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'Wolverine' a cut above

May 15, 2009

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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As fans know all too well, Wolverine is the best at what he does and what he does isn't very nice.

WolverineThe Canadian superhero has finally broken away from the X-Men and come into his own with a blockbuster movie and videogame. Although he oftentimes struggles to cage the raging beast inside him, Wolverine has unshackled the full fury of his savage nature when the circumstances are that dire. In 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' the game, the brutality that is part of the persona is on full display. High fives to developer Raven for not pulling any punches when portraying Logan, James Howlett or whatever you want to call him, as he should be: a savage killing machine. As Wolvie, your claws will hack off limbs, heads, cut entire bodies in two and slice through anyone who is stupid enough to get in your way.

Oh, yeah. There is lots of blood and guts. Lots and lots of it. Parents, you have been warned.

The basic attacks don't tell the whole story though. The Heavy Attacks open a whole new dimension of cruelty as you impale foes, spin and drill right through them or shred them to bits while you spin like a demented dynamo. Unlike in past titles, nothing about Wolverine has been sanitized. The uncompromised gameplay found in 'X-Men Origins' is the first to allow fans to really do everything Wolverine is truly capable of.

WolverineThe game isn't all about cutting your opponents into sushi. There are some environmental puzzles like the ones you would find in a 'Tomb Raider' title. You know, push a crate here, pull a lever there, drag a statue to that pressure plate here, and swing on some vines to get there. None of the puzzles are meant to stump you just delay you and extend the experience a tad as the game is fairly easy to play through.

The storyline is a bit muddied with the plot of the movie being integrated with some untold chapters. You will fight in the jungle, the Weapon X facility, the frozen tundra, Alkali Lake and the headquarters of Project Wideawake - the first Sentinel base. There are brainy references to World of Warcraft and Portal as well as a revelation about Nightcrawler. What is it about Nightcrawler anyways? In 'Marvel Ultimate Alliance' something significant happens to him and in this game we uncover something about his past. I guess the little elf sure has himself quite the following, eh?

WolverineSabretooth, Deadpool (the much-maligned movie version), Sentinels, Wendigos, The Blob, Gambit and others comprise some of the boss battles that await our hero. There are also living statues, lava creatures, machete-wielding psychos, commandos and stealth-like energy beings to contend with. In short, there are no shortage of meat puppets to carve up. As you gain experience points by defeating enemies or finding collectibles, you can level Wolverine up and gain new attacks and abilities just for the fun of it.

'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' is a movie tie-in that doesn't come close to sucking. Who would have imagined that the game developed by Raven and published by Activision would actually exceed the film in capturing the true essence of the character Marvel Comics fans have grown to love? From the ferocity of the combat to the real-time healing factor, Raven has really tapped into what makes Wolverine so good at what he does.



WolverineX-Men Origins: Wolverine
Format: Xbox 360
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Raven
ESRB Rating: M for Mature
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Rating: 7 / 10


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