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Old 01-12-2009, 02:06 PM
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While none of the X-Men are cheery, happy-go-lucky mutants happy with their fate, there’s no doubt that the edgiest of them all is Wolverine. He seems to have a bad attitude about everything and is a Grumpy Gus to all those around him. Every day in Wolverine’s world seems to be Monday. Perhaps what we haven’t seen is his struggles—such as maybe forgetting to retract his adamantium claws when absentmindedly scratching an itch or picking food out of his teeth. Sure, he can heal back to normal in a matter of seconds, but it’s still got to sting—his wounds aren’t going to be like little paper cuts, you know.

This coming May 1, we’re going to get an in-depth look into Wolverine’s travails when Twentieth Century-Fox releases “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” into movie theaters. And though Activision isn’t detailing yet the exact release date, it’s working with developer Raven Software to create a video game of the same name. We had a first peek at it not long ago, and here’s what is in store.

The action/adventure title is being built with Epic’s Unreal Engine 3, so you can be sure it’ll be solid in the way of animation, graphic effects and character models. In fact, Wolverine looks very much like Hugh Jackman, who plays him in the “X-Men” films, because they had the ability to replicate his look, as well as use his voice, for the purposes of making the game.

As nice as an authentic Wolverine is to see onscreen, you don’t really care to much about that when you buy a game, right? You want to know how it plays. Though there’s still some work to do on it before it’s completed, we can tell you that it’s going to tip the action scale big time. If you’ve seen the movie trailer, you know that Wolverine is…uh, a volatile individual, and it doesn’t take much to get his claws out. For sure, Activision and Raven are going to bring that same Wolverine to the Xbox 360.

We’re also told that the game will follow all of the same plot points as the movie, which, as the title implies, gives us a look at Wolverine’s origins and then takes us deep into his struggles at the hands of some very bad guys who killed someone close to him. As Activision stated to us, the game brings us through a large span of years, from the ’70s and into the future. Without giving too much away, his memory has been erased and he has to seek out information to remember who he is—or at least find himself in his new persona as he works with Team X.

The key to creating a fast-paced and engaging Wolverine game is giving him lots of combat capabilities. For the basics, he can unleash a light attack or heavy attack, but he’ll have a versatility across the entire game that’ll give you plenty to do during the fighting. He’ll have a variety of grabs he can make on enemies, as well as have the ability to throw captured foes around the world. On top of that, there’ll be plenty of places around the game environment where you can hang your adversary’s hat…along with the rest of his body. A good amount of the environment is also destructible, so you’ll be able to tear up the terrain when you’re not eliminating your enemies.

Conversely, we were shown an encounter between Wolverine and a helicopter pilot where the only thing separating them—only temporarily—is the chopper’s windshield. When that barrier is removed, Wolverine gives the pilot a lift and, unlike the previously described ground encounters, leaves him without a place to hang his hat, if you get our meaning. While a Norelco razor’s rotary blades can give you a clean shave, the pilot finds that a helicopter’s rotary blades take off a bit more than just his whiskers.



While it’s not an RPG, the Wolverine game does enable our hero/anti-hero a way to earn XP, which will enable you to level him up through the course of the action. The improvements will make it easier for him to battle foes, parry their offensives, put together combos and make such special moves as a powerful lunge (which are brought up with a pull on the Right Trigger). His Feral Sense enables him to see places he can go as well as special locations.

Of course, Wolverine is going to get dinged up along the way, but, thanks to his self-healing abilities, keeping him out of harm’s way for a while will restore him back to his old self. It’s especially cool to see it happening in real time. Another section we were shown had Wolverine falling back to Earth from a great height in a skydiving-like attack. While on the offensive, you still need to dodge as much debris as possible, and his condition morphs from healthy to torn up and back again as you go.

And almost as soon as Activision started it up, they were packing it up again. Surely, they’ll stop by again before the game’s release, which has to be sometime around the movie’s opening. Keep your eyes on TeamXbox for more information…don’t force us threaten you with our claws!
http://previews.teamxbox.com/xbox-36...-Wolverine/p2/
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:19 PM
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I don't know to be excited about this. I would think the perfect Wolverine game would be a cross between Ninja Gaiden 2's claw style combat...but with combat system closer to that of Mark of Kri. The latter had a fairly good mix of stealth and pure bad ass violence....just a tad sparse on the overall "numbers".
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Its gonna be nothing more than a mediocre movie-based game.
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Next Marvel: UA game, NAO!
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It can't be any worse than the X3 game. Absolutely not.
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:25 PM
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The graphics look nice.
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It can't be any worse than the X3 game. Absolutely not.
Wow there was NOTHING redeeming about that game, even the way they arranged getting the achievements. Sometimes bad games at least have decent achievements, not THAT one!
The last issue of EGM (and I do mean the LAST) made it appear that this new game might be pretty good. Wolverine can be damaged almost to the point of being a skeleton and eventually recover (healing factor), that alone might make it a rental.
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The only good Wolverine game was on Sega Genesis (also on SNES I think).
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The X-men game on sega genesis was pretty damn good also, I think it was called X-men 2 apocolipse or something.
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new gameplay vid. looks fucking good!

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/47971.html
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