Iron Man 2 Review for Xbox 360

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One of my favourite things about being a games journalist is putting together a scathing review of a bad game. You can be rude under the justification of critique, make use of fantastically derogatory vocabulary, and generally go to town with the insults. In light of this, you'd probably expect me to jump at the chance of reviewing Iron Man 2, which by all accounts is an awful game. The thing is, however, I love Iron Man, I love Tony Stark, and I love Robert Downey Jr. (who sits proudly at the top of my 'go gay for' list). It's due to these facts that I take no pride whatsoever in the review that follows.

Mere minutes in, it's clear that Iron Man 2 is going to be a complete train wreck of a video game. The character models are creepy (and could do with a lot more polys), textures are popping in left right and centre, and the frame-rate is less than fantastic. Poor collision detection means you'll often find Iron Man hovering halfway through a wall or ceiling, a problem that we really shouldn't have to deal with these days. It looks and feels distinctly last-gen.

The game spans eight levels, with a variety of destructible environments that play host to the action. Refreshingly, Iron Man 2: The Videogame doesn't mirror the narrative of the film, and offers a brand new story penned by The Invincible Iron Man comic writer, Matt Fraction. Fans of the comics might be pleased to find that Crimson Dynamo and Ultimo appear in boss-battle form, alongside numerous other foes who have signed up to make Iron Man's adventure as difficult as possible. With his enemies looking to use his own technologies against him, Tony Stark's mission seems decidedly one-sided. Thankfully, he's not alone, and James Rupert Rhodes - more commonly known as War Machine – is on hand to lend some much needed support.

Players can choose to start each level with either of the two suited heroes, although differences between the pair are fairly superficial. War Machine has different weaponry to Iron Man, including that machine gun resting ominously on his shoulder. His unique skill is different too, and grants improved firepower as opposed to Iron Man's invincibility. Frustratingly for fans of War Machine, he only sports one suit to play with through the game with, whilst Iron Man has a respectable nine. That's ten suits in total, maths fans.

Voice acting is fairly hit and miss, but competent for the most part. Mr. Downey Jr. is unfortunately nowhere to be seen (well, heard), but Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Don Cheadle (War Machine) both provide some solid voice work. Other characters aren't quite so lucky, including Natasha Romanov (Black Widow), who sounds so disinterested in the action unfolding around her that it's at times quite comical. Still, dodgy voiceovers are something we've come to expect from the video game medium, and so it doesn't really bother me all too much to find Iron Man 2 suffering from the same problems. I'm not so sympathetic when it comes to gameplay, however.

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mikejosh1978

So buy the 1st one for £5-10 & just scribble a 2 on the cover & feel happy to have saved 30nicker & be playing a slightly better bad game . Gr8 review matey look forward to reading more.
Posted 13:17 on 07 May 2010
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SexyJams

That'll be why the studio was discontinued...
Posted 20:36 on 05 May 2010
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mrgarrettscott

Even though you love Iron Man, I'm glad you didn't pull any punches in the review.
Posted 16:14 on 05 May 2010
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altaranga

Lol.
Posted 14:49 on 05 May 2010
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Rickitis

Few of the major sites have reviewed it yet but anyway that’s missing my point, if you say the statement 'train wreck of a video game’ and other similar comments then award the game 4/10... It just seems too high a score for what is mentioned in the review. Don’t get me wrong the review is well written I guess I would just score games differently - using the whole scale. I often disagree with the end score of the reviews after reading the review or playing the game myself but that’s just personal opinion.
Posted 14:48 on 05 May 2010
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Jamin

My 'go gay for list':

1. Robert Downey Jr.
2. Owen Wilson
3. Hank Moody (David Duchovny - Californication)
4. Captain Jack Sparrow (not Johnny Depp)
5. Will Smith

I forget who else I've added to it over the years. It's worth noting that the list has not been formed from a sexual perspective, and is just a list of ludicrously 'cool' guys.
Posted 14:45 on 05 May 2010
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altaranga

Nice review, Jamin. Your discomfort at having to write such a scathing report about something you love was palpable. Perhaps Tom will give you a decent game next as recompense.

Hopefully the movie will be better.

Btw, how long is you 'go gay for' list?
Posted 14:36 on 05 May 2010
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IndoorHeroes

Well based on the current entries in its metacritic this would be among the lowest scores.
Posted 14:24 on 05 May 2010
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Rickitis

So it’s a 'train wreck of a video game' yet it gets 4/10... I feel this site gives bad games too high a score.
Posted 13:57 on 05 May 2010
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Jamin

Heh, it's like I say in the review though -- I don't usually mind reviewing bad games in the slightest. It just upsets me when I'm a fan of the license...
Posted 13:18 on 05 May 2010
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Ghost_Dog

Wow! three pages for this s**t. I feel sorry for you Jamin, having to review this tosh.

Next time, ask Tom if one paragraph will suffice.
Posted 13:03 on 05 May 2010
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IndoorHeroes

Oh how I long for the days of Spider-Man 2, that game was exquisite.
Posted 12:18 on 05 May 2010

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Iron Man 2
4
Out of 10
Iron Man 2
  • The option to fly any time is fun
  • Graphically disappointing
  • Erratic camera
  • Incredibly repetitive in nature
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Release Date: 01/04/2010
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Genre: Action
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