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 action.
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.
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).
Playable stages in the game
include Xavier Mansion, the Danger Room, Department H, and the Muir
Island Research Complex (gee, I hope Proteus doesn’t
Raven Software is developing
X-Men: Legends for Activision for release sometime next winter.