X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse

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X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse
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Developer(s) Digital Eclipse Software
Publisher(s) Activision
Series X-Men
Platforms Game Boy Advance
Release date(s)
    Genre(s) Beat 'em up
    Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

    X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse is a video game for the Game Boy Advance system featuring the X-Men comic book characters. It was designed by Digital Eclipse and released by Activision in 2001.

    Plot

    Story

    Returning from their journey in the Mojoverse, the X-Men return to the destroyed remains of their home, the X-Mansion. They soon discover that they are in an alternate universe under the control of the evil mutant, Apocalypse. The X-Men must battle their way through Apocalypse's army of Sentinels and Mutants in order to return to their universe.

    Setting

    The setting takes place in an alternate universe controlled by Apocalypse with backgrounds that stay true to the X-Men comics. X-mansion, Blackbird, Genosha and other familiar locations are present.

    Characters

    The playable X-Men roster consists of: Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and Rogue. Each character has a different super power that give them a unique playstyle. Boss enemies include classic villains from the comics such as Blob and Magneto. X-Men from the 616 Marvel Universe, such as Colossus and Nightcrawler are also allies of Apocalypse in this alternate universe and must be defeated.

    Gameplay

    X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse is a side-scrolling action beat 'em up with 12 distinct levels. Each level has waves of enemies plus a mutant boss who all must be defeated to progress to the next stage. Players must defeat enemies to earn points which can be spent at the end of each stage to improve the character's strength, vitality, or mutant power. Each playable character share the same basic attacks but each have a unique special ability: Wolverine has claws that excelling in close-range combat, Rogue has a charge ability, Storm controls tornado projectiles, and Cyclops has long-range optic blasts.

    Multiplayer

    Up to two players can play in a cooperative campaign mode or a competitive mode to pit two of the playable characters against each other in battle.

    Reception

    Reception
    Aggregate scores
    Aggregator Score
    GameRankings 59.34%[1]
    Metacritic 61/100[2]
    Review scores
    Publication Score
    AllGame 2.5/5 stars[3]
    EGM 3/10[4]
    Game Informer 7.75/10[5]
    GamePro 2/5 stars[6]
    GameSpot 7.1/10[7]
    GameZone 6.8/10[8]
    IGN 7/10[9]
    Nintendo Power 2.5/5 stars[10]
    Nintendo World Report 5/10[11]

    X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse received mixed reviews upon release. Aggregate review websites Metacritic and GameRankings scored the game 61 out of 100[2] and 59.34%,[1] respectively. GameSpot recommended the portable game to X-Men and beat 'em up game fanatics, but were disappointed by the simplistic gameplay.[7] Nintendojo concluded that it was "a fun game that ends much too quickly."[12]

    References

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    4. EGM Staff (November 2001). "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse". Electronic Gaming Monthly (149): 222.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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    8. The Badger (2001-10-15). "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse Review - Game Boy Advance". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2014-04-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    9. Harris, Craig (2001-10-04). "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse". IGN. Retrieved 2014-04-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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    11. Metts, Jonathan (2001-10-13). "X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2014-04-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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