Iron Man 2 Review
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System: X360, PS3, Wii, PSP, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: High Voltage Software 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: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

For instance, there was, not too long ago, a pretty amazing Marvel universe Civil War storyline. In it, Tony Stark headed up the controversial Superhuman Registration Act, in which all the heroes had to choose whether to go along with the establishment's tyrannical new laws in the name of peace, or rebel and risk disorder or even death at the hands of former friends. Just imagine a game where you play as Tony Stark trying to protect the world through an oppressive Superhuman Registration Act, and you end up fighting Wolverine who is in open rebellion, and Captain America is switching sides left and right, and even the Hulk shows up in there somewhere - now that would be a game much more memorable than "villain XYZ is attacking us, but we've tracked him down, so let's go beat the crap out of him and then call it a day."

Iron Man 2 screenshot

The graphics are... adequate. All of the suits look very cool and distinct from one another, but the 3D worlds are all very plain. They don't look bad, or even drab, but they certainly aren't very engaging. They don't capture the imagination the way a world inhabited by superheroes should.

The music is, by far, the best part of Iron Man 2. The thing is, none of the songs are particularly memorable, or even "good" in the sense that you should own the soundtrack. But the developers knocked the soundtrack out of the park by actually using... heavy metal music. And it's great, because if you're making a game about violent combat between powerful beings wearing suits of armor, what could be better than a metal soundtrack? Keep in mind, none of the songs are very complex, they run on pretty tight loops, but the riffs going on in each of those short loops is great for a combat-heavy action game.

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Heavy metal is played in video games far too infrequently, and I'm sure the truth of why a heavy metal sound was used in Iron Man 2 has more to do with the fact that Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" song was used at the end of the first movie, plus the Iron Man suit is made out of metal, thus heavy metal may have been chosen as a sort of audio pun rather than the fact that, for an action game, nothing in this world could sound more appropriate than metal. I've been gaming for over two decades now, and I'm still waiting for the action game that perfectly fuses brutal gameplay with a heavy metal soundtrack. There have been a few close calls, but that game still has not been made...

So I guess, in the meantime, we're stuck with Iron Man 2.

By Kyle B. Stiff
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.1
Graphics
Nice-looking Iron Man armor contrasts with uninspired locations and flat movie-still character portraits.
3.4
Control
Intuitive controls clash with hackneyed game mechanics, like limited hover ability, awkward melee attacks, and the inability to run.
4.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Intense, if simple, heavy metal soundtrack, plus Samuel L. Jackson and Don Cheadle reprise their roles from the recent film. The voice actor for Tony Stark is no Robert Downey Jr., but he makes for an adequate stand-in.
2.5
Play Value
Check this out if you're a diehard fan of Iron Man or all things Marvel. Otherwise, pass.
2.9
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Play as multiple Iron Man variations, including War Machine, and upgrade your suits for offense or defense as you see fit.
  • Action-based gameplay in 3D environments make for a cinematic superhero experience.
  • Storyline borrows characters and elements from the Iron Man 2 movie, but includes new characters and situations for a unique experience.


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