VIDEOGAMES-TO-FLIX is a JoBlo.com column showcasing reviews of videogame translations of Hollywood films (or games soon-to-become Hollywood movies). With both industries getting closer and closer, and videogames, in general, getting so much more popular, you knew it was just a matter of time before we hit that stuff!
FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER
Publisher: 2K Games
Systems: XBOX 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, DS, and Wii
INTRODUCTION:Beloved super heroes The Fantastic Four now have two movies (that count) to their credit and yet another game adaptation tags right along. This time they have to figure out who the hell The Silver Surfer is and why he's visiting Earth. Is Dr. Doom involved? And who is this Galactus fella we've heard so much about. FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER is the second modern era game based on the comic family and, like most movie games, is available on a million different consoles. You can check this game out on XBOX 360, PlayStation 3, DS, Wii, and PlayStation 2. No sign of a PSP or PC version. This review is of the XBOX 360 version.
GAMEPLAY:There isn't an ounce of creativity in the gameplay of FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. The team fights as a group for a majority of the game, fending off endless drones, solving pretty simple puzzles, and facing bosses. For most of the teamwork portion of the game you won't need to use the different character. I used The Thing and Human Torch for most of my fighting and only used the other two characters when the game forced me to (solo missions). I didn't mind sticking with these two guys because in the comics they were the only ones worth caring about.
GRAPHICS:You've heard the phrase "if you've got nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all", right? That doesn't work in game reviews and I'm not going to remain silent. The graphics in this game stink. The characters look like the movie but look like they were designed with the GameCube in mind. Characters look overly cartoony and someone decided their crotches should take up most of the screen. How is it that this game wasn't rated M for explicit sexual content? The bulges are unacceptably silly looking.
SOUND:Like the graphics, the sound in FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER stinks. The voiceovers are crap and not recorded by the original actors. Whoever they hired to speak was just there for the pay check and that's it. Any emotion conveyed is transparent and any comedy falls flat consistently. Somehow the one-liners are better than those in SPIDER-MAN 3 (the game) but that isn't saying much at all.
FINAL VERDICT:This is not a movie game worth playing. The movie, itself, was weak at best and this game is worse than it should be. The graphics look silly, the voice actors are a major detriment, and nothing about the gameplay will keep you going. And to top things off, this game may have the worst product placement I've ever seen in a game. In a cut scene, the Dodge brand is featured not once but twice. I haven't seen the movie so I can't say that this was just lifted from the movie - but the idea that Dodge paid for placement in this shitty game is laughable. Not only that, they paid for the worst and most disruptive placement I've seen to date. If you have read down this far, please never rent or play this game. Final Verdict: 5.6/10
STATUS OF THE MOVIE:FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER has apparently earned back its budget with its domestic box office and the worldwide cash is just more money in the bank. No news on a third movie but I'm sure it will just take a few bumps in the road to get the whole crew back together. Perhaps, they'll just make a Thing or Human Torch spin-off.
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