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Flawwed, But Playable
on March 2, 2012
Ignore what some of the professional reviewers say about this game. It is NOT the worst game of the year. If anything, it was the most over hyped game of 2011, but the hype came from the same critics that hated it later on. Mostly because it didn't live up to their own hype.
Yes, there is button mashing to the game. And yes, the cut scenes are generally left in the 3D mode, so they seem a little blurry. But they are surprisingly short for cut scenes these days, and are easily ignored if you don't want to look at them. Granted, the story wasn't as good as the movie. But you aren't watching the movie, you're playing a story made for a game. BIG difference.
Let's break all of this down. First off, the button mashing. The designers seemed (at least to me), to acknowledge that there is a fan base for Thor beyond the movie. For those that don't know, the character is over 40 years old. He has his traditional comic book version (the 616 world Thor), the Ultimate version (the universe the Marvel movies are based on), the Dimension X series, as well as the movie variant.
If the designers went with any one of those versions, there would have been fans complaining. So they obviously (at least to me), tried to meld them together to some degree. This still didn't satisfy the fanboys out there, since they can only tolerate one version of a character. The one that THEY want.
This amalgam also led to some button mashing. The programmers wanted to give Thor as many of his powers as they could. I remember when the trailers for the game came out. Certain TV critics on a cable show raved about how Thor should be a powerful character, and the trailer made it seem like he would be. Then the game came out, and they complained that Thor not only had all of these powers (the button mashing), but that he started off too weak for them. Yet if the programmers started him off at full power, the same critics would have said he was too powerful, making the game too easy.
Finally, the story. If you made the game an exact transcript of the game, then the critics would have complained that the game was only two hours. Not worth $60. So the design team stretched it out, and gave you more to do. They turned the character(s) into a game version, and gave you more to do with Thor. What was their reward? Being compared to virtually EVERY RPG out there. Yet, when their favorite series come out with a "new" game, they can over look the fact that every war game is basically you, as the good guy, killing off all of the enemies and winning the war. Every dungeon crawler tends to be you trying to avenge a fallen king (friend or mentors may also be used). In the end, you kill off all the evil in the world, and either become the new ruler, or marry the former kings daughter to become the heir.
Buy Thor. Play it, enjoy it. And if you have a 3D TV, all the better. Just don't let all of the jaded fanboy critics out there deprive you of a game that really isn't as bad as they say it is. Just as the movie was a "popcorn" movie, that you go to see, have fun, and move on with your life, the game is a fun, play it once, and move on with your life game. You won't be playing it for years to come, but if you get it on sale, you will get your money's worth from it.