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X-Men: The Official Game

Activision Locks Down X-Men Voice Cast

You might recognize a couple of these names.
Author: Sam Bishop
Published: April 24, 2006
Licensed games now require that you have some part of the source material present in the game itself. It's no longer enough to just replicate some of the locations or borrow characters. No, now you have to get the same people who wrote the movie to write the game's story and a big fat roster of the acting talent to reprise their roles for the game. Yes, we're talking about X-Men: The Official Game, but then you already knew that the second you read the headline, didn't you, Mr. Smarty Man?

"Having these actors renew their movie characters in X-Men: The Official Game immerses gamers in the X-Men movie universe," giggled Will Kassoy, Activision Publishing's vice president of global brand management. "Players will experience epic battles and uncover the events behind Nightcrawler's mysterious disappearance and the roles the X-Men and Brotherhood play in the upcoming film."

The goodly Mr. Kassoy pretty much covered all the bases there, and what he didn't, we've already tried valiantly to (except for that whole thing where everyone in the office got sick and we missed the opportunity to, y'know, play the game). Specifically, the game addresses the biggest question comic geeks had after looking at X3's cast and wondered in unison, "where's the Nightcrawler love, suckaz?"

The game, which works as something of a bridge between the cliffhanger ending of X2 and the events that begin X3, is being headed up by former Dave Mirra maestros Z-Axis, with a script by X3 screenwriter Zach Penn and comic vet Chris Claremont, and the pipes of Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Alan Cumming and Shawn Ashmore, who are all giving voices to the digital versions of Professor X, Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Iceman, respectively -- the latter three of which are the game's playable characters.

The game actually kicks off ten days before the May 26th release of the film, and that should give us just enough time to plow through the game and horribly spoil the movie so that we can bring you the official verdict. Keep your eyes peeled for the review very soon.