|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PC, PS2, PSP, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Artificial Mind and Movement||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Sega of America||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 2, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Up to this point it is safe to say that Iron Man is shooting way under par, and not in the good way. The graphics follow this trend with extremely bland visuals. The core of Ironman's design packs extremely flat backgrounds, which lack any real depth or texture. These fit nicely with the overall grainy feel of the visuals. It is so drab and dreary that it is more than a tad bit sore on the old eyes. They are last-gen in every sense of the term. It cannot even be blamed on the Wii; rather it is just another notch on the crumby movie-tie-in-game's belt. Even the suit lacks polish, the one area where you would hope some cool effects might be present. Although there are some decent animated cutscenes that occur in between missions, they can hardly distract you from the overall look.
The sound might have been the most disappointing aspect of them all for me. You go out and get Robert Downey Jr. and Terence Howard to reprise their roles from the movie, and you present them with one of the worst scripts I have ever had the displeasure of hearing. Where is the wit, the classic Robert Downey Jr. charisma? Say what you will about the guy, but he is a fantastic actor. Unfortunately, here he drums out the lines like some kind of humorless robot. A truly unfortunate misstep in what could have been a real bright spot. That being said, having his voice alone makes the sound the best part of this entire game.
The controls, similar to the rest of the ensemble, misfire completely. They are too finicky and just add to the already ample amount of aggravation. Both in and out of play they are not nearly as responsive as they need to be. Often times you will have to hit a button more than once just to navigate your way through the opening menu. Once you get used to them, things begin to flow a little easier, but they are still overly sensitive. Flying a high-powered super-suit it supposed to be fun times 2 not divided by 7. If you get my math, our fun level after playing this game is now bordering on zero.
I'll present you with an idea; I'll just run this by you real quick, so hear me out. Save forty bucks, go to your local multiplex, purchase a ticket to see the movie, buy whatever concessions make your theatre experience more enjoyable, and have a blast. The movie is good; the game is not, so save yourself the heartache, the pain, and a few hours. I, on the other hand, was not so lucky, but that's life.
CCC Freelance Writer