Thor: God of Thunder
By Christopher Healy,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Violent, repetitive bash-and-smash gets old really fast.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Thor learns that by seeking revenge, he only makes matters worse. His temper gets the best of him, but he learns from it.
Positive Role Models
Thor is a very iffy role model in the game. He is quick-tempered and violent. His desire for revenge puts the lives of many others at risk. There is a lesson learned from all of that, but you'd need to stick around until the end to really get it.
Ease of Play
While there are loads of complicated combo moves that require many button combinations, you don't really need to memorize them. On "Easy" mode, you can get by with lots of frenzied, random tapping (or on the Wii, swinging and shaking).
Violence & Scariness
Thor uses a giant hammer to battle armies of inhuman demons and giants. He can also call upon lightning bolts to zap his enemies. In a cinematic scene, some monsters are killed by a sword, with brief splashes of yellow liquid. Most enemies are elemental (formed from rock or ice) and shatter when defeated.
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The game is tied not only to the Marvel Comics character, Thor, but also the new Thor movie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although Thor: God of Thunder is a superhero game based on a comic book movie, it has quite a bit of violence in it. Please note the ESRB's "Teen" rating on the game. The battles are often frenzied and loud, with many enemies attacking Thor at once. On the whole, the game looks and feels less like a superhero game than a mythological fantasy war game. While kids may enjoy the comic books about this superhero, this is a game best played by teens.
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What’s It About?
In the opening of THOR: GOD OF THUNDER (which has an original storyline that veers away from the plot of the film, Thor), Asgard, home of the gods, is attacked by ice trolls. In that battle, a female warrior to whom Thor is close to is killed. Defying his father's orders, Thor goes out to seek revenge and ends up escalating the war. He eventually learns that he was being manipulated by his trickster brother, Loki.
Is It Any Good?
Thor: God of Thunder has some good points. The controls work very well (especially on the Wii, where you can get that visceral feel of swinging Thor's hammer by waving your remote), the not-too-tough difficulty is nice for giving non-pros a shot at winning, and there's a decent customization aspect that lets you upgrade Thor's powers to your liking. But none of those details outweigh the game's overwhelming repetitiveness. Fight off a slew of enemies to open the path to the next area; run to that area; fight off another slew of the same exact enemies to open the path to the next area; repeat. The boss battles, which feature some enormous villains, are cool the first time you encounter a boss, but then you need to defeat the same boss multiple times -- in exactly the same way each time. Even the visuals get boring after a while. How many levels of "ice world" can you sit through, especially when all the enemies look like slight variations on the same crystalline ice man? The game starts off with so many ice-world levels that some players might not last long enough to see any other environments.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the violence in the game. With its hordes of enemies and visceral combat, does Thor: God of Thunder feel more violent than most superhero games? Is the impact of the violence lessened by the enemies being non-human?
How do you feel about a game based on a character that is popular with children getting a "Teen" rating?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Sega of America
- Release date: May 3, 2011
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes
- ESRB rating: T for Violence, Animated Blood
- Last updated: August 30, 2016
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