On Tuesday, “X-Men Legends” hits stores and Superhero Hype! has an exclusive interview with Rob Gee, the game’s Project Lead for Raven Software. “X-Men Legends” is the only epic action-RPG where gamers pick and customize a team of X-Men, and for the first time, experience the X-Men’s greatest strength – working together to combat evil and protect the fate of mankind. The story begins when the X-Men learn that Magneto, their greatest adversary, has devised a plan to give mutants the power to reign supreme over humans. The X-Men are then forced to battle Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants to prevent global chaos and stop the imprisonment of the human race.
What makes X-Men Legends different than past hero games and other role playing games?
Who wrote the X-Men Legends story? Can you tell us a bit about the story?
The story begins with Alison Crestmere, a young mutant who is rescued from the villainous clutches of the Brotherhood of Mutants by the X-Men. The X-Men invite her to Professor Xavier’s institute to help her learn how to control her developing mutant gift â€“ the power to create and control magma. The story grows from there until it achieves epic proportions that X-Fans would expect to experience. There are many subplots that interweave each other based on character histories and old story elements from past comics. There are enough elements of love, loyalty, betrayal, intrigue and humor in X-Men Legends to satisfy any X-Men fans, young and old. The climactic ending of our story is best left unsaid â€“ I don’t want to spoil anything!
Players can choose four X-Men for their team. How will the team members work together? How do the combo moves work?
For ease of play, we’ve given the player an ‘ALLY’ button that can be used to create combos by directing the other heroes to attack the player’s target, or to rally near the player when no targets are available. This makes combat in X-Men Legends mirror the established teamwork seen in the comics. Simply go after a bad guy, let’s say a Sentinel, use your ‘ALLY’ button as you wade into battle and watch the combos begin to rack up as you use your super powers in tandem with the rest of your teammates. Combos result in added damage bonuses; Adamantium claws, optic blasts and lightning strikes are just a few power attacks that can combo for devastating damage bonuses against a single target. Make sure to combo against more powerful enemies to bring them down faster before they have a chance to take out your allies!
Which of the X-Men will be available to the players? Any clues as to which villains they’ll face?
Since the game supports up to four players, what modes will be available for multiplayer?
What games have Raven done in the past? How did they decide on doing an X-Men game?
We’re known for our FPS games, but we don’t have a set FPS mentality here. The majority of us grew up on pen and paper RPGs and we still play them today ( weekly). Many of us love games from Real Time Strategy to the MMORPGs to the classic old-school Atari 2600 titles (and beyond). So when Activision offered us a Super Hero Action Role Playing Game to work on, we heartily agreed to the challenge! The huge bonus was that it featured the X-Men, a group of characters just screaming to be used in an RPG setting! A Wolverine RPG, or Gambit RPG would be fun to make, but we had it even better: an RPG allowing the player to pick their own favorite X-Men to play with and customize! How could we not make this game?!?
It’s been a great and rewarding experience to put X-Men Legends together! We know we have something very special here and we’re proud to put the name of Raven on it!
What kinds of things will X-Men fans find to unlock if they search out every last corner of the game?
Lastly, explore the Danger Room’s training courses to learn more about game mechanics and, if needed, extra training to unlock more experience levels and skills when the game’s difficulty is too challenging or the player needs a little more edge to defeat a particular boss.
Source: Superhero Hype!