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Space Cat
05-08-2008, 02:11 AM
Iron Man Review
It's a watered-down PS2 version. That's not a typo. PlayStation 2.

May 7, 2008 - It's not often that I'm flabbergasted at work. After reviewing five versions of Iron Man in five days, I thought I had seen it all, but I was wrong, friends. Today, Iron Man on the PC showed up, I popped it in, and my jaw dropped.

This is the exact same game as the PlayStation 2/Wii/PSP SKU.

Don't get me wrong, that fact alone isn't a reason to condemn it. It's just that in our world of multi-platform releases, it's rare to see the PC share a version with anything other than PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. I started the first mission and gave the title the benefit of the doubt that perhaps PC was the lead SKU and the muted textures and all-around sad visuals I saw on the other systems wouldn't be a factor on the PC.

I was wrong. This is literally the PS2 game at a higher resolution.

... amazing.
... amazing.
Loosely based on the No. 1 film in America, Iron Man tosses you into the red-and-gold suit of Tony Stark and sets you loose on more than a dozen missions filled with guards, laser cannons and super villains that you won't find in the movie--folks such as Whiplash and Titanium Man. It might sound cool, but the problem is that this story is largely invented and strays from the plot points and character-defining moments of the film. You'll never get to care about Yinsen, Obadiah's power-hungry from the get go, and Stark almost always seems like a jerk. Plus, the cutscenes stink. Not even voiceovers from Robert Downey, Jr. and Terrence Howard can save them from being :):):)--there are crazy eyes, mouths not moving the right way, characters that don't look right, etc.

However, games aren't all about story, and Iron Man does have a few things going for it. Each time you're ready to jump into your flight suit, you'll choose your mission, one of the six unlockable suits of armor, and which upgrades you'd like to use. See, rather than have you earn money from your battles like the PS3/360 version of Iron Man does, this incarnation of the game upgrades your gear--repulsor, ballistics, explosives and armor--based on how much you use them. If you're like me, you'll find yourself hovering around levels and blasting evildoers with your repulsors the most, and in no time, you'll have taken your laser gauntlet from the most basic tech (fast but weak) to the mega-awesome Optimal Beam Damage. Of course, this applies to whichever device you're using, and a few will actually upgrade to the point where you need to choose which option you'll be using in battle (i.e. which type of missile you want to launch into some dude's face).

Once you're into the actual mission, Iron Man works like most third-person shooters on the PC--WASD to move, mouse for the camera and to fire weapons, etc.--but when you want to speak specifically to what makes this an Iron Man title, it comes down to suit controls. Space makes you hover, Alt kicks on the afterburner, and 1 through 4 control your energy manager. This feature actually allows you move from a balanced energy-spending state to favoring one of Iron Man's attributes. Shift the power to propulsion to fly faster, to armor to take less damage, or to weapons to wreck shop.

While this scheme works pretty well for fighting on the ground or standing/hovering in one place and blasting foes, you can't really brawl while flying. This means that you'll rocket toward your enemies, stop, and then hover around while shooting repulsor blasts. It looks and feels nothing like a real Iron Man fight. You're just some guy somberly gliding around the map.

Luckily and sadly, Iron Man isn't hard. At all. Enemy attacks do little to no damage, but if they should gang up and whittle your armor energy down to nothing, you'll have the chance to restart your heart. Basically, a minigame pops up where you have to tap a corresponding button to register a heartbeat. If for some reason you fail at this simple task, you'll consume one of your three backup power cells and be tossed back into the game. It's not that I mind a simple game--and it's way better than the uber-frustrating PS3/360 version--but when you can just sit down and plow through the game in a day, there really isn't much of an incentive to pick it up. There's no challenge.

It's like I'm watching the movie!
It's like I'm watching the movie!
Still, there are two problems that are evidence enough to convict this game of crimes against a PC. To begin with, it looks terrible. Everything's clearer than the PS2 versions, but the same blocky models, blank textures, and bland colors remain. The PC version even adds visual glitches such as giant brown swatches instead of shadows underneath tanks and building windows that flicker. Next, this game just isn't any fun. I haven't called out or praised any specific levels or enemies because Iron Man just blends together. You just move from one point to another eliminating whatever is in your way.

Closing Comments
Both the pros and cons of Iron Man on the PlayStation 2 led to me scoring the title as a "Meh" on the IGN scale--it wasn't awful or amazing for the platform. However, with the unlimited potential of the PC, standards are different here. Terrible visuals, straightforward/easy gameplay, and a plethora of other problems make Iron Man fail at being anything worth trying.

OVERALL:
3.5/10
BAD

http://pc.ign.com/articles/872/872240p1.html

SEGAWIZ
05-08-2008, 01:50 PM
That's by far the lowest SEGA game rating I have seen. Way to go SEGA.. :/

Evolution1990
05-08-2008, 02:46 PM
This game makes me wanna toss my breakfest....I saw it at my friends house and...boy this game sucks....we went together and got our money back and thank God ! The guy at the store told us that almost everyone that had gotten the PC version returned it! Way the go SEGA....you just had to port the PS2 version...nice one SEGA! Activision would have made a much cooler and better Iron Man game than you!

VKS01
05-08-2008, 04:02 PM
This game makes me wanna toss my breakfest....I saw it at my friends house and...boy this game sucks....we went together and got our money back and thank God ! The guy at the store told us that almost everyone that had gotten the PC version returned it! Way the go SEGA....you just had to port the PS2 version...nice one SEGA! Activision would have made a much cooler and better Iron Man game than you!

+1

Icemaul
05-08-2008, 08:12 PM
Only bad part is the stores around here will not let you return pc games. So I am stuck with what I spent on it. I will try to call them and see if there is someway they can but I doubt it.

Viathon
05-09-2008, 09:45 PM
Do what I did. Most stores will not let you return an opened game for your money back but they will let you exchange it for the same game if you claim your disc is defective. (What can I say, the game sucks therefor it is defective) Once they give you a new (unopened box) return it and ask for your money back!

Mr.Deviance
05-12-2008, 12:41 AM
This is OUTRAGEOUS
The Pc version of Iron man is the WORST INSULT to pc gamers ever to be made by a gaming company.
For Christ's Sake I am 24years old and I have never seen in all my life such an obvious scam and bashing of gamers.
This is worst than stealing something from my own house, I haven't even bought the damn game and I am this furious.
I have borrowed it from a friend that works at a game shop and after seeing the obvious ps2 port of a game that clearly would work on pc in it's ps3/x360 versions without any problems (if ported), I was struck with pure amazement and utterly shocked, on how low can a gaming company get this day's but that was nothing compared to the acid hatred I felt inside me when I saw the official pc version trailer consisting of 360 and ps3 game play screens instead of showing that low quality ps2 port. this is Inhumanly LOW and this should not go without a media boom, I will personally try to deliver the message to every game press forum possible and try to make a big fuss out of it through the internet!
I am so revolted for this insult that I will buy this game TODAY from the most official sega dealer that I can get my hands on, especially to SUE Them and get filthy rich for it!

I have at least 10 strong reasons to sue them and win!
Everybody join me and let's show them we are not their cattle!

Space Cat
05-12-2008, 12:49 AM
Spamming that same post over and over will only get you banned when a SEGA Admin gets on tomorrow morning =P I suggest you calm down.

Mr.Deviance
05-12-2008, 01:01 AM
I am replying with the same opinion in all iron man pc related topics.
That is all that can be said about it, this is the pure truth and if I will be banned for reposting what I already said for others to view then may the person who bans me have the missfortune to meet me in hell after we both die!
This is a call to war I am doing here, this is something that should not be seen as a everyday happening.
This subject should be mentioned in Big Bold Red caps in all pc gaming sites and magazines!

The pure genious of making this problem so unpublic and so unknown scares me like I would be scared by a secret organisation.
How is this possible that nobody talks about it, it's obvious that everybody has been hoaxed and a game of which I was seeing trailers on all game press sites suddenly has been put in a hidden palce where only few of us talk in remote forums where nobody has direct contact to see this news!

Everybody should know about this not just people that got scammed !

Space Cat
05-12-2008, 01:05 AM
Well everyone saw your opinion in that thread you made, going around and putting the same post in every other thread on the Iron Man board could be considered spam.

Mr.Deviance
05-12-2008, 01:10 AM
Well everyone saw your opinion in that thread you made, going around and putting the same post in every other thread on the Iron Man board could be considered spam.
Yeah because when we talk about sega it's all about paper works and technicalities not about FACTS and Hoaxes!
It matters more that I posted my same post 5 times than the message It actually contains.
I will not post it her anymore but I sure as hell am going to spam it all over the net. I am going to even try and make google bombs with it!
This is an insult and a provocation that will not go without a retaliation!

Beware SEGA YOUR DAYS AE NUMBERED, I CURSE YOU TO GO BANKRUPT WITH A SEGA GENESIS TEAR IN MY EYE!

Space Cat
05-12-2008, 01:15 AM
Well.... good luck then :lol: