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There's nothing more likely to illicit an agonised groan from veteran gamers than the dreaded movie tie-in game. These titles tend to have a (well-earned) reputation for being shoddy and rushed - and Warner Bros. has suggested that the entire state of play is "broken." Batman: Arkham Asylum and upcoming Arkham City prove that movie licenses work well if handled with respect, and the company believes that games have to stand on their own rather than relying on impulse sales.Click here for the full story >>
I wanted one thing from this game: for it to be better than last year's Iron Man 2 game that I gave a 5/10 bollocking. Thor needn't worry though as this is a much better tie-in.
Rather than follow the earth-bothering, flannel-shirted nature of the movie, this game simply takes place in the fantasy realms of the Thor universe in a separate story-line, which turns out to be a good move.
Famed comic book writer (and unfortunately the scribe of the afore-mentioned Iron Man game), Matt Fraction, has penned a very basic plot, but it is at least unobtrusive. We'll presume he saves the compelling material for the comics.
The likenesses and voices for Thor and Loki are taken from the film, although Loki seems to be doing most of the snake-tongued speaking. Thor doesn't seem to have a personality at all and has got less lines than a pull-string cowboy toy. The facial animations are a little stiff, so you kind of want to look away during most cutscenes anyway.
Unsurprisingly the game is a beat em' up adventure game, with linear levels, a few collectibles and a smattering of boss fights. What is surprising though is the unexpected areas of decent quality. The combat gets around the problem of Thor only using a hammer, by throwing in elemental attacks to the triangle button instead of the usual strong attack to go with the regular melee beatings. A tap of R2 will make Thor throw his Mjolnir hammer to reach enemies at a distance.
To me at least, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was a woefully underrated cinema gem and by far the best computer animated film to come out of any studio outside of the mighty Pixar. I adore it. But sadly, even I am going to struggle to defend the shovelware pile of steaming mediocrity that is the game. It's hard to see how a tale of tasty treats falling out of the sky could fail to be fun but unfortunately the gameplay is just a tad too repetitive to be enjoyable. However, if you have a young relative who enjoyed the film, it just might make a good stocking filler with its bright and cheerful graphics and pocket sized price. Thanks to minmin at Hotukdeals!