I downloaded the demo of Superman Returns over Xbox Live last night. Three missions in one level where you get to test out Superman and fight some robots. It's a lot like the Spider-Man 2 and Ultimate Spider-Man games except, of course, you can fly.
Flying so far has been pretty awesome. You have near total control over every aspect of his flight although controlling him when he's in Superspeed is very tricky and takes a lot of getting used to. I wasn't very good at handling his speed. I tried to do a flying superspeed grab on an evil robot and blew right past the robot and ended up grabbing a woman. I almost threw her across town. (Just like the real Superman would.) You can fly at any velocity you choose, you can fly as high as the stratosphere but not into space, you can hover majestically, and you can land gently or smash into the ground.
Besides flight, speed and strength, the three main powers you have at your disposal are heat vision, super breath and freeze breath. All very easy to activate and control. Fighting the robots was easy enough and a lot of fun since there are a wide variety of ways to smash them, using the environment as weapons, and so forth. One thing was a bitch was chasing Superspeed robots on foot at Superspeed since as I mentioned, controlling his speed is a challenge. A challenge I wasn't quite up to. I kept smashing into the walls of buildings. I bet the people of Metropolis must have thought ol'Superman was drunk. I also tried my hand at jacking cars as Superman. He refused. All he kept doing was lifting the cars. Damn his strict code of truth and justice!
The cityscapes and environments looked good from what I saw. The demo only lets you fly in three industrial islands off the coast of the main city so I didn't get to see Metropolis. When I tried to fly to Metropolis, the game pushed me back to the islands.
So far, so good on this game. I believe I'll be receiving this game from someone or other for Christmas. But it's a free demo download so if you have a 360 and Xbox Live, there's no reason not to check it out.
The Hulk game is near un-toppable for wanton destruction, chaos, and fun. I loved being the Hulk in Ultimate Destruction. Superman by his very nature isn't about spreading chaos and smashing things and the game reflects that. I mean, you could easily destroy the city, hurl cars and kill people, but the game doesn't encourage or reward it in any way from what I saw, and I am guilty of throwing a few cars at innocent bystanders.
Originally posted by John OrquiolaI also tried my hand at jacking cars as Superman. He refused. All he kept doing was lifting the cars. Damn his strict code of truth and justice!
Think about it. It's a whole NEW way of jacking cars. Just grab them and fly (run?) away!
I'm really looking forward to this. I was disappointed when they pushed the release date back to coincide (sorta) with the DVD release, instead of having it out back in July. Hopefully they used that time wisely.
I tried this last night and must say I wasn't that impressed. The controls just aren't very good overall and the graphics aren't inspiring either. But really it was the controls that stop it from being very enjoyable.
on the shelves 08/07: Monster Madness: Grave Danger (metacritic) - port of the 360 title, with new features (and a new subtitle) but nothing that actually fixes some of the game playing problems of the first game, and the visuals are really bad.