|Go go heroes!|
As a member of the X-Men, your mission is to stop Magneto from unleashing devastation upon mankind. The character roster consists of Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Dazzler, so there is a decent selection of heroes to choose from. If you happen to have a friend around, they can join in on the action as well. You’ll encounter various villains from the comic series, including Mystique, The Blob, Juggernaut, and Nimrod.
Put candidly, there is not a whole lot to be said for the gameplay offered in X-Men. The objective is to destroy every single adversary in your path until you square off against a boss character at the end of the level. You devote the majority of your time using handwork to dispatch of your foes, but the X-Men can also tap into their mutant powers. However, using the powers costs some of your health, so the idea is that you should only use them in desperate situations. Since the player has unlimited continues, though, there is absolutely no disadvantage to milking your mutant powers dry, respawning, and milking them some more. It certainly makes the game more accessible to a wider audience, but fans of the original may feel that the overall experience is cheapened.
|Bash em up and bash em some more|
X-Men Arcade is your typical arcade beat-‘em-up. What makes this release remarkable is the addition of online co-op and support for up to six players. Other new additions include the ability to choose between the Japanese and US versions of the game, an instant stage select, and drop-in co-op support. None of these features will win over people who dislike the gameplay itself, but the extra content goes a long way towards helping establish its place with the target audience.
|Ooh. Special effects!|
The music tends to be quite standard, but it fits well with the tone of the game. The voice acting and memorable quotes like “Welcome to die!” will put a grin on your face and make you thankful that Konami did not needlessly correct the script.
– Clark A