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As a fan of Xmen and the Wii, I thought that purchasing the game Xmen Origins: Wolverine on Wii after watching the movie would be a great purchase.However after spending £20 on it at a local GAME store, I have to say that I was quite dissapointed. While the game would probably be great for a diehard fan of all things Xmen or the Wii, for me I have to admit that I really did not enjoy it as much as other games I have played.
The game is rated at 16 plus, which is fair for this style of game as it is pretty much your average platform hack and slash and pretty much all of the gameplay revolves around violence and harming enemies with Wolverines claws. While it isn't as violent as some of the games I've played, this is probably just due to the Wii development of the game, as things on that never to be as gory as say things on an Xbox.
The storyline of the game is slightly similar to the movies, as you do get to see some of your favourite characters appear like Victor and Gambit. However, for those who love games that are stick to the storyline, this probably won't be for you, as many of the levels are completely different to the story. Most of the levels are set within the lab that Wolverines claws had adamantium put into them, however there are other scenes such as going through a forest or getting into the boxing ring you face Blob in.
For the entirety of the game, you play as Wolverine and use his ability of having super sharp claws to defeat enemies. Most of the gameplay is platformer style, however towards the end of the levels you do get to have boss fights which involve the controls of the Wii more. One positive thing I did find about this game however though was the fact that you could upgrade Wolverine as you went along, as this gave me something to want to acheive other than finishing the storyline. This basically meant trying to collect as much XP points throughout the game while upgrading his abilities as I went along and was pretty easy to do really.
I'd say that the levels you play throughout do vary in difficulty, as some can be relatively easy to complete, but once you start getting to the point where they introduce ridiculous bosses and hard to defeat enemies, it almost seems like its impossible to beat them without trying for at least half an hour just to get past one tiny section. At points, it got really frustrating and it didn't help that at times the controls could be unresponsive.
The controls given within the game are pretty easy to grasp, however the only problem was with at times the controls could be really unresponsive when you had to use the move style feature of the Wii remote. There are different moves that Wolverine does, however as I remember, there was a ridiculous amount you could choose from however it took a lot of remembering especially with all the different buttons you could use on the Wii. This is probably the factor which led me to using just the standard moves in the end.
The graphics are not as good as some of the Wii games out there, but they are satisfactory for the game style, as I never have really seen much of the hack and slash style games for the console. They are not as detailed or crisp as they could be, however they do reflect the locations and characters from the movies pretty well.