Saturday, April 03, 2010

Video game number eighty eight: Iron Man

Video game review number eighty eight in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Iron Man".

I decided to start off my Saturday with a couple of Marvel games. The first one I picked was Iron Man, because, well...I really liked the movie.

This game doesn't exactly follow the story of the movie. Instead, they went with adding a bunch of twists that make it more video game friendly. You do a lot more battling in the suit, which I suppose is why most people bought the video game. Of course, if you're going to fight in the suit, it ought to be fun . Personally, I wasn't a fan of the controls in this one. The weapons are powerful, but very hard to aim...and the flying just feels silly. If you're looking for better game, check out my review of Dark Void. Personally, I find that game to be a much better example of what a jet pack fighting game should feel like, and Iron Man just feels awkward and clumsy by comparison.

The first level you play, you're in the caves from the movie (sort of)...and you've built your clunky "fire" suit. By the next level, you have the Mark II armor, and you can fly and use repulsor beams. This is all well and good as far as instant progress goes, except it's not a lot of fun to play. I kept crashing Iron Man into the ground, buildings or sometimes whatever enemy I was trying to fight.

I don't know what I was expecting from a movie tie-in game, but this one just certainly sucks. Time to go visit the Hulk.

Overall Score? 3/10. The graphics were ok, and the voice acting is good (Robert Downey Jr. does his own work, and the sound-alikes for the rest of the cast aren't terrible). That's where my compliments for it end though, the rest of it is sort of shitty. I've played over 75 games this year that are better than this one. :-)

Achievements? They're not terribly hard...but honestly, this game sucks so bad it's not worth chasing after them.

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