The formula for stacking moves in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
is more Final Fight
than Street Fighter
; you'll use the same basic two-button combos to work through the game, with some variation introduced by jumping and evading attacks. The shoulder buttons provide the evasive moves, and attacking from mid-air produces a different effect than ground attacks. The most profound attacks are triggered by building up Logan's "rage meter." As you wage war on your enemies, you'll see a gauge climbing right below the health bar. As you progress, this gauge can be traded for more powerful attacks that work like Bullet Time, as mentioned above. Raging will also increase Logan's regenerative powers and allow him to chain attacks through a one-button combo. This also looks a bit like Bullet Time, and is all the more impressive because of how it launches you across large expanses of the battle area. Each area is fairly linear, so it's strange that an addition was made for a feature called Feral Sense, that Wolverine
uses like "Spidey Sense" to discover passages between areas. This is a nice way to prevent players from getting lost, but it's mostly an empty gesture since there is usually only one way out of an area. The other convenience that misses the mark is the autosave feature that forces you to replay entire levels. It's not that you'll be frustrated over the battles themselves, but the volume of enemies you'll have to wade through again tests your patience.
Players with plenty of patience will enjoy X-Men Origins: Wolverine for PSP at least as much as the movie. There's good entertainment to be had here, and it would be a decent fighting game even without the license. Adding Wolverine and his abilities helps to make the game more than just a generic Brawler, but at heart, this is a button-mashing paradise and not much more. All the extras are fun to unlock, but only if you're a big fan of both the movie and this style of game. Limitations abound, not least the lack of multiplayer. At least with the ability to play online or wirelessly with some friends, X-Men Origins: Wolverine would have made a place for itself on the shelf for a few months. Instead we have a solid rental that you'll knock off in a weekend or a 'Dew-fueled all-night binge. Much like the summer blockbuster it is based on, this is a guilty pleasure for even the hardcore fans.