Superman Returns: The Videogame

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Super, high-flying graphics, mediocre gameplay.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence

You fight bad guys as the Man of Steel, but without the blood and gore.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

This is a game based on the Superman franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this isn't an overly violent game, but it does contain fighting sequences against villains with wrestling-like moves -- you can grab an opponent and smack him down on the ground (which cracks the cement!).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHumam March 24, 2012

superman returns the video game for pc,ps2,xbox 360,nintendo ds

I think it is on.And best for kids to play this video game.There are so many interesting things in this game.
Adult Written byPHILL SHIVELY October 25, 2016

Superman Returns And I'm Glad he did

Superman Returns is the first Truly open World Superman Game That lets both adults and Children embrace the Fantasy of being the MAN OF Steel by Combating Natur... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

its ok

its ok it started to get boring i liked the other games and the movie was good it was ok
Teen, 13 years old Written byZachc1126 April 9, 2008

Too hard to play

i try to play, i can't play past the meteors hard

What's it about?

SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME tells of Superman returning to Earth after confirming that his home world has been destroyed. Superman is kidnapped and must fight robots and other enemies on another planet in a kind of televised gladiator match. Then, back on Earth, our caped crusader must take on other villains from DC Comics history (including Metallo, Bizarro, and Parasite), as well as dragons and other enemies.

Superman's powers include flight, super strength, speed, heat vision, super breath, and super hearing to detect trouble that requires his attention. Superman can't be damaged, but he must protect Metropolis -- an on-screen health meter shows the state of the city, which determines whether you win or lose a mission. New fighting moves are unlocked by completing objectives, such as grabbing a flying robot and then smacking it down onto the ground to inflict damage.

Is it any good?

While Electronic Arts' latest certainly grabs your attention right from the get-go, the excitement of flying and fighting as the Man of Steel slowly fizzles out. Fans will love the open-ended Metropolis -- you can fly anywhere within 80 square miles by weaving in and out of thousands of buildings and over small lakes and islands. The view from above is breathtakingly gorgeous, especially on the Microsoft Xbox 360 version. The orchestrated music and surround-sound effects are also top-notch.

A storyline not tied to the movie isn't a crime, but repetitive and redundant game play is. Fighting enemies, putting out fires, saving kittens, and protecting the city from tornadoes can get mighty boring after a while. It's too bad the game makers focused more on Superman's flight mechanics and the city scenery over a compelling story and interesting missions. This one's definitely a renter.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the over-the-top nature of this game based on a superhero with superhuman powers. Why would the wrestling moves Superman uses be more dangerous for those of us without super powers? Families might want to discuss what makes a good video game. While this one has great graphics and cool things to do, is that enough? How important are engaging storylines and interesting missions?

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