X-Men Arcade ReviewJason Leyanna
Konami has brought back the classic arcade game, X-Men, for consumption on the PlayStation 3 via the PSN and Xbox 360 on the Xbox Live Arcade.
I have played the original arcade game many times over the years, from when I was a kid to even recently. The arcade game had a one-monitor version and a two-monitor version, the larger one having up to 6 players... hence why the PS3 version has up to six participants.
X-Men Arcade is a very short game compared to most games that are created these days. Back in the time of arcade games such as this one and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the games were designed to keep the player inserting more quarters into the cabinet to continue playing. You can beat X-Men in 30 to 40 minutes if you are quick enough and depending on the settings. Though this might not appeal to some, it brings back fond memories to me and nostalgia.
This version allows you to play the American or Japanese ROM for the game, though primarily the same. The PSN version of the game allows up to 6 people, where its 360 counterpart only allows up to 4. The online version allows you to join a random game or start your own. I prefer the offline version for playing with friends.
You play as one of six X-Men: Dazzler, Cyclops, Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler and Wolverine as you fight your way through various stages that Magneto has in store for you. Each level has a section where you fight numerous enemies until you defeat a boss and then you move on to the next. Most enemies will just take a few hits to incapacitate, while the bosses will take numerous punches/kicks and super moves. The game has three buttons for each character, jump, punch/kick, and super move. Each character has its own 'super' move that can be used a couple of times per life and takes down most of the enemies within the screen.
The graphics look just as they did back in 1992 and have not been enhanced. Though the game does look more crisp on a nice TV compared to the monitors that the game was originally displayed on. The background sounds and music have made the transition and remain the same. I found the background music fitting for each stage of the game and for the capabilities of the hardware back when the game was initially created. The dialogue can be a bit corny, but did not bother me. For instance, Magneto will declare, "I am Magneto, Master of Magnet!" The graphics and sound are definitely good for their time, but compared to recent games are extremely dated. This can be a positive or negative depending on your perspective.
If you are looking for a modern, graphically realistic and lengthy game, this obviously is not it. But what X-Men Arcade brings to the table is a nostalgia-inducing classic filled with beat-em-up action. If you are fond of the arcade game or other similar arcade games, you will not want to miss the classic, X-Men Arcade.
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