob friendly’ movie plot.

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Features and Game play

The Graphics is very decent, and make great use of the now veteran UT3 Game engine.

Environments destroy when punished and limbs and gore fly all over when you disembowel the fools that dare cross your path!

Sound effects are good, but the voice acting could have been better.

Also some of the models do not look like their movie counterparts… maybe a good thing?

The real meat of this game is the combat.

You have a fast attack, a power ‘lift’ attack, a grab/throw move and a long-range ‘lunge’ move.

You can allocate XP to these and many other moves/combos/power up’s as you play along like an action RPG.

Slicing a guy’s arm off and then using his carcass to bludgeon his mates has never been this fun!

You can also use the environment to kill enemies and stick a dual wielding ‘ninja’ on a pike… good stuff.

The game play is really fast and frantic and there are no Quick Time Events.
You do get Cinematic moments where you would lunge at say a chopper and then the camera would pan out and give you a movie moment while Logan does his thing.
There are a few tap B or X to open something moments, but no real QTE’s, and that is a good thing, as far too many games have now jumped on the QTE wagon.

There is an odd ‘door puzzle’ to solve, but they are never very hard and usually only a case of moving something heavy over a pressure pad.

There are a few clipping and ‘walking on air’ moments, but it never gets in the way of the most important aspect of this game: the fun factor. It never feels like a chore to slice and dice through a wide array of enemies!

There are also a few choice Achievements in the game that had me giggling. Things that only a gamer and people with a beat on popular culture would ‘get’.  The rest of the Achievements are run of the mill completion and or amount kills type ones.

There is also a ton of nice comic book trivia that scrolls across the screen when the game loads a new level, and even a few bonus levels for the real fans.

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Bits I Loved:

  • Being Wolverine!
  • The absolute visceral combat
  • The POP Culture Achievements


Bits I Hated:

  • Boss fights could have been better


Conclusion

If you are in the market for a fast and fun action slasher then this is the game you want.

Link to site for more info, screen shots and videos: http://www.uncaged.com

ON THE OTHER HAND DARREN

by Victor ‘r0gue’ Vieira

No no….I’m not going against the grain on this one. I too loved it. Just wanted to issue a warning in case you find as I did- The first few hours are just okay. I thought it was funn’ish but that it was going to be a repetitive game. BUT then you start to build up Wolverine’s powers and abilities and it goes from okay to fantastic fun. I am so glad to report that this is a hugely fun and entertaining game, as I’m sure most like me feel Wolverine is the ‘coolest’ of the X-Men.

You normally can’t go wrong with Marvel Comic games, now can you?

However they can be average, never bad. This is my favorite so far.

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Bits I loved

  • The slow-motion ‘finishing’ moves
  • The fast pace of combat
  • Overall gfx
  • Puzzle bits of the game

Bits I hated

  • Also felt let down with Boss fights
  • The gfx glitches as mentioned by Janrik ‘standing on air’

Conclusion


We all know and love Wolverine, and he is certainly one of the Superheroes we don’t want looking second best. In this game he does not. The game doesn’t do anything new and uses elements used in a number of games. At the end of the day though, it is a hugely fun and entertaining title.

It definitely gets the thumbs up from me aswell.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition is also available on NDS, PSP, PS3, PS2 and PC

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