The main costumes for each character are based on the two main X-Men comics at the time, and. The two battle, and Magneto is defeated. The version features an extra stage and the ability to play as. Most characters have at least one Attack Throw Super, and some such as Toad or Beast have a full arsenal of Attack Throws. Despite the criticism, many praised all versions for its improved gameplay, new characters, and excellent 3D environments. Forge is freed and reverses the effects of his weapon, restoring everything to normal.
Examples include Bishop's Professional Hit special, Sabertooth's Spin Cycle, and Toad's Paddletongue. Blob is the only character that has a Physical Super at levels 3 or 4. Others criticized the GameCube and Xbox versions for its inspiration from. After attempting to fight off the Sentinels, Forge is abducted and the Brotherhood retreats. If Magneto defeats Bastion, the finale video is simply accelerated and Phoenix does not fight Bastion.
If Magneto is defeated, Bastion and Phoenix comprise the final fight of the game. The most used form is the beam, which is a continuous stream that causes a set amount of damage if it connects. In the , for example, an opponent can be knocked from the Hangar to the Hallway, then to the outer courtyard where, after the 2nd round, the basketball court opens up, allowing a player to be knocked back into the Hangar. In the end, Magneto, Wolverine, Juggernaut and invade the tower for the final battle with Bastion. In an attempt to throw the X-Men off his scent, He sends the Brotherhood to different locations across the world.
The Two-Player Versus Mode also allows players to choose from any of the unlocked characters. However, while they are both distracted, Bastion kills Cyclops by blasting him and leaves his lifeless body floating in space. Many can be unlocked through gameplay in other modes, and alternate costumes for each character are also available. While in Story Mode, only a limited set of characters are available for each battle; Arcade Mode allows the player to select from any of the playable characters in a series of eight battles.
The counter-attacks are specific to the type of attack the player is countering. The graves of , , , and can be seen in the background. The GameCube version includes exclusive modes: Team and Practice. There are several different types of super attacks, and each have four different levels of power. Physical Supers are different from Attack Throw Supers because Physical Supers will continuously attack even if an opponent is blocking. In addition to the standard moves, the player can also access special and super attacks.
The fighting stages are fully 3-D rendered stages with their own layouts. Distraught over her husband's death, Phoenix transforms into Dark Phoenix and unleashes her fury on Bastion. Three of Wolverine's attacks his level 3 super, his Adamantium attack, and its super are examples of this. The best example of this is Cyclops' Concussion Blast. The game opens with the Prime Sentinels freeing Bastion from imprisonment, and then disguising themselves and selling the defense plans of Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters to the Brotherhood—the training grounds and home of the X-Men. Bastion uses Magneto's trans-mat system to transport Juggernaut away from the tower, then escapes to Asteroid M, but he is followed by a piggybacking Wolverine.
The X-Men, having followed the Brotherhood, also arrive and Magneto charges the Brotherhood to fight them off long enough to convince them to join forces. Game Informer 117 : 102. The game also features a Survival Mode, in which a single player is pitted against a never-ending flow of computer-controlled opponents in a test of endurance. When Bastion returns to the central room, he finds Phoenix, who challenges and finally defeats him. This is revealed to be a simulation, and the X-Men begin training their adaptivity by fighting opponents who have a tactical advantage. Upon reaching the ending level of Asteroid M, the player has the chance to fight Bastion as three characters: Wolverine, then Magneto, and finally Phoenix.
Next Dimension expands upon the concept of the first two games by adding several new characters, 3D maps, and a story mode, which allows the player to fight a series of battles in between short movies that move the plot along. Magneto and Phoenix arrive to help Wolverine, and Magneto prevents a weakened Bastion from escaping again. The game features an extensive combo system, including normal chains, air juggles, and air launchers. The X-Men split up and engage each member in a bid to find Forge and stop the Prime Sentinel. The Prime Sentinels are disbanded, and the X-Men and the Brotherhood agree to a temporary cease-fire while the wounded are restored to health. The game then moves forward to fighting off and in a city ravaged by a invasion.
Professor X detects Dark Phoenix's presence and is knocked over when Dark Phoenix destroys Asteroid M, also killing Wolverine and Magneto in the process. As in Dead or Alive it is possible to knock an opponent to a different part of the stage, which functions as its own individual stage. With Bastion returned to S. It is the third installment in the X-Men: Mutant Academy fighting game series, following and. Restrained in the company of , the seemingly human Sentinel tells Forge he intends to use the man's mutant gift to bring about the extinction of mutants. During this training session, , and the consisting of , , and make their assault on the mansion.
With the X-Men and the Brotherhood forming a temporary alliance, the team fights their way through a legion of Sentinels, though not without losses of their own. He steals various weapon designs from Forge's mind, including a powerful weapon capable of stripping a mutant of their powers. Some critics and fans said Next Dimension is the best game in the Mutant Academy franchise. Of these, two are essentially mirrors of other characters, although still retaining their individuality: Phoenix is essentially similar to the unlockable Dark Phoenix, although the two differ in certain Supers Phoenix's are more psi-based, while Dark Phoenix takes her powers from the fiery appearance of the Phoenix. Many of the attacks and motions in the game are influenced by those available to the player in the. Whether Wolverine defeats Bastion or is defeated himself, the game proceeds to Magneto's fight with Bastion.