Iron Man

 
Bland movie-based action game -- awkward controls.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Iron Man attempts to rid the world of the destructive weapons he once created.

Violence

Iron Man attacks soldiers, tanks, helicopters and other heavy vehicles. When soldiers are killed, no blood is shown.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Stark says 'ass' a couple of times.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

An occasional reference to drinking pops up in the dialogue.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is based on the Iron Man movie and that it contains some violence, but no blood or gore. Iron Man enemies involve soldiers, tanks, and other heavily-armored vehicles. Explosions litter the landscape, but you won't see any blood. Character Tony Stark is known to drink in his comic book persona, so don't be surprised if the occasional reference pops up.

What's it about?

IRON MAN is based on the 2008 movie of the same name. The game's story picks up in the Middle East, where multimillionaire Tony Stark is finishing up a prototype of the first Iron Man suit. After using his crude creation to escape a pack of militants, Stark dons an updated version of the armor and sets to destroy all the weaponry created by his international corporation.

Controlling Iron Man is complicated, especially when flying. A half-pull of the left trigger sets him in hover mode, while a full press lets you gain altitude. The shoulder button, meanwhile, allows him to fly. Iron Man comes armed with a handful of attacks, including beams from his chest and hands, as well as heat-seeking missiles. If you prefer to take the fight up close, you can punch or even pull apart big vehicles. As you complete missions, you'll earn armor upgrades that improve your speed and arsenal.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

At times, manipulating this "one-man army" is gratifying. Catching and tossing back missiles is an especially fun moment. But the satisfaction is short-lived between boring missions and sub par visuals. The star of the game looks menacing, but the environments and enemies are bland. When you learn the auto-lock feature, targeting enemies becomes way too easy. Computer intelligence is questionable at best. Near the end of one battle against a heavily-armored helicopter, the vehicle made zero effort to dodge attacks or even turn to target the player. Iron Man will entertain briefly, but you're better off tossing this game in the pile of disappointing movie tie-ins

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about games linked to blockbuster films. Is it better to stick to the film's story or create a plot independent of the movie? Which comic book characters would you like to see in a video game?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:May 2, 2008
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:T for Violence, Mild Language (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox 360)

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Adult Written bygg52 April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

age appropriate for 11-12

This game is a great game for kids. I grew up with Marvel and all the kids were into it. I would get this game if I were you. It earns it's 5 stars.
Teen, 15 years old Written bymonkeyonatable April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Below avrage

I play video games all the time, and this was not the greatist. It didn't use the X-Box 360, or the PS3's gameing capabilites. It was short, and quickly put together. A rent, but not buy. 2 out of 5
Kid, 8 years old February 28, 2009
age 5+
 

my brother has it for ds

my brother has this game for ds and on ds it is e10. it is not a bad game if you have it for ds it does not have any swears yet but im not even halfway through the game.

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