Throwback Thursday - X-Men for Sega Genesis
When doing my Sega Genesis revisited article, I promised a full-fledged article on X-Men. Well it's 2017, and I'm trying to keep my promises. So here it goes.
X-Men for the Sega Genesis arguably is the best console incarnation of superheroes in the 90’s—at least that I can remember. Consider the other superhero video games for the Sega Genesis, for NES, the SNES, and other systems of the time. I think this game tops Captain America and the Avengers (SEGA), Spider-man & the X-Men : Arcades Revenge (SNES), Maximum Carnage (SNES & SEGA), and the litany of Batman outings across consoles. The only game that would rival it for me personally is X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse for SNES, but I think that’s a personal preference. Level to level, one could make an argument for the Genesis option.
Granted, a lot of superhero games have come since the 1990’s, and I am sure that many of them are excellent. I hear that the Batman Arkham series is particularly good, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is a fan favorite. Marvel v Capcom and DC’s Injustice fighting games also have their followers. So, going back nearly 25 years to check out this now-vintage title may seem silly.
But I love the simplicity of the older console outings, and this one remains solid. For any X-fan, this game incorporates not only the individual X-Men in some of their most iconic costumes, but it also uses a team element were you can call non-playable characters to come and help you as well as change characters at some point and some levels. Some of the well-known rogues appear, too; and it's fun to see iconic characters that you know show up on the screen from time to time, even if they crush you. On top of great characters, the gameplay is relatively straightforward, and the mutant powers are pretty exciting when you have enough in your meter to use them. It’s the type of game any X-Men fan may enjoy giving a try, but this game also has a small puzzle element that raises it above the “hack-and-slash” category and could cause problems for some players.
Which of course bring us to the sad fact that while I enjoy this game, I am bad at it. I am writing these things having only play through two levels of the game. That's right, for all my love for it, I have played less than 50% of its screens. Regardless of what character I chose or which strategy I implemented, I could not find my way past the second base, a Shi’ar our space station. It's a sad thing, as I would've liked to of played the game further and encountered more great characters from the comics as well as seen some more of what the game and offer.
Oh well, at least I got to battle the unstoppable Juggernaut.