Japanese publisher SEGA has announced unexpectedly high profits, championing the likes of Iron Man 2 and Sonic Colours for boosting their annual revenue despite "stagnant personal consumption", a "generally weak demand" for videogames and the tragedy of Japan's recent earthquake and tsunami disaster. It's all looking very bright for SEGA, who also announced a new Aliens title last night.Click here to read more...
Just because Nintendo is focusing its efforts on hyping the 3DS, don't expect Dealspwn to abandon you non three-dimensional portable gamers! For instance, why not grab a copy of Iron Man 2 off Amazon for just £8.99? Tony Stark is back, and - you'd hope - better than ever. The console port wasn't great, and I can't really comment on the DS version, but if you're looking for some mecha-on-mecha action, you can't really go wrong with this.
We're currently considering a monthly little segment video where we hold a vote each month to decide on 'One Of The Worst Games Of All Time' to strap to a firework and blow into thousands of pieces. Whilst 2010 was a year filled with some cracking games, it wasn't without a few candidates for terminal explosion. From pointless party games to creepy voyeurism, there were some games out there to avoid like the plague this year.
Get your vote on below...and we'd love to hear about your nightmare titles of 2010!
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We just can't escape the curse of the horrid film tie-in videogame. Iron Man 2, despite the developer's promise of avoiding the mishaps of the original and delivering a truly great experience, is a horrible game with poor controls, bad visuals and just plain boring design. However, if my opinion means nothing to you, then The Game Collection have halved the price of Iron Man 2 to just £4.99. Which is pretty good, really. Can't go wrong with a price like that.
When it comes to dishing out a bit of swift justice, by blasting every enemy in sight, before hastily zipping through the sky in a red and gold blur to get back to a night out on the town, Tony Stark's your man. You'll also get the chance to play as War Machine if you fancy going into overkill with your weapons, or just want a bit of variety. The game might not be everything you hoped for, but now that the price is pretty much a fiver (for 360 owners at least), you're far less likely to be disappointed with it. Thanks to RS2010 @ HUKD.
Well now, if a price is comparative to quality, Play's offer of £5.99 for Iron Man 2 on the PS3 may be a cheeky piece of cost-adjustment. I'm being harsh, but Iron Man 2 was pretty bad, not helping the prejudice towards film tie-ins whatsoever. The film itself, actually, isn't all that impressive, so perhaps it was doomed from the off. I could bore you with a feature list, like the ability to go toe-to-mechanical-toe with your robotic adversaries as Tony Stark's metallic ego, Iron Man, or the option of controlling James Rhodes, aka War Machine, whose suit is the tank to Stark's Swiss-army knife, but why bother? Wait...
At almost half-price to anywhere else you really would be burning your money going elsewhere. Actually the game isn't great, but at £6.99 it won't hurt as bad. The game takes place after the second movie and thankfully adds a bit of action to the series. There are a few voices and likenesses to add to the authenticity, but the faces are a joke. The action suffers from repetition and twitchy controls which means you'll spend most of your time in hover mode holding down the fire and lock-on buttons. Controlling War Machine is the best way to go as his weapons have better rates-of-fire and well, he's just badass really. The Ultimo boss fight is pretty epic, but still doesn't justify that you'll finish the whole game in one afternoon. Thanks to andywedge @ HotUkDeals.
Jumping into the high-tech suit of a robotic superhero who can fly should never be anything but thrilling but sadly Iron Man 2 seems to have gone out of its way to be the exception to this rule.
If you're still itching for a piece of the action despite all the negative press, you can at least take solace in the fact that the game can already be purchased for less than £10. The Game Collection have it listed for £9.95, £2 less than the next best prices from The Hut or Blah DVD and its affliates, all of whom have it listed for around the £12 mark.
The game takes a different narrative route to the film; "The Russians" (damn their pesky hides!) rain all over Stark's parade by stealing Jarvis and so he has to grab his pal and ally James Rhodes, aka War Machine and leap into a mission to retrieve the precious AI program. It could be interesting to have the game's narrative deviating from that of the film but it's not a very exciting story, nor is it well told.
It's unlikely to come as a big surprise when I say that Iron Man 2 is a pretty poor game. The graphics are pretty muddy and ugly and the character models leave a lot to be desired, while some of the menus are awkward to navigate. Combat is clumsy and seriously lacking in any kind of thrill factor and, most unforgivably, the flight mechanics are far too slow and what should be the most enjoyable part of the game can often seem like a chore instead.
Thanks to TDALAKIS at Hotukdeals!
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No you fool! It's Iron Man, who else other than Tony Stark would fly around in a ridiculously flamboyant red and gold metal suit, or crawl through the air because of the sheer weight of the small arsenal that's strapped to them like War Machine!
You can grab a copy of the game on the PS3 for £12.99 from Play, which'll make you a saving of almost £2 on the next best offer of £14.89 coming in from Sendit.
In addition to the game you'll also get the XF version of the Mark V suit, which'll be accessible right from the start of the game and has a number of useful features including compete flight capability, full shield strength, and full weapon strength. It also looks pretty cool as well, which is a bonus, and the cobalt blue and tungsten grey colour scheme's a bit stealthier than the standard Mark V suits instantly recognisable paint work.
This time around you'll get the choice of playing through as Iron Man or War Machine before the start of each mission, and whilst Tony's suit allows for greater manoeuvrability whilst flying around it doesn't really match the enjoyment you get from pummelling your enemies with firepower when you're cruising around as Rhodey.
I wanted this to be a worthy sequel that built on the original but sadly that's not the case. Flying, yes that's right flying, one of Iron Man's key abilities, which should have been the developer's main aim to get right, is pretty awful and quite frustrating at times. Also, there doesn't seem like much else for Tony or Rhodey to do other than fly around battling enemies, or landing to . . . well defeat more foes.
If you're a fan of the series and fancy taking a punt on the game, then £12.99 isn't that much to ask for, but you'll probably still be disappointed.
Should you want to know more about the game, then why not check out Brendan's review by clicking here.
Thanks to davver99 @ HUKD
So you've always wanted to jet around the sky at supersonic speeds in a suit that can take down a small army, or mow down your enemies with a shoulder mounted mini-gun, well then it's a good job the price for Iron man 2 the game's just come down.
You can grab a copy on the Xbox for £12.49 from Coolshop UK, which is exactly £4.50 cheaper than the next best offer of £16.99 from Play.
The game takes place just after the events of the second film, so it's not your standard movie tie-in game, as the Russians steal Jarvis from Mr.Stark and it's up to him and his pal Col. Jim 'Rhodey' Rhodes to slip into their shiny metal suits and get the charming piece of tech back.
Before the start of each mission you'll get the chance to choose between playing as Iron man or War machine, each of whom was their own set of weapons and abilities. If you've gone for the gold and hot-rod red suit then you'll be heavily reliant on Tony's energy weapons and superior manoeuvrability, whereas Rhodey, well he's perfectly capable of holding his enemies at bay with the ridiculous armoury that's welded to his body. You'll also be able to upgrade your weapons before charging into the main game, and with a few options to choose from you'll be able to stay one step ahead of the dastardly villains you'll be up against.
And now onto the bad. For a game that's based on a film series that's often impressed us with its visual effects, it looks pretty awful. The gameplay is unbelievably monotonous, you'll find yourself drifting through the air engaging enemies, or landing for the express purpose of . . . yep that's right you guessed it, engaging enemies! The flying mechanics are terrible, which you really don't want to hear considering it's one of Iron man's most appealing features.
This could have been a great game if the developers had really invested some time improving on the original's experience, unfortunately it seems like it was rushed out for release without receiving the proper care and attention that it definitely needed.
Thanks to millarcat @ HUKD
Tony Stark returns, with new suits, new weapons, and a friend to share his robotic exploits with. Iron Man 2 on the Wii can be nabbed off Tesco Entertainment for just £18.70, if you input the promotional code FTSL15-1 at checkout for a 15% discount.
While the film suffers from a bloated plot and character mix, Iron Man 2, the game, is the victim of the usual movie cash-in curse. It's got the voice-actors, the likeness, a general sense of what it means to be Iron Man, but the visuals leave something to be desired and, once again, flying is more of a chore than a joy. Brendan reviewed Iron Man 2 when it released, check out his impressions here.
Iron Man 2 follows a separate story to the film. You're still Tony Stark, billionaire playboy with a penchant for robotic tomfoolery, but you're joined by Stark's friend and military ally, James Rhodes, aka War Machine. The story is generally quite bad, focused on establishing showdowns with swarms of aggressive military, both in the air and on the ground, and eventually duking it out with robotic adversaries ranging from a couple of stories high to skyscraper levels of scale.
You can choose to either play as Iron Man or War Machine before each mission. The change isn't particularly drastic, but it does offer variety and a palatable switch from aerial acrobatics to machine-gun mayhem. Whereas Iron Man is nimble and lithe, War Machine is bristling with shoulder cannons, wrist turrets and probably a fake flower on his chest that spurts out an acidic compound. However, both men in suits must take to the skies regularly, and it's here where the game falls victim to the same videogame curse of never being able to properly realise flying without some degree of either auto-control or plain bad controls.
However, if you're an ardent fan of Iron Man, having read the comics, watched the films, bought the memorabilia and stalked Downey Jnr outside his million-dollar home, then Iron Man 2 on the Wii, for this price, is right up your alley.
Developer: Sega Studios San Francisco
It might have the Iron Man 2 movie poster for the front cover, but this is pretty far removed from the film, with only Iron Man, War Machine and Nick Fury putting in a decent day’s work. At least their movie-counterparts faces and voices have made it in. The game takes place ‘beyond’ the movie with the Russians stealing some tech from Stark Industries to make their own robot armies and so on.
Players have the choice of playing as Iron Man or War Machine which is a nice touch, but the lack of a two-player option feels like a missed opportunity. You can at least change character at the start of each mission.
There’s a decent range of weapon customisation for the two characters. Each can have four weapons including shotguns, rockets, missiles and lasers. Some weapons can only be used by one suit though. Iron Man gets his palm blaster, the Unibeam and a laser. War Machine is arguably better equipped as he gets a minigun which has a terrific rate of fire compared to IM’s painfully slow weapons. There are also different ammo types and performance module enhancements to unlock.
Both fly-boys suffer from targeting issues though. You can lock-on to targets from afar, but you won’t actually do them any damage till you’re much closer and their health bar appears. In an absolute nightmare of a design decision the right stick swaps between lock-on targets and moves the camera. This can be infuriating when you’re in the air surrounded by zippy targets. You’ll have a swarm of almost dead enemies as you try and get your bearings and finish each one off in turn.
Last day of the month appraoching and it would appear that all of the publishers having been saving themselves up for this Friday. Lots to be excited for whatever your genre preference, there's God of War Collection for action junkies, 2010 FIFA World Cup for footie lovers, Iron Man 2 hopes to change the bad name of movie tie-ins and Monster Hunter Tri sets out to prove that actually, it is possible to create a stunningly good third party game for the Wii even if your name is not Nintendo.
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30th April 2010:
|2010 FIFA World Cup
30th April 2010
|God Of War Collection
30th April 2010
|Iron Man 2
30th April 2010
|Monster Hunter Tri
30th April 2010
|Splinter Cell: Conviction
30th April 2010
|Super Speed Machines
30th April 2010
|Super Street Fighter IV
30th April 2010
30th April 2010