Review Round-Up Round-Up: Godfather II, Guitar Hero Metallica, Excitebots, X-Men Origins Wolverine

I’ve been a bit lax on posting Review Round-Ups of some of the newest releases, so here’s a look back at what a variety of video game critics had to say about Guitar Hero: Metallica (PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360), The Godfather II (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), Excitebots: Trick Racing (Wii), and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (the PC, PS3 & Xbox 360 “Uncaged Edition”)…

Guitar Hero: Metallica (PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

  • Boomtown (7/10
  • Eurogamer (8/10)
  • GameSpot (7.5/10)
  • GameZone (9/10)
  • Worth Playing (9.5/10)

    Metallica fans will find the most to like in Guitar Hero: Metallica, but Guitar Hero fans in general will find another great entry in the series. Even if it is a tad on the short side.
    Verdict: Buy It (VGL Review Guide)

    The Vitals
    Publisher: Activision
    Developer: Neversoft
    Release Date: March 29, 2009
    Genre: Music Game With Plastic Instruments
    ESRB Rating: Teen

    The Godfather II (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

  • Crispy Gamer (Fry It AKA 1/3)
  • Kotaku (Overall Negative)
  • Game Daily (8/10)
  • GameSpot (4.5/10)
  • Giant Bomb (3/5)

    The Godfather II is little more than a poorly done Grand Theft Auto rehash that features awkward controls, tiny open world environments and ugly graphics. Also, the “Don’s View” portion of the game isn’t particularly interesting and the Godfather license feels more or less tacked on.
    Verdict: Skip It (VGL Review Guide)

    The Vitals
    Publisher: Electronic Arts
    Developer: EA Redwood Shores (AKA Visceral Games)
    Release Date: April 7, 2009
    Genre: Open World Action/Mob Simulator
    ESRB Rating: Mature

    Excitebots: Trick Racing (Wii)

  • 1UP (B+)
  • Game Daily (8/10)
  • Game Trailers (7.6/10)
  • Giant Bomb (4/5)
  • Kotaku (Overall Positive)

    Excitebots is first and foremost designed for people who loved the launch game Excite Truck. While not a sequel in the truest sense of the word, Excitebots plays very similarly to its predecessor, except now it includes crazy transforming robotic bugs as cars and wild minigames like “Poker Race” (create the best poker hand possible while racing) and “Super Sandwich” (create a greatest sandwich ever while racing). If wacky racing is your thing, Excitebots is for you. The online play isn’t half bad either.
    Verdict: Try It (VGL Review Guide)

    The Vitals
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Developer: Monster Games
    Release Date: April 20, 2009
    Genre: Cartoon Racing
    ESRB Rating: Everyone

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

  • GameZone (8.2/10)
  • Gaming Age (B+)
  • Kotaku (Overall Positive)
  • 1UP (C+)
  • Giant Bomb (3/5)

    The “Uncaged Edition” of X-Men Origins: Wolverine doesn’t skimp on the brutality and blood that typify Marvel’s most famous mutant. The game is being compared to Sony’s God of War, but with slightly more repetitive combat. Being tied to the release of the Wolverine movie may not have given Raven Software enough time to completely polish the game, but they’ve still delivered the best video game adaptation of Wolverine ever.
    Verdict: Try It (VGL Review Guide)

    The Vitals
    Also On: DS, PS2, PSP, Wii
    Publisher: Activision
    Developer: Raven Software
    Release Date: May 1, 2009
    Genre: Action
    ESRB Rating: Mature