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Top 5 X-Men games of all time

A round-up of our favourite games featuring Marvel's mutants...

The X-Men have had a bit of a rough ride in the realm of video games, we haven't counted them all up but we're pretty sure games based on or featuring Xavier's gifted do-gooders have come out looking like mangle mutations more often than heroic luminaries.

But that's not to say there aren't exceptions, in fact, if you dig deep enough and peek behind the mountain of cash-in movie tie-ins there's a pretty strong line-up of top notch X-Men games.

To celebrate the release of X-Men:Destiny we've trawled the archives and put together a line-up of some of our favourite X-Men games, cherry picking the best a brightest from the Arcade and Super Nintendo era right up to the current generation.

Here they are.

X-MEN: MUTANT APOCALYPSE

First released in 1994 X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse was developed by Capcom exclusively for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Like most arcade side-scrolling beat-em-ups of that era Mutant Apocalypse was light on the story, the game opened with Professor X telling the player a number of the X-Men had been kidnapped and taken to Genosha, a mutant haven with Magneto as its on-again-off-again overlord.

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Mutant Apocalypse was heavily influenced by Mega Man, one of Capcom's most popular franchises at the time, and allowed players to tackle stages in whatever order they wanted. Each level was specifically designed for a particular member of the X-men. Instead of giving each character generic punches and kicks, Capcom tooled up each playable mutie with a unique fighting style based around his or her special ability.

The beauty of Mutant Apocalypse was in this enforced variety, it ensured the gameplay experience was always changing by giving throwing the player in the heroic boots of Cyclops, Wolverine, Psylocke, Beast and Gambit. It also made good use of Marvel's huge gallery of villains, making use of well known bad guys such as Magneto and Apocalypse and catering to Marvel fans with popular but lesser known characters such as Exodus and Tusk.

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