Good evening my loyal Painkillers, and welcome to another addition of Grab A Buddy Monday. Today we are going back to the arcade. Woo-hoo! This time we are bringing five of our buddies with us. Five!? What game are we playing that can possibly fit 6 people!? I’ll tell you that in a second, but first it’s time to bust out your money, get quarters from the machine, and race over to the giant cabinet in the center, because it’s time to play the the 6 person X Men arcade game.
First off, this game cabinet was not like the other cabinets in the arcade. This thing was huge, and it needed to be, since it needed to hold six people as once. The screen was ridiculous as well. It looked like they took two screens and glued them together. There was normaly a visible split between the screens, so that was definitely a dead area that you didn’t want to be at on screen. Also, due to how the screens were, if you were on the end sticks playing, you tend to get horrible glare looking at the opposite side of the screen from where you were standing. Due to this cabinet’s size, some arcades didn’t have the space for it, or couldn’t afford to bring it in. Because of this, four player and two player cabinets were made as well.
So like I said in my review on the Simpsons arcade game, each stick and coin slot is represented by by one of the six playable characters. You get to choose between Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Dazzler. The story goes, Magneto is causing havoc for human kind, and it up to you to stop him, the mutants that fight for him, and surprisingly Sentinels. Also, Magneto had some time to kidnap Professor X, and Kitty Pryde, so you have to rescue them as well.
This game is a lot of fun, but this is the perfect example of what I like to call a quarter eater. It seems that no matter if you played by yourself, or with five others, enemies always tend to fill up the screen, and makes it hard to figure out what exactly is going on. This can easily lead to taking damage, and to fall to your death, since you can’t see the cliffs. Another messed up thing is the fact that you can use your mutant powers, the issue with that is that everytime you use them, you loose some health. Once your health gets too low, no matter if you used your powers or not, you won’t be able to use them again, until you either regain health, or most likely die. Unfortunately, unless you can find an emulator copy of this, or if you live near one of those few surviving arcades out there ,this is only way you would be able to play. Until next time Painkillers.
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