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SNES REVIEWS: X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

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This is the second game I played and reviewed in my 100 SNES games odyssey.

For those reading one of my SNES review blogs for the first time, here is the basic concept:

"While the SNES was a constant presence in my childhood, I never had a large collection of games for it. In fact, many of the games I played I still don't know the names of. It wasn't until I say the uproar over Breath of Fire 6 that I knew I played Breath of Fire 1 in the SNES.

After reading the excellent top 100 SNES games list by IGN:

http://www.ign.com/top/snes-games

I decided to go back and play those 100 games and review them. Well, as I looked closer at the list, I realized that there are many genres that did not age well from the SNES (racing, sports) and many other genres that I am simply not good at (shmups, arcade shooters) and others that I need other players to play against for an accurate representation (fighters). Also, I played many of the more well known games such as Final Fantasy and Super Metroid."
This is going to be another legacy review from the forum I first started this task, so I am still embarrassed about showing it here.

Also, here are a number of extra rules for Destructoid:
-If you have any suggestion of a game that is not in the IGN list that I should review, please suggest it.
-Make a bet on each game to check whether Chris Charter played it or nor.


78-X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse:



Here is my final call on the game. I would go into a special from 50 score based on five criteria.

The Fun Factor: how fun is the game really, amount of enjoyment.

X-Men was really fun. And the fact that you have five playable characters each with a different style and move-set is really cool.

The combat was responsive. Although by playing in a keyboard I did not get the maximum out of the game's fluidity. All the first five levels were cool, but those were 70% of the game. Seriously, I finished the game in five hours.

Fun journey, but ultimately short.

Score: 7


Challenge: the difficulty of the game and the fairness of that difficulty

The difficulty of X-Men is a lie. Capcom just made the game more difficult by making you repeat the whole level if you died. Which just annoying and tedious. Which is why I used the emulator's own saving system to avoid that problem.

After a couple losses, you get the hang of it and have no problems. If I did not have the save feature though, this would have been a deceptively long game.

But if you play using a keyboard, then it is necessary to use that function because the keyboard sometimes screw you over.

Score: 5

Style:

You would think that an X-Men game would have more style into it. This game obviously does not. From the generic brawlers you defeat to the uninspiring bosses you battle. You would think Capcom can tap into a really deep storage of villains, but you end up fighting robots over and over again.

The fact that you however have five characters to play with makes the game play different with each, which saves this game in this department.

Score: 5



Playability:

The cartoon graphics are nice and do their job perfectly. Other than cyclops, the heroes look and move great. The game moves perfectly and there will bo no slowdowns.

The music is meh, but it will not make your ears bleed.

Controls are where this game is great. Even when you are playing with a keyboard, the controls are responsive, and the only thing that will deter you is using the special moves, which are a bother to do in the keyboard.

You can literally pick this game up and get used to it in 20 minutes.

Score: 8

Lord Spencer's Score:
Five hours of fun, but I would have liked it more if it was more challenging instead of relying on the cheap you starting over trick. As a Gambit fan, I am a little biased towards the game, since it might be his only video game appearance.

Score: 6

Overall: 7/5/5//8/6: 31/50

If it was shorter, more challenging, and had better bosses. This game would have a 40. But Capcom wanted to sell with minimum cost, as is mostly the case with licensed games, so we get this good game instead of a great game.

Tips on the game: (don't look If you don't want any spoilers)

1- Use the save function in the emulator.
2- Learn how to do the special moves of the characters.
3- Spam with ranged attacks in Cyclops stage.
4- Gambit needs to use his up Card throw to win his stage.
5- Beast can continuously use his Beast jump on top of enemies heads.
6- Use Gambit against Apocalypse.
7- Use Wolverine against Magneto.

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For previous entries in the SNES reviews, see:

90- Blackthorne

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About Lord Spencerone of us since 5:57 PM on 01.12.2014

Hello all, I am Lord Spencer, your friendly neighborhood royalty. Yes, the ancient bloodlines are letting absolutely anyone in these days.

Being the lurker that I am, I have been following Destructoid for more than four years. Well, its 3 AM where I live now, and I just plunged in getting HUGE in the way.

Here is hoping for a fun time.

Oh yes, here is a little more info about me that is probably not as interesting as I think it is:

-I owned and played about 1000+ games.
-I owned and read about 2000+ books (I counted comic books I read as a kid so this is not as impressive as it sounds).
-I absolutely love Legos.

Out of all the games I played, I only regret playing a few. I am a big fan of gaming, and thus I really like most of what I play.

Seeing as my top 10 games of all time would change depending on the day you ask me, I am just going to put in Random games I don't think are in anyone's top 10 list:

-Blood Will Tell
-Mega Man Legends 2
-Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
-Donkey Kong Country 2
-Suikoden 2




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