The X-Men franchise is one of the most popular properties in the world. Aside from comic books, it is also well-represented in other forms of media, with numerous animated television shows and live-action movies under its belt. However, there’s one area that it has yet to truly conquer: video games. Sure, there have been dozens of X-Men video games over the years. But only a handful of them really stands out. And when you narrow it down to X-Men video games released since 2000, the list of successful titles grows shorter. Here are 5 X-Men video games released since the turn of the millennium that are worth playing more than an hour or two.
5. X2: Wolverine’s Revenge
X2: Wolverine’s Revenge is an action game released back in 2003. As its title suggests, the only playable character in the game is Wolverine, although Professor X acts as a support NPC. The gameplay centers on Wolverine slicing and dicing his way through the Weapon X facility where he had his body injected with adamantium. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the game is Wolverine’s voice actor, who is none other than Star Wars legend himself Mark Hamill.
4. X-Men: The Official Game
X-Men: The Official Game is a video game tie-in to X-Men: The Last Stand. It was originally released in 2006 and features a generic action gameplay where you simply beat the crap out of enemies. You can play as three X-Men characters in the game: Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Iceman. All of whom are decked out in their movie costumes. Magneto and Colossus are also playable characters in the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance versions of the game, respectively. In case you’re still wondering why Nightcrawler was inexplicably absent in The Last Stand, the game offers an explanation.
3. X-Men: Next Dimension
X-Men: Next Dimension is the third installment in the X-Men: Mutant Academy series of fighting games. There are more than 20 playable characters in the game, not exactly an eye-popping number compared to the Marvel vs. Capcom games, but more than enough to add replay value. The gameplay is pretty much what you would expect from a fighting game: Use a combination of regular attacks and special attacks to whittle down your opponent’s health. The highlight of the game is the elaborate combo system, which can be used to quickly dispose of opponents if done correctly.
2. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is an action-RPG considered as a precursor to Marvel Ultimate Alliance and eventually Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, which is seen by many as one of the best superhero video games created. It was originally released for sixth-gen consoles back in 2005. In the game, you can control up to four X-Men characters as you go through missions to advance the plot. Being an RPG hybrid, it features elements such as EXP and skill customization. Playable characters include X-Men staples Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, and Jean Grey, along with villains like Magneto, Toad, and Juggernaut.
1. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a hack-and-slash video game based on the hated X-Men movie of the same name. It doesn’t follow the movie’s story down to the last detail, though, which is a good thing. It was published by Activision in 2009, the same year the movie was released, and is available on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is basically God of War, but with Wolverine as the playable character. Obviously, it isn’t set in ancient Greece. The premise is simple: Plow through everything in your path using a combination of Wolverine’s brutal claw attacks and leave a trail of blood.
If you’re yearning for more X-Men video game action, you can always dive into titles which feature X-Men characters alongside other Marvel characters. You can go with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, which was recently re-released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Or you can go the “small screen” route and play the mobile game Marvel: Future Fight.