The first few times you pull them off, they are amazingly gratifying. Just watching Wolverine sneak up and twist someone’s neck is nerdgasmic. The only problem is that there are a limited number of different stealth strikes in the game so it does get a little old after a while. The other problem is that the game forces you to use the stealth stuff a little too heavily in some sections as a result causing you to replay a section over and over and over and over and over (have I made my point yet?) if you alert a guard. I have entire sections of dialog memorized because I was forced to keep repeating it because I made one slip up and that’s pretty frustrating.
The strike concept is a good one but it can be a little frustrating since you have to position yourself correctly and then push the B button at exactly the right moment to execute it. It takes a lot of getting used to and is frustrating until you get the hang of it. The game is almost a little too over-reliant on them. You will also take damage while performing a strike so you have to watch your health meter before you initiate a longer strike, as you may not survive it.
The game play itself is good but it does get old after a while. There are a few places where you can take control of automated guns and robots but for the most part it’s you sneaking up and killing people using your hands, claws, and feet. While it’s cool at first, you have to wonder why Wolverine just doesn’t pick up a gun (you knock them out of the hands of guards most of the game) and just open fire.
The camera also tends to get in the way a bit and you will spend parts of the game fighting the camera to give you the right angle to see where you are supposed to go. The game is also tough and you’ll end up playing portions of the game over and over again until you get it right (if I hear the word “Wendigo” one more time I’ll go feral myself). I sometimes felt like I was fighting the game rather than playing it to accomplish tasks.
Along with the camera problems, it also has some clipping and graphics problem. In one portion of the game, I “fell” through an elevator shaft and had to restart the level because I was someplace I wasn’t supposed to be. In addition, there are issues with the sense mode. If you catch fire while in sense mode, it almost looks like the fire is inside Wolverine instead of outside him.
My other big gripe is the save system. You can only save at the end of a level and nowhere in between. I realize this is the console way but come on…I have an 8 GB hard drive on the Xbox and there’s no legitimate reason why I can’t do in game saves (I’m guessing this is a design limitation due to the fact that the game was released on all platforms). Hopefully, once the next generation of consoles comes out, this kind of limitation will be removed because it’s frustrating as hell to spend 20 minutes winding your way through a level only to fall in a hole or through a wall and have to start over again.
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