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The game doesn't have Hugh Jackman as Wolverine at all.

X2: Wolverine's Revenge is a 2003 video game based on Wolverine for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Xbox. It notably has the voice talent of Mark Hamill voicing Wolverine in the game. It still had Patrick Stewart voicing Professor X. Its release coincided with X2: X-Men United.


  • Adaptational Wimp: Juggernaut in the comics can go toe to toe with the likes of Thor and Hulk, and come out on top. Here he is contained by the Raft's force fields, stunned by high voltage and hurt by Wolverine's claws.
  • Big Bad: Lady Deathstrike, who facilitated the entire plot and manipulated everyone involved (well, except Sabretooth), in order to avenge her father, who worked on the Weapon X program and was killed by Wolverine.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Zig-zagged. While there are instances in the game where a good deal of blood is visible (typically in the aftermath of violent confrontations) you won't actually see much blood when Logan uses his claws on enemies. You get little flashes of red here and there, but it’s relatively tame considering Logan is literally impaling his enemies at times.
    • This is likely a consequence of the game having a T-rating.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Magneto is restrained by a Power Limiter, but still leaves a trail of destruction after escaping prison.
  • The Cameo: Spider-Man appears in an unlockable scene when the game is complete. Wolverine also recommends he wait til Damage Control gets there.
  • Checkpoint Starvation: There are little to no checkpoints in the middle of the levels of the game.
  • Covers Always Lie: Many suspect that Wolverine is voiced by Hugh Jackman but he is in fact voiced by Mark Hamill.
  • Faceless Goons: Most of the human enemies in the game are paramilitary grunts who wear helmets, balaclavas and other headgear to conceal their faces. After a while, you start to feel like you’ve killed the same guy a hundred times over.
  • In Name Only: While the game is marketed as a video game based on the X-Men film series, they could have just removed the X2 subtitle. If anything, it has much more to do with the original comic books than any of the films.
  • Jump Scare: Twice in the first act, Sabretooth will appear to attack Wolvie and then take off, but these are scripted and do not deal actual damage.
  • Large Ham: A good chunk of the characters are verbose and/or hammy, but the crowning example is Juggernaut by far.

  • Nigh-Invulnerable: A built-in cheat code can make Wolverine invincible to almost everything (besides fatal/bottomless pits, being detected by security in one level and the final countdown in the Final Boss level), which, given the below example, is more than warranted.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The Wendigo gets back up after the boss fight with it and slams Wolverine through the wall of its cave. This happens to land Wolverine next to the complex he is trying to reach.
  • Nintendo Hard: The game lives, sleeps and breathes this trope. Despite Wolverine's healing factor (slowly) regenerating his heath (if his claws are retracted), many gamers will refer to this as one of the hardest games of the PS2/Gamecube/Xbox generation that is still POSSIBLE for non-hardcore gamers to beat. The utter lack of mid-level checkpoints becomes an exercise in psychosis the longer the game goes on, occasionally featuring long stealth segments where being spotted once is an immediate game over. The Juggernaut boss fight has one of these leading up to it, so every time you lose to him you have to spend five to ten minutes sneaking your way there again just to be allowed another shot, and he's not a two-tries boss.
    • A level where you use a giant mounted laser cannon to pick off enemy troops from a hundred yards away seems like it's going to be a Breather Level. The player quickly learns it's a five minute long gauntlet of pain where you can either memorize the exact timing and locations of each incoming wave of troops, or lose every time.
      • Ditto for an earlier one where you remotely control a "Void Droid", an advanced prison-guarding robot with a minigun and plasma cannon. It's slow, difficult to maneuver and anything but indestructible, which is bad news for non-fans of going all the way back to the beginning of the long, arduous level if the Void Droid gets scrapped before it can cross the level and open an otherwise impassable door. Ironically, when you have to face identical Void Droids as Wolverine later on, they're terrifying obstacles.
      • Magneto. Mother-bleeping Magneto. To beat him, you have to use one particular attack from one particular spot (while dodging the wide and painful arrangement of things he'll send flying your way) to knock him down and beat the crap out of him. If that wasn't bad enough, you're on a clock — beat him before he gets his power-dampening collar off and instantly murders you. And to make it worse, he's not even the final boss. If there was ever a time and place to use the built-in Invincibility code, now would be it.
  • Pokémon Speak: The Wendigo. Besides roars and growls, he is only capable of saying his own name like a battlecry.
  • Psychic Link: Professor Xavier communicates with Logan across vast distances courtesy of his telepathic abilities. He’s probably using Cerebro to augment his already powerful abilities. This way, he offers Logan advice and looks out for him from the safety of the X-Mansion.
  • Race Against the Clock: Logan is carrying a virus that bypasses his healing factor and will eventually kill him unless he manages to track down the antidote. By the end of the game, he gets cured within the final ten minutes before lethality.
  • Save the Villain: In the first level of Act II, Wolverine will see one of the enemy soldiers slip over the edge of a collapsed bridge as he approaches. The player is given a countdown timer of a few seconds to get to the soldier's location while the soldier hangs on to the edge of the bridge for dear life. "Saving" him involves initiating a Strike attack that has Logan pick him up, punch him in the face, and throw him into some crates in the back of a supply truck. Letting the timer run out simply has the soldier lose his grip and fall to his death.
    • In one of the final cinematics, Wolverine reaches for Lady Deathstrike as she loses her grip and plummets from a skyscraper, though he is a split-second too late.
  • Sequel Hook: The final scene is of Apocalypse and Mister Sinister discussing what to do with Wolverine, with Apocalypse eager to remake Logan into one of his Horsemen.
  • The Stinger: Logan relaxes at home until he remembers his prior talk with Colossus and realizes he miiiiiight have forgotten about Omega Red.
  • Truer to the Text: The game is more close to the source material with a faithful look for Wolverine. It helps that you can also use alternate costumes such as the classic yellow and blue suit, to make for an even more faithful appearance.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: In Act III, you can sneak past enemy soldiers in their barracks without waking them up, but you also have the option to kill them one by one in their beds just to make sure they don't pose a threat to you.
  • Villain Respect: Magneto explains that he respects Logan despite their differences. Logan isn't particularly flattered as he recalls the time when Magneto tore his adamantium skeleton out of his body.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: It says something that none of the major antagonists die by Wolverine's hand — including the Professor whose Shiva Virus is responsible for the game's plot, and whom Logan has at his mercy at one point — but small armies of enemy soldiers, bounty hunters, and even security guards at the Void just doing their jobs get slaughtered indiscriminately.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Normally, Wolverine would have no chance against Magneto, since Wolverine's metal skeleton leaves him helpless against Magneto's magnetic powers. In this game, Magneto is restricted by a Power Limiter, and the goal of chasing him is to stop him from breaking it. His not being at full strength is the reason Wolverine has a chance of beating him.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: At one point in Act III, a Weapon X scientist volunteers to help Logan advance through the facility provided that Logan lets him live. While protecting the scientist from stray enemy gunfire is a mission objective until a certain point, Logan kills the scientist once his role is completed by using access to a crane mechanism to drop a freight container on the man.