Excerpt: We think the Fantastic 4 lack the instant appeal of other superheroes such as Spider-Man and Batman, whilst it has to be said that all superheroes are a little bit on the daft side, this foursome have abilities such as stretchy arms, invisible powers, brute strength and fireballs amongst them, therefore we think they are the epitome of daft. The recently released movie has spawned this rather enjoyable throwback to brawlers gone by.
Excerpt: Fantastic 4 is a videogame version of the movie based on a comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Unlike its name, the videogame (and the film by all accounts) isn't fantastic in any way. Everything from the drab visuals to the rather clumsy controls places the Fantastic 4 videogame squarely in the 'another movie licensed videogame' box.
Excerpt: Fantastic Four the game is based on the events in the recent film, though some creative liberties have been taken to lengthen the game. The Fantastic Four were at one time normal people, but after an accident in space, they now have super powers. The Invisible Woman can, yes, turn invisible. Mr. Fantastic can stretch his arm to attack enemies from a distance and contort his body, allowing him to reach places others can't.
Excerpt: Since the Fantastic 4 movie is coming off as formulaic popcorn fluff, then the game based on it, complete with popcorn-caliber similitude, comes off appropriately enough: formulaic videogame fluff.
Excerpt: Another summer movie season is upon us and that means more movie-based games. This summer has been a bit disappointing in terms of movies and the licensed games have been even worse. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Madagascar have been awful and Batman Begins was also underwhelming. The Fantastic Four film was something I planned on avoiding like a plague, so I was surprised that the game turned out to be a beat ‘em up done right. “Lets clobber the generic bad guys!
Conclusion: The GameCube has unfortunately gained itself a surprisingly average game, which will disappoint WrestleMania fans and those who were looking forward to its release. It falls short of recreating the action and thrills of live wrestling and too many flaws hinder it. With WWE Raw getting the worst of all reviews at present all eyes lie on PS2’s Smackdown! 4 to retain its title and I for one predict that it will be the best of the bunch, no question.