X-Men: The Official Game

X-Men: The Official Game
Developer(s) Z-Axis Games (PS2/Xbox)
Hypnos (Gamecube port)
Beenox (Microsoft Windows port)
WayForward Technologies (GBA)
Amaze Entertainment (Nintendo DS)
Publisher(s) Activision
Distributor(s) Marvel Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Composer(s) Jeff Dodson
Rik Schaffer
Chance Thomas
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • NA: May 16, 2006
  • PAL: May 19, 2006
Genre(s) Action, beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player

X-Men: The Official Game (also known as X3: The Official Game) is Activision's tie-in video game to the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand. The game covers the events of the films X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, specifically following the characters of Wolverine, Iceman, and Nightcrawler. It also bridges the gap between the two films, explaining why Nightcrawler is not present for The Last Stand, and also introduces new foes to the X-Men film canon, such as HYDRA, who FOX didn't own the film rights to. The only further reference to HYDRA in the X-Men film series would be the appearance of Bob, Agent of HYDRA in Deadpool, though the character's ties to HYDRA are not referenced. The game was released on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, developed by Z-Axis; Nintendo GameCube, ported by Hypnos; Microsoft Windows, ported by Beenox; Game Boy Advance, developed by WayForward Technologies; and Nintendo DS, developed by Amaze Entertainment.

X-Men: The Official Game uses several voice actors from the X-Men film franchise. From the films, returning are Hugh Jackman, Alan Cumming, Shawn Ashmore, Patrick Stewart, Tyler Mane, and Eric Dane.

X-Men: The Official Game, along with most other games published by Activision that had used the Marvel licence, was de-listed and removed from all digital storefronts on January 1, 2014.[1][2]


Zak Penn and Chris Claremont co-wrote the story for the game. Penn is the co-writer of X-Men: The Last Stand, and Claremont was a longtime writer of the X-Men comic books, establishing the personae for many of the "new" X-Men team, which featured then new members Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Banshee, and Wolverine. Claremont is perhaps best known for the Dark Phoenix Saga. Together, the two have woven a tale that fits in between X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand continuity.


Professor X asks the X-Men to return to Alkali Lake to retrieve irreplaceable parts to Cerebro. Nightcrawler infiltrates the remnants of William Stryker's base with his teleportation ability, since the weapons systems were somehow operational. Once inside, the X-Men discover a group of agents called HYDRA looting the base. Nightcrawler and Colossus go to find the Cerebro parts while Wolverine and Storm investigate HYDRA's presence. Wolverine and Storm discover that Stryker had been building giant robots called Sentinels as another plan to eradicate mutantkind.

Storm is abducted by Lady Deathstrike and Wolverine pursues her, eventually rescuing Storm. Nightcrawler is plagued by visions of Jason Stryker, who reminds Kurt he left him to die. Nightcrawler retrieves the Cerebro parts, battling a Sentinel in the process. A massive Sentinel- the Master Mold- is activated and rises from Alkali Lake. The X-Men and Lady Deathstrike escape; Wolverine attaches himself to Deathstrike's helicopter to follow her while the other X-Men return to the institute.

Iceman stops Pyro from triggering a meltdown at a nuclear power plant while Storm and Nightcrawler stop Multiple Man from blowing up a bridge. (this storyline is somewhat picked up in X-Men: The Last Stand, when Magneto and his new Brotherhood free Multiple Man from the Prison Convoy). Meanwhile, Wolverine follows Deathstrike and her HYDRA agents to Tokyo. Wolverine learns that Deathstrike and HYDRA are working for the Silver Samurai. After battling though legions of HYDRA forces and "killing" Deathstrike again, Wolverine confronts Silver Samurai. Samurai reveals that HYDRA helped Stryker build the Sentinels, not realizing he planned to turn them against mutants. Silver Samurai himself is a mutant, and the Master Mold's activation was a mistake. After defeating Silver Samurai, Wolverine learns that HYDRA has a device in Hong Kong that can stop the Master Mold, where the Master Mold is currently heading. Wolverine informs Professor Xavier, who contacts Magneto- fearing the X-Men cannot stop the Sentinels alone. Magneto and Sabretooth travel to Hong Kong to help the X-Men. Xavier also reveals that Jason Stryker is still alive; his psyche now fractured into two halves: a good half who has been appearing to Nightcrawler and an evil half that is controlling the Master Mold. He states that another of his students had a similar problem (referring to Jean Grey/Phoenix)

The X-Jet is shot down by Sentinels upon its arrival in Hong Kong. Iceman battles Sentinels and recovers HYDRA's device. Magneto arrives and uses the device to incapacitate the Master Mold, which crashes to the ground, but his helmet is knocked off of his head and Magneto is subdued by Jason's telepathic powers.

Nightcrawler disables the Master Mold's control center, guided by Jason's good half, who helps point the way through the maze of the Mold's body. Nightcrawler disables the Master Mold's neural net, changed by Jason to look like a demonic realm. Meanwhile, Iceman destroys the core of the Master Mold and Wolverine- in another of Jason's hallucinations- fights several feral clones of himself, emerging victorious. Nightcrawler attempts to save Jason as the Master Mold begins to collapse, but Sabretooth abducts Jason and attempts to make his escape. Wolverine tracks Sabretooth's scent and confronts him while Kurt escapes with Jason. The two have a vicious battle, ending with Logan throwing Sabretooth from a great height to be impaled below. Jason dies, thanking Nightcrawler for saving him. Magneto leaves, vowing that his next encounter with the X-Men will be as an enemy.

Back at Xavier's mansion, Nightcrawler tells Xavier he does not want to be an X-Man, for their lives are too violent and he is a peaceful man. Xavier tells him he is always welcome in the Mansion, and Kurt leaves (which explains his absence in X-Men: The Last Stand).

Later in the film continuity, the Silver Samurai, Trask Industries and the Sentinels made appearances in The Wolverine & X-Men: Days of Future Past.


Players control the actions of several X-Men related characters, most notably Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Iceman, as they uncover a plot to eradicate mutants. Sometimes, another X-Man will help the player's character battle. The Nintendo DS game features Magneto as a playable character, while the Game Boy Advance version features Colossus as a playable character. Many agree that Wolverine is the only useful character in the Game Boy Advance game- which allows players to cycle through characters at will- as he is the only one who can recover from damage.



Aggregate scores
GameRankings(Xbox) 57.13%[3]
(PS2) 56.31%[4]
(X360) 55.41%[5]
(PC) 54.60%[6]
(GC) 54.26%[7]
(GBA) 52.91%[8]
(DS) 51.65%[9]
Metacritic(GBA) 55/100[10]
(Xbox) 53/100[11]
(PS2) 52/100[12]
(X360) 52/100[13]
(PC) 52/100[14]
(GC) 50/100[15]
(DS) 50/100[16]
Review scores
Game Informer4/10[19]
Game RevolutionC−[20]
GameSpot(GBA) 6.6/10[21]
(X360) 5.3/10[23]
(DS) 4.3/10[24]
(PC) 8.8/10[29]
(GBA) 6.7/10[30]
(DS) 6/10[31]
(PS2) 5.6/10[32]
(GC) 5.4/10[33]
(DS & PC) 5.7/10[35][36]
(GBA) 5/10[37]
Nintendo Power(DS) 7/10[38]
(GC) 6.5/10[39]
(GBA) 3.5/10[40]
OPM (US)[41]
OXM (US)(Xbox) 7.5/10
(X360) 7/10[42]
PC Gamer (US)40%[43]
The A.V. ClubD[44]
Detroit Free Press[45]

X-Men: The Official Game was met with very mixed reviews upon release. GameRankings gave it a score of 51.65% for the DS version;[9] 52.91% for the Game Boy Advance version;[8] 54.26% for the GameCube version;[7] 54.60% for the PC version;[6] 56.31% for the PlayStation 2 version;[4] 57.13% for the Xbox version;[3] and 55.41% for the Xbox 360 version.[5] On Metacritic, it has a score of 50 out of 100 each for the DS and GameCube versions;[15][16] 55 out of 100 for the GBA version;[10] 52 out of 100 each for the PC, PS2 and Xbox 360 versions;[12][13][14] and 53 out of 100 for the Xbox version.[11]

On the consoles and PC, some of the problems cited were repetitive gameplay, poor enemy AI[36] and the fact that the Xbox 360 version looked similar to the other console versions despite the better hardware.[22] Detroit Free Press gave the Xbox 360 version three stars out of four and said, "I'd be happier if Cyclops were at my fingertips, too. But all in all, the variety these three X-Men provide is adequate for one little video game."[45] The Times gave the game a mixed review and stated that "Nice graphics and smooth gameplay are no substitute for imagination."[46] However, The A.V. Club gave it a D and stated that "Almost everything about this movie cash-in is cheap and incompetent, from the short, forgettable levels to the poor control system to the hand-crampingly repetitive action."[44]

As for the handhelds, the DS version was considered repetitive and hard to control,[35] and the GBA version, a by-the-book platformer.


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