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X-Men: Mutant Wars Package Art
GENRE
HAL Corporation
DEVELOPER
Activision
PUBLISHER
1
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
unknown
CONNECTIVITY
unknown
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X-Men: Mutant Wars

The X-Men are quite the fighting force, but they have yet to fight a memorable battle on your favorite handheld. X-Men: Mutant Academy featured boring, talentless battles that could be beaten by cornering your opponent and tapping A. If that's your idea of fun, this just might be the game for you. X-Men: Mutant Wars sees 5 of the X-Men, Wolverine, Storm, Gambit, Cyclops, and Iceman, taking on a stream of ignorant attackers in a side-scrolling beat-em up. Woo.

visuals

Graphics are about the only thing Mutant Wars has going for it. Bright, colorful sprites are nicely animated on darker backgrounds. Boss battles are particularly a pleasure to watch. There are some special effects that come along with the "special" moves that add to the overall impression of the game. The title screen is pretty darn cool looking too. Above par.

audio

Forgettable at best. Almost not worth discussing. Ok, not worth discussing. Period.

gameplay

Beat-em ups have never been big on deep, memorable gameplay, and Mutant Wars is no exception. You can play as either of the five X-Men mentioned earlier, each with his or her own special moves. Unfortunately, the moves that can be pulled off are the special moves, which just happen to rip away at your power level each time you use them. You can switch your character at any time by pressing select, and characters that aren't currently involved regain their power as they rest.

Levels are monotonous and easy. Simple, inane enemies walk at you - frightening(ly bad)! Attacking requires zero strategy and less effort. Most enemies can be jumped over and walked away from. Oy.

Boss fights are the high point of this otherwise lackluster game. Big, exciting sprites fill the screen and actually require you to think, create mental tactics, and recognize patterns (not neccessarily in that order). There's a second mode of gameplay that allows you to just fight the bosses, which is basically the only mode the game is good at.

The one lacking feature that could have added some much needed replay value to the game is link cable support. I don't know about you, but for me, playing an otherwise crappy beat-em up with a pal made for some of the most memorable gameplay of my youth. Laziness has killed the cat once again. Nuts.

multiplayer

See above.

overall

I'll keep it brief: Don't bother giving this title the dignity of a second look. Save your money

final score Fighting/10


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