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Fantastic 4 (XBOX)

/ Jul 22nd, 2005 No Comments

SYNOPSIS:
With the Marvel heros live on the big screen with the theatrical release of "Fantastic 4" the game naturally follows, from Activision. In this game you get to relive the action of the movie and use the super-powers of the fantastic 4 to thwart evil and save the normal folk.
FEATURE LIST
Relive the movie experience with character likenesses, locations and villains from the summer blockbuster.
Experience the movie and more with a completely original storyline that follows the film's story arc (scripted by Hollywood writer Zak Penn of X-Men movie fame).
Play as each unique member of the Fantastic Four; assume their persona and master their individual talents to solve puzzles, overcome obstacles and combat enemies.
Control the Fantastic Four as a team with dynamic character switching, team-based combat and two-player co-op mode.
Wreak havoc on your enemies in a variety of destructible environments.
GRAPHICS
There's some legit positives about the graphics, and some negatives that will turn off games. To start with the positive stuff, the interactivity and destructability of the levels is pretty substantial and impressive. There's a lot to interact with that can blow up or be used during the course of combat. On the flip side, the levels are pretty repetitive and without a minimap I personally found it really easy to get lost and forget where I'm supposed to be going. There's definitely a lack of uniqueness between the levels graphically which leaves a somewhat repetitive graphical experience.
SOUND
Not Available
GAME PLAY

I found it a little odd that 4 human players couldn't play as the fantastic four simultaneously – only two players are supported. As it is the game is pretty fun when it comes to gameplay and the variety of attacks for each of the characters in the game is varied enough to make things rather interesting. There seems to be a bias towards "power" as opposed to special attacks, but being able to upgrade your characters brings out their strengths even more.

One smart thing about the gameplay is that you really have to use certain players to get through levels much quicker (better) than you can with others, using their unique abilities and talents. This brings a nice depth to the gameplay rather than just bashing and flaming your way through bad guys. The fighting system, as mentioned before, is pretty satisfying and the number of abilities and combos you can use makes this game pretty fun to play.

ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
Certainly the ability to play with a friend (total of 2 players at the same time) makes the game a little bit more fun as you can fight your way through the game and the story together. The game isn't incredibly long but lasts enough to make it a worthwhile experience. There are some things done great with Fantastic 4 – the abilities of the various characters, the cut scenes moving the story, the combos within a nice fighting engine – all are great reasons to check out this title. The negatives of repetitive environments, a lack of a minimap, and somewhat underwhelming overall experience will definitely be a call of warning to gamers.
OVERALL IMPRESSION
Overall, Fantastic 4 is a pretty decent game that isn't anything spectacular, but for fans of the movie and people that enjoy bash-em shoot-em type of games involving multiple players will definitely enjoy the game. It comes highly recommended for rent, you'll definitely have a few good days playing the game with yourself or a friend.

SYNOPSIS:

With the Marvel heros live on the big screen with the theatrical release of "Fantastic 4" the game naturally follows, from Activision. In this game you get to relive the action of the movie and use the super-powers of the fantastic 4 to thwart evil and save the normal folk.

FEATURE LIST

Relive the movie experience with character likenesses, locations and villains from the summer blockbuster.
Experience the movie and more with a completely original storyline that follows the film's story arc (scripted by Hollywood writer Zak Penn of X-Men movie fame).
Play as each unique member of the Fantastic Four; assume their persona and master their individual talents to solve puzzles, overcome obstacles and combat enemies.
Control the Fantastic Four as a team with dynamic character switching, team-based combat and two-player co-op mode.
Wreak havoc on your enemies in a variety of destructible environments.

GRAPHICS

There's some legit positives about the graphics, and some negatives that will turn off games. To start with the positive stuff, the interactivity and destructability of the levels is pretty substantial and impressive. There's a lot to interact with that can blow up or be used during the course of combat. On the flip side, the levels are pretty repetitive and without a minimap I personally found it really easy to get lost and forget where I'm supposed to be going. There's definitely a lack of uniqueness between the levels graphically which leaves a somewhat repetitive graphical experience.

SOUND

Not Available

GAME PLAY

I found it a little odd that 4 human players couldn't play as the fantastic four simultaneously – only two players are supported. As it is the game is pretty fun when it comes to gameplay and the variety of attacks for each of the characters in the game is varied enough to make things rather interesting. There seems to be a bias towards "power" as opposed to special attacks, but being able to upgrade your characters brings out their strengths even more.

One smart thing about the gameplay is that you really have to use certain players to get through levels much quicker (better) than you can with others, using their unique abilities and talents. This brings a nice depth to the gameplay rather than just bashing and flaming your way through bad guys. The fighting system, as mentioned before, is pretty satisfying and the number of abilities and combos you can use makes this game pretty fun to play.

ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER

Certainly the ability to play with a friend (total of 2 players at the same time) makes the game a little bit more fun as you can fight your way through the game and the story together. The game isn't incredibly long but lasts enough to make it a worthwhile experience. There are some things done great with Fantastic 4 – the abilities of the various characters, the cut scenes moving the story, the combos within a nice fighting engine – all are great reasons to check out this title. The negatives of repetitive environments, a lack of a minimap, and somewhat underwhelming overall experience will definitely be a call of warning to gamers.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

Overall, Fantastic 4 is a pretty decent game that isn't anything spectacular, but for fans of the movie and people that enjoy bash-em shoot-em type of games involving multiple players will definitely enjoy the game. It comes highly recommended for rent, you'll definitely have a few good days playing the game with yourself or a friend.

Carl Armstrong

Carl Armstrong

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Carl Armstrong has been with GI for over four years, serving as a review writer, on-site reporter and Associate Editor. He's worked as an award winning radio show producer for The Mighty 1090 sports station, Xtrasports 1360 and was the executive technical director for the San Diego Chargers radio network from 2008-2012.

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