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Superman Returns is an action game for the Playstation 2 developed by EA games. The story somewhat follows the plot of the movie which puts Superman in a face off against his arch rival Lex Luthor but adds in a whole lot more including fights with the giant robotic Metallo and his alter ego Bizarro, fans may complain that the story isn't faithful to that of the movie but in my case I found the movie to be so light on the action scenes it would have made for a terrible video game! In the game you control the character of Superman, you fly around the city of Metropolis and it is actually quite a fun experience, they have definitely nailed Supermans speedy power of flight. Superman is basically an indestructible fighting machine so they don't give him a life bar but instead the city gets one and once it gets below a certain point you lose as Superman has failed to do his job. This is a pretty neat idea as it makes Superman vulnerable without inventing something stupid. The gameplay comes down to quite repetitive button bashing to dispose of the various enemies and Superman does have quite a few combos at his disposal including an awesome ground smash move which you can use falling from the sky at hundreds of miles an hour. He is also equipped with laser vision which burns enemies, ice vision which freezes them and super breath which you can use to blow them away. You don't usually have to use the powers but it does keep things more fresh and interesting if you do. Sadly apart from combat there is little else the game tells you do other than bring the odd civilian to an ambulance, some more variety would be welcome if they ever make a sequel. The graphics in the game do a fair job of representing the city though many buildings look the same, it is quite impressive when you are flying past at the speed of sound though. The voice cast returns to reprise the roles of their characters too. Superman Returns is a decent action game and fans of the character should definitely try it, it is miles better than the abominable Superman 64.
When its comes down to this game, I have to admit that Superman Returns isnt my favourite. Although I liked the film, this game wasnt up to much in my opinion. My son loves this game, and I bought it for him, but when I had a go, it just didnt work out, and it is probably due to the fact that it trys to be like the film a bit too much. You can buy this game on almost all of the platforms, and on playstation 2, you cant really do as much, as far as the control go, than you can in other games. When there is another superman movie released, I hope that the game will be much better than this one. It was a true disappointed, as I was looking forward to playing it. When it first came out, it cost around £29.99, which is what I paid, and although my son likes, it, I thought that it was a complete waste of money, and if I could go back in time, I would not do it. My advice would be to not buy this game, and if you do, make sure that you get a recipt so that you can return it, which after a couple of plays, you will do. I think that the only good thing about this game is the graphics, which is also a disappointing, as if the rest of the game were as good as the grahics, this would have been a brilliant game.
Superman Returns, for the PS2, although sharing the title of the recent film shares nothing else with regards to plot. For this game the writers have taken the content more from the comic-book side of superman. The game world is free roam; you may fly anywhere within Metropolis which is fully modeled, although as you would expect as you move away from objects they degrade in visual quility - ie. they have a 'draw distance'. Superman's powers are all available to you from the begining and after a brief battle with a rather large alien you are set free in metropolis (superman 'returns'). The gameplay takes a serious dive into monotony once the pleasure of flying around the city at mutiple mach speeds has worn off. The 'disasters' which are generated randomly throughout the game are repetative and not very diverse; you fight escaped genetic-monsters, put out the odd fire and generaly save the civilians with one big mission when you fight Mettallo. Overall this game is best viewed as a one-man flight simulator in a limited enviroment, it's gameplay is repetative and becomes very boring, very quickly. A nice experience, but a preferrably short one.
Superman's success depends on Metropolis' health - Will you stop pursuing a super villain to prevent a tornado from wreaking havoc? Make critical decisions to save the city, but choose wisely or its citizens could pay the ultimate price.