The many faces of Wolverine

X-Men Legends (Activision, 2004) – PS2, GameCube, Xbox, PSP
X-Men Legends II (Activision, 2005) - PS2, GameCube, Xbox, PSP
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Activision, 2006) - PS2, GameCube, Xbox, PSP, 360

Playing like a cel-shaded Gauntlet, Legends and Alliance are four-player co-op RPG romps enabling you to play as both heroes and villains against whatever threat is present. Fun for its unparalleled fan service (hidden items, attention to detail, alternate costumes) and for being a damn good series. Superfans, Ultimate Alliance 2 is on the way.

Above: You can’t really tell what happened, but Wolverine just leveled up


X-Men: The Official Game (Activision, 2006) – PS2, GameCube, Xbox, 360, DS
The Officially Official game nicely bridges the gap between the second and third movies yet suffers from being a movie game (read: kind of sucks). You play as chumps like Nightcrawler and Iceman in various segments of the game, but Wolverine gives you the most APMs (awesomes per minute) to keep you from weeping excessively.


Above: His claws apparently make magic in this one – snikt!


Wolverine (LJN, 1991) – NES
First full-on Wolverine game and the first platforming X-Men game. Classic in that this game is most known for punishing you by using Wolverine’s trademark claws. Every time you deploy them (with the Select button), you lose health. His claws aren’t even his powers! Anyway, burgers and sodas refill his health… for some reason.

Above: Looking for action at the center of the Earth


Wolverine: Adamantium Rage (Acclaim, 1994) – SNES, Genesis
Interestingly, Wolverine’s second solo adventure (his occupation is “adventurer” after all) is slightly different in both the Genesis and SNES versions. The opening cutscenes vary slightly in presenting the same story before the game begins proper. There are some strange gameplay differences like a timer in the Genesis version that will kill if you’re idle too long. That sucks because your health regenerates over time… stand still too long and you lose a life? That negates the whole purpose!

Above: One day Logan, everything the sun touches will be yours


X2: Wolverine’s Revenge (Activision, 2003) – PS2, GameCube, Xbox, PC, GBA
Very loosely based on the best movie in the series, X2: X-Men United, Wolverine’s Revenge has the mutant (voiced by Mark Hamill) slashing his way to the Weapon X facility in order to cure himself from a virus. Decent action game and features Sabretooth pretty prominently, even though he (seemingly) died in the first movie. Wait a second, Apocalypse shows up too. And Wolverine is modeled more like his comic book self, with a leather jacket and wifebeater underneath. This game isn’t based on the movie at all. Never mind, it doesn’t count.

Above: The old endless mirror trick


X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Activision, 2009) – PS3, 360, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS
Even though Origins is based off this Friday’s Wolverine film, it’s decidedly more violent. While the movie is PG-13, you’ll see severed limbs, heads and (obviously) tons of the red stuff. Combos are of the light/heavy variety, but there’s a new regeneration technique featuring multiple layers of muscle and skin to grow back. The only time a Wolverine game will be educational.

Above: His Legendary outfit. Keep reading for the final unlockable costume!

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  • dan-lozanovski - October 1, 2011 2:39 a.m.

    .the MegaDru"v"e's .
  • chack2685 - February 16, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    Man you missed Wolverine Adamantium rage
  • Pocotron - May 1, 2009 midnight

    was ole Wolvie fighting starfire in the Mutant Academy??? reCAPTCHA: Not launched... oh great
  • kingofspades94 - April 30, 2009 11:40 p.m.

    Umm... this is all nice and good and stuff, but does any one know where i can find screen shots for the psp version? An d nice article, you guys are awesome!
  • renegade2013 - April 30, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    holy shiz venom wolverine is awesome and he looks so real.
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - April 30, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    i luvved me some x-men on NES, though i'd probably hate it now.
  • nik41507 - April 30, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    ps: im listenig to a led zepplin III cd. the third. it kicks ass. reCAPTCH: points maddened
  • nik41507 - April 30, 2009 12:09 a.m.

    ive never played a wolverine game. i might play one of the newer ones. 36TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! reCAPTCHA: the deuce when i switched it,it was : cars shafthing?????????????
  • Demonflare - April 29, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    X-Men is so stupid. If you get powers, you would never get uh knives out of your knuckles? Storm powers? Laserbeam out of your eyes? WTF? Lame. N the movie is retarded.
  • Frexerik - April 29, 2009 7:32 p.m.

    Great article, Wolverine is BADASS :D
  • MacGyver1138 - April 29, 2009 6:13 p.m.

    I can't wait to play as Wolverine again in the upcoming PSN/XBLA Marvel vs. Capcom 2 remake. Ridiculous combos and special attacks will never go out of style.
  • d0x - April 29, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    His name as Logan wasnt incorrect in Arcade's Revenge. Not only does he call himself Logan all the time but when the game came out I dont think his original story had his real name. It wasnt till long after the game that we found out his name wasnt really Logan.
  • Unoriginal - April 29, 2009 12:43 p.m.

    Can you get any more awesome? No you can't. Thanks for the retro.
  • StefanGrey - April 29, 2009 7:11 a.m.

    Single most overrated comic book character ever. heck he's not even the coolest x-man (Deadpool? Oh, no wait, he only thinks he's one). Gambit's cooler, though they say he's in the movie for about 15 seconds. Don't know why marvel continues to waste a great character that teh fans love.
  • Billium - April 29, 2009 5:48 a.m.

    No X-Men: Children of the Atom!
  • Dead - April 29, 2009 2:05 a.m.

    Oh man I'm getting a HUGE nostalgia rush from that mention of X-men for Genesis. As hilarious as I now realize it was, that was the soundtrack to my childhood.
  • Corsair89 - April 29, 2009 12:48 a.m.

    Wolverine kicks ass. I can't wait until Marvel vs Capcom 2 comes to XBLA. reCaptcha: formerly peabody
  • nyef - April 29, 2009 12:33 a.m.

    "One day Logan, everything the sun touches will be yours" lol gotta love the lion king
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - April 29, 2009 12:03 a.m.

    sorry, that would be x-mEn
  • RebornKusabi - April 28, 2009 10:42 p.m.

    As a huge Venom fan, I ****ing loved Venom-Wolverine in Web of Shadow's! One of the coolest parts of the game, hands-down.