So that Logan film you’ve seen being discussed, praised, and worshipped on the Internet, have you seen it? It’d be a crime to miss Wolverine/Logan’s farewell film, especially when it’s filmed so artistically and gritty that it shouldn’t called a typical comic book blockbuster.
As a tribute to Logan and Hugh Jackman, we take a trip down memory lane to look back at some of the most recent video games based on our angry hero. Just don't get teary-eyed once you finish this article.
X-Men 2: Wolverine’s Revenge
Remember clawing your way through enemies and ending their miserable virtual lives with the same finishers you see over and over again? It was probably X-Men 2: Wolverine’s Revenge, the one you most likely played on the PlayStation 2 or Xbox.
Wolverine’s Revenge was the first console game to feature Logan as the main playable character in a video game. Even though the game was released in conjunction with the second X-Men film, the storyline itself deviates from the film and instead, was an original story that bore a closer resemblance to the Marvel comics instead. It’s also more of a Logan game, and not an X-Men game.
Then again, if Logan is in it, might as well call the X-Men films series the "Wolverine film series".
Another difference from the film was that instead of Hugh Jackman voicing as Logan (blasphemous, but wait for it), Mark Hamill voiced the titular mutant! I played this when I was a kid so I wouldn’t know who Mark Hamill was at the time. Watching back on gameplay videos of Wolverine’s Revenge, Logan does sound an awful lot like The Joker in the Arkham games, albeit less maniacal and more grunt.
Speaking of The Joker, it’s suffice to say that reviews for the game have been quite a joke, which sucks when you get to play as one of the most popular killing machine. The version released for Gamecube, PS2, and the PC were considered mediocre, which I can vouch for, because I remember playing this god-awful game for an hour or so before giving up. And I just found out this game has 20 chapters! I can’t imagine playing this game for that long.
But surprisingly, the Game Boy Advance version was pretty well-received.
As it turns out, the GBA version is different from the console/PC edition (as you can see, based on the above image). It’s a much simpler hack and slash platform video game, compared to the 3D version released for other platforms. Sometimes simplicity is the best to go, eh?
X3: The Official Game
Okay, I know we as a considerate population signed a treaty to never speak of The-X-Men-Film-That-Must-Not-Be-Named ever again, but I have to bring it up for relevance sake.
Why? Because a video game based on The-X-Men-Film-That-Must-Not-Be-Named was released in the same year the film was unleashed. And you get to play as Logan too! Oh, and there’s Nightcrawler and Iceman, whom you can control as well, but we know who we really want to play as.
X3: The Official Game takes place within the films of X2, X3, and in between, bridging the gap between the two films and explaining why Nightcrawler managed to escape the disaster of the third film. Even HYDRA was introduced in the video game, supposedly expanding the X-Men film universe.
Unlike Wolverine’s Revenge, the entire cast from the original film trilogy reprised their roles as their respective characters in the game, including Hugh Jackman. But even the involvement of the original actors/actresses couldn’t save this from being another unnecessary film game.
Playing as Logan in this game is probably even more dull than playing him in Wolverine’s Revenge. Sure, the improved graphics doesn’t make him look as constipated as his design in the previous game and the slashing sounds of his claws are still as satisfying, but the combat was disappointing and far from engaging. Even the AI in the game is pretty much idle and the enemies hardly put up a fight.
But hey, that’s what history is for. So that we never repeat the same mistakes again, especially in regards to Logan games.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Uncaged Edition)
You know what happens if you get the worst Logan film ever made? You will get the best (so far) Logan game ever made! Talk about being the yang to that yin.
Most of the film’s plot is in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine game, but it also has its own original story that was inspired by various parts of the X-Men comics, such as the addition of Sentinel inventor Bolivar Trask, and will.i.am’s John Wraith being in a relationship with mutant Raven Darkholme.
In regards to the gameplay, the game is also a hack and slash action adventure game like its predecessors, but it’s given more depth by implementing a slight RPG element with a level-up system. There are two level-up segments: Character Traits and Reflexes.
Character Traits can be upgraded by spending on skill points earned from each level-up, which can only happen if players collect enough experience points. These upgrades include dealing more damage, and increasing Logan’s maximum health or his rage bar. Reflexes are upgraded by fighting respective enemy types, and its role is to increase the amount of damage Logan inflicts upon different enemy types. Pretty much like practise fighting the same enemies and knowing them better to fight better.
But what really makes this Logan game stand out from previous games, is developer Raven Software’s attention to detail and faithfulness to its source.
This includes the decision to make this Logan game a violent and gory affair, just like how the original Logan comics are, although this only applies to the Uncaged Edition. Aside from being able to dismember enemies and literally tear them apart limb to limb, you can even see Logan’s body taking actual damage as enemies hit him. And we’re not talking about mere scratches or bruises, as you get to see bullet holes, exposed organs in his body, and even bones!
Even though this game is far from perfect, it’s a great game for those who wants to experience the joy of being Logan and enjoy it as guilty pleasure. Just don't mention the PS2 or Wii version. Those were terrible.
What other Wolverine/Logan games have you played in the past? And do you think that there should be more video games based on our beloved savage mutant?