As the title states, there was one phrase that me and my buddies couldn't stop shouting during epic fights... "HOLY ****, WOAH! DUDE!" reverberated through my basement louder than my guitar amp. This is simply because X Men Origins: Wolverine was:
I mean, sure, if you're not into the whole 'bloody heads being pulled off in the most acrobatic ways possible' then The game, probably isn't for you. But if you are... Every kill you'll feel the adrenaline pumping through you, and excitement of the slow-motion head being chopped off. I remember, at one point, there is a mini-boss battle, and you push the "Windigo" off a small cliff... you proceed to walk down it, only to be ambushed by the half-dead mutant, and we tries to crush you to death... Of course, the "Mash 'Y' Button" trap is waiting for you, but once you flex out of it, you rip the Windigos head off... while doing a back flip. I distinctly remember letting out a roar at this part, as the tension was so great... But when it really gets down to it, XMO:W is really just a button masher, with slow motion scenes of awesome gore... which, on no scale is bad, and is special in its own right, but the game could have been made so much more in depth. The game play is decent, and the skills and upgrades section, while essential in games these days, is nice. The game play, and the minor puzzles in XMOW are very... transparent. While the combat moves look nice, you're sort of limited to what you can do... and after a little while, it seems that the only strategy that will efficiently end your foes: Lunge, stab, stab, roll dodge, lunge, stab, stab, roll dodge, lunge, stab... et cetera. Camera Angles also weren't the greatest. The camera would occasionally glitch, and zoom really close in on Logan, making seeing the environment impossible (for all my World of Warcraft players can you say, Strigid Screecher?). This wouldn't be that bad of a problem, if it didn't happen most every boss battle. Last peeve that I have with XMOW, would probably be the redundance of all the puzzles presented to Logan... a striking majority of them - I'd say over 90% - are "Pick up the [C4/Crobar/Battery] and plug/plant it into/on the [truck/Cage/Generator/Machine] and press B". Even the very first time you do it, you feel bored, but by the 50th time...
So, in hindsight: X-Men Origins: Wolverine was great fun, even thoguh it's not very special... The gore is spectacular, if you like that kind of thing, but if not this game isn't for you. Be wary of the the camera glitches, and extremely poorly thought out array of puzzles and traps. X-Men origins is probably not worth the $50-60 to buy it, but renting it for a week or two worth is a great deal.
A note about The Mud Puddle in general: Firstly, I'd like to give a big shout out to Mr. Nameless, on GitP for making this sweet banner, which you can see in my signature on the Giant in the Playground forums. This is the first post in a series of probably about 100 over this summer. I hope you all are as excited as we are.