X-Men Origins: Wolverine is by far the best Wolverine game ever made. However, we must note that the previous games have been nothing to write home about. I am always cautious about video games based on movies because most of them have not been very good. Most are either very bad or actually really very good and Origins falls somewhere in the middle. It’s not as good as the recent 007: Quantum of Solace but it’s nowhere near as bad as Watchmen: The End Is Nigh.
The game is told via a combination of the Wolverine backstory being explored in the recently released movie as well as an original story created for the game. Developers have said that roughly 90% of the movie storyline is in the game, although that only comprises about half of the overall videogame story, with the balance leaning toward the original content.
The gameplay is fast and frantic. The majority of times you will be severely outnumbered but when has that ever been a problem for Wolverine. The game uses an experience system where you become stronger by dispatching enemies and grabbing dog tags of dead bodies along the way. As you progress, you will come across an array of times, including mutagens which give you increased abilities and skill points that allow you to upgrade several aspects of your character. During the course of the game, it can be easy to forget to use those skill points and upgrades but trust me when you spend 15-20 minutes trying to kill some of the bigger enemies you will remember to use them. I focused on using those points to upgrade the claws and rage, but you can customize your character any way you want.
They aren’t going to like how this ends.
The controls are simple with only three major attacks, each with its own face button. The game features a few combos, but no really complicated ones. My favorite move is the lunge, which allows you to target an enemy and then leap towards them and deliver any of a number of devastating attacks or finishers. This move can be very useful when faced with several enemies especially ones with guns who in any battle are the most dangerous, use the lunge to take them out first and then dispatch the rest of the enemies.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine improves by leaps and bounds upon previous installments to the video game franchise but it fails to deliver a compelling experience that makes you want to finish it, especially if you have seen the movie. While some of the kills are awesome and they seamlessly integrate live action content from the movie the game ultimately fails to be memorable due to its extreme repetitiveness. After about 30 minutes, you pretty much have the basic format of the game down.
The final verdict on X-Men Origins: Wolverine is that it is only average, and with all the great titles that are scheduled to come out just this month it’s definitely not worth buying. But since the good stuff doesn’t really start to come out until the 19th, it might fill a few hours of your time. With no online gameplay, there is really not a whole lot to keep you playing and for that in this X-Men Origins: Wolverine game review we give it 3 out of 5 stars.