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Overall, X-Men Legends II is a definite step up from its predecessor. It doesn't do anything new or groundbreaking in terms of gameplay mechanics, but the cast of characters and the story are more than enough to make it worth playing. The game takes about 25 hours to finish, but when you do, you can play again on a different difficulty setting. Better yet, you can try playing through with a new combination of characters to see which combos work best. Even if you're only a passing fan of the comic book series, and even if you've already played the first game to death, you'll have a lot of fun with X-Men Legends II.
The second is at IGN PC with an overall score of 8.5/10:
While the biggest and most obvious addition is the spectacular inclusion of four-player-cooperative online play, the doubled super powers, the playable evil mutants, the streamlined menus and more interactive environments make this sequel a worthy sequel in all respects.
The third is at ConsoleGold with an overall score of 90%:
X-Men Legends 2 is a vast improvement over its predecessor, just by adding Live play and improving the character management system. Raven really listened to player feedback and cleaned up the rough spots from the previous game. It looks like Raven has forged themselves a great new franchise. Congratulations.
The fourth is at GameChronicles with an overall score of 8.8/10:
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is one of the most amazing action-RPG's of the holiday season. Whether you are a hardcore X-Men fan, an RPG-lover, a single-player, or a multiplayer, this game has something to offer everyone, and with more than 70 branching levels and over 100 potential hours of gameplay, there is a whole lot of X-Men and Brotherhood action just waiting for you to explore.
And the fifth is at TeamXbox with an overall score of 8.9/10:
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse continues to do everything we quickly became hooked on during Raven's first go at bringing the most in-depth look into the X-Men universe to the market while adding a list of new features that should only strengthen this budding franchise. Combined with a highly cinematic presentation supported by exciting gameplay and an innovative storyline that breaks new ground in the world of X-men, Activision's X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is a must-have for anyone who tried the original game out and definitely something comic fans will want to check out.