When I went to see Thor at the cinema I went in with fairly low expectations, but I needn't have worried because it turned out to be pretty good fun. The tie-in game's not the greatest thing in the world and it's fairly short and simple to boot, however if you're looking for some enjoyable combat where you're knocking your enemies down with Mjolnir and lighting, then you might want to check it out. A Wii copy of the game'll set you back £14.99 if you head on over to The Game Collection, which'll make you a saving of over £3.50 on the next best offer coming in from Gameseek.
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.