Are you set
for this? Probably the first ever RPG game based on a comic book is
in development by Activision. The obvious choice for this first
foray into the unknown? Forget all those dreams of a Killraven
reunion or Luke Cage, Power Man in virtual space, and think
“safe bet”. Who will they choose? Hold your breath for the big
shock… no, it’s not Brother Power, the Geek, or even Prez,
it’s (oh, the shock!) X-Men: Legends, slated for release late
next year for all three systems: Xbox, GameCube and Playstation 2.
Until now, comic book licensed games have exclusively been the
province of fighters or old school 2D platformers. An RPG should be
a welcome change for those of us who like a little thinking with our
Once again, if
you’re expecting something out of your fanboy fantasies, don’t hold
your breath: screen shots appear to indicate that X-Men: Legends
will be based on the Ultimate X-Men (i.e., younger, more
uniformly dressed), rather than their more distinctive, colorful
traditional counterparts. Hell, I miss Mark Millar already, but
visually speaking, Ultimate X-Men’s bland, Matrix-inspired
uniform leather outfits leave more than a bit to be desired.
Legends will let you
guide your favorite characters (if in their nigh-indistinguishable
“ultimate” counterpart versions) through various team-based missions.
Using certain characters allows you to develop their skills and “level
up” as is standard for the base RPG paradigm. Like most games out
there, there are certain advantages to using one specific character
over another, both in general and in a given situation.
It seems that
Magneto never learns (sigh). Which, of course, doesn’t make a hell of
a lot of sense. His real world analogue Malcolm did, that’s why they
shot the man. But, anyway, getting back to the strict denotation of
this nonsense, our pal Eric is still trying to get mutants to obtain
their “rightful place in the hierarchy”, at the expense of everyone
else, naturally (gotta love social Darwinism). The X-Men have no
choice but to stop our misguided pal from taking down all us “mongrel
races” (could the analogy be any more ham-fisted? Is anybody out
There are 15
playable characters in the game, including Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean
Grey, Beast, Iceman, Angel, Storm, Colossus, Psylocke, Nightcrawler,
Gambit, and Forge. Most will have to be unlocked as you progress in
the game. You have the option to play the game RPG standard (i.e.,
all by your lonesome) or its more “modern, enhanced” version (i.e.,
with two three of your bestest buddies in a “cooperative multiplayer
mode”, for so long as ye both (or all, if you’re a fan of Joe
Smith and his pal ‘Moroni’) may care).
in the game include Xavier Mansion, the Danger Room, Department H, and
the Muir Island Research Complex (gee, I hope Proteus doesn’t
is developing X-Men: Legends for Activision for release
sometime next winter.