Excerpt: I am completely dumbfounded. For once in my life, I can’t find a single good thing about a game, and I’ve played some horrible games. I’ve always been able to find some good in them, whether it was a good concept, or the sheer absurdness. But the only way I managed to sit through this title was because halfway through I discovered some rather bizarre cheats.
Excerpt: is not an awful game. The only way it could be considered "awful" would be to ignore the barely playable fighters that have come out over the last twenty years. The characters perform expected actions whenever I press the buttons, and -- aside from plastic doll faces -- the graphics are well beyond "PlayStation 2 quality". I can say this with confidence because I've actually played PS2 games.
Conclusion: For all its problems Sen is just about salvaged by the fact that it isn’t completely broken. The fighting style, taken on its own stubborn terms, is serviceable; SNK Playmore have at least also thrown in a few cute gestures to please fans (Achievements, for example, poke fun at the series’ reputation for poor translations, with one description reading: “To have Xbox LIVE fighting for once”), and the new ability to dismember limbs never gets too old, if only because the...
Excerpt: The way it goes with Samurai Shodown is fairly up and down. Something like this: It makes a really poor first impression with its presentation, then you think the setting and music are pretty snappy, but then you think it looks awful when you’re fighting. When you try to fight, you’ll think it’s pretty awkward, until you realise you can win a fight by decapitating your opponent. Then it’s awesome!
Excerpt: Superman Returns is a frustrating experience because the mechanics for a successful take on this mistreated franchise are all in place. It actually feels like you’re Superman because you’re the one hurrying across Metropolis to save people and protect the city. The game doesn’t drop you off at set-points or curtail your powers (save for a stamina bar). You’re allowed to lift and throw just about everything, set fire to cars and perform super-human combos.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: If you're thinking of buying Superman Returns, stop right now. This is licensed garbage of the worst kind and buying it will only encourage publishers to continue insulting the medium like this. If you have to do something with Superman this Christmas, go out and buy one of the Christopher Reeves movies. But, please, stay away from this game.
Conclusion: A missed opportunity does not even begin to cover it. Putting aside the sub last-gen graphics, the stunning lack of variety in the gameplay when you have seventy years of material to drawn upon is unforgiveable. There is no other way to view Superman Returns: The Videogame as a cynical cash-in that makes a mockery of a character that deserves so much more.