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!


  • ELpork - April 28, 2009 9:21 p.m.

    GHAAA that creed comparison!? why?
  • bobalou27 - April 28, 2009 9:40 p.m.

    awesome. just awesome
  • PK64 - April 28, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    3 oh yeah wolverine is homosexual
  • GoldenMe - April 28, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    Oh you two, calm down. Let's just keep hoping that Wolverine can face Ken again in Marvel vs Capcom 3. Capcom, please?!
  • Koouunn - April 28, 2009 11:19 p.m.

    u guys make fun of the genesis 1, but that 1 was my favorite. then was Marvel vs Capcom 2
  • CNnegative1 - April 28, 2009 11:44 p.m.

    I laffed at the creed comparison.... well played GR....well played
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - April 29, 2009 12:02 a.m.

    When I was reading this, I found out that if you say x-man around 30 times to yourself, your mind will explode! good work by the way, really good read.
  • twishart - April 29, 2009 12:59 a.m.

    man, I played the SHIT out of Mutant Apocalypse.
  • Dead - April 29, 2009 2:07 a.m.

    Also I now have to buy Web of Shadows just to see Venom-Wolverine.
  • BoondockSaint54 - April 29, 2009 2:14 a.m.

    I loved that old arcade game. The one thing I didn't like about the X-Men games was you could only use the powers to much before they went bye-bye for a while.
  • iKOemos - April 29, 2009 4:32 a.m.

    That venom-Wolverine is BAD-ASS!
  • Mittenz - April 29, 2009 4:34 a.m.

    So is the new game NOT going to suck? reCAPTCHA:suntan goldie
  • Geminiman82 - April 29, 2009 2:22 p.m.

    Nicely done "Sugar" Shane! Any full article on Wolverine is a good one in my book.
  • Analogic - April 29, 2009 9:01 p.m.

    Yeah, but Wolverine is in Ultimate Spider-Man too, he's one of the bosses when you're playing as Venom.
  • Analogic - April 29, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    Ignore my last comment, just looked at the timeline, without reading through the article, thus missing the last page where you mentioned it. c:
  • Gingerbread - April 29, 2009 9:31 p.m.

    is spider man pissing on the wall
  • Skykid - April 29, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    Wolvie rocks!! I'm seeing the movie this weekend. Maybe on the game though.
  • Skykid - April 29, 2009 11:15 p.m.

    @Mittenz: Dude, since when does shedding bad guys, while being indestrutible, suck? Name me ine time?
  • SirChukSumthng - April 30, 2009 4:22 a.m.

    If anyone reads this they will be angry. I HATE Hugh Jackman.
  • Ravenbom - May 1, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    I know I'm in the minority, but I love the 80's brown and tan costume. Maybe because I grew up on that costume or maybe because he's wearing blue haines outside yellow spandex in his classic blue and yellow costume.

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