Activision's slew of uninspiring, but not altogether awful, Marvel games have vanished from digital sale (not physical sale) on Steam, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
A new playable demo for X-Men: The Official Game has been released - and it's now available on Eurofiles.
There's a very good reason why people are instantly suspicious about movie-licensed games - because nine times out of ten they're a monumental waste of time that insult the intelligence of even the most dim-witted gamer. Case in point X-Men: The Official Game, a tired, generic beat 'em up so bored with its own pointless existence that it even decided to commit suicide on us shortly before the (anti) climax.
Set 'loosely' between the events of the second and third movie, the action centres on the three distinct abilities of three of the mutant heroes: Nightcrawler, Iceman and Wolverine. In theory, a game where you're constantly switching character and therefore playing styles ought to offer a good template for another half-decent superhero game, but not one of them provides more than the absolute bare minimum playability that you'd expect these days - and at times it borders on the unacceptable.
After a trio of wholly undemanding tutorial missions the scene is set for a couple of dozen levels of the most generic basic videogaming we've seen for a long time. The only plus is that the game clocks in at under six hours, meaning you can make the pain end relatively swiftly.
Activision has signed key actors up to its new X-Men film tie-in, which is due out on May 19th on a whole host of formats including Xbox 360.
Activision has announced that a movie tie-in for the new X-Men film is currently in development for PC, PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, GBA and Nintendo DS - and released some screenshots into the bargain.