Saturday, December 11, 2010

Video game number three hundred and fifty five: Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet

Video game review number three hundred and fifty five in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet".

With only ten games left in the challenge (I know, right?)...I am really in the home stretch. I have more than ten games in the house right now, and I could blast through them if I wanted to...but my goal at this point is to actually play games I am pretty confident will be fun, instead of just quantity. I've got another racing game (SBK X) which I think I'll like, I've got some more Playstation Move games I want to try, some new Kinect games, and a ton more in the magic DS box from Rachel. With 20 days left to complete my project and only ten games to go, I can actually afford to take my time and start being a little choosy with my title selection if I want to.

So why did I pick a game based on a Saturday morning cartoon that I don't watch and a series of toys I don't collect? Simple: I know someone who worked on it. This was released the other day, and I saw some posts from him on various social networks announcing that it was out and that he had been working quite hard on it. He said that early reviews were positive and he was proud to have it on his resume', so I thought "What the hell? I'll give it a try".

30 seconds in, I could tell this was definitely a game aimed at really young kids. While it doesn't quite have the "wink wink" nature of one of the Lego games (Star Wars, Batman, Indy, etc)... there is some humor here for adults to enjoy, and you'd be hard pressed not to find at least two or three super heroes in the game that you've always liked. It seemed worth trying to me.

Infinity Gauntlet begins with you playing a combination of Iron Man and the Hulk. Much like Lego Star Wars, you can hot swap between the two at any time, and the first half of the first level is mostly a tutorial showing you how to use all of their powers. Hulk smashes (of course), Iron Man can float for a minute and shoot long range lasers. The game seems to center around collecting jewels while you're progressing through the level. Some locations are overt, others are hidden. From what I can tell after a few levels, you're going to have to go back and use other characters to collect them all and get the it didn't seem possible to get them all on one playthrough with the default characters.

I finished the first level and got to play another that starred Thor and Raven (I think his name was Raven, he's a Marvel guy I've never heard of). Thor had a prissy manner about him, and it made the character a lot more fun to listen to. I thought it was pretty funny that they went that route with him, because I've always thought that Thor was somewhat of a diva. The one-liners are thrown around liberally in this title, and I found myself chuckling quite a bit.

After a couple of levels, I got to a boss fight that was actually somewhat of a challenge. By "challenge", I mean I actually died once or twice during it and had to start over. I discovered my special moves right about then, and I passed it, but I think that this was just the right level of difficulty in a game that had been a cake walk up to that point.

It looks like all the Marvel heroes are represented here, and although I'm not 100% up to date on my comic books...I recognized that all the ones I am aware of were in attendance. Wolverine, Spider Man, Galactus (voiced by George Takei!), the Hulk, Iron Man, etc, etc. There were tons and tons more....but I didn't play far enough to unlock them all.

Overall Score? 5.5/10. As far as kid's games go, it's a good one. Much like Ben 10 (which I played earlier this year), it's based on a show I've never watched. Unlike Ben's actually something I enjoyed playing for a little while. I could totally envision myself playing through this one with one of my younger nieces or nephews as the 2nd player...and I think they could probably figure it out and have a good time. Without them though, I just can't see myself trying to fight my way through the mini Marvel Universe. It's not that I think I'm too old for kid's games or anything (I still want to go back and finish Spongebob someday)'s just that this one is a little young for me.

Achievements: I did manage to rack up a few:

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