X-Men 2: Clone Wars
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|X-Men 2: Clone Wars|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Developer: Headgames, Nu Romantic Productions, Sega of America|
|Distributor: Ballistic (US Mega Hit Series)|
|Licensor: Marvel Entertainment Group|
|Sound driver: GEMS|
|Number of players: 1-2|
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X-Men 2: Clone Wars is the sequel to the Sega Mega Drive game X-Men, released in 1995 by Headgames and Sega under license from Marvel Comics. In the game, you control a select few X-Men as they try to stop the alien Phalanx from assimilating all of Earth's inhabitants to their race.
During development the game was known as X-Men 2: The Bio-Wars.
Each character can attack using either a normal punch () or one of their special powers (). They can also jump () and can jump on walls and wall jump (similar to how Mighty the Armadillo wall jumps in Knuckles' Chaotix). Plenty of character specific moves exist. Unlike the original X-Men, special powers are not limited in the amount of energy you have to use them; in fact, you can even charge them for even more power. Each time you die, you can choose to continue with a different character.
Health is restored by collecting DNA strings, which come in three sizes, corresponding to the amount of health they restore
The game is notable for starting you with a random character on the first level upon turning on the system; beating this level takes you to the title screen, and from there, the next level of the game.
Assist characters are gone, but the playable cast has been boosted up to seven different X-Men: Beast, Psylocke, Gambit, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Cyclops are initially playable, and a seventh character becomes available around a quarter into the game.
|Real Name: Hank McCoy
Beast is the son of an American astronaut who was subjected to cosmic radiation. Originally depicted as a likeable brute, he was later retconned to smart and talented scientist. He gained blue fur thanks to a medicine he developed and used on himself. In addition to his sharp intellect, Beast is a formidable fighter thanks to his large muscles and suprising agility.
Primary Attack: Claws
Special Attack: Ground Slam. Hits ground with his massive arms and sends ground shockwaves to both front and back.
Other: Can jump-off walls. Can stick on walls and attack while grabbing.
|Real Name: Scott Summers
Field leader of X-Men. Calm, reserved and responsible. His parents were kidnapped while travelling in a plane and both Summers and his brother parachuted off. A head trauma during landing made his optic blasts uncontrollable so he has to wear a specially designed ruby quartz goggles in order to prevent accidental discharges. Not well liked these days due to some questionable acts he committed in the latest story arcs.
Primary Attack: Punch
Special Attack: Optic blasts fired from eyes. Tapping the A button fires the beam. Holding down the A button fires a more powerful blast. While standing and holding down the A button, it can be fired towards all directions except downward. Can also be fired while crouching and jumping but can only fire horizontally.
|Real Name: Remy Lebau
Former member of New Orleans thieves' guild, Gambit joined to X-Men simply to have fun. While he cares about his friends, he is mostly in for a ride, and to spend more time with Rogue. Intensely agile thanks to his training as a thief and his mutant power allows him to power physical objects with kinetic energy, which allows Gambit to detonate them when thrown. He generally uses a staff and his deck of 52 cards as his signature weapons. Likeable, roguish and a ladies' man.
Primary Attack: Staff strikes, Flying Kick
Special Attack: Same as Cylops, but he uses cards which have more damage and better hit rate.
|Real Name: Kurt Wagner
Wagner was taken in by a group of gypsies and worked as an acrobat for a travelling circus before being recruited into X-Men. His mother is Mystique, cunning and calculating lackey of Magneto which might explain his physical appearance. In addition to his natural agility, Nightcrawler is an expert fencer and can crawl over many solid surface. His mutant power is his ability to teleport short distances. Deeply religious and has a strong sense of justice.
Primary Attack: Punches, Flying Kick
Special Attack: Teleport. Holding down the button allows him to teleport farther. Can damage or kills enemies if they are in the way.
Other: Can climb and vertical or horizontal surfaces. Can attack while climbing vertical walls. Double-Jump.
|Real Name: Elisabeth "Betsy" Braddock
Braddock is a very powerful psychic from Britain. After a certain event, Psylocke changed bodies with a female assassin from Japanese criminal organization called "The Hand". Psylocke is a very powerful telepath and capable of projecting pure psionic energy from her hands. (Psi-Blade) She is also a very talented and agile close quarters combatant thanks to the skills she inherited from the owner of her new body.
Primary Attack: Katana slash
Special Attack: Psi-Blade. Short range but powerful. Can be fired while standing, jumping or crouching but only towards front or back.
Other: Slide, double-jump, jump-off walls, stick on walls and attack.
|Real Name: Logan
Wolverine has seen it all. Before joining the X-Men, Wolverine worked as a secret agent for Canadian government. With years of experience under his belt, Wolverine has several other abilities that make him truly, the toughest mutant alive. His "Healing Factor" allows him to recover even the most severe wounds and significantly slows down his aging process. His signature weapons are claws retracted into his knucles when not in use. Every bone in his body is laced with "Adamantium", one of most resilent metals in existence, making his bones extremely difficult to break. Wolverine also has an extremely strong sense of smell, making it very difficult to ambush him. Do not take this small framed man lightly.
Primary Attack: Claws slash
Special Attack: Powerful claw swipe. Wolverine jumps forwards and slices the enemy, causing massive damage of killing them instantly. He can recover some amount of health is not engaging in combat.
Other: Double-Jump. Can climb vertical and horizontal walls with his claws. Can attack while climbing vertically.
|Real Name: Eric Magnus Lansherr
A concentration camp survivor, Magneto dedicated to mutant race just like Professor X, even though his depiction of ideal world is much more different than him. Unlike Professor X, Magneto is a much more hardened and ruthless character because of terrible experiences he suffered in the past. He believes that mutants should rule the human race, rather than living together in peace with them. Despite being one of most relentless enemies of the X-Men, Magneto is a pragmatic man and in some instances he joined forces with his enemies in order to eliminate a much more powerful threat. Magneto as the name suggests, is capable of controlling magnetism. This makes him one of the most powerful mutants in history, since pretty much everything contains some amount of metal in it.
- Developed for Sega of America by: Headgames, Inc.
- Producer: Ed Annunziata
- Associate Producer: Stephen Patterson
- Project Managers: Dan Rosenfeld, Jonathan Miller
- Art Direction: Steven Ross
- Animations & Backgrounds: Steven Ross, Spencer Boomhower, Doug Nishimura
- Programming: Dan Rosenfeld, Alex Tyrer, Meilin Wong, David Eader, Jay Carlson, Josua Singer
- Design: Novak of Zono, Inc., The Headgames Team
- Design Consultant: Josua Gordon
- Level Layout: Joshua Gordon (Lead), Doug Nishimura, Steven Ross, Dan Rosenfeld, Alex Tyrer
- Sound Design by: Neuromantic Productions, Mark Steven Miller, Kurt Harland, Jim Hedges
- Additional Art: Scott Anderson, Robert Hanon, Yongki Yoon, Brandon McKinney
- Business Affairs: Ed Zobrist of Zono, Inc.
- Lead Tester: Tony Lynch
- Assistant Leads: Steve Bourdet, Rey Alferez, Caroline Trujillo & Dave Dodge
- Mike Baldwin, Sancho Martinez, Leonard Sayers, Tracy Johnson, Nathan Clark, Lloyd Kinoshita, Lorne Asuncion, Mark Griffin, Janine Cook, Christina Watson, Tim Spengler, Rob Owen, Joe Cain, Nick Katakis, Dave Wood, Howard Gipson, Leroy Tripette, Jenniver Vernon, Chris Lucich, Ben Cureton, Jeff Loney, Al Dutton, Ed Chennault, Maria Tuzzo, Rick Greer, Atom Ellis, Aaron Loichinger, Sean Doidge, Nathan Tan, Steve Wong, Jeff Junio & all of the rest of the Sega 24 Hour Test Crew!
- Main article: X-Men 2: Clone Wars/Magazine articles.
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- Press release: 1997-06-19: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND -- SEGA RELAUNCHES GENESIS GAMES AT VALUE PRICES
- Sega Magazine, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-03-15), page 76
- Computer & Video Games, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-03-15), page 80
- Sega Megazone, "March 1995" (AU; 1995-xx-xx), page 42
- GamePro, "March 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 51
- Computer & Video Games, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-03-15), page 80-81 (80)
- GameFan, "Volume 3, Issue 3: March 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 18
- Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 4 April 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 32/33 (32)
- Mega Fun, "04/95" (DE; 1995-03-22), page 85
- Mean Machines Sega, "May 1995" (UK; 1995-03-28), page 68-70 (68)
- Next Generation, "April 1995" (US; 1995-03-21), page 99 (101)
- VideoGames, "March 1995" (US; 1995-02-xx), page 83
|X-Men 2: Clone Wars|
|X-Men games for Sega systems|
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|Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (1994) | X-Men (1994) | X-Men: GamesMaster's Legacy (1994) | X-Men: Mojo World (1996)|
|X-Men: Children of the Atom (1995) | X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1997)|
|X-Men: Mojo World (1996)|
|X-Men: Mind Games (Unreleased)|
|X-Men related media|
|Sega Tunes: X-Men 2: Clone Wars (1996)|