I'd call it a shakedown, but I'm sure it's trademarked.
The game is basically a d20 gameset (KOTOR, Baldurs Gate, DnD, etc) with up to 4 players.... when the story allows that many characters in a level. Sofar I've completed a few quests and have gotten the feel for the game. It's too bad I don't have any friends; otherwise I'd fill ya in on the multiplayer. :wink:
- The AI is very artificial, but no worse than any other RPG game.
- The story is compelling enough, but don't expect a grand sweeping saga.
- The controls are well placed (xbox), and I had no problems getting my muties to go where I wanted them to.
The RPG elements of the characters is good:
- a stats section to modify when levelling up
- a skills (in DnD these would be feats) section that looks to have some goals to work towards
- a 3 slot equipment enhancement section
You are able to swap out team members at save points, and the choice of development options you want your XMen to achieve. There *is* an auto button if that kind of thing doesn't tickle your fancy.
- You need to break stuff to get items. Think gold and crates. Yeah. Park benches, trash cans, whatever. The downside is can get tedious. The upside is you don't hafta bash the stuff if you don't want to. Or, you can throw enemies into it to save time.
- Clipping & Tripping : You tend to Walk over stuff while trying to bash items (initially) as your characters step forwards during attacks.
- Camera ... it doesn't follow behind (well), so expect to manually move it around. That, and you can't seem to dip too low which is too bad.
I've read gripes about Cyclops being the only character who's not fleshed out enough.... I heartily disagree. The info they give on the characters is more than adequite. The problem with Cyclops, as I see it, is he's so goddamned effen boring. He's duty this, and right-thing that. You'd think he's training to be a jedi or something. Oh, and Jean wants Wolvie for a reason; he's GOT A PERSONALITY. The Cyclops character, not the portrayal, is ultimately flawed.
Oh, and the face icons suck.
Wolverine looks more like Goon#2 from Final Fight than the Berserker Blade Barrage kinda killing machine that we've all come to know and fear.
If I had dropped $50 on this game, I'd not be kicking myself. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys an easy-to-play rpg game and/or anyone who loves the marvel universe. The content for the comic geeks is pretty wild. Sofar, I'd be scoring it in the B+ A- range.