E3 06: <i>X-Men</i> stars sign on for Official Game

Quartet of actors reprise their big-screen roles, lend their voices to Activision's new game.

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As the gaming industry grows, movie-based tie-in projects are handled with increasing care. Original assets and 3D models from the film are used in the game's development (as in the Lord of the Rings games), directors are beginning to take a more hands-on approach with game projects (Peter Jackson handpicked Michel Ancel to helm the King Kong game), and the original actors are increasingly being used to provide voice work for their digital counterparts.

Activision's series of games built around the X-Men film trilogy has been a perfect example of this, by enlisting Patrick Stewart in the past to reprise his role as Professor X. However, where corners were previously cut (prolific voice actor and former Skywalker Mark Hamill played Wolverine in X2: Wolverine's Revenge) in past X-Men games, Activision has snared the original film actors for all three of the leads in its upcoming X-Men: The Official Game, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hamill is out and Hugh Jackman is in as Wolverine, while Shawn Ashmore and Alan Cumming provide voices for Iceman and Nightcrawler, respectively. Cumming's presence is particularly interesting as he won't be appearing in the film that the game is helping to promote. However, the game takes place between the events of X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand and will shed some light on the character's absence from the third film.

X-Men: The Official Game is rated T for Teen and is scheduled for release May 16 on the Xbox 360, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC, DS, and Game Boy Advance. X-Men: The Last Stand will follow on May 26.

Discussion

34 comments
R3last
R3last

I Agree Seraphim, outside of the legends series I've been disappointed with the X-men games. I hope they don't get too wrapped up in having the movie actors in the game and lose focus on actual gameplay. Otherwise you have another streefighter: the movie game.

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

W2 Wolverine's revenge was only mediocre despite the supurb voice overs. What else are they doing to ensure that this game will be worth the $$? The only X-Men games that have been worth anything of late have been the Legends games.

skitzocyko
skitzocyko

yeah because the actors make the game good.....rriiiiggghhhttt?!?

crazy590
crazy590

this game will suck like every other movie game out there besides king kong

OHJOY90
OHJOY90

When will this game be out in Europe? I heard may, but I want an actual date not just a month.

thatguytony
thatguytony

Come on Drachman, you actually expect people to read these things before commenting? : )

Benny_is_here
Benny_is_here

A game based on a X-Men movie? What a shocker!

Drachman
Drachman

They say why in the article, plz read it closely and respect the fact that the author put a lot of work into it :)

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

then how come nightcrawler is in the game?

Jamesp2005
Jamesp2005

Iceman is in the next film, Nightcrawler isn't.

gibb1
gibb1

hope it's a good game

bulldog7
bulldog7

Voice acting is one thing, but if the game blows, who cares. My money is on the game blowing. It'll get a 6.6-7.2 rating at best.

jstarzyk
jstarzyk

Well, at least the voices will be good.... 'cause the game won't be.

thatguytony
thatguytony

Snore...oh...sorry, fell asleep reading about another movie tie-in game. When is the game industry going to stand on its own and stop helping Hollywood market it's crappy movies.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Well let's just hope the game is good, star voice actors or not.

pantweasel
pantweasel

They should still have Hamill in there...but as Ripburger!!!

GBA456
GBA456

No psp version of the game?

the_junk
the_junk

It royaly pisses me off when games dont have the real actors' and actresses' voices in them. it totally takes away from the game cuz everytime the fake character talks it angers me. lol.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

This is not a shock I already thought they would and many have put there voice on other games before.

blurb1324
blurb1324

The movie isn't coming out until the 26th... not the 23rd as listed above.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Mark Hammill is an excellent voice actor. His work as the Joker is priceless.

Imavnas
Imavnas

My guess is, besides my comment, that they ARE 11..

xaos
xaos

If I were 11, the above comments would be TOTALLY A-W-E-S-O-M-E

codeegg
codeegg

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Mizzle7
Mizzle7

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Imavnas
Imavnas

Now lets hope its good...

Mizzle7
Mizzle7

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