My word! I just got done playing through the demo to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” on my PS3. I can’t believe how violent it was! And no, I’m not going to preach from on high about how it’s too violent, it’s Wolverine for crying out loud, but wow….not often am I playing a game and find myself stunned from the violence factor.
For instance. Take this image…
At some point in the demo you come to a cliff and kill a bunch of bad dudes that are attacking you. And by kill I mean stabbing their necks, picking them up and throwing them down on to big spikes which are sticking out of the ground (how convenient!), decapitating them, and lunging at them, tackling them and clawing them to death.
Pretty much normal Wolverine fair.
But after you’re done with the bad dudes, the helicopter in the above image comes out of the canyon and starts spraying hot lead everywhere. One of the cool game physics gives you the ability to lock on to a target and lunge at the enemy, in this case the helicopter.
Good old Wolverine sticks his claws in to the nose the chopper and pulls himself up onto the nose so he’s looking in at the pilot. Pretty cool right. Then you start controlling the game again and start punching the hell out of the windshield, which was easy to do: square, square, square, square….
Here’s the kicker. After you break the windshield, Wolverine reaches in, grabs the pilot, pulls him out to the nose of the chopper and then lifts him up in to the blade twirling overhead, leaving Wolverine on the nose holding a headless body.
This ain’t your daddy’s Wolverine.
I remember playing all the classic X-Men games on the NES, the Genesis and even the more current systems and always walking away thinking how much of a pain in the butt it was to use Wolverine. He was kinda wussy. But decapitating folks in helicopter blades? Now that’s a pissed off Wolverine.
If you’re reading this and are thinking, “Hey, I’ve read this post before?”, you may be right. I also write the video game blog at VirtualTourney.com and posted in both places. Yep, I’m lazy….
P.S. Here’s hoping all your parents do your due diligence and not buy this game for your young ones!
Labels: Commentary, Marvel Comics, Video Games