Marvel's favorite berserker mutant stars in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the latest movie tie-in game for the X-Men franchise. He's the best there is at what he does, but sometimes what he does is a bit repetitive.

Marvel's favorite berserker mutant stars in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the latest movie tie-in game for the X-Men franchise. He's the best there is at what he does, but sometimes what he does is a bit repetitive.

Origins follows the structure of the big-screen version in focusing on Wolverine's violent past. The game jumps back and forth in the character's timeline and features cameos by some motley X-Men characters with little rhyme or reason - something that also matches its movie counterpart.

Players looking for blood-filled escapist fare can be assured that the Mature rating for this title is well-earned. Wolverine's primary mode of attack is slicing through opponents with his three-foot-long, razor-sharp claws.

It's not the most kid-friendly of activities, and it's on display often as faceless military commandos and other generic bad guys waltz into the meat grinder of Wolverine's combat range.

Gameplay follows an action-based combat styling that'll be strikingly familiar to fans of Sony's God of War series. You string together button presses to execute more and more acrobatic moves, use special abilities and leap from foe to foe, driving Wolverine's claws deep into an enemy's chest.

Defeating bad guys allows Wolverine to upgrade his skills, so there are some elements of character customization. Unfortunately, though, these options don't seem to have much impact on the core gameplay.

Most opponents are faceless military punching bags, but there are some special enemies that require Wolverine to employ different tactics. Foes like the Wendigo offer a slight challenge, but they're overused and quickly go from interesting tactical diversions to annoying interruptions in the pace of combat.

Origins does tuck a lot of X-Men lore into its environments. Laptops in the Mutant X test facility explain a great deal about the program and Wolverine's place in it - more so than the film, actually.

And there's a nice expansion of some of the film's set pieces, where players can glimpse a rich historical tapestry for the character that's not limited by a two-hour run-time.

Ultimately, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a fun action game that was obviously rushed to market. There are a number of bugs in the title, but none appeared show-stopping.

Fans of the character will revel in the spinning attacks and battles against Gambit, the Blob and Sentinel, but it's doubtful it will remain in heavy play once gamers complete the story.

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