Iron Man 2
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Iron Man 2 might be a superhero video game, but it is one that is all about firepower. Explosions, blasters, bullets, missiles, repulsor rays, tank turrets -- you name it. Everything is blowing up all the time. In between missions, kids can upgrade the heroes' armored suits with more powerful weapons. Guns might be common in superhero games, but rarely do the heroes use them so much. Parents should also be aware that there is a Nintendo DS version of Iron Man 2, which is very different in its gameplay and only carries an E10+ ("Everybody 10 and Up") rating, as opposed to a T for "Teen."
What's it about?
IRON MAN 2, the video game, doesn't rehash the story of the movie that inspired it. Instead, it presents an entirely new plot that takes place after the events of the movie (without much in the way of spoilers). In the game, an evil organization tries to steal Tony Stark's technology to create an evil robot army. Iron Man and his armored buddy, War Machine (you can play as either of them), set out to retrieve the pilfered tech and stop the bad guys.
Is it any good?
Iron Man 2 is a pretty standard third-person shooter, with controls that are sometimes clunkier than the hulking robots that attack its heroes. The all-new plot (rather than a retread of the film) makes it more exciting to play, and comic book fans will thrill to the appearance of some classic Iron Man supervillains not seen in the movie. The ability to play a mission as either Iron Man or War Machine adds some nice variety, as does the upgrade system that lets you strengthen your armor and weaponry.
Still, the game feels very been-there-done-that for anyone whose played their share of action games. And some of the controls issues are simply annoying. Iron Man fans can definitely have fun with the game, but it's not likely to make anybody jump for joy.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about Tony Stark's public persona. He's a cocky, arrogant billionaire who doesn't like to take orders from anyone else. Can this kind of person still be a hero? What are the heroic aspects of Stark's personality? How much of his public image do you think is an act?
There's a lot of violence in this game, but no blood. Does the lack of blood make the gunplay and explosions less disturbing?