|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PSP, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: SEGA San Francisco||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SEGA||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 4, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Like most DS games, the sound department isn't an overwhelming strength. Blips and beeps and explosions will be the most frequent things serenading your ears. The soundtrack is very bland fare that manages to stay in the background without annoying (too much) those around you with its tunes. There isn't a hint of voice acting either, which shouldn't be surprising; considering that a DS game can usually only muster a few token sentences of spoken dialogue at best, it's not too much of a hit that voiceovers have been dumped. While the sound department isn't a particular strength, there is a silver lining - nothing is preventing you from turning off the sound completely (you won't miss anything) and listening to your own soundtrack. Just don't listen to Ke$ha please?
Unfortunately, there is a severe limitation in alternate game modes. When starting up the game your only choices are Start Game and Credits - hardly a smorgasbord of options. To be fair, there are other modes within the "training room" section of the game, like boss battles and such, but it is still rather limited beyond the main game. Also a disappointment is the lack of any multiplayer options. Head to head battles or some form of co-op would have been fun additions for some added variety.
All in all, the Nintendo DS version of Iron Man 2 is surprisingly fun and well done. The gameplay is simple enough that it fits the "pick up and blow up some bad guys" genre well. While things like the lack of multiplayer and so-so sound are unfortunate, the game still fits its role nicely. Ideal for a younger gaming crowd looking for something fun to play after seeing the movie, Iron Man 2 won't disappoint. For more mature gamers it may be a bit thin, but it still has its moments. There is nothing groundbreaking, just some old fashioned, popcorn video gaming fun.
CCC Freelance Writer