By Raffi Kevorkian,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Game based on movie is short of fantastic.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Good message about sticking up for your friends. However, in a jungle, players fight "natives." Whether these are human beings or robots is difficult to tell, but the characters outfits are straight out of a Tarzan movie.
Violence & Scariness
Combat, but fighting is limited to kicking, punching and using special powers. Robots fall down, and explode. Dr. Doom loves to tell people they will die; players will die but are easily resurrected.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Reed and Sue make out after a stressful battle; Sue spurns Dr. Doom; Ben flirts with a blind woman.
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Damn is used once.
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Products & Purchases
The game is based on the movie by the same name.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that players fight robots, giant insects, mutated monsters, and an evil genius, Dr. Doom. All of the fighting is punching, kicking, and use of special powers (i.e. more strength, more fire, and more energy). There is no blood: Robots short out when beaten or exploded, and everything else withers away.
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What’s It About?
The FANTASTIC 4 maintains the premise of the comic book series and movie: Four astronauts gain special powers after an outer space explosion bathes them in cosmic rays. What begins as the Fantastic 4's efforts to find a way to return to their status as ordinary human beings becomes a mission to save humanity as they travel the globe, tracking down pieces of meteorite and battling all who try to destroy them. Initial missions occur on the space station prior to the explosion, and players experience the 4's transition superheroes. Subsequent missions unfold as the Fantastic 4 come to terms with their new abilities
You'll play as one character until you meet up with another member of the team, adopt that identity, and continue the game. For the big bosses of the game, the whole team fights together. During these segments, you may play whichever character you choose in whatever order for as long as desired.
Is It Any Good?
The major drawback here is that the perspective is a bird's-eye view from above. With as many 10 characters brawling on the screen at once, it's difficult to see what's happening. Also, you use the same techniques to destroy all enemies (robots, mutants, and insects). When you are surrounded by five kicking and punching robots that are constantly getting up for more punishment, you'll be reminded of those cheesy kung-fu movies where nobody ever gets hurt.
The scenarios you will encounter are diverse enough. Action takes place in outer space, in Reed Richard's house, various laboratories, the sewers, on rooftops, slums, and in one place far below the earth that's hard to describe: a crystalline, cosmic ray world with lots of pink. Aside from the scenery, nothing about the game is spectacular, but the game is fun enough, especially for fans of the movie or comic, and parents should note that it is relatively harmless.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about games based on movies. What's appealing about them? Are they ever as good as the movie? What purpose do they serve? If you were going to make a game based on a movie, how would you do it? Would you make it follow the plot?
- Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Activision
- Release date: June 28, 2005
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes
- ESRB rating: T
- Last updated: November 4, 2015
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