X-Men Destiny (X-Box 360)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

In X-Men Destiny, you choose between three newly minted mutants, each with their own personal stories, then help them learn to control their powers, enhance their mutant abilities, and choose a side in an epic conflict. Once you’ve selected your character, you then have to choose which core power you want to wield. You have three choices, each with ups and downs, but as you progress, you will be able to branch out into other powers, upgrade your skills, and hone your core talents. So while you can only opt for one of the core powers, there is ample room to expand and improve that talent. You’re able to find special suits, gain genetic boosts, and invest in upgrades, so you’re allowed to tailor make your own experience quite a bit. Being able to absorb elements of famous X-Men powers is quite cool, no doubt.

The basic mechanics have you explore levels, face off with large groups of enemies, and dispatch them. As you move forward, you encounter some of the well known heroes and villains of X-Men lore, with each side interested in your abilities. You can talk to these folks, have them help you out, and even choose to align yourself with their cause. So in addition to the depth of mutant powers, you also have to choose a side between the X-Men and the Brotherhood. This adds a good amount of replay value, since the story is altered per your decisions. I found the controls in combat to be great, with crisp response and simple, effective layouts that let you unleash your powers with ease. As you defeat enemies, you collect experience, which you can then invest into your powers, to unlock upgrades or enhance your current abilities.

I found the campaign to be solid in all respects, the length is reasonable and thanks to all the customization options, replay value is above average. You can also track down collectible profiles and remove propaganda, so seeking out those items also provides a nice diversion. I’m sure some will be disappointed that you can’t play as the X-Men roster, but it is fun to build your own mutant and build the powers to suit your specific play style. You also get to interact with the various real X-Men and Brotherhood characters quite a bit, so you’ll feel like you’re right inside the comic world. Between the simple, but fun combat, being able to interact with the famous comic characters, and the wealth of customizing options, X-Men Destiny offers a good amount of content that you’ll spend a lot time exploring. So if you’re a fan of the comic book realm or just love to unleash powerful attacks on your enemies, X-Men Destiny is well worth a chance.

Video: How does it look?

As much as I enjoyed the game, I wasn’t that impressed by the visual design. The graphics are solid, but don’t have that spark we’ve come to expect from top tier releases. The overall design seems simplistic, which works in the combat scenarios, but not so much in cut scenes and when the action isn’t present to distract your eyes. I don’t want to make you think the game looks bad, as it doesn’t, I just expected more dynamic visual designs. These are the X-Men after all, they should look awesome.

Audio: How does it sound?

The sound design runs the same course as the visuals, as the audio is decent, but unremarkable. The voice work is okay, but some odd casting choices stand out. The combat has a good comic book action texture, which is always a plus, while the music is brisk and never annoys. Again, not a bad soundtrack, but I think it could have been more creative and some better casting choices would have helped the voice work.

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