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4.0 out of 5 stars A Mostly Enjoyable Ride, March 27, 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Thor: God of Thunder - Nintendo Wii (Video Game)
Hmm, where do I begin? Thor: God of Thunder, is a video game about Thor: God of Thunder. Imagine that! It's apparently based on a series of comic books I haven't read and released because of a movie I haven't seen. Haha! But I know a bit about Norse mythology, so I'm not completely in the dark! Anyway:

The game misfires in a few places, for sure, but the end result is a pretty enjoyable experience. It's a beat-em-up game. But unlike your "standard" beat-em-up, your character is not a mortal man. No sir! Thor has an incredible arsenal of magical abilities, most of which you'll probably never use. Calling down chain lightning, jumping, and thwacking with your hammer will kill 90% of the enemies in the game. However, there are parts where you have to fulfill a certain objective to advance, and using certain magical abilities makes it much easier.

The whole affair starts off sort of boring, really. Without giving away too much of the plot, you end up battling on a series of ice levels. I don't think it was a good idea to start out the game running through a desolate frozen wasteland. It's quite dreary on the eyes. But it gets better as it goes. The next couple of levels are a little more interesting, and it gets better as it goes: right up to the last strike on the final boss.

The enemies you're fighting usually come in two or three types per level. The ice levels really gave the perception that they were all clones of each other, but as the level layouts improved, it became less noticeable.

Oh yeah, there are some Wii-exclusive on-rails flying levels. You fly through the air, call down lightning or reflect attacks with your hammer, kill everyone, and proceed to the next checkpoint. They are pretty nice, but each one only lasts like 30 seconds to two minutes, and there are only a few of them. Five star game idea: Thor: God of Rail Shooting. The quality of these brief parts are enough to make even beloved rail shooters like Starfox 64 a little jealous.

The story of Thor lives up to those Norse Mythology books I vaguely recall. Loki is the Trickster, Odin is the wise father, and Thor is friggin' awesome. I won't give too much away, but it's a pretty enjoyable tale.

How is the replay value? Eh, there are collectibles like coins to get more abilities, runes to enhance your existing abilities, and concept art, all of which you find hidden throughout the levels. But if I'm going to replay it, it'll be to play the game on Ragnarok, the very hard difficulty. And I don't see myself doing it for a while.

I'd say Thor is worth a good rental, or better yet, worth a good picking up for a little of nothing on Amazon. It was 30 back when I got it, and if you can get it for half of that, it's a pretty good buy.
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