Excerpt: You'd think we'd have all learnt our lesson by now. Do not, no matter how good a game looks prior to release, believe that a movie licensed video game is going to be good. It's a simple rule to follow, but one that we find ourselves breaking over and over again. Iron Man is SEGA's video game of the recently released, highly successful and pretty darn good movie of the same name. We followed the game from a distance leading up to its release and we fell into SEGA's trap.
Conclusion: Missions are repetitve if your not into the comic genre and manuverability is to be of suspect and enemy AI are Superhuman in the ways they can kill you Campaign 1.5/5 Graphics/Soundtrack/characters 2/5 Controls/manuverability 1/5 Combat/ Fun-Factor .5/5 (I found myself dashboarding and trying again later many times) Altogether the game in my opinion is 1/5 (Now i understand why SEGA went bankrupt and started selling crappy comic games...
Conclusion: The controls have been redone, obviously with the console crowd in mind. In fact, The Penal Zone might be the first PC game I have ever played where I felt it would have been easier to plug in a game controller, rather than use the mouse and keyboard. Not that the controls are bad, per se, but I have never been a big fan of using click-and-drag to move.
Excerpt: It’s quite surprising that for Iron Man, one of the most boom-happy of Marvel properties, that it’s taken them this long to turn out a blockbusting movie to wow audiences worldwide. It’s not at all surprising however that the game-of-the-movie, is a generic cash-in of the ‘epic fail’ variety. In fact the whole game plays like it’s been churned off the assembly line to meet a deadline that came far too soon.
Conclusion: Seriously at no time did this game display what the 360 was capable of. It felt like a lazy PS2 port (which it probably was). There are so many other games you could be spending your forty quid on - like GTA IV for example, or even saving up for a movie franchise game that actually does bring the feel and atmosphere of the film into the gameplay: The Bourne Conspiracy. Look out for our review of that and don't waste your time with this.
Excerpt: Iron Man – the film – is as confident, knowing and purely enjoyable a summer blockbuster as Hollywood has made in years. Blessed with a career-defining performance from Robert Downey Jr and an almost perfect balance between real-world subtext and comic-book thrills, its giant robot action is lent the sort of tension and human interest that last year’s Transformers could only dream about.