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Review: X-men Destiny (Xbox 360)

Posted by Wombat, 14 October 2011 · 777 views

Since their first appearance in the 1960’s, the X-Men have been all about tolerance and accepting those that are different. They have told us that just because someone is blue, has laser beam eyeballs, or is bald we should still accept them as people. The makers of X-Men Destiny may have had this in mind when they were making this game. I’m pretty sure that they were hoping the lessons of the comic book would translate to the videogame buyer who would then accept that this game is different. And by different, I mean unrefined, ugly, and short; all of which are awesome if you are Wolverine, but not if you are a videogame.

In X-Men Destiny, you choose to play as one of three new characters, a young girl, a large football-player type, or an “average” looking guy. The character types are purely cosmetic and choosing one over another does not change the gameplay in anyway. From there, you get to choose a basic power for your avatar: a lightning attack, a rock-form attack, or organic blades. I went with the lightning-powered, average guy for my play through. The game is a straightforward brawler with some light role-playing elements mixed in. The combat centers on a standard light attack, a heavy attack, and a few simple combos. Along the way, your character can pick up mutant genes which are the game’s version of loot. This reward system is the strongest element in the game. Some of the mutant genes are genuinely interesting; such as Iceman’s ice armor and Northstar’s flight enhancement. Sadly many of the powers repeat, such as an extended health bar or taking less damage, all without any physical difference to the character. The backgrounds are noticeably generic, low on textures with an endless parade of gray and brick walls. Adding to the monotony, there are about four enemy types that you encounter by the hundreds.

I really wanted this game to be better; the concept itself really isn’t bad. I like the idea of creating your own character in the X-Men universe. It gives the game freedom that playing as specific X-Men wouldn’t have. Wolverine would never pick up Pyro’s X-gene giving him fire powers while wearing a male variation of Emma Frost’s costume. Ridiculous I know - it sounds silly, but that combo is what worked best. Aside from the character variations, the mutant genes, and two genuinely interesting boss fights, there really is not much else good to talk about. If you love the X-Men and want to waste a rainy Saturday with a decent brawler, this game is worth a rental. But if you are looking for a deep X-Men role-playing experience then you may need to dust off your last gen console and re-play X-Men Legends.

Posted Image Awful
Outstanding | Very Good | Fair | Poor | Awful

Recommended Buy Price: $5.00
Current MSRP: $59.99

X-Men Destiny was bought for review. Activision also provided CAG with a review copy. I completed the campaign in 6 hours accumulating 35 out of 50 Achievements for 645 GamerScore. X-Men Destiny is also available for PlayStation 3, Wii, and DS.




Since their first appearance in the 1960’s, the X-Men have been all about tolerance and accepting those that are different. They have told us that just because someone is blue, has laser beam eyeballs, or is bald we should still accept them as people. The makers of X-Men Destiny may have had this in mind when they were making this game. I’m pretty sure that they were hoping the lessons of the comic book would translate to the videogame buyer who would then accept that this game is different. And by different, I mean unrefined, ugly, and short; all of which are awesome if you are Wolverine, but not if you are a videogame.

In X-Men Destiny, you choose to play as one of three new characters, a young girl, a large football-player type, or an “average” looking guy. The character types are purely cosmetic and choosing one over another does not change the gameplay in anyway. From there, you get to choose a basic power for your avatar: a lightning attack, a rock-form attack, or organic blades. I went with the lightning-powered, average guy for my play through. The game is a straightforward brawler with some light role-playing elements mixed in. The combat centers on a standard light attack, a heavy attack, and a few simple combos. Along the way, your character can pick up mutant genes which are the game’s version of loot. This reward system is the strongest element in the game. Some of the mutant genes are genuinely interesting; such as Iceman’s ice armor and Northstar’s flight enhancement. Sadly many of the powers repeat, such as an extended health bar or taking less damage, all without any physical difference to the character. The backgrounds are noticeably generic, low on textures with an endless parade of gray and brick walls. Adding to the monotony, there are about four enemy types that you encounter by the hundreds.

I really wanted this game to be better; the concept itself really isn’t bad. I like the idea of creating your own character in the X-Men universe. It gives the game freedom that playing as specific X-Men wouldn’t have. Wolverine would never pick up Pyro’s X-gene giving him fire powers while wearing a male variation of Emma Frost’s costume. Ridiculous I know - it sounds silly, but that combo is what worked best. Aside from the character variations, the mutant genes, and two genuinely interesting boss fights, there really is not much else good to talk about. If you love the X-Men and want to waste a rainy Saturday with a decent brawler, this game is worth a rental. But if you are looking for a deep X-Men role-playing experience then you may need to dust off your last gen console and re-play X-Men Legends.

Posted Image Awful
Outstanding | Very Good | Fair | Poor | Awful

Recommended Buy Price: $5.00
Current MSRP: $59.99

X-Men Destiny was bought for review. Activision also provided CAG with a review copy. I completed the campaign in 6 hours accumulating 35 out of 50 Achievements for 645 GamerScore. X-Men Destiny is also available for PlayStation 3, Wii, and DS.
Did your new born son write this review?
Is that really a piece of poo with a sad face on it?
Very Nice, tell it like it is, and this game is crap.
So is this officially the worst x-men game ever made?
Recommended buy price is $5, but you didn't really explain why. Do the controls suck? Is the voice acting horrible? Is the game something you can beat in 4 hours? Is there any re-playablity? Do any of the choices you get to make have any effect on the story line/progression of the game? Is there coop?

If you're going to say a retail game is awful, then you need to explain why in more than just 2 sentences. This is not a very good review.
@Techsticles - the game is very short, and has no -replayability. I should have mentioned that the in game choices have no effect on the story or gameplay at any point. The game is not worth more than a rental.
Hey wombat how are the achievements? do you think they can be grinded out in one rental?
A sad-faced shitpile with your writing? How appropriate.

If the game is so awful, why do you say it's a "decent brawler"?
@Wombat, I don't think your character was "lightening" based.
So two nights at Redbox and that's about it. Not even worth the Gamefly $9.99 deal in the future. Yikes.
I love how a bunch of nobodys on the internet think they are writing critics. No, please continue...
I'll do a $1.99 rental at Blockbuster.
I got this in on GameFly yesterday and agree with what Wombat has to say about it. I would be beyond pissed if I'd spent $60, or even $15 on this. That being said it's not unenjoyable. It's mindless fun and worth a rental if you're interested at all. The choices really seem to affect nothing though and the dialog system is rudimentary at best. The graphics look like a late last gen/early current gen effort. The only thing that's annoyed me is losing some of the challenges because enemies got trapped under the floor.
Looked like CRAP at PAX... and whaddya know, still CRAP. Die AntiVision!
Wombat, I thought you were leaning toward a "Fair" rating in a recent CAGcast, that the game would make a good Live Arcade download. What changed for you to revise the rating downward?
Achievements can be grinded out pretty fast. Took me ten hours, but I did two playthroughs (one good, one bad). The story doesn't change either way. The game's power combining is pretty awesome but the rest is pretty flat.
I might give it a rent... for the achievements
"@Wombat, I don't think your character was "lightening" based."



If true, that would make this game an insta-buy for me.
The reviews of this review are amazing. Thanks wombat, I'll be sure to skip this game even with a rental. Your twitter question regarding production costs vs. return on investment of this game and spider man vs. Batman is a good one. I would like to believe releasing a good product will reap better financial returns for the game producing company. Right?