|System: Wii, PS2, PSP, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Blue Tongue||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 20, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Voice over work is done by the cast of the show. This is a blessing and a curse. The over-the-top nature of the show, while nicely recaptured here, leads to the over use of certain lines, which does get bothersome and even downright annoying at times. While this is a minor complaint, having certain lines repeated well after the game has been powered off by young ones can irritate even the most steeled parent. The score for the game is done in the same vein as the show but is impeccably looped.
The camera is a huge problem with the game, though. More noticeable in the battle mode, the camera becomes jerky and nauseating. It carries over in to adventure mode with its own problems. In single-player action, the camera can lose you thus creating problems for players trying to find their own way through the game. The camera also assists enemies in hiding from players, as they will hide in nooks and crannies throughout the environment that you may end up missing several times due to the flow of the camera. Plus, it is also astounding how innately stupid the enemies can be. Several times they will just stand still while you pummel them, and others will appear as if they are running toward you to avenge their fallen comrades only to jump to their own deaths in areas where that seems impossible. I again understand this is intended for a younger audience, but when a four year old looks at you and says "Why are they so stupid?" you have to start to wonder the same thing.
Marvel Super Hero Squad does not build bridges as far as game concept; however, it does give a younger audience the chance to play as some of their favorite heroes and villains without the often adult-themed story elements of other superhero games. Simplistic combat and an accessible storyline will entertain them well beyond the initial glory of their favorites in a game just for them. Even as an adult who disliked the idea of the show itself, I easily found myself enjoying the game for its simplicity. Issues aside, this is a game that should be on every young heroes Christmas list as well as a few Super Hero Squad action figures.
CCC Project Coordinator