X-Men: The Arcade Game

Version 1.10
For my first ever FAQ, I thought I would offer up my insight to one of my
favorite arcade games. First, I will detail the game itself and then tackle
each player character themselves. This FAQ is based off the Playstation version
but I’ve discovered there is very little difference (if any) between the
Playstation and Xbox versions.
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to the author.
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*Game details*
There are two roms of the game, a US rom and a Japan rom. The differences
between the two are:
· The Japanese rom will play the credits once you defeat Magneto, the final
boss, and then go to a "Game Over" screen. The US version will display a
message that the game is not over and restart at stage one with the same
character you defeated Magneto with after the credits have played. The Japanese
rom will allow you to fight Magneto again after the "Game Over" screen with the
same character.
· In the Japanese rom, using your character’s mutant powers will drain power
orbs first before draining your character’s health. The US rom will instead
drain your character’s health first and then use orbs for your mutant powers.
You need at least three bars of health or one mutant power orb to use your
mutant power. The game will not allow you to use your mutant powers if you have
three or less health and will never drain you below one health bar. I.e. you
cannot die using your mutant powers.
· The Japanese rom will have pink and silver Sentinels that begin appearing
after stage one. These drop power ups in the form of energy pills, which
restore your health to full, or mutant power orbs, which give you one free use
of your character’s mutant powers. Use your attack button to pick them up.  The
US rom has no power ups dropping during the stages. You will get one free
mutant power orb for completing each stage on both versions. Both roms will
refill your health bars to full after every stage is completed.
- The game was available in two cabinets, a standard four player cabinet and a
larger six player cabinet. The six player cabinet had a much wider screen with
controls that allowed for all six characters to be played simultaneously. The
four player cabinet featured a much smaller screen with controls for four
characters. However, the picture on the four player cabinet zooms in to show
approximately half the screen of the six player cabinet (the online version is
exactly the same.) This is annoying especially with enemies that appear on the
side of the screen who are shooting at you. The online game allows you to pick
which cabinet you want to play essentially letting you choose if you want four
or six players.
- Both roms will also allow you to switch characters in mid-stage by pressing
start and selecting the "Switch Characters" command. You can only switch to a
character that is not already in use and switching your character will reset
your score. The online version also allows you to set the difficulty level for
normal, hard, or expert for either rom. Higher difficulty settings add more
enemies per player and make the enemy reactions a bit faster. Difficulty
settings do not add to the health of the standard enemy mobs or the bosses.
Boss health is increased normally depending on how many players there are. You
may also select the starting stage when you create the game. However, the
Japanese rom will still end once you defeat Magneto no matter what stage you
start with. There are also options to adjust the screen size and appearance,
enable or disable voice chat, create a custom or online game be it public,
where anyone can join, or private, where only those who are invited can
participate, and displaying or hiding a stage timer.
- For every enemy you personally defeat with a melee attack or a mutant power,
you gain one point to your score.  All players get one point when a boss is
defeated.
- If you take too long to advance in a stage, a warning message saying "Move
on!" will flash on the screen.  After a few moments, if you fail to  move,
bombs will drop on each player and kill them.  This is true for both roms.  A
fine incentive to keep moving if you ask me.
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*Controls*
The controller scheme is the same for all characters and fully customizable for
each rom. This section also includes enemy reactions to attacks.
- You can use the joystick or four way cross to move around in all directions
including diagonally. Your characters will not walk backwards turning to face
whichever direction you move them.
- One button is used for regular attacks. All characters, except Colossus, have
a different opening attack depending on the distance between the character and
the enemy and some have more the one. I’ll get in to detail on normal attacks
in the character profiles. Your regular attacks can hit multiple opponents.
Regular attacks will begin a chain that consists of three hits: your opening
strike, a second hit, and a third hit which will knock enemies down. Enemies
from behind you, or those using projectile attacks, can hit you on the first
two strikes but you become immune to damage briefly while executing your third
strike.
- All characters have a throw or close-ranged attack. I have tried for years to
master this. Sadly, I have to admit that I have not perfected this. Even the
in-game instructions offer no real hint by saying "When an enemy is ready for a
throw, hit attack." The only two things I know for sure is that you must be
standing directly next to an enemy to throw them even if the character has an
extended attack range. You must also be pressing towards the enemy on the
control pad or joystick while hitting the attack button. Just standing in place
and hitting attack will not initiate a throw.  I have been told that you must
also be on the same horizontal plane as the enemy for the throw to work.  This
seems to be correct but it does not appear to be possible to throw every single
enemy you fight. I do not know if this is by design or just an enemy placement
issue.  Throws are a double edged sword. Tossed opponents will take out any
enemies they hit but they will also damage your allies. So, if you are a nice
player, you’ll want to watch your left and ride side before closing the
distance to initiate a throw. Colossus is the exception here in that he will
grabble his opponent instead of throwing them. You are immune to damage during
your throw animation but enemies are very good at timing their attack so that
they hit you just as your throw animation ends. This does not cause the enemy
you are throwing to drop to the ground however. They will continue their
flight. Thrown enemies, if they are still around when a boss appears, will not
knock down a boss.
- All characters also have a back attack which will activate if an opponent
comes up to them from behind where your character snaps around to hit the enemy
with a hard shot. This is a one-hit attack that knocks all normal enemies off
their feet. To initiate this move, let the enemy get close and hit your attack
button while moving the controller in the direction behind your character. In
some cases, you can use a back attack repeatedly. Multiple hits with a back
attack count as one hit. There is a bug in the game where multiple hits with a
back attack occasionally do not knock the enemy down but prevent him from
attacking you. In such a case, the back attack still counts as one hit until
the enemy is defeated. A back attack will not knock down a boss unless it is
their stun hit. See the Enemy AI section for more on this.
- While standing over a fallen opponent and pressing the attack button
repeatedly, your character will continuously strike the enemy until it is
defeated. This, unfortunately, does not work on bosses. Most characters will
activate their back attack if an enemy approaches them from either side while
you are pounding on a fallen foe provided you are pointing the control pad in
the direction of the enemy coming towards you. The sole exception to this is
Colossus who will instead grab the enemy’s head and throw them. This throw will
hurt allies. Your back attack does not always activate while you are hitting a
fallen foe (or can just plain miss though this is rare.)  You can be attacked
while you while you attack a fallen opponent.  Up to two players can pound on a
fallen foe.  Teamwork, baby!
- Jump. All characters have a standard jump by pressing the jump button one
time. This will avoid most projectiles. By pressing jump and immediately
hitting attack without moving the joystick, all characters will perform a
stationary jumping attack. If you move the joystick left or right and then hit
jump followed by attack, your character will perform a ranged jumping attack.
You can even reverse the attack direction by jumping left and then moving the
controller to the right and hitting attack and vice versa. Some characters are
better than others on jumping attacks. You have to be careful while jumping
because most enemies, and all bosses, can swat you out of the air. The taller
bosses can grab you out of the air and throw you into your allies.  You can
only jump horizontally left and right.  You cannot jump vertically up or down.
- Mutant power. Your mutant power varies depending on your character. Use of
your mutant power requires health or power orbs depending on which rom you are
playing. The Japanese rom uses orbs before using health where as the US rom
uses health before orbs. If you do not have enough health or power orbs, the
button assigned to your mutant power will do nothing. Your mutant power will
utterly defeat all normal opponents with one charge and destroy any incoming
nearby projectile attacks. Bosses take a knockdown when hit with a mutant power.
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*The Enemy AI*
There are only a few types of enemies and each type has its own arsenal of
attacks based on its type.
When describing damage on enemies, let’s assume that you are playing a one
player game with any character. Please note that multiple characters do not
ramp up the difficulty or the amount of damage standard enemies take. But
multiple characters do increase the number of enemies that will appear on the
screen and add more health to the bosses at the end of the stage.
It basically works like this: almost all enemies will take three hits before
being knocked down or stunned. A stunned enemy will fall to the ground. If you
hit your final move in a three move chain (which is your knockdown strike,) any
normal enemy will be stunned whether they have previously taken your first two
strikes or not. Your standing jumping attack will also knock a standard enemy
down. Every character’s ranged jumping attack will knock down any enemy in the
line of your attack. Under normal circumstances, it takes six hits in any
combination on any difficulty level to bring down a standard enemy.  To get a
knockdown on a boss, you have to hit them three times if you are the only
player and four times with two or more players. So, you would begin your
standard three hit combo and immediately try to hit the boss a fourth time to
knock them down. Bosses have the uncanny ability of being able to hit you
before you can land that needed fourth hit and sometimes after only one hit. So
it is often best to hit a boss two or three times and then move out of range
before landing additional hits. Using a "stick and move" type of strategy is
highly advised.
Some enemy mobs, like the mutant lizards, are knocked down in one hit. These
are easy to stand over and pound on until they are defeated. Sentinels jumping
out of the foreground or walking out of a door are considered "in the air"
until they start walking left or right and will be knocked down in one hit. You
can often take advantage of this by standing directly next to a door as it
opens and dropping the Sentinels to the ground as they emerge.  Strange as it
may be, the first Sentinel to walk out of a door, will take a full three hit
combo before falling.
All enemies, including bosses, will follow and target the last player that hit
them. They will continue in this fashion until they are hit by a different
player or the player they are targeting dies. Enemies will target a random
player when they first appear on the screen.  All enemies will try to surround
a player as they attack if there are at least two of them on the screen.  This
makes it easy for them hit you repeatedly as you stand up until you die.  The
automated lasers prefer to stay at medium range while the mutant moles move to
slowly to surround you.  But that doesn't stop them from trying.
Here are your enemies and the attacks they have:
-Sentinels-
Description: Sentinels are a human creation. Giant robots that were
manufactured to hunt down and capture mutants. In the comics, they are many
stories tall often ripping off the roof of a building to grab a suspected
mutant. Many villains have controlled them over the years and each generation
has a Master Mold as their leader and from which their forms are based on.
Their standard color scheme is red and purple but certain versions have had
different colors for those with special powers or unique designs.
In the game: The Sentinels in the game are human sized and large in number.
Your standard “grunt” Sentinels are purple and red with your basic punch
attack. At range, they can turn one of their arms into a missile which travels
the length of the screen. They are the easiest and most frequent enemy you will
encounter. In later stages, their color scheme may change to green and silver,
red and yellow, blue and red, pure silver, and pure gold. They all act
basically the same.  In the later stages, many Sentinels add a laser blast to
their ranged attack. You can normal jump over the missiles and laser blasts.
Sentinels will occasionally hover in from above carrying large rocks. Standing
in front of these is a very bad idea.  Attacking them from the front will have
the Sentinel drop the rock on you unless you move away very quickly. These are
best attacked from behind.
Sentinels that are green and purple will march in from the sides of the screen
in formation firing their arm missiles. If left alone, they will march forward
stopping at intervals to fire again. Once any of them is attacked, or a player
crosses their path, they will break formation and act like their purple and red
cousins.
The final group of Sentinels are armored. They come in two types: red with
green armor or red with red armor and both carry a large gun. The green armored
ones have a bomb attack that they fire at medium range. The bomb flies in a
short arc and cannot be jumped over. You can run under it though. The red
armored Sentinels have a ranged attack they fire at long or medium range. The
shot runs low hitting your character in the legs but you can still standard
jump over it. Armored Sentinels will swing their weapon at you at close range
and occasionally evade your attacks jumping backwards and swiping you with
their weapons (the red armored Sentinels will fire their weapon or swing their
weapons at you when they evade.  Just not both at once.) Despite the armor,
they have the health of your standard grunt.
-Mutant lizards- (or mutant gators, if you prefer.)
I don’t recall ever seeing these in the comics. They first appear in stage
three. Their only attack is to leap towards you spinning their tail. If this
hits, it is an automatic knockdown. It can also knock you out of the air if the
timing is right. One hit usually drops them to the ground where they can be
pounded on. Three or four hits will otherwise defeat them. The ones that appear
in stage four will breath fire at medium or short range.
-Bonebreaker and the Reavers-
Description: Bonebreaker was the leader of a gang called "The Reavers" in
Australia. The X-Men broke up the gang until a man named Donald Pierce changed
them into cyborgs, replacing their lower bodies with mobile tanks. They are a
complete rip-off of "G.I. Joe’s" Dreadnoks which were led by Zartan (although
the "G.I. Joe" versions were not cyborgs.)
In the game: These first appear in stage five. They have limited health falling
in three hits or so. But their speed makes it difficult to get  them to hold
still long enough to defeat them as they ride back and forth hitting you in the
face with their rifles. Jumping attacks work well on them. They have machine
guns but only use their ranged attack at targets greater then medium range.
-Automated lasers-
The Automated lasers come in two forms: ones that move back and forth following
a line on the floor, and free moving ones that will lock on to a target and
follow you around the screen. They both have the ability to move their guns in
front and in back to target you. You can jump over their lasers. They are
defeated in a combo attack or one jumping ranged attack.
-Mutant moles- (I don’t know what else to call them.)
These burrowing creatures first appear before Wendigo emerges in stage three.
They easily fall in one combo hit and spit liquid as their only attack. They
show up again in later stages.  The moles have a rare programming bug where two
players attacking them at the same time can continously attack them but not
defeat them.  You can counter this by having one player stop attacking.
*Boss Villians*
A few quick notes on bosses: As mentioned above, bosses have the unique ability
to attack even in the middle of your combos often without any kind of notice. I
recommend a fast "move in, attack, and move out" strategy on all bosses. All
boss attacks can hit multiple players at once. The taller bosses, like Wendigo
and Juggernaut, can also grab your character out of the air during jump attacks
and throw you into your allies. If one of your allies can hit the boss before
he can throw you, the boss will drop you resulting in no damage. You can also
use your mutant power to escape a throw. Bosses will begin to flash when you
have reduced their health to 50%. All bosses will follow and target the last
player that hits them until they are hit by another player or their target
dies. Finally, if any Sentinels or other enemies are present when a boss
appears, they can be defeated in one hit regardless of how much health they
have left. This is true for all difficulty levels.
Stage one: Pyro
Description: Pyro’s real name was St. John Allerdyce. He originally joined
Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and later as part of Freedom Force under
Mystique as well. His mutant power gives him the ability to control any source
of heat and manipulate the flames in to any form he desires. He cannot create
the fire, only manipulate it. For this reason, he wears a small flame thrower
with hoses running up his arms. Even a flame as small as a match or lighter can
become a weapon for him. Pyro was killed by the Legacy Virus in front of
anti-mutant advocate, Senator Robert Kelly.
In the game: Pyro is the easiest boss. He is limited to three attacks: a huge
fireball that he throws the entire length of the screen, a medium range fire
plume that he shoots straight out, and a flying kick attack he will sometimes
use as he flips around the screen. Six pink Pyro clones will appear in the
middle of stage five with the health of a standard enemy but the same three
attacks.
Stage two: The Blob
Description: Fred Dukes was discovered by the X-Men working in a freak show in
a circus. Encouraged when he learned he was a mutant, the Blob turned to crime
and has been the longest standing member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
(though he has gone off on his own from time to time.) His solid girth gives
him great strength and he can take punishing blows and still stay on his feet.
In the game: Avoid touching the electrical bolts as the Blob teleports in. They
hurt. As if his massive one handed strike wasn’t bad enough, the Blob swings a
heavy mace. "Nothing moves the Blob!" he shouts.  But he is not as unmovable as
he thinks.  If your stun hit is to his back, the Blob will fall on his fat
belly and stand back up.  If your stun hit is to his front, he will fall back
on his posterier. Stay on him while he is down until he falls prone. Then move
out of the way to avoid an attack when he stands. His final move is to throw
you. Have an ally hit him while he’s got you in his grip or pop your mutant
power to avoid being damaged by the throw which hurts more than using your
mutant power does. Your best time to attack is while he is talking but be quick
before he recovers and retaliates.
Stage three: Wendigo
Description: The curse of the Wendigo has been passed to several people over
the years. The superstition is that it affects those who practice cannibalism.
Regardless of how it happens, the hairy wolf / human hybrid has great strength,
strong regenerative ability, sharp teeth and claws, a huge desire to cause
chaos and destruction, and a tremendous craving for human flesh. When Wendigo
first appeared, he interrupted a fight between the Hulk and Wolverine taking
both of them on. The beast screams only one word: "Wendigo!"
In the game: Wendigo’s two main attacks are a clawed uppercut and a jumping
downward swipe. He will use his jumping attack frequently at characters who
stay at a distance and will often land, turn around, and jump at another
character quickly. He can be a little frustrating due to his speed but if you
make quick attacks and then get out of his way, he will not hit you or toss you
away.
Stage four: Master Mold
Description: Each generation of Sentinels has its own Master Mold, the original
Sentinel which all others are based on and recognize as their leader. This
particular one is human-sized and has no special origin or story.
In the game: This boss may be slow but he makes up for it with a special ranged
attack of ground missile fire that travels the full length of the map and hits
everything on the way. You can jump over this but pray that he doesn’t fire off
a second salvo of missiles because you’ll be hard pressed to successfully avoid
them. He also has the standard punch that knocks down everyone it hits and the
throw which you can escape by using a mutant power or have an ally hit him
before he throws you. After a successful throw, the boss will roar with
triumph.  Make him pay for his arrogance by attacking him at this time. He’s
not that difficult and his slow speed makes him easy to get away from.
Stage five: The White Queen.
Description: Emma Frost is a telepath though not in the same field as Professor
X. Still, she can read minds and influence people's actions mentally. She’s the
epitome of seduction and manipulation and played a key part in the Dark Phoenix
saga involving Jean Grey. She owned and operated the Massachusetts Academy
where she trained her own mutant group called “The Hellions” and frequently
clashed with the X-Men. After she was weakened by Trevor Fitzroy, she signed
over control of the Academy to Professor X and actually became a member of the
X-Men team. Several years after the game was released, the White Queen learned
that she had the ability to turn her body in to pure diamond. She cannot use
her telepathy in this form and is totally without emotion while transformed.
In the game: The White Queen appears as a mid-boss in stage five. She has two
attacks, a wide, spinning chop and a Psionic blast ranged attack. She is not at
all hard to beat.
Stage five: Juggernaut
Description: Cain Marko is Charles Xavier’s step-brother. Cain hated Charles
when he discovered his own father favored Charles over him. While the brothers
were in the military, they found the abandoned Temple of Cyttorak and the
mystic Ruby of Cyttorak inside. Cain used the ruby to become the unstoppable
Juggernaut and has used his great strength against Xavier and the X-Men on a
number of occasions. He has even crossed paths with both Spiderman and the
Hulk. Around the time of the game’s release, Juggernaut made peace with his
step-brother and even joined the X-Men for a time. With his helmet on, once
Juggernaut starts moving, he is almost impossible to stop.
Mutant Power: Jughead (as I like to call him) is not really a mutant as his
power came from the Ruby of Cyttorak. He is super strong and almost
unstoppable. The game creators must have thought Jughead’s solid punch or bull
rush were not enough because they decided to give him a bazooka as well. You
can jump over this projectile but Jughead can fire his bazooka and then
immediately bull rush so it is best to just get out of the way. Despite his
size, Juggernaut is very quick making even the "stick and move" strategy
difficult at times. Just before you reduce his health by half, Jughead will
lose his helmet but this doesn’t change anything about his attacks.
Stage six: Pharaoh statues.
This boss has no story behind it. They are merely powerful robots designed to
look like Egyptian kings. The first two statues that animate have the same type
of attack, throwing their scythes in a wide arc to hit first all enemies in
front of them and then all enemies directly behind them. You can use normal
attacks and mutant powers on them. But get out of their way once they are
knocked down as they tend to snap upright and whack you with their scythes.
Once they are defeated, or you take too long defeating them, or you have four
or more players, the third statue will animate and attack. The third statue has
the same scythe attack as the first two but will add a long range laser which
shoots from his eyes. This laser will target the ground his current targeted
player is standing on rendering the statue immobile for its duration. The boss
is immune to damage for the duration of the laser.  The laser ignores distance
regardless of whether you are right next to him, on the edge of the screen, or
in mid-air. He also chooses a new target with each blast so you don’t have to
be the last player to hit him to be the target of his laser.
Stage seven: Mystique
Description: Mystique learned to master her shape shifting ability as a
teenager and blended in to society in Germany. Her real name is Raven
Darkholme. She is Nightcrawler’s biological mother but she abandoned him when
he was born. The unwillingness by humans to accept mutants has made Mystique a
bitter woman and she founded the second "Brotherhood of Evil Mutants"
which was later turned in to a government sponsored group called "Freedom
Force." She adopted a young Rogue while she was part of that group until Rogue
absorbed the powers of Ms. Marvel. Due to her mutant powers, the art of
infiltration and assassination comes very easy to her. She was once forced to
work with X-Factor and has teamed up with Iceman and Jean Grey in the past. But
for the most part, Mystique is out only for herself.
Mutant Power: Mystique has the ability to alter her form and assume the size,
shape, and appearance of anyone she has come in to contact with including their
clothing. She can mimic voices, fingerprints, and even retina for retinal scans
perfectly. She cannot duplicate powers or alter her own mass so she cannot
become a giant for example. She does not know how assuming an animal form would
alter her human biology. As this could be potentially fatal, she has never
tried to take the form of an animal. In her natural form, she has blue skin
with red hair.
In the game: Mystique first takes the form of Professor X to lure you into a
trap at the end of stage five. In stage seven, she appears as Magneto. As
Magneto, she does not have a throw but uses his cross punch and lightning-fast
kick which can hit you up to the three times. She does not, however, use his
mutant powers. Once she is defeated, Professor X sends you to fight the real
Magneto.
Final boss: Magneto.
Description: Erik Magnus Lenscherr was the first mutant villain to make himself
public. Lenscherr met Charles Xavier in Israel where they revealed their powers
to each when they were attacked by a terrorist group. Lenscherr does not
believe that mutants and humans can live together since humans have difficulty
living together by themselves. Calling himself the "Master of Magnetism" (or
"Master of Magnet" as he says in the game,) Magneto wants a world where humans
are ruled by mutants or just plain wiped out altogether. Every plan he has made
to further this scheme has been defeated by the X-Men. While he respects
Professor’s X’s attempts to have mutants and humans live in peace, he believes
they are utterly futile in the end.
Mutant Power: Magneto has absolute power over magnetic fields and as a result,
can affect anything made of metal. His mastery is so powerful that he can stop
a bullet mid-flight turn aside some forms of mutant powers, and has even ripped
the adamantium off Wolverine's skeleton. By placing metal throughout his
costume, he can levitate himself through the air. His helmet blocks all forms
of telepathy and shields his mind from psychic attacks.
In the game: Magneto is one tough cookie. While shielded, he is immune to
regular attacks. So as he comes through the wall, you’ll want to get out of his
way. Your mutant powers can knock him out of his shield. But anyone who uses
their mutant power as a projectile, such as Storm’s tornado, will sometimes
find it reflected back. He can even stop dead Nightcrawler's teleport.  The
magnetic bolts he fires will also cancel out your mutant powers and pass
through them so be wary when using your mutant powers on him. You cannot jump
over his magnetic bolts. While shielded, Magneto will float about firing
magnetic bolts which you can avoid until his shield dissipates and he becomes
vulnerable to attack.  Fortunately, if Magneto is hovering over you after being
knocked down by his shield, you will become immune to damage for three seconds.
This will allow you enough time to get out of the way.  His regular attacks are
a right or left cross punch and a lightning-fast kick that can hit up to three
times. Magneto does not have a throw. He doesn’t need one as his other attacks
are more the capable of taking out any foolish "X-chickens" that face him. Even
if you dart in to land one attack at a time, expect your character to be
defeated many times before you bring Magneto’s health to zero.
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*The X-Men*
The character descriptions will be in the following format:
Name: the character’s name.
Description: a brief description of the character. For a more detailed
overview, you should read the X-Men comics or go to Marvel.com.
Mutant power: this will detail the individual’s mutant power as it is applied
in the game. Many powers are different from those the characters have in the
comics.
Attacks: This will detail the character’s standard attacks, throws, back
attacks, and jumping attacks. All of these attacks vary depending on the
character played and on how far outside the attack window the enemy is.
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Name: -Cyclops-
Description: Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, was one of the first mutants to join
Professor Charles Xavier’s "School for Mutants" (or "School for Gifted Youth"
as it was known publically.) He is the team’s leader and currently married to
Jean Grey in the comic books. Cyclops’s mutant power comes from the sun
manifesting as a concussive blast of energy. Due to a head injury as a child,
he is unable to control his powers which are always turned on. To compensate,
he wears a visor that is designed to control not only the intensity of the
beam, but the size ranging from a wide area sweep or a single focused, narrow
beam. When not on missions, Cyclops wears a pair of ruby quartz glasses
instead. Cyclops is immune to his own power.
Mutant Power: Optic Blast. In the game, Cyclops uses a straight blast that
travels the length of the screen until it hits an enemy. At that point, it
spreads out into an area explosion effecting all enemies within the explosion.
It is powerful enough to kill all normal enemies regardless of health and knock
bosses off their feet. It is not as useful as many of the other character’s
powers in that once the blast hits an enemy, it stops instead of going through
them like Storm’s tornado would.
Attacks: Cyclops has two standard attacks depending on how close the enemy is.
Outside of arm’s length, Cyclops will kick his target. Inside, he will use a
swinging punch. Cyclops will throw his opponent in the direction he is facing
and kick fallen targets. Both his back attack and standing jumping attack are a
spin kick. As a back attack, the spin kick hits opponents both in front of and
behind him. Cyclops's ranged jumping attack has him dropping down at a 45
degree angle so it is useful out to medium range. Strange as it may seem, I
personally find it much easier to throw an enemy playing as Cyclops then most
other characters.
Name: Colossus
Description: Piotr "Peter" Raspuntin had been a member of the X-Men for some
time. His heart is as big as he is tall and throughout his career, he has
always remained true to himself and his sister, Illyana, who later became the
mutant Majik in the "New Mutants" series. Colossus was killed when he
volunteered to be the carrier for the antidote to the Legacy Virus which had
killed many mutants including Majik and Colossus’s brother, Mikhail. The
powerful antidote overwhelmed his body but it was a sacrifice Colossus was
willing to make to save lives.
Mutant Power: Colossus has the ability to change his flesh to steel. This also
grants him increased stamina and strength allowing him to lift over one hundred
tons and withstand incredible punishment. His trademark move was the "Fastball
Special" where Colossus would pick up Wolverine and hurl the mutant towards
enemies with great speed.
In the game:  Colossus uses a power in the game he never had in the comics,
generating a large energy field around himself. This will instantly defeat
standard enemies for a large radius all around him and knock bosses off their
feet.
Attacks: Colossus has the worst attack range of any character in the game. His
opening jab is surprisingly short; even Cyclops has a larger opening attack
range with his kicks then Colossus has with his jab. As this is Colossus’s only
standard attack, he will have to walk right up to enemies in order to hit them.
His standing jump attack is a slow kick and is not very useful. Even worse is
his ranged jumping attack: a double hammer shot which has almost no distance
and is best avoided. His back attack is a throw and can be used while he is
pounding on a fallen enemy. This throw is in front of Colossus and this hurts
your allies as well as enemies so be careful with it. Instead of throwing
opponents, Colossus will grapple enemies using a wrenching headlock or pulling
them into a headlock and punching their head with his free hand. Either way,
the grappled opponent will be defeated and fall to the ground without hitting
an ally. When playing as Colossus, stay in the center of the screen and let
enemies come to you. Avoid jumping if you can and try for a grapple. If the
area fills up with Sentinels, hit your mutant power to wipe them out…all of
them. Use his mutant power sparingly as he can quickly be reduced to one bar of
health if you use it too many times.
-Storm-
Description: Ororo Monroe was the daughter of a Kenyan princess and an American
photojournalist. She lived for six months in America before moving to Cairo,
Egypt. During a violent conflict when she was five years old, her parents were
killed when their home collapsed and buried Ororo alive before she was rescued.
Even to this day, Storm is incredibly claustrophobic and will panic and lose
control of her powers when she is in a tight space. She returned to her native
Kenya as a teenager where her mutant powers had many believing she was a
goddess. This is where Professor X found her and recruited her to the X-Men.
She has been one of the group’s leaders ever since.
Mutant power: Storm has absolute control over the weather including
temperature, wind, rain, hurricanes, fog, lightning, etc. Her mastery over wind
allows her to fly. She can only control local conditions; she could not make it
rain in Africa if she was in Canada, for example.
In the game: Storm summons a powerful tornado that travels the length of the
screen wiping out any enemy in its path. This travels in the direction Storm is
facing and will not stop when it hits an enemy like Cyclop’s Optic Blast will.
The tornado will stop if it hits a wall or a large rock though.
Attacks: Storm carries a scepter in the game which is something she has never
had in any comic or anime she has been featured in. The scepter gives her a
longer attack range then other characters. Storm’s knockdown strike is a kick
which is the same as her standing jumping attack. Depending on where the enemy
is in front of her, Storm will sometimes make a third strike with her wand
instead of a kick. The resulting knockdown is the same for both attacks. Her
throw is behind her and her back attack is a wide swing with her scepter. On
fallen foes, she has a unique animation where she reaches down and sears an
enemy with a lightning charge. Although it looks continuous, keep hitting the
attack button until your foe is defeated. Storm’s jumping ranged attack is
second only to Nightcrawler in distance and if timed correctly, Storm can hit a
boss twice with a jumping attack as she lands.
-Wolverine-
Description: Probably one of the most popular X-Men characters, Wolverine was
born James Howlett in the early 1900’s. He discovered his mutant powers, and
bone claws, during a family feud and was forced to flee. He took the name
"Logan" from his childhood friend, Rose. Wolverine’s healing factor instantly
heals him of wounds that would outright kill a normal man. This same healing
factor has slowed his aging to a crawl and can even cause him to forget
incredibly painful memories. A somewhat fortunate side effect as Logan’s life
has not been a charmed one. Wolverine's senses are on par with most animals and
he can track a human soley by their scent. Recruited by Weapon X in Canada, the
metal adamantium was bonded to his skeleton and claws. The process drove him
insane and had him wandering the wilderness for a year. Professor X gave him a
chance to join the X-Men once he had cleared his head. Wolverine often rubs
Cyclops the wrong way and had a romantic eye for Cyclops’s girlfriend at the
time, Jean Grey (she liked him too but refused to allow herself to admit it.)
Despite his many enemies (Sabretooth, Deadpool, and the Hulk, just to name a
few,) Wolverine is a solid part of the team and has been a father figure to
more than one young X-Men, particularly Jubilee.
Mutant power: As stated before, Wolverine can heal normally fatal wounds
instantly. And until recently, this made him virtually immortal. The adamantium
bonded to his very bones makes him strong and his berserker rages turn him into
a living weapon. His claws are retractable and hurt him every time Wolverine
extends them. A pain he blithely ignores.
In the game: Wolverine uses a power he does not have: an Adamatine Laser which
travels the length of the screen and like Storm’s Tornado, penetrates enemies
to mow down every enemy in his path. Sadly, his healing factor is not present.
Attacks: Like Storm with her scepter, Wolvie has a longer attack range with his
claws. At extreme range, Wolverine will jab with both claws at enemies. Closer
up, he will make two swipes before knocking enemies down with a kick. Wolvie
has one extra attack animation where he will do a low jab with his claws. I
have not determined how or when this attack appears but it functions as a
standard hit and a knockdown. His back attack has him spin around on one foot
to hit enemies both in front of and behind him. Fallen foes get hammered with
one adamatium claw. On normal attacks alone, Wolverine is the best melee
fighter in the game.  Wolvie’s weakest attack is his standing jumping attack.
This dropkick is more flashy then useful. But his ranged jumping attack has
slightly more distance then Cyclops and is straight out rather than down at an
angle. It’s not as long as Storm’s ranged jumping attack but Wolvie can still
get two hits on a boss if he has enough distance on his jump. His throws will
go behind him.  On a final note, Wolverine is the only character who has an
animation if he stops moving, "popping" his claws again and again.
-Dazzler-
Description: Allison Blair was aware of her mutant powers but never put much
thought in to being a super hero. She wanted to be a disco singer (which was
popular when she was created in the late 1970’s.) But after finding herself in
the middle of a battle between the X-Men and the White Queen’s Hellfire Club
during the Dark Phoenix saga, her life was about to change. Winning a singing
contest and defeating an Asgardian immortal named "The Enchantress" brought her
even closer to that life. There, she met Longshot, a genetically created
gladiator and moved to his universe called "Mojoverse." After a series of bad
experiences, including a miscarriage, Dazzler returned to Earth joining the
X-Men and continuing her music career.
Mutant power: Dazzler has the mutant power to turn sonic vibrations that reach
her body in to light. She began using this in high school to perform light
shows with music. If not controlled, her power causes her body to radiate
light. But when she focuses, she can control the direction, color, amplitude,
and duration of the light she creates. She often directs her power with a
single finger, firing a coherent beam of light like a laser. With training, she
learned to create holograms while a member of the X-Men.
In the game: Dazzler gathers a handful of sound and flings it forward to land
an area-effecting bomb. The radius is the same size as Colossus’s energy
discharge so it is very effective against large groups of enemies.
Attack: Dazzler is similar to Wolverine and Storm in the melee combat
department. Her horizontal chop has a long reach with a straight front or spin
kick as her knockdown. Her back attack is an elbow strike. Dazzler’s throw is
unique and many players refer to it as "the perfect throw." She doesn’t have to
be right next to her target to initiate the throw. Instead, it appears you need
to be just out of range to make her do a cartwheel, grab her opponent’s head
with her legs, and throw them forward.  Because of the length of the throw
animation, you will move out of range of enemies trying to surround you. Both
of her jumping attacks are a spinning kick with her jumping ranged attack
having about the same distance as Wolverine’s. The only downside is that her
ranged jumping attack has more height and it is often easy for bosses to grab
Dazzler out of the air. On the other hand, the height of the jump makes it easy
to avoid groups of Sentinels if you are surrounded. Fallen opponents are kicked
repeatedly.
-Nightcrawler-
Description: Kurt Wagner was born with his demonic appearance. His birth
exposed his mother, Mystique, as a mutant and she abandoned him. He was adopted
by a traveling circus and excelled as an acrobat using his mutant powers to
shock and awe. While following one of his circus brothers to investigate a
murder, the townspeople accused him of the murder, biased against his demonic
form. Professor X stopped the townspeople from lynching him and helped to
declare Kurt innocent before offering him a place with the X-Men. Placed in a
coma due to injuries from an attack that he thought had killed his fellow
X-Men, Nightcrawler founded the group Excalibur with Kitty Pryde once he
recovered. But later rejoined the X-Men when the group revealed they were still
alive.  Nightcrawler is now a Catholic priest but is still an active member of
the team.
Mutant Power: Nightcrawler has superhuman levels of agility, balance, and
flexibility. His hands and feet are adhesive allowing him to climb walls ala
Spiderman. His most notable power is his teleport which allows him to enter
another dimension and move where he wants within two miles. The "BAMF!" sound
and smoke that appears are from the dimension he enters as he moves from place
to place. With practice, he has learned to take individuals with him when he
teleports. But the strain on both him and the one that teleports with him is
enough to make them pass out if the distance is too great. Nightcrawler has a
sixth sense that prevents him from teleporting into solid objects.
In the game: Nightcrawler’s teleport has him zipping across the screen passing
through all enemies. It doesn’t even go "BAMF!" But it will wipe out about 75%
of all standard enemies on the screen and he will finish the teleport on the
same spot he begins on. Try to avoid getting carried away using his mutant
power so you do not lower his health down to the point where one punch will
kill you.
Attacks: Nightcrawler’s attacks are low so he can attack and avoid projectiles
while doing so. He crouches down and repeatedly punches at close range and uses
low kicks at extreme range. His knockdown is a double-fisted hammer blow.
Nightcrawler has the fastest attack speed of any character and only when you
are moving around is Nightcrawler vulnerable to projectiles. His standing
jumping attack has him flip in place to knock down enemies in front of him but
the range on this attack is very short. His ranged jumping attack has the
longest distance of any character and he can take out an entire line of enemies
from one end of the screen to the other. For a back attack, Nightcrawler uses a
mule kick. His throws go behind him.
-Non-playable characters-
-Professor Charles Xavier-
Description: Charles Xavier was a child prodigy, the son of two nuclear
scientists, and graduated from college at the age of sixteen. His mutant powers
make him the most powerful telepath on Earth. He can read minds, modify
memories, communicate telepathically, and even create illusions. When his
mutant powers first activated, he read the mind of his step father and learned
that the man only married Charles’s mother for her money. Even though his step
father favored him over his own son, Cain, he was abusive to both boys. Xavier
met Erik Lenscherr while overseas in the military where his experiences set him
on the course to use his mutant powers to help mankind. Lenscherr, born during
the Holocaust, did not believe this was possible. Though the two respect each
other, they have been at odds ever since. Xavier was crippled by an alien named
Lucifer who dropped a large boulder on him in retaliation for Xavier thwarting
his plans and is bound to a wheelchair. As a brilliant geneticist and
scientist, he attracted the attention of the Grey family to help their
catatonic daughter, Jean. Shortly after, he founded his "School for Gifted
Youths," a safe haven where mutants could hide and develop their powers for the
good all mankind.
- Kitty Pryde aka Shadowkat -
Kitty Pryde is the youngest person ever to join the X-Men. She was recruited by
both Xavier and Emma Frost for their schools. She choose to join Professor X’s
school due to a budding friendship with Storm and the fact that Frost made her
extremely uncomfortable. Kitty has the ability to phase through solid matter
and even bring those she touches with her. During an event with Wolverine, she
was possessed by a demon named Ogun. Before he could be removed, Ogun imparted
a virtual lifetime of martial arts training on her mind. Freed from the demon,
she was no longer the innocent girl everyone knew and took the code name
"Shadowkat." Storm considers Kitty the daughter she never had.
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*Brief stage overview and tips*
Stage one "The City:" This is pretty much a
"walk-down-the-street-fighting-Sentinels-until-you-reach-Pyro" stage. Remember
not to stand in front of or attack in front Sentinels that carry large rocks.
The rocks will fall on you and hurt just as if they Sentinels had thrown them.
On the plus side, the rocks will hurt other enemies.  Avoid the wall as Pyro
burns his way through to avoid damage.
Stage two "The Factory:" The flame jets that shoot out of the vents on the
floor can hurt you but they can also hurt enemies. Use them to your advantage.
Oddly enough, on the Japanese rom, these vents will not fire and you (and
enemies) can walk over then with no harm.  If you fail to destroy the missile
turret that blocks your path (one mutant power blast will destroy it,) the
elevator will activate and take you to the top floor. Both ways lead to the
Blob but the enemies that appear from behind the door to him are different if
you go to the top floor.  The top floor enemies are all red armored Sentinels
who like to shoot at you as a group if you at medium range when the door opens.
The ones on the bottom are a mix of red and green armored Sentinels and normal
grunt Sentinels.
Stage three "Island M:" Beginning with this stage, you really need to start
paying attention to the Sentinels that emerge from the edges of the screen.
Many will walk in and fire off projectiles which can be quite annoying if you
do not watch your back. The giant mutant flowers should really be taken out
with a mutant power. They have two kinds of attacks: the first is to whip
nearby players with their tendrils and the second is to spit red liquid at
those outside of melee range. If you choose to melee them, they can be defeated
with a three hit combo. The mechanical bee mid-boss by itself is not difficult
but the smaller robot bees that fly out of the skull rock surround you making
it difficult to focus on the boss. After four hits, the main bee will begin to
fire it’s repeating stinger starting first at close range and then going out to
medium range. Just avoid the stinger and stay on him. The boss will fall in a
few combos. When you reach the cliff edge, you will need to have defeated all
nearby enemies before Magneto will appear to "Welcome you to die" and blast the
cliff, letting you fall to the boss encounter. If you are at the edge and
Magneto is not appearing, there is still an enemy left and walking towards you.
You cannot be knocked off the cliff but you can be blindsided by a projectile
or spinning tail attack.
Stage four "Island M, the Cave:" "Go and rescue Kitty from the cave!"  The
mutant lizards (gators?) here will breathe fire at medium range so watch for
them sneaking up behind you while you attack the Sentinels. The mid-boss here
is a flying creature like the mechanical bee from stage three. He fights in the
same manner releasing smaller versions of himself that can be destroyed. After
a few hits (it is difficult to hit a full combo on him,) he will release a
sonic beam. He is fast but weak and will fall quickly. The sleds carrying the
armored Sentinels cannot be melee’ed but your mutant powers can destroy them.
This will defeat the armored Sentinels riding them unless they manage to jump
off before the sled is destroyed.  The arrival of Sentinels carrying large
rocks will be marked by their shadows on the ground.
Stage five "Island M, the Ruins:"  "You must rescue the Professor!"  Well,
let's go get him.  Yes, you can fall to your death by walking off the lower or
upper parts of the bridge.  The flame jets that pop out of the ground can be
destroyed with one mutant power blast but they will stop firing briefly for you
to get close enough to melee them.  Once the elevator drops you to the next
level, the White Queen will appear.  Once she is defeated, small robots
dropping bombs will fly out of the hole at the top of the screen.
Nightcrawler's low attack make him perfect to be right beside the hole and take
them out.  Other characters will need to find a place further down the screen
where the robots will move high enough to be hit.  Be careful you don't find a
spot where the bombs the little robots drop explode.  After the sleds drop off
the armored Sentinels, be sure you do not walk off the top of the screen where
the purple and red Sentinels will fly in.  A giant Master Mold will appear and
open his mouth to drop off some Dreadnoks with a few mutant moles surfacing.
After the Dreadnoks are gone, a large group of Sentinels will fly up and
attack.  Take them out before you engage Juggernaut.
Stage six "The Trap:"  You have one second to move out of the way before the
lasers and small projectile guns engage once you land.  Once again, it is
possible to die falling into the pit just in front of the flame jets.  But so
can enemies.  They won't walk in and fall on their own but if knocked or thrown
there, down they go.  Depending on how many players there are, a number of Pyro
clones will appear at mid-stage. They do not have the stage one boss's health
and will fall to one mutant power blast.  A cadre of Dreadnoks will charge you
before you reach the statue bosses.
Stage seven "Asteroid M:" The gold Sentinels that appear here are very keen to
fire projectiles if you let them.  And those annoying automated lasers do not
help matters.  After a large wave of lasers, you'll be treated to a wave of
Dreadnoks before you have to defeat the first of five stage bosses...again.
The first to ramble forward will be the Blob.  But if you keep moving to the
right, Wendigo and the White Queen will show up forcing you to fight all three
at once.  Their health is slightly less then before but their attacks are all
the same.  Fortunately for you, the game will not bring in Master Mold or
Juggernaut until one of the other bosses is defeated. By keeping one player at
the right side of the screen at all times, you can prevent the screen from
moving and fight one boss at a time if you want.  You will face off against
Mystique in the form of Magneto before moving on to the real Magneto.
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*Achievements*
There are seven Bronze, four Silver, and one Gold achievement that can be
earned by playing an online game on the Playstation Network or Xbox live.
I: "Grounded"  - Complete level four without jumping.
I: "Kidnapped!" -  Learn that the Professor and Kitty Pryde have been kidnapped
by watching the cinematic at the end of stage two.
I: "Largest Party" - Play a six player game with five other players.
I: "Super Mutant" - Pick up a power up while playing the Japanese rom.
I: "Turn Pyro to Toast!" - Defeat Pyro on stage one without any player using a
mutant power.
I: "Xavier would be proud." - Use your mutant power five times in one game.
I: "Welcome to die!" - Let the White Queen invite you to die You just have to
defeat her to earn this.
II: "Bamf!" - Complete the game in less then twenty-five minutes.  It does not
matter what rom, difficulty level, number of players, or how many times you die
to win this one.
II: "Score Inflation" - Earn 250 points in one game.  You can die as many times
as you like.
II: "X-pertise" - Complete the game on Expert level.
III: "Master of Magnet" - Defeat Magneto in different play sessions with all
six X-Men.
*-Credits and thanks-*
Thanks to Marvel Comics and Marvel.com for information on our heroes and
villians.
Thanks to Konami and Backbone for bringing us a great game.
"LONG LIVE THE FIGHTERS!"