Iron Man Review
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Iron Man box art
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.

Iron Man screenshot

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.

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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.

By Tom Kelly
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.2
Graphics
Dull, flat backgrounds with as little detail as possible. This package lacks shine and so does poor Tony's super suit.
2.6
Control
Work at times, but too often these babies misfire.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Robert Downey Jr. is the man, but not even he can save a script this poor.
1.0

Play Value
You beat it, you send it the scrap heap, and pray to God it is never rebuilt.

1.8
Overall Rating - Avoid
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • A DEVASTATING WEAPON: Iron Man alone battles armies of fighter jets, military tanks, armored Super Villains, and more.
  • POWER CONTROL: Players will direct power to different parts of Iron Man's suit, creating a variety of unique attacks.
  • CHAOTIC BATTLEFIELDS: Open-ended battlefields create adrenaline packed combat filled with unpredictable challenges.
  • BEYOND THE MOVIE: The game includes additional plotlines and characters from the Iron Man Comic Universe that are not featured in the movie.
  • OPEN WORLD: Players have complete freedom to move anywhere in the environment and make seamless transitions between ground combat and open air flight.


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