It’s always a bit of a gamble to invest in a game that has been made to coincide with the release of a big budget summer movie. Most of them have been created very briskly indeed and are often nothing more than dodgy cash-ins that have been made only to wring as much cash out of a respected franchise as is humanly possible. There are definitely quite a few exceptions, like the Chronicles Of Riddick games (which were ten times better than the films that inspired them) but more often than not, you can be certain that if a movie-based game is released at around the same time as the movie that it is based on, you are probably going to be in for a bit of an underwhelming time.
The first Iron Man game was a real letdown not only for fans of the film, but for fans of videogames in general. Iron Man 2 is far better than that and is a huge step in the right direction for the series, but it’s also very rough around the edges and really quite short. One area in which it succeeds however is with its storytelling. Fans of the Iron Man comics will probably be very impressed by the storyline, which is extremely enjoyable and very well performed by the talented voice actors. Robert Downey Jnr hasn’t recorded his voice for the game, but the likes of Samuel L Jackson and Don Cheadle have, and the actor who plays Tony Stark does a sharp impression of Downey Jnr.
Iron Man 2 is a very straightforward action game that doesn’t involve a great deal of exploration, so younger gamers will probably enjoy it a great deal more than older ones. The thrill of being Iron Man is likely to sway kids of a certain age, and will probably cause them to forgive the game’s few shortcomings. All of Iron Man’s superhuman abilities are worked into the game, as are every one of his weapons, the Unibeam and the Repulsor included. The button layout is kept simple so that anyone can immediately pick up and play it, but the non-stop, wall-to-wall action may possibly bore the pants off of anyone older than twelve.
So although Iron Man 2 the movie is aimed at pretty much everyone, Iron Man 2 the game is aimed squarely at much younger players. Older gamers who like the look of it should definitely look into getting hold of the similar but much more enjoyable Dark Void instead, but if you’re a die-hard fan of the Iron Man character, then this shouldn’t be looked at as a total write-off. There are quite a few laughs to be had, as the script is (at times) very heavy on the gags, and as mentioned the storyline is very impressive. It doesn’t quite make up for the lack of variety in the gameplay department, but it definitely still rates as one of the better movie-to-game adaptations of recent months. And hardened Iron Man fans should definitely check it out.
Watch the game trailer here: