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GF Rating
5.2

323 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

Soooooo close!!

posted by Waverider (RENTON, WA) Nov 22, 2006

Member since Jun 2005

19 out of 21 gamers (90%) found this review helpful

First off, let me start by saying that this is by far the best Superman game ever created. There are no other games in my opinion. I do however think that the XBOX version of this game took quite a hit in the visual department. It feels like the first Spiderman game. Very Bland with no bells and whistles.

I do not write reviews often so I am just going to post what I think are the pros and cons

Pro:
1) Feeling of flying is right on. From the vibration in the controller to breaking the sound barrier...multiple times. Right on.
2) Powers work nicely.
2) Superman doesn't die. How a Superman game should be.
3) City is huge and looks different in each sector.
4) Almost sandbox type feel. Not quite though.
5) Lot's of different characters from the comics.

Con:
1) CAMERA! CAMERA! CAMERA! It is free range while you are on the ground. But, once you are in the air the only shot you get is from behind. Would like to pan around Superman as he is flying.
2) City is not as interactive as advertised. This might be a limitation on the XBOX hardware though.
3) No Atmosphere, bland buildings, low-res people walking around... I think I got spoiled by all the 360 images.
4) Not much to do in the city while just free flying....except to just fly around.
5) Enemies get repetitive.
6) Fight system could use some work.
7) You should be able to invert your flying controls without it effecting your ground controls too!

Overall, great game...WORTH THE WAIT!! Although, if this game does not show you the difference in what a Next-Gen system vs. Cur-Gen system can do....I don't know what will. This is the first game that I have seen that really makes you appreciate the differences in CG. vs. NG.

(Like it seems with everything related to Superman:Returns) I anticipate a great follow-up game to this one. With the bugs worked out and more to do. Think Spiderman 1 the game vs. Spiderman 2 the game.

Happy Gaming!

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Superman? Maybe Superdumb is a better title

posted by morgan72 (STRATFORD, CT) Dec 2, 2006

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Member since Oct 2006

7 out of 10 gamers (70%) found this review helpful

A prime example of a movie game. You're expected to bring your own story and that's about it. There is just nothing here to really play. By the looks of the ads and hype, and being this late in the era, I would have expected a step beyond Spider-Man 2, but its not even SM1. In Spider-Man you at least had the novelty of checking out real locations, but Metropolis is just cookie cutter nonsense. There are no crimes to solve outside of the 50 million times the stupid robots attack, the action is abysmal, and more than half of it is just a waste of time. Other than punching, Superman's powers really do nothing to the enemies, and here I thought a laser beam from ones eyeballs would have some ballistic usage, not in Metropolis, everything has to get punched. From the Superman fan, to the average gamer, this is nothing but a disappointment any way you slice it.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

A lot like the movie in all the wrong ways

posted by Superboy (SYRACUSE, NY) Nov 27, 2006

Member since Jan 2006

3 out of 6 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

This game is much like the movie in that both could have been much, much better.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a very big Superman fan.

This does not exempt this game from a poor review, which it deserves.
The graphics (XBOX) have pixelation when up close to the buildings (which are mostly rectangles).
The main gameplay consists of flying with no point, then finding a mission by happenstance because you're close to it.

Besides these facts, I beat it in a weekend.

But notwithstanding those facts, this still deserves a rent. I enjoyed it, but not enough.

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