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An 2006 movie-tie in game set in the X-Men Film Series between X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand which the player controls Wolverine, Iceman and Nightcrawler. Still reeling from the aftermath of X2, the X-Men must deal with a number of threats ranging from random mutant terrorists to the emerging Sentinels - killer robots designed specifically to hunt down and kill those carrying the X-gene. The story was co-written by Chris Claremont and Zak Penn and is used to explain Nightcrawler's absence from the third movie.

There are three versions of this game for different consoles: the main one for the PlayStation2, Xbox and Xbox360 by Z-Axis and Beenox, a second one for the Game Boy Advance by WayForward and a third one for the Nintendo DS by Amaze Entertainment. Much of this trope entry follows the main version, unless if otherwise stated in the entry.

Retroactively, the events of this game were made non-canon.

X-Men: The Official Game includes examples of the following:

  • Adaptation Origin Connection: The Sentinels were co-created by Bolivar Trask, William Stryker AND Silver Samurai.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: HYDRA. Rather than fascistic terrorists trying to subvert order into their goals, they are merely a ruthless MegaCorp that are repentant of helping created the Sentinels (their leader is an mutant after all). They are still antagonistic to the heroes.
  • Adaptational Non Sapience: In the comics, the Master Mold is an AI that Grew Beyond Their Programming and went rogue. Here, it is being operated by Jason Stryker.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: The Master Mold in the comics is essentially a much larger version of the sentinels it creates from its chest. Here, it’s a gigantic floating factory that is roughly shaped like a humanoid and looks almost nothing like it’s creations aside from a light on its chest and the outline of a helmet on its head.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Colossus of all people in the main game at least. Traditionally, one of the toughest and physically strongest X-Men, he can potentially die from human enemies that even Nightcrawler can fight against. During the level he appears, Nightcrawler constantly needs to baby-sit him and rescue him from being killed by soldiers.
  • Bad Boss: Deathstrike considers her mooks expendable and is willing to send them to the slaughter by pitting them against Wolverine as an training exercise.
  • Badass Pacifist: Nightcrawler abhors violence, though that doesn't mean he is unable to kick ass. Ultimately, he decides the life of an superhero is not for him and amicably parts ways with the X-Men.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Jason Stryker and Silver Samurai. The former survived the events of the second movie and wants to continues his father's work to destroy all mutants by activating his Sentinels. To be more specific, its Jason's evil personality the one truly behind it all. The latter and his forces oppose him and are trying to stamp out all evidence of their connection to William Stryker.
  • Book Ends: Wolverine's begins and ends with a boss fight against Sabretooth. The first one is an Danger Room simulator and the final one is very much real while inside Master Mold.
  • Bomb Throwing Anarchist: Multiple Man wants to blow up a bridge for seemingly no-reason. It could very well be lashing out at mutant bigotry, but its never outright stated implying he is just doing it For the Evulz.
  • Call-Back: The very first level is the Sabretooth's duel at New York Statue from X-Men.
  • Dark Action Girl: Lady Deathstrike, naturally. An evil, female version of Wolverine makes her one by default.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Master Mold to Jason Stryker. Gigantic Sentinel factory to an evil cripple.
  • Continuity Nod: Multiple Man's arrest is an nod to him being found in jail by Magneto, Mystique and Pyro.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: This marks the first appearance of Silver Samurai and the Sentinels within the X-Men Fox universe. Its an retroactively non-canon example, since these characters are widely different in context to the ones introduced later in the movies.
  • Enemy Mine: Xavier proposes yet another team-up against Jason Stryker's sentinels like they had done so in the second movie against his father. And just like the previous time, Magneto double crosses him by trying to kidnap Jason to use him for his own ends.
  • Escort Mission:
    • Colossus needs to destroy three power sources to access the next area, requiring Nightcrawler to disable the force fields for each one of them. Wave of HYDRA soldiers begin attacking Colossus and Kurt needs to save him constantly.
    • To an lesser extent during Multiple Man's boss fight, he may plant some bombs to the ground that will damage the bridge and you will have to disarm them.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Pyro, naturally. Though this time he uses his powers to create an fire dragon-like monster.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Jason's plan is doomed to failure and everyone that appears in The Last Stand is guaranteed to survive no matter what.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • Magneto is still at large and the one behind Pyro's attack at a nuclear power plant. Still, he is not completely evil (See Enemy Mine).
    • Silver Samurai served as this to the second movie, as it's revealed that he was Lady Deathstrike's real master until she got brainwashed into Stryker's service, and he also helped create the Sentinels (though he regrets it deeply).
  • Justified Tutorial: For Wolverine and Iceman's levels. They are all Danger Room simulations.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite his role in creating the Sentinels, Trask suffers virtually no repercussions and continues to be an government agent by the third movie via Foregone Conclusion. Sure, Stryker and Harada played a larger role in the creation and setting it in motion, but still...
  • Killer Robot: The Sentinels.
  • Me's a Crowd: Multiple Man is a minor villain fought by Nightcrawler that has two entire levels devoted to him. He uses his self-duplication power to scary degree like teleporting or overwhelming his opponents in a straight up fight.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Wolverine can unlock his classic yellow costume as well as his Weapon X outfit.
    • Storm's claustrophobia from the comics is acknowledged when she is locked up inside a vault by Deathstrike and has an panic attack.
    • During the endgame, Jason projects demonic illusions for Nightcrawler to fight that resembles the Neyaphem - the demonic tribe of mutants which Kurt belongs to from the comics.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Jason Stryker is still crippled and ironically, the bigger threat compared to the able-bodied Silver Samurai.
  • Non-Standard Game Over: During the New York level, if Nightcrawler lets the bomb's timer to run out, an cutscene will play as Storm screams to Kurt as everyone is engulfed in flames.
  • Regenerating Health: All three characters can recover health by healing themselves, but how does it work varies from protagonist to protagonist.
    • Despite this being his primary power after the claws, Wolverine requires to press a button to continuously heal. By entering in Fury Mode, he heals practically spontaneously.
    • Nightcrawler can heal at certain points while in safety by pressing the shadowmeld button.
    • Iceman will continuously heal if he doesn't take damage for too long.
  • Ragnarök Proofing: Even though the Alkali lab was flooded, the X-Men and HYDRA managed to dig up a session that is largely untouched and still functioning.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: HYDRA are traditionally villains to the Marvel Universe at large, though primarily towards Captain America. Its stated here that they were bothering the X-Men in particular.
  • Room Full of Crazy: Stryker's laboratory has all messed up things like an torture room to push regenerators like Wolverine to their limit and jars preserving the corpses of previous Weapon X candidates.
  • Split Personality: Jason suffered a personality split following his alleged death with his evil self continuing his father's genocide, while his good self guiding Kurt in his mission to foil his counterpart.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Lady Deathstrike (despite being pumped full of adamantium and buried underwater), Jason Stryker (frozen by Storm and likely drowned) and Sabretooth. Despite their previous demises, how did they survive is completely glossed over.
  • Vibroweapon: HYDRA is equipped with blades that can break Logan's defense and are upgraded all the way to hot blades which can also burn him up really badly.
  • Villainous Legacy: William Stryker perished at Alkali lake in the second movie, but his shadow still looms over the game's plot.
  • We Have Reserves: When Wolverine cuts a path through HYDRA soldiers as part of an training exercise, Lady Deathstrike is unsympathetic to her minions' plight stating "they are expendable".