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With the superb The Incredible Hulk, the fun Ultimate Spider-Man and even surprisingly accessible The Fantastic Four, 2005 has been a great year for Marvel superhero games. But X-Men Legends II gets the crown.
The second is at Game Chronicles with an overall score of 8.8/10:
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is another stellar addition to any comic book fan's realm of Geekdom. Not only that, but it is also a very solid game, that improved upon it's earlier design with new powers, online co-op, and the immense collection of playable characters. With sharp graphics, a wealth of rich dialogue, and simplistic, yet fun gameplay, this title will surely skyrocket up the bestseller charts.
The third is at GameZone with an overall score of 8.9/10:
You don't have to be a fan of the comic book to enjoy this unique and wonderfully addictive game that manages to cram in all the things you could ask for in an action RPG. For fans of the X-Men or role-playing games in general, this one is destined to become a fan favorite so do not hesitate to buy this one right away.
The fourth is at Gamehelper with an overall score of 7.5/10:
To be perfectly honest, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is one of those games which does several things well but does little that is amazing since all the groundwork had already been established. However, the story and its characters are as fun and interesting as the comics on which I was raised. This alone makes the game both a treasure for old fans while maintaining a level of cleverness to appeal to players who would normally snub such narratives as juvenile.
The fifth is at Game Revolution with an overall score of "B-":
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse will inevitably be popular among X-Men fanatics as it dives pretty deep into the X-Men mythos. It's a solid hack-and-slash action/RPG, nailing all its marks with easy puzzles and epic boss battles. Even better, it is a long game, and the variety of characters and skills gives an illusion of depth. But there's not a great deal here that you haven't played before - like, last year - and we can't help but feel that this particular dungeon-crawl epic needs more updating and fewer characters. A little more, shall we say, mutation?
The sixth is at ClubSkill with an overall score of 8/10:
Despite the annoyances this game can be fun for both the normally separate Marvel and RPG fans. The XML series successfully continues the legacy of KOTOR in combining action with role-playing. The co-op is loads of fun and the ability to control so many beloved heroes has broad appeal. This is one of the wonderful things that can happen when designers get creative with a popular license.
The seventh is at Game Freaks 365 with an overall score of 8.8/10:
The story is equally as great as the gameplay. And why shouldn't it be? It features Apocalypse, a villain that is favorite to a lot of X-fans (including myself). And not only that, but the story manages to blend it's own unique story, with the Age of Apocalypse (an alternate reality where Xavier was killed in the past, and Apocalypse now reigns as leader), going so far as to even add the AoA costumes as extras to add to the realism of the story. The music, which is probably one of the better soundtracks in a superhero game, compliments the story and environments nicely, giving extra feel to where you're at, or what you may be doing.
And the eighth is at Xbox Core with an overall score of 8.3/10:
X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse is overall a step forward for the series. The additions to this new game slightly outweighs the few problems. The characters and the action is fun and will keep you playing through the beautiful environments. The problems with the interfaces and the audio are very noticeable and take away from the overall game experience. If you are an X-Men, or even just an RPG fan by all means pick this game up and start playing. If you can't stand most RPGs, it would be wise to give this one a rent before you invest $50 in it.