Review by Psycho Penguin

"One of my favorite arcade games ever!"

Ahh, X-Men. The home versions of X-Men games have been far from perfect, but the arcade game was one of the best games ever. With fast action, great gameplay, and awesome graphics, this game should be released on a console.

Graphics (9.5): The graphics in the game are superb, with plenty of detail. The backgrounds are far more interactive than most games, ranging from an abandoned parking garage to a lush tropical forest. The explosions in the game are unreal, and the bosses and enemies look just like their comic book styles.

Music/Sound (10.0): The music in this game is fantastic. I love the hip beat of the first stage and the boss music is frantic and well done. Each music bit fits the mood of the stage perfectly, and overall the music in the game is about as good as it gets. Has to be heard to believe it.

Gameplay (10.0): This is a classic side-scroller all the way, but it is a very fun one as well. You can choose from six characters from the series, ranging from Collosus to Nightcrawler. Sure its been done before (ala Captain Commando) but hey, its still one of the greatest in the genre.

Control (9.5): The control in this game is excellent as well. The arcade joypad is responsive, and the button placement is perfect. There are lots of special attacks and special weapons, but instead of pressing a complex series of buttons, you only have to push a single button. This is far better than most side scrollers (like Castlevanis: SOTN), where you have to push a series of buttons to do a special attack. i truly love this game, and i visit my arcade at least once a week just to play it!

Fun Factor (10.0): Why hasn't this game made it to the consoles yet? hey Konami, instead of releasing crap like Mortal Kombat 4 and Deadly Arts, how about releasing this classic game? i'd be the first in line to buy it!!! With loads of depth, great graphics, unrivaled gameplay, and the X-Men characters, it is a sin not to enjoy this game!!! Run out to your arcade and play this game!!!!

Rent or to Buy (N/A)


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 07/16/01


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