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IRON MAN

PUBLISHED: 16:40 12 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:31 05 October 2010

Publisher: SEGA
Price: £49.99
Format:Xbox 360 (also on PS3, PS2, PC, PSP, Wii and DS)
Age rating: 12+
iron man has never been one of Marvel Comics most famous or po

Publisher: SEGA
Price: £49.99
Format:Xbox 360 (also on PS3, PS2, PC, PSP, Wii and DS)
Age rating: 12+
iron man has never been one of Marvel Comics' most famous or popular superheroes, always playing second fiddle to the likes of Spider-Man, The Hulk and the X-Men. He isn't even a superhero, if we're being pernickety about it, as he's got no special super powers other than an intricately designed metal suit that bristles with all kinds of advanced weapons systems. That said, he's managed to rack up five decades in the comic book business - he made his debut in March 1963 in Tales of Suspense 39, in case you're interested - and he's now a star of his very own film and videogame.

The game draws much of its inspiration from the new film adaptation. The plot is essentially the same and Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard and Shaun Toub lend their vocal talents to the proceedings for added authenticity. In fact, at times, it's hard to tell whether your playing the Iron Man game or watching the film as the special effects wizardry in both is excellent.

As you'd expect, you play the armoured avenger and can zip about a battlefield in all directions using your rocket-powered boots. As well as the power of flight you can also fire bolts of energy from your armoured gloves and unleash a charged beam from your chest plate. Extra weapons such as grenades and rockets can be fitted before every mission for additional firepower.

In case you hadn't guessed, Iron Man is an action game in which you play a one-man army, capable of wrestling helicopters to the ground or catching missiles in mid-flight and batting them back at enemy targets. You can redistribute power throughout your suit and the D-Pad is used to shift extra resources to thrusters, weapons, life support or your ability to smack a tank in the face. The difficulty levels, however, are considerable. Enemies will fire a constant stream of missiles and bullets in your direction and it's only by holding back and considering a strategy that you can possibly survive. It's often like fighting in a snow globe full of targets and there are always secondary tasks to fulfill, like defending civilians, while in the middle of an explosive firestorm.

Iron Man is no mindless blast, but it doesn't leave much room for cunning either and so, while the lead character is perfectly realised, the game's levels are in serious need of balancing. Still, there's no better feeling than racing after a squadron of jet fighters, locking on to them with your missiles and blowing them out of the sky.
RATING 4 out of 5

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