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Title: X-Men 2: Clone Wars
Rom Player: Gens
Reviewer: Zomboid

Synopsis: I'm not really into comics, but I've liked the X-Men since I was a little kid watching the cartoon in the early 90's. There was this series of episodes involving something called "phalanx". All I really remember was that it could pretty much copy people exactly and it assimilated everything. The plot basically involves the phalanx trying to assimilate as much as possible.

When you start the game you'll end up with a certain character. You have to beat the level to get to the main menu where you pick your character to use in the second level. If you're playing a rom, the character you get on the first level is always the same.

The levels are all pretty cool, but can be a pain in the ass if you don't have the right character, but I'll get into that later. The first level is the coolest in the game, partly because of the blizzard. There's a few traps here and there, but overall the levels themselves are pretty simple to go through.

The characters in the game are really cool because they're all different. For example, Cyclops has a prissy little punch but a pretty powerful blast from his eye piece good for taking out enemies from afar, while you can just blow right through the level as Wolverine, which isn't always a good idea in this game. My personal favorites are Wolverine and Magneto, followed closely by Nightcrawler, who can teleport out of danger, which usually takes some practice to learn how to use effectively. The variety is really nice. You don't really need to use every character (you only really need to use 2 or 3 repeatedly) but you can get used to different ones and it makes the game more fun. I just mentioned you could use MAGNETO! Yes, "the most powerful mutant on earth" is a playable character, but only after you beat his level. He's really cool cause in addition to his attacks being good, he can fly.... well, sorta. He can jump into the air and hover and then you can shoot at enemies safely from the air. If you think that's cool, 2 of the X-Men can climb up walls (you can also climb on the ceiling). Two others can jump and cling to the wall, which isn't as good as climbing, but it still works. Anyway, enough about the characters.

The enemies are all pretty simple, except for a level where some flying guy shoots at you from the background and you can't hit him. You can dodge his shots easily though, because a target comes on screen and shows you where he's gonna shoot next. There isn't anything very interesting for bosses...but the magneto level is kinda fun.

Game Play: 8
The variety in the characters makes it a lot more fun than most games like this.

Graphics: 9
Pretty good for a Sega game. I remember this being a relatively new game in '95, so it's not really a surprise that it's so nice looking, seeing as how this was pretty much the genesis' last year.

Music: 7
Nothing special.

Originality: 7
It's nothing groundbreaking, but there's a few original ideas in it.

Overall Rating: 8
Very fun game, although it gets boring if you play too much. It was one of my favorite games back when I had a genesis and still is.

Best Cheats: Cheat mode:
Pause game play and press Left + C, Up(2), Left, Down(2), Right, C. The sound of a laser will confirm correct code entry. Resume game play and enter one of the following controller actions for the corresponding effect:

Level skip
Pause game play and hold Right + C.
Change characters
Pause game play and press Left + C.
Ninety-nine lives:
Pause game play and press Down + C, Up, Left, Up, Right(2), C.

Pause game play and press Up + B, Up, Right, Down, Up, Right, Down(2), Up, B. The sound of a crash will confirm correct code entry. Resume game play. Pause game play again and press Up + B for invincibility. Note: This effect does not last through the entire game, but may be re-enabled.

Disable collision detection:
Note: The following feature requires a six-button controller. Hold Mode + X + Y + Z at the Sega logo. Quickly press Up(2), Down, Down/Left, Left, A, B + C at the title screen. The screen will flash to confirm correct code entry. Hold Mode during game play to walk through walls.

Fight Magneto X-Clone:
Select and character besides Magneto and reach the X-Clone fight on the Brood Boss stage. The last character to be fought should not be the clone of your present character. Move down to the bottom of the black and yellow platforms, locate the bottom left corner and hit the wall. Enter the room to the upper right and hit the wall at this location. The X-Clone of Magneto will appear in this hidden area.

*not tested*

Game Play: 8
Graphics: 9
Music/Sound: 7
Originality: 7
Overall Rating: 8


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