It's that time again. Yep, I have completed another game that was out years ago!
I decided to play X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and I have to say, it is a very good game. I enjoyed it anyway. The graphics are really good, seeing Wolverine taking damage down to his skeleton and then regenerating is pretty cool, and there is gore galore! The first level, easing you in with a tutorial like structure sets the pace with Wolverine dismembering and slicing up opponents and decapitating a helicopter pilot with the chopper's own blades. Yep, as soon as I played the first level, I knew I was going to like it.
The narrative starts off in the future hinting at the 'Days of Future Past' storyline, which I couldnt wait to play. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we play through Wolverine's past and present. If you have seen the movie, these scenarios are the Amazon jungle type setting fighting mercenaries and mutant statues...weird. And then Wolverine's present is in government compounds in search of alkali lake and finding the root of the Weapon X experiment, fining Stryker to right the wrongs done to you. Like I said, if you have seen the movie, you kind of get the idea.
That's not to say the game is like the movie as it builds upon these scenes much more so it doesn't even feel like it's a game of the movie except for the occasional cutscene that reminds you of certain set pieces from the movie, like the Wolverine Vs Sabretooth fight, and the Wolverine getting his bones adamantium...ized for example. It's all good fun with boss battles like most adventure hack n slash games.
It certainly had enough to keep me interested, including a level up system, collectibles and different costumes. The game is relatively easy, however, the dog tag collectibles, 95 in total in the game...I managed 94 and have no idea where the last one is, with no hints or tracking system to know how many are in certain levels etc. Annoying. But the different costumes are great if you ever get bored of looking at Hugh Jackman. Just feels right playing as the classic yellow spandex Wolverine.
The achievements are all quite relatively easy to capture and playing through once I managed around 45 out of 50. You do unlock hard mode with a achievement to follow if you complete it, but beware, collect everything in normal first, as otherwise starting again on hard will wipe all your statistics.
Oh, and the part of the 'Days of Future Past'? It's a lie. Just when you think you are about to play that level, the game ends. I was pretty disappointed by that since no sequel has been announced, probably until the next movie which is a shame, as I think this game is so much more fun than the film and rightfully stands alone as one of Marvel's best computer games.