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Thor god of thunder

 

 

SCORE: 58

 

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Marvel’s Thor: god of thunder is a video game adaptation of the recently release major motion picture. The game is actually more of a prequel to the movie, and thus SEGA was able to take some liberties with the characters and plot. Unfortunately, that strategy did not pay off. Thor: god of thunder comes off as a rushed product that fails to engage the gamer.

The idea of playing as Thor was very exciting. I was so looking forward to flying around and using his powers to overcome the powers of evil. However, I was disappointed in the fact that you have no control over one of Thor’s main attributes – flying. He only flies during the cut scenes. Speaking of cut scene, they are all choppy and less than appealing. And there were so many. Fight then cut scene. Fight then cut scene. And so it goes through out the game. I quickly grew tired of the repetitiveness.

One reason the game seemed so repetitive is that you find yourself not caring about the characters. Thor is on a mission of revenge after one of his friends is apparently killed. But the lack of plot and choppy gameplay prevent you from ever feeling engaged in the game. The gameplay is one of the most frustrating aspects of Thor: god of thunder. During the first few battles the tutorial walks you through various melle and power combos. The problems is they do not always work. On multiple occasion I would use the exact same combination and get different attacks.

Graphically speaking, Thor: god of thunder leaves a lot of room for improvement. The characters are bland and lack inspiration, and the environments are dull and less than impressive. There were several times when characters feet just went through the ground, or simply walked through a rock or wall. The lack of polish was disappointing knowing SEGA used the Unreal Engine to build Thor: god of thunder. Knowing what the Unreal Engine is capable of left me wondering how good Thor: god of thunder could have been.

The voice acting was decent at times. Thor: god of thunder did have some good music and that did help provide a certain comic book mood to the experience. Since this is an action / adventure game there are sounds of death, murder and fighting. In the opening sequence there is a character that is stabbed from behind and dies on screen.

Parents will need to use their judgment when considering Thor: god of thunder. If your teens are into comic books and have enjoyed previous Marvel games, then this may be a game to consider. However, keep in mind it is not the most polished game available and may lead to more frustration than enjoyment.
- Alan

 

Graphics: 55%
Sound: 68%
Replay/Extras: 60%
Gameplay: 45%
Family Friendly Factor: 65%
System: Xbox 360/Playstation 3
Publisher: Sega
ESRB Rating: 'T' for Teen
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