X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse
#76: X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

Released In: 1994
Publisher: Capcom

      Take control of Wolverine, Cyclops, Beast, Gambit, and Psylocke and free mutants who are being held by the corrupt Genoshan government. After a while, your attention will turn to bigger and better things. Along the way you'll fight Magistrates, Sentinels, Apocalypse, The Brood, Omega Red, Juggernaut, and Magneto. The game has two sets of character-specific levels, so you'll have to learn how to use five X-Men's unique abilities and fighting game-style movesets.

Syd Lexia: This game was one part Final Fight, one part Mega Man X, one part Street Fighter, and it was fucking great. It's also way better and a hell of a lot more colorful than those two X-Men games on the Genesis. My only complaint is that the game's title, Mutant Apocalypse, is somewhat of a misnomer. The name does not refer to a mutant apocalypse, but to actual the mutant Apocalypse, who is prominently featured on the game's box. And yet, Apocalypse isn't the end boss. Hell, he isn't even ALMOST the end boss; you beat him halfway through the game. I'm also pretty sure that at least one guy on the design team was actually a Marvel fan. Most of the game's themes, enemies, and playable characters are taken from the animated series that ran on Fox Kids, presumably to ensure that casual fans of the X-Men would enjoy the game. And yet, Psylocke is a member of your team. You know, that chick who appeared in the cartoon like maybe once? I guess they had to throw something in there for *real* X-Men fans. Besides, Psylocke fucking rules.

Valdronius: Before I played this game I didn't know who Psylocke was. I still don't really know, and that really doesn't bother me. Mutant Apocalypse is made by Capcom and it has that Capcom feel running right through it. You need to use the Haduoken motion to fire Cyclops' eye laser and throw Gambit's kinetic cards, and if you perform the Shoryuken motion with Wolverine, he does his own version of the Dragon Punch. You have to beat the first few levels with specific characters, but you get to pick who you play as after that. I've beaten Magneto with everyone.

Douche McCallister: Gambit, FTW.

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