The visual style of X-Men Legends II is spot on. While the environments are an interesting blend of pseudo-realism and almost cel-shading, the beloved Marvel characters are all shown in full cel-shaded glory with a decidedly appropriate comic-book art look to them. The animations are kept relatively low-key and mostly relegated to the various battle moves. Since this stuff comes from the realm of still pictures, I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. There are some CG sequences, and while they’re good, something about the way the characters look and move in them just seems decidedly off.
While there’s not much to say in terms of music or sound effects, its mostly appropriately atmospheric and battle explosion type of stuff, there’s certainly a lot to be said for the voice-acting in the game. Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Charles Xavier and the rest of the cast, both new and old (from the original), do a wonderful job capturing the personality of the now familiar characters. Each character also has a large list of short things to say in battle. While these get stale after a while, like any game, it takes decidedly longer than usual; especially since many of the dialogue lines are depending on which characters are in your current four man team. For example Wolverine loves to say, “I’m the best at what I do.” Well, there was at least one occasion where I heard Magneto retort, “You certainly are not the best at what you do”. Those moments are extremely entertaining. Though, I had small issues with Magneto. I don’t know, but I think he’ll always sound like Ian McKellen in my head now.