Mighty avenger loses his spark
SEASONED gamers will know all too well that there is a long tradition of box office movie-to-game adaptations failing dismally.
Reasons include games being rushed out too soon, only to be riddled with bugs or lacking any sign of rewarding gameplay.
Then there are exceptions to that rule, where a game manages to beat all the odds and amaze all the critics and fans alike. is not that exception.
Rather than a direct carbon copy of the movie’s story, the game serves as a prequel of sorts.
The headstrong Thor is led to believe one of his friends is dead and is out to seek revenge. Playing as Thor, you’ll fight through various realms of Norse Mythology, though the fresh plot isn’t much chop and the cast of new characters lacks any real appeal, even the digital version of Australia’s own Chris Hemsworth.
Story aside, the overall presentation also suffers from glitches, frame rate issues and clunky animations. In short, gamers have come to expect far more from new release titles these days.
The main action plays out as a standard button-bashing brawler. With oversized sledgehammer in hand, you take on foes and summon magic through the forces of Odin.
Points are earned through combat and, admittedly, taking out an enemy with an upgraded hammer or zapping them with bolts of lightning can be pretty satisfying.
But when you fight battle after battle with nearly identical enemies, you quickly feel more like you’re playing Thor: God of Mediocrity.
To be fair, the game is playable and functional, but does little to rise above the crop of similar ‘ Greek deity’ games.
For those willing to persist, there are several difficulty levels, plus collectables scattered around the environments to seek out.
In the end, it’s tough to recommend the PlayStation 3 version to anyone but fans of Thor.