Violent, repetitive bash-and-smash gets old really fast.
Common Sense Media
22 July 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that although Thor: God of Thunder is a superhero game based on a comic book movie , it has quite a bit of violence in it. Please note the ESRB's "Teen" rating on the game. The battles are often frenzied and loud, with many enemies attacking Thor at once. On the whole, the game looks and feels less like a superhero game than a mythological fantasy war game.
Conclusion: Despite Thor: God of Thunder's terrible movie-gameness, I cannot totally bring myself to hate it; after all, I legitimately enjoyed the combat. Sure, it wasn't "good" by any accepted definition, but I did find it fun. Unfortunately, the rest of the game is just unqualified terrible. The graphics are the worst I've seen in two generation, the story makes no sense relative to itself or the film it's ostensibly a prequel to, and the controls are wonky.
Conclusion: Thor: God of Thunder comes close to being a competent action game. But, the short development time that comes with most licensed titles means there are some glitches that haven’t been ironed out. On top of those glitches, you’ll run into a terribly short play time, a lack of replay value, a too-simple combo system, a confusing camera, controller issues, and a lack of variety in enemy types.
Pros: Creative application of comic book-style art to overcome Wii’s hardware limitations
Summary: Thor: God Of Thunder will take players through a spectacular, epic-scale original third-person adventure. In the game, Thor battles through the numerous worlds of Norse mythology that span realms ranging from primal worlds of fire and ice to extraordinary planets inhabited by Frost Giants and Trolls to save Asgard, the capital city of the Norse Gods.
Excerpt: While reviews of Thor the movie have been pretty good, the video game has proven to be a critically acclaimed flop. It’s disappointing, too, since super hero games have done well in recent memory with hits like Batman: Arkham Asylum and DC Universe Online. It’s not for lack of potential; just poor execution, predictable gameplay and surprisingly laughable voice-acting.
Excerpt: Hey, it’s the God of Wa… Thunder? “Ymir was a frost giant; he was evil from the first. While he slept, he began to sweat. A man and woman grew out of the ooze under his left armpit, and one of his legs fathered a son on the other leg.” That’s a quote from my copy of The Norse Myths , as translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland. How does one leg father a son on another leg? I don’t think any of us wants to know, but you have to admit that’s some damn intriguing storytelling.
Pros: Combo meter interplays nicely with attacks, GoW-inspired combat plays well enough, ...but there’s nothing else to do, Not enough boss fights, Very short story with nothing to bring you back
Summary: Thor is short and often repetitive, but it features a long list of attainable moves, combos and techniques to keep things fun and interesting. While it will never strain your brain, it's necessary to think on your feet and select your attacks and defensive moves with some level of precision, giving the action a challenging and dynamic feel.