X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Wolverine is a decent action game, but these claws aren't nearly as sharp as they need to be.
The summer movie season commenced last week with the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a big comic book opus telling the story of how Logan (aka the Wolverine) became the adamantium-bodied monster he is today. Likewise, Activision kicked off the summer gaming season with a series of games based on the film, including this PSP release. Like the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, X-Men Origins: Wolverine lets you control Logan as he tears enemies a new orifice while seeking revenge against his brother, Victor "Sabretooth" Creed, and his cohorts. However, there are some differences with this game, some good and some bad.
First off, X-Men Origins: Wolverine for PSP has a few different levels. For instance, Logan visits Japan, fighting with the assassins of The Hand while seeking answers. There are also new challenge arenas and unlockable skins exclusive to this version of the game, including some long-lost alternate costumes from the comic books.
Other than that, you're basically doing the same thing you do in the other Wolverine games, and that's cutting enemies down to size with your claws. Logan has a variety of attacks in his arsenal, including hack-n-slash combos and lunge attacks that will send most of his enemies to a quick demise. The controls handle well, even if the general combat doesn't change over the course of the game. You can level up and improve your skills, but you can't distribute them like you can in the 360 and PS3 editions. Furthermore, the carnage was toned down. There's still a satisfactory amount of action, but it's not over-the-top and bloody.
Not everything works in Wolverine's favor, however. While the characters feature some decent modeling (especially Logan), the environments leave a lot to be desired. Japan appears to be nothing more than a fuzzy meadow with a few structures thrown in. Worse yet, the camera constantly works against you, failing to keep Wolverine in clear view at all times. This is bad, as an enemy can easily sneak up from behind you and do some damage. As for the sound, it's good, with some solid voicework (some provided by the movie's cast, although we couldn't tell if that's Hugh Jackman or not) and exciting background music.
If the only system you own is the Sony PSP and you need an X-Men fix, you could do a lot worse than X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Rent it first, bub.
What's Hot: Good character animation, storyline is somewhat of a departure from the movie and other versions of the game, it's fun to assault people as Wolverine, solid extras.
What's Not: Environments look very bland, camera is often problematic, Activision toned down the violence.