At its heart, “X-Men Destiny” is like playing a role in good comic book . Sure, it has problems (I said good, not perfect), but when the problems are set aside, the story is engaging, keeping you playing the game and finishing it in one setting. That is what I did.
When “X-Men Destiny” boots up, you learn that Professor X was killed by Bastion, the mutant killer from the future/ After Professor X’s death, the X-Men moved to San Francisco. while human-mutant relations have weakened terribly and the Purifiers, a group of radicalized humans, are now bent on erasing mutants from the planet. During a peace rally between a group of humans led by Luis Reyes and mutants led by Cyclops, an attack happens. Among the crowd are three mutants who’s powers manifest in unbelievable ways during the attack. All three characters have different backgrounds, and you are given a choice to become one of the three. The three characters are Aimi Yoshida, Adrian Luca and Grant Alexander. All three have different backgrounds and once you have chosen who you want to be, you can pick between three completely different sets of mutant powers for your selection.
The gameplay at a glance looks like an action game’s, but it really is a brawler in the vein of “Final Fight” or “Streets of Rage” as only two buttons attack while another is used to jump. While this makes the fighting simple, it is not boring because the story makes every move important. You know that your character is in a time of crisis and that you just want to see what comes next. More combos are upgraded during play, but they do nothing to expand upon the fighting mechanics, but that is fine with me.
When you boot the game up for the first time, you are going to be staring at a black screen for a while as a rather large install is required. It is a sad day when I see more and more of these mandatory installs. Trust me when I say that I think that it is only going to get worse with them. Do not let this gaming travesty destroy your “X-Men Destiny” experience because if you do, you will not pay attention to the well-crafted story contained within.
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