X-Men Legends is an action role-playing video game developed by Raven Software and published by Activision. It was released on the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles in 2004. Barking Lizards Technologies developed the N-Gage port of the game, which was released in early 2005. Players can play as one of fifteen X-Men characters, with the ability to switch between four computer- or human-controlled characters at any time.
X-Men Legends follows Alison Crestmere, a young mutant who has the ability to summon and control volcanic activity. As Alison is taught to control her powers at the X-Mansion, the X-Men are sent on several missions. Eventually the X-Men learn of Magneto’s plan to cover the Earth in darkness from his base on Asteroid M.
X-Men Legends is an action role-playing game. Players choose a team of up to four characters from a larger group of X-Men. As players proceed through the game, additional X-Men are unlocked. On the console versions, up to four players can play in the cooperative campaign, with the ability to add or remove players at any time. Cooperative play features a refined combat system and the ability to interact with non-player characters. The game also features a skirmish mode, which allows players to fight against each other or against waves of computer-controlled enemies.
As characters gain experience points, players can upgrade their four main powers and other abilities unique to that character. Items found during gameplay can also be equipped to further enhance a character’s abilities. Characters can combine attacks to create a combo, in which two or more players use their mutant powers on a single enemy at the same time. The characters’ special abilities can be used to create a “Super Combo” when combined with an “Xtreme Power” which become available at level 15.
Barking Lizards (N-Gage)
Director(s) Robert Gee
Patrick J. Lipo
Designer(s) Tom Odell
Programmer(s) Daniel Edwards
Artist(s) Brian Pelletier
Writer(s) Robert Love
Composer(s) Rik Schaffer
Release GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
NA: September 21, 2004
PAL: October 22, 2004
JP: January 27, 2005 (Xbox only)
PAL: January 2005
NA: February 7, 2005
Genre(s) Action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer