Game Review: X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse

Fans of the X-Men comics can now come to appreciate the second installment of X-Men Legends…X-Men Legends: Rise of the Apocalypse. This action RPG (role playing game) has an all new story and some new upgrades compared to its predecessor.
This sequel differs from the first because it now unites the X-Men with the Brotherhood. They form an uneasy alliance to take on the evil Apocalypse. You now get to play 16 different characters from both the X-men and the Brotherhood! Some are: Magneto, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Bishop, Storm, Cyclops, Toad, and Juggernaut.

Rise of the Apocalypse features over 100 enemy types, new playable characters, twice as many super powers than the previous installment, and a whole new array of character customizations.

In this game you can play and control 4 characters at once. Each character has 10 superpowers. You can combine all 4 of the characters powers to perform an enormous super or combo attack and unleash it against your foes! You have the option of leveling up your character during game play, upgrading, and changing costumes. You can play alone or co-op with up to 4 players. You also have the option of playing online and in versus mode!

The story is open ended. The choices and decisions you make throughout the game affect how the game progresses. You visit various locations, including some X-Men classic locations and some real world locations!

The graphics have improved since the previous installment. However, they still are not very detailed. The controls, however, are more fluid. Another benefit is that with this installment, each character is actually useful. In the first X-Men Legends, there were a couple of characters you could have done without! This time it is more balanced and each character is unique. The soundtrack is descent and the voice acting is satisfactory.

X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse is available on Playstation 2, Gamecube, XBOX, or PSP. It has an ESRB rating of T for teen. This is because the game features language and violence. If you have difficulties with the game, or if you just want some cheats, there is a strategy guide available.

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