Review by blueninja4444

"This Is The PSP Port Game That Makes The Other Ones Go Home Cryin’"

Apparently, X-Men Legends 2 just couldn't be released for enough systems. This game is on the Xbox, PlayStation 2, N-Gage, PSP, and GameCube video game consoles as well as the PC. So with all that attention being spread around what were the chances that the company making this bothered to make the difficult port to PSP worth while? I mean, after all, with the limited buttons and smaller disk size it seems like a bad port is inevitable... Or could X-Men Legends 2 on the PSP actually be a great game? Well......

Graphics: 8/10
The graphics in this game are pretty well done. The characters, bad guys, and environments all have good details and I wouldn't say that this is too inferior to the PS2 version. In fact these graphics are almost identical to the PS2 which is a plus in anybody's book. The only real downside is that some of the environments you fight in (especially towards the beginning) can be too dark for you to see anything, and occasionally a bad camera angle or two will cause eyestrain. But contrary to popular lazy man rumors, there is a way to change the camera angle. Although it is nowhere near as convenient as the right analog stick on the PS2, it is possible to hold in L and use the face buttons to move the camera. So this gets a 9/10.

Sound: 10/10
The sound is great, what more can I say? Every sound, every BGM, every voice over survived the translation from home console to PSP. Patrick Stewart voices Professor Xavier so I don't know what more you could ask for. The background music is very good in this game and usually reflects the mood too. 10/10 and nothing less for the sound.

Controls: 9/10
The controls in this game are easy to learn but not very convenient. You might find yourself making a lot of mistakes when using the shift (L) button and you might also find yourself accidentally walking off cliffs, since this game forces you to use the analog stick and the d-pad serves other purposes. However, the controls translate smooth enough that you can still play so, can't complain too much.

Story: 9/10
The story in this game a bit difficult to get into. X-Men Legends 2 doesn't pick up exactly where XML1 left off, yet the opening video does not fill in the clues of what happened in-between; Instead you are forced to discover most of the plot through meaningless 1 sided conversation. But the game does make good use of using the plot and the conflicts in the actual gameplay. One of the bad guys has a bomb on a boat, so you gotta deactivate. Simple yet effective. Hey, this is the Age of Apocalypse storyline, so it's gotta be good.

Gameplay: 10/10
This is a Hack and Slash RPG, which means it's 8 parts action game, and 2 parts RPG. Through out the game you'll be leveling up and putting on some armor and gauntlets and other RPG like things, but that's about it. Only on rare occasions will you actually notice that your armor is helping you in any way. But nonetheless, the action part is really flawless. Double team attacks, multiple combos, special moves, different powers and much more help make the gameplay fun, and what's more is that the game's objectives aren't always (kill the bad guys to win) other times the driving motive might be rescuing prisoners, defusing bombs, and other non-killing tasks. But don't let that confuse you, there's plenty of things to kill and lots of destructible environment items.

Replay Value: 10/10
Replay value? Heck, isn't that this game's main selling point? There's around 20 different mutants you can play as through out this game, and many different skills you can upgrade, and 3 different difficulty levels. There are many things you can do in the game besides the actual main story itself, including looking for collectable comics, and collecting danger room disks. The Danger Room mode itself is very convenient for just picking up and playing without worrying about a story and saving the game. Plus there's plenty of locked characters to unlock (worth unlocking too, according to most) including Iron Man and Deadpool. Trust me, if you like this game, you won't be putting it down for a while.

Overall: 9/10
Portable X-Men Legends... This game really shows off what the PSP is capable of, and it's a shame that other ports can't be more like this. This game isn't perfect, but you'll have tons of fun either way. Plus, with the ability to play 4 players you can enjoy the game with a friend or two. A fun game that earns and deserves a 9/10.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 04/10/06

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