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8. X-Men: The Official Game
2006 | Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, GameCube, PC
Copies sold in US: Close to 500,000
Average score: 52%

Apart from Shadowrun's rich cyber-fantasy RPG world being turned into a shallow multiplayer shooter, it's hard to imagine a worse use of a license than X-Men: The Official Game. Meant to fill in the gaps between the second and third X-Men movies, The Official Game strapped players into the boots of Iceman, Nightcrawler and Wolverine, and then shoved them through a series of levels tailored to the powers of each. Sadly, every last one of those levels was either bland, repetitive or frustrating, and The Official Game stands out for somehow making a dull experience out of flying around on an ice sled and cutting down enemies with adamantium claws.

The company line: "For the first time, X-Men: The Official Game lets players truly experience the powers of three popular Super Heroes from the X-Men movie universe by allowing them to take on the roles of Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Iceman as they wield and upgrade their signature powers and maneuver through unique environments designed to showcase their Super Hero abilities."

What the critics said: Even the more laudatory reviews for X-Men: The Official Game had something to complain about. "I love a challenge, but I hate mindless repetition," said Game Chronicles' Mark Smith, who gave the game a 7.8 score anyway. Other critics were less friendly, tearing into everything from the game's crappy enemy intelligence and overall repetitiveness to its bland level design and useless camera. Wolverine in particular was singled out for abuse, as his levels - which made up the bulk of the game - were unimaginative, button-mashing slogs through hordes of idiot thugs.

The harshest criticism, however, came from The Onion A.V. Club. "Almost everything about this movie cash-in is cheap and incompetent, from the short, forgettable levels to the poor control system to the hand-crampingly repetitive action," wrote reviewer Chris Dahlen. "Even more disappointing than you'd expect."



Why you bought it anyway: Apparently, X-Men: The Official Game did really poorly for an X-Men title, but 500,000 copies sold is still far from a failure. We're going to guess it coasted into your home on the strength of the X-Men license, Wolverine's in-game presence and its arrival just prior to the third movie, and leave it at that.

What went wrong? Sky-surfing as Iceman was kind of neat at first (at least until the sloppy controls and frustrating objectives made his levels excruciating), and teleporting around as Nightcrawler was surprisingly tolerable. Playing as Wolverine, however, was nothing short of mind-numbing. Given the game's host of technical problems, it'd be easy to say that the rush to coincide with the third movie's release turned it into a slapdash production. But in reality, X-Men: The Official Game's design is so fundamentally flawed that it's doubtful any amount of retooling or polish could have made it fun. So we're forced to conclude that this is nothing more or less than a botched attempt to milk a license by people who had no real idea how to make said license work.

Most infuriatingly positive quote: In comparing X-Men: The Official Game to the stellar X-Men Legends and X-Men Legends II, GameZone.com's Michael Lafferty calls The Official Game "the best of the three titles so far." Then he stabs us in the eye with "The Official Game equals ‘official’ fun." Bear in mind, however, that these are only his opinions. And that they are dead wrong.

54 comments

  • Terrorrizor - September 4, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    To be honest, Bulletproof is a pretty good game to kill time. I liked being able to shoot a .38 in the left hand while letting a tech rip through enemies on the right. The design complimented the music they put in, and aside from the story which they didn't put much thought into, it was a pretty fun game.
  • darkpigraph - June 16, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Shiny made that Matrix game? And to think they used to be known for Earthworm Jim and MDK :(
  • PS3pwns - June 15, 2011 2:02 a.m.

    Marvel Nemesis was awesome!!! And spidey 3 was alright.
  • luke1608 - December 13, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    I bought Enter the Matrix, it didn't work and then the games shop refused to refund even though it wasn't scratched or anything, this made it double as shit
  • noporcru623 - October 17, 2010 6:47 a.m.

    driver 3 is funny to play and the movie making is cool, i loved enter the matrix tho i havent played in about 6 years
  • MyGameName - July 16, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    LOL I got Enter the Matrix as a gag gift for my cousin, and it's been floating between a select few of us who actually get it like a twisted game of Hot Potato. I installed it and cheated my way to the end. 5 minutes of my life I'm never getting back. reCAPTCHA: escrow battle
  • mrmorozov987 - July 15, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    Ouch, GamesWave got served! Ah snap!
  • ventanger - February 26, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    Christ... I was one of the poor deluded fools who was suckered into preordering Enter The Matrix due to the Matrix hype and Shiny at the helm. Collectively that game had about 1.85 seconds worth of enjoyment, everything else made me want to hammer a nail halfway into a wall, and then run into it.
  • wiitard07 - December 29, 2009 1:27 a.m.

    I would buy a bargain bin copy of the 50 cent game just to see him get shot repeatedly.
  • pot - October 29, 2009 8:13 a.m.

    God, State of Emergency sucked so bad. My friend had it and acted like it was the best game ever. I was stoned off my ass and still found the game boring as hell. And we all know, pot can make some things better then what they really are. But no dice, didn't work that time.
  • BiscuitGangsta - October 25, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    I bought @ least half of these games, and now I feel ashamed. Thanks a lot GR, lol.
  • micdog2009 - October 24, 2009 7:42 p.m.

    Wii Play Tanks was awesome. totally worth the money.
  • dtzulu - October 23, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    marvel imperfects sucked... driv3r 3 sucked long and hard... marvel ultimate alliance 2 is a let down, predator bites... i can go on and on...
  • kibbles0515 - October 23, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    "Enter the Matrix" was only good if you overlooked the many flaws and embraced the universe/storyline. In retrospect, yes, my dearly beloved "Enter..." was crap, but I can go back now and play only the most fun levels, and that makes me happy. Also, the "hidden" Sparks levels and the hacking are fun, every once in a while. I'm not going to sit and play "Enter..." for 3 hours, but for an hour to 90 minutes, its some good fun while I wait for a newer game to hit store shelves.
  • TestDDs - October 23, 2009 7:48 p.m.

    I have most of these games except for 50 cent and wii play they both can burn in hell 50 cent sould shoo the wii and then his music
  • Illinoissucks - October 23, 2009 1:05 a.m.

    Hey I stole Enter the Matrix from a friend and Kind of liked it but I can't wait for 50 Cent to get gunned down.
  • kodesy - October 22, 2009 7:09 p.m.

    I thought that Path of Neo was a pretty good game..didn't look any better than ETM and it was still kind of clunky but at least you were still playing the actually story. Also, one thing that WAS really sick about Rogue Agent...Bond actually died! Hahaa, eat that Pierce Brosnan, you were the crappiest Bond they ever had!
  • kor2disturbed - October 22, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    Huh well I loved marvel nemesis I thought it was a great game and bought the nintendo ds version and the ps2 version I didnt know you guys at cheatplanet thought it sucked oh well
  • montyburns - October 22, 2009 5:10 a.m.

    "...and also you're an idiot and you smell bad and your website no longer exists"!!! Hahahaha!
  • Cwf2008 - December 6, 2008 5:58 a.m.

    Hey i thought Wii Play was good...well i should say i thought the remote it came with was good. The game sucked, but hey cheap controller!

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