X-Men: The Official Game

Common Sense Media says

Mutants have never been so boring -- tweens OK.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lurking behind the pulp of the comics and the movies is a story about the power of being different.

Violence

No blood, but lots of brawling and shooting. Wolverine executes brutal-looking stabbing attacks. Lots of sci-fi weapons and explosions.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The game is set in the world of the X-Men movies and uses the likenesses and voices of actors in the movies.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game includes fistfights, explosions, and shooting. All of the violence is bloodless, but players punch, stab, and zap hundreds of realistic-looking enemies, as well as a healthy dose of mutants and monsters. The game is based more on the recent X-Men movies than the comic books and features the likenesses of many actors from the films.

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Kids say

What's it about?

The storyline of X-MEN: THE OFFICIAL GAME serves as a prequel to the third movie in the franchise. Players alternate playing as three characters -- Iceman, Nightcrawler, and Wolverine -- in a series of short, character-specific missions, winding through a convoluted story that involves both evil mutants and hostile military forces. Along the way they team up with other, non-playable X-Men from the movies and comics.

The game gives each character a distinct style: Iceman flies on a platform of ice and fires freezing rays; Nightcrawler teleports and swings acrobatically into fights; and fan-favorite Wolverine claws his way though enemy masses as a straight-up brawler.

Is it any good?

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Too bad this uninspired game gets bogged down in repetitive action. Players will tire of marching through sterile levels, facing the same sort of obstacles again and again (such as Wolverine's endless slashing though enemy soldiers).

The game's presentation is also dull. A few of the cut scenes use colorful comic panels, but more often the story is advanced in a kind of movie/comic book hybrid: voice-overs (contributed by the stars of the movie, including Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart) on top of lifeless stills drawn in a realistic style. Even the varied environments -- which include Japanese gardens, secret laboratories, and the Brooklyn Bridge -- are quiet and empty.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game is related to recent X-Men movies. What's appealing about these games based on movies?

  • How do games help promote movies? Why is it that these games are often only mediocre?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:May 30, 2006
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:T for Violence (Windows)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bynatedogg March 6, 2009
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6
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yeah some game

this game has a lot of stabing when you are wolverine but the game is really stupid. the graphics awful and the violence sad.
Teen, 14 years old Written bybeck13 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Confusing..

Don't actually play this game, thinking that its goin to be lots of fun, and you're going to enjoy it as long as you can. Because, in reality, this game is absolute crap!! I mean, sure it supports a bridge between the 2nd and 3rd movies, but its just not worth the money.
Kid, 12 years old April 19, 2013
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DUMB

Just dumb.All you do is kill people pointlessly.
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Too much violence

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