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X-Men Arcade Classic Review

Review; Dec. 28, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman
The classic X-Men arcade game makes its way to your home console

A fond memory for many old gamers was heading to the local arcade and pumping dozens of quarters into all the popular games. One of those popular titles in the early '90s was a Konami beat-em-up based on Marvel Comics’ X-Men that featured top-notch graphics and sound for its time, as well as up to six different players, depending which cabinet was at your arcade. While those arcade days are now over, this classic lives on thanks to the PSN and X-Box Live.

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You begin by picking one of six X-Men superheroes: Wolverine, Cyclops, Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler, or Dazzler, as you try to rescue Professor X from the evil clutches of Magneto, as well as save mankind. You’ll battle your way through seven levels and various enemies and super villains to save the day. While the story and game is pretty basic and straightforward, it holds up well to today’s standards and could easily translate into a Marvel comic book adventure.

The game play is very simple and easy to pick up. You have two different buttons with which to attack, while another button jumps, and a fourth is used for your hero’s mutant power. While your mutant power is very useful against bosses and to clear out enemies, it does drain your health if you abuse it. Overall, the game play is balanced and has held up well.

Konami, along with Backbone Entertainment, did a fantastic job creating an arcade-perfect port of the original game. Every sound and animation is just like the arcade original. The graphics and soundtrack are their 16-bit selves as well, and it holds up just fine in this day and age. The biggest addition, without a doubt, is online multiplayer, which is as close as you’re going to get to reliving the arcade glory days. Another quirk is the ability to play the Japanese version of the game, which only adds a minor change to the difficulty, and lets you grab power ups during multiplayer games.

While the game is simple and quite short (it can take roughly 30 minutes to complete it), X-Men is well worth the $10, especially if you’re nostalgic of early '90s arcade games, and beat-em-ups in general. If you’re too young to remember those days, then it’s still worth a look for the online multiplayer experience, just to see what those days were like.



JCXanirus - May. 13, 2011 at 3:35:58pm



rfludwick - May. 12, 2011 at 1:17:22pm

Sometimes all you need is something so bad (voice acting, translations) it becomes funny. Kinda like Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes.

mcguire82 - May. 12, 2011 at 12:29:48pm

I just ran through this game over and over to get the chievos, and it was still reasonably fun. The voice work and translations are awesomely terrible as well, and you will probably be quoting it often for laughs.

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