X-Men 2: Clone Wars like it's predecessor was successful, and it is also more based on the comics than that of the cartoon series. Also, there are more playable characters than in the first game, and it also has a much better storyline, and in this game, the X-Men battle against the Phalanx, a hostile technorganic alien race.
Though hard at times, the game will astound you and jump from the edge of your seat with it's rich design, gameplay, sound effects, and more. This game I also review it in honor of the new movie "X-Men: First Class".
Plot. A technorganic alien race known as the Phalanx have returned and are seeking to take control of the Earth by assimilating all of it's inhabitants. They have captured also several mutants for the purpose of experimentation. Only a selected group of X-Men have avoided capture and temporarily united with their oldest foe, Magneto. Now, the X-Men must defeat the Phalanx before all the humans are assimilated.
You can select up to seven characters: Beast, Gambit, Cyclops, Wolverine, Psylocke, Nightcrawler, and Magneto, who is unlocked after the third level.
Concept. X-Men 2: Clone Wars is a beat-em-up sidescrolling video game with an Arcade style of gameplay. You can select one of six characters in the beginning, and you get the chance to play as Magneto after beating the third level. You will visit different places in the game, including the Savage Land and Avalon, and battle powerful adversaries such as Apocalypse, the Sentinels, Exodus, Deathbird and more.
Design. The design has enhanced since the last game, and the graphics look a lot better than that of the first game. The stages and environments in the game were very well designed, and the characters looked more like their comic book counterparts, instead of the ones from the cartoon. The animations were well done as well, and this design is way better than the one from the first the game.
Good Aspects. This is a better game than the first, instead of being in the Danger Room, you beat stages. The graphics are awesome, and I liked how the game stuck more to the comics than to the cartoon show. The game despite it's difficulty has good replay value, and it is better than the first game. Wolverine and Psylocke are my favorite characters to play with.
Rantings. What I do not like about this game, is that characters cannot block, and Wolverine's healing capacity is too damn slow. Also, Nightcrawler's teleportation is not as further as it was in the first game. Cyclops is still terrible, but he has made quite an improvement, yet his optic blasts pack a good punch. In terms of not blocking, in a game called Revenge of Shinobi, the character could block at all.
Overall. If you folks have a Sega Genesis, most old school gamers do, then I highly recommend this game for you. The final score I give this game is an 8 out of 10.