From the final moments after the credits in the film Iron Man, director Jon Favreau lit a fire under all of us. That fire being a burning desire for more Iron Man. So where does one turn? In the current Marvel Universe Iron Man is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, in the film Tony Stark has just become Iron Man. That might be a bit of a jump for the new fans. There are three Iron Man fixes I recommend until 2010 (the release year of the next Iron Man movie). The first two are classic Iron Man comics collected in beautiful hard cover editions, Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle and Iron Man vs. Doctor Doom: Doomquest. The first is great story that may or may not be the foundation for the Iron Man sequel. The other is just a great adventure story. The third and obvious choice is Iron Man for the Wii by SEGA.
This is a movie tie-in video game. This will turn many gamers off immediately. Those whose tastes run more towards Grand Theft Auto and Halo will be disappointed. But, if superhero games or movie games are more your thing than Iron Man is the game for you.
The game follows the film fairly well with only a few distractions and bosses that help you to build up your skills and weaponry. Opening with the lumbering and crude Iron Man-Mark 1 armor, the Wii controllers give the feeling of having heavy arms clad with weapons and a powerful punch. Yes, the Wii controls suit Iron Man perfectly. With Black Sabbath’s song getting the adrenaline going the first level plays out beautifully.
By far the best part of Iron Man is the flying. Never before has there been better control of a character in flight. Superman flutters, hovers and bolts like a bullet but it never feels real. Spider-Man (who doesn’t really fly, I know) swings from building to building and often over shoots his targets. Iron Man gives you the feeling of complete control. Acceleration, deceleration all and the basic maneuvers come with a great ease, giving you the feeling of being the Iron Avenger. The Iron Man-Mark 2 flight test modes alone are worth playing over and over again.
With a Teen Rating, Iron Man for the Wii is really a game for the younger kids. Some of the dialogue in the game (there was a SOB in there) surprised even me but it fit in well with the movie and the overall movie game tie-in experience. If you are a serious gamer Iron Man isn’t for you. If you have a great love of the character and wish to fly through the air battling enemies as Tony Stark than it is time for you to suit up.
Check out the Iron Man the Game official website.