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However, when it comes down to it, it all still feels much the same, and the differences between one mass brawl and the next become less distinct the more you play. And where did all these grunts come from? In the average level you'll kill literally hundreds of troops and special forces types, making you wonder whether arch-villain William Stryker has co-opted half the US army to his aims. More seriously, the game starts throwing in more and more boss encounters as time goes on, and as the vast majority of these are reliant on the same basic tactic, they end up doing nothing except halting the flow of the game.
Above all else, many of the levels suffer from repetitive scenery - with the levels based in and around the secret base at Alkali Lake suffering worst - and nearly all of them go on long past their expiry date. I don't know about you, but when I feel relief that a level is over I want to feel it because I've been challenged and pushed and pressed to my limits, and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. I don't want to feel relief because I was plain sick and tired of looking at the same old locations and dispatching the same bunch of foes again and again and again. It's just no good.
Had I only played Wolverine for an hour or so, I might have come away thinking that it was a derivative but entertaining spin on God of War, and if you play it in small chunks, you might still get that kind of impression. But, at the end of the day, it's not actually that engaging in the long-term and you'll find that reflected in the score at the top of this review. It's nowhere near as awful as Iron Man or The Incredible Hulk, but that doesn't mean I'd recommend you buy it. Sometimes you can have all the pieces in place for a great game, but somehow fail to make them fit together in a satisfying way. Wolverine, unfortunately, is a case in point.
Kinetic, aggressive and violent, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is close to being one of the great superhero games. Unfortunately, it's just not engaging enough in the long-term to make that grade.