Retro Gaming 00’s- X-Men Origins: Wolverine: (2009)

Sometimes its hard to believe that ’09 over a decade ago especially since there were so many memorable video games that came from that year. If you were a huge fan of the action-adventure genre of gaming then you probably remember X-Men Origins: Wolverine which was initially developed by Raven Software and published by Activision. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released for multiple game systems including the PS2, PS3, Wii, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360 and the PlayStation Portable. Each version of the game had different developers aside from Raven Software including Amaze Entertainment and Griptonite Games depending on which version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine has purchased. Those who bought X-Men Origins: Wolverine for PS3, Xbox 360 or Microsoft Windows probably had the best gaming experience; considering the fact that those game systems all utilized the Unreal Engine 3. The plot for X-Men Origins: Wolverine was pretty intriguing because players learned more about Logan’s backstory as it related to the actual movie. Also, Raven Software had some creative output in the plot for the X-Men Origins: Wolverine the game. The plot saw the appearance of some familiar characters from the X-Men series including Sabertooth, Raven and William Stryker.

The storytelling aspect of the game was interesting since the prologue and epilogue for the X-Men Origins: Wolverine game took place within the same time period over the course of a few years. The game saw Wolverine wanting revenge for the apparent death of Kayla Silverfox three years after Team X had disbanded. Wolverine then learns from Stryker that Creed was seeking revenge from being fired from Team X by killing former comrades. Stryker then makes Wolverine an offer to making him more powerful by providing metal adamantium to his skeleton. While Wolverine accepts Stryker offer and goes through the procedures he quickly learns that Stryker wants him dead. Wolverine’s realization of Striker’s plans leads to him attacking and killing a majority of his henchmen. Players then learn later in the game that Kayla’s death was a hoax in order to for Stryker to obtain a DNA sample from him. Stryker’s deception towards Logan was fueled by his desire to complete Weapon XI; who Wolverine eventually defeats in battle despite Wade Wilson being more “superior” genetically.

The battle against Weapon XI took place after Wolverine defeated Creed/Sabertooth for holding Kayla hostage; only for everything to end when Stryker puts a bullet to his head. The gunshot to the head by Stryker erased all of Wolverine’s memories after he awoke from an unconscious state. While the plot for X-Men Origins: Wolverine was considered to be dark and somewhat depressing the gameplay in general was fun. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was an action-adventure title that utilized hack n slash along with platform elements which made sense at the time for this particular game. Despite, the reviews that X-Men Origins: Wolverine had received for repetitiveness it was probably way better than what most people expected prior to its release. The X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie was considered to be a somewhat of a letdown by famous critics such as Roger Ebert and James Berardinelli; despite earning over $373 million in the box office. The X-Men Origins: Wolverine may not have been among the best in terms of Marvel related video games within the past 10-12 years. However, for a action-adventure title that has hack n slash gameplay it was pretty decent; especially considering the fact that the hack n slack genre has heavily decline in popularity within the 10’s decade.

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