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Superman

Platform : Nintendo 64
Rated: Everyone
2.0 out of 5 stars 127 customer reviews

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Rescue a kidnapped Lois Lane and save the citizens of metropolis from Lex Luthor's deadly Kryptonite fog. With new secret weapons and the help of their henchmen Brainiac and Lex Luthor join forces to defeat Superman in interactive 3D environments that bring the legendary DC Comics' character to life.

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Since his creation back in 1938, the Man of Steel has faced such challenges as Richard Pryor, the Anti-Monitor, marriage, the reworking of his origin, and even death. Heck, back in the old days, he used to kick the bucket about every other issue. But never in the course of all those years has such a threat appeared to dog his name and reputation as much as Titus' Superman game for the N64.

Lex Luthor has trapped Superman's friends Lois, Professor Hamilton, and Jimmy Olsen in a "virtual world," and you, as Superman, must enter it to rescue them. Also populating this realm are the villains Braniac, Darkseid, Bizarro, Metallo, several other bad folks from the animated series, and an endless array of shadowy drone characters. Sure, it's pretty slim on premise, but that in and of itself isn't a bad thing. Many titles have provided quality gameplay with only a paper-thin story supporting them. Superman, however, isn't one of them, and the game that follows is one of the weakest ever, even in the dubious category known as "licensed games."

The gameplay alternates between standard 3D adventure fare and timed mission objectives. The 3D adventure elements include collecting keys to open doors, beating up enemies, and pushing buttons in the proper order shortly after receiving instructions as to which order to push them. Meanwhile, the mission objectives require you to fly though hoops that Lex Luthor has inexplicably left suspended in the air, save innocents from harm, and toss objects about. Except for flying, to use your super powers you must acquire power-ups, such as heat vision, super breath, and super speed - all of which run out eventually.

Still, nothing sounds too offensive yet, right? It's the execution of all these elements that absolutely kills the game. The controls are so unresponsive that you'll assume you've pushed the wrong button and begin bashing on all of them for some sort of attention, and the perspective routinely manages to vex you. Now, add in all those simplistic goals mentioned earlier to this mix, and you've got an incredibly tedious experience in front of you. And it's one that resides in an environment so sparse it makes a Zen garden look crowded. This environment has suspect collision detection and obvious bugs that vie for your attention, and painted-in graphics that appear subpar even for a first generation N64 game.

But there's more. The multiplayer modes - a deathmatch and a race, where one player sets up the floating rings and the others attempt to push past him - feel very reminiscent of Ubi Soft's Buck Bumble, meaning they seem thrown in at the last minute and unfinished. The soundtrack would be considered bad for the SNES, and it loops constantly, while the sparse voice work even changes at one point, from Man of Steel actors to someone who sounds nothing like the lead of the show.

The only Superman compliment I can find to say is that flying beats walking. If I've been in any way unclear up to this point, let me state it simply: This is easily the worst game I've ever played. To steal a line outright from a film review in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, it serves no purpose other than to firmly establish the bottom of the barrel. --Joe Fielder
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ASIN B00000JHPT
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2.0 out of 5 stars 127 customer reviews

2.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #13,131 in videogames
#92 in Video Games > More Systems > Nintendo 64 > Games
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Product Dimensions 8 x 4 x 10 inches
Media: CD-ROM

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All I gotta say is: uuugh. This game is HORRIBLE! This game does not even deserve 1 star. If you don't believe me, read the other reviews on here. It is the WORST, most BORING game I have EVER played! The graphics are lousy, you can't figure how to play the game, Superman isn't even SUPER, he is a WIMP compared to the REAL Superman, and flying through rings to start the game is a real disappointment. I HATE this game! It looked AWESOME! We took it home, and could not do ANYTHING with it. There is fog in it, and the bad guys, the Dark Shadows, are wusses. The only fun part about this game is punching them so they go flying, and you actually flying, IF you can figure how to get up in the air. Here's a suggestion: DON'T BUY THIS GAME! Did you know it won The Worst Game of the Year Award? I did not know it at the time, or I would not have bought it. Buy something else. The game is boring, slow, and tedious. The views are sorta bad, too. There is a multi-player fight mode, which is kinda fun until you get hit by your opponent. You get hit once, you gotta run for your life, because your health goes down a TON. If you stick around and fight it out, you will surely lose. If you are right near each other, firing and hitting each other, you have to stay there and get hit repeatedly until you die. You can't run away. This is a terrible game, not at ALL what Superman is supposed to be like. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY! -Disgusted
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This game is so bad it doesn't deserve 1 star. It is like a self root canal kit. The only purpose for this game is as a way to kill yourself when you burn this in a fireplace and inhale the fumes from the plastic.
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A Kid's Review on April 2, 2006
this game really is Astonishing. I give 1 star(oh if there was only lower) to the game itself, and a 5 star(truly deserving the best score) to the people who risked their lives to play this game. This game is...uncomprehindle its SO BAD!!!! the best way i can show you what i think is to go by sections so I dont get confused.

Chapter1 the graphics: well... it looks about as if you gave a 2 year old 3 colors told him to draw a picture of superman and use exactly what he drew. you cant make out the faces of the people...actually you can barely tell they are people!

Chapter2 sound: HELP ME!!!!! THIS SOUND IS MOST REPETITIVE THING IN THE WORLD!!!!!! about 5 notes throughout all the levels... AAAAAAAH!!!

Chapter3 plot: To save your friends from Lex's virtual world. thats it.

Chapter4 gameplay: well....its hard to describe. as sombody once said "Superman 64 is a unique game! What a freespirited hero!!! he does what he wants when he wants! he doesnt care a bit about what you TELL him to do with that stupid controller." and i agree with it 100%. And when he obeys its super super sensitive to the point where you miss all of lex's virtual rings. and by the way if you miss 4 rings or run out of time on lex's ring mazes superman (im asuming) gets depressed and "Lex Wins". if you lose on a ring maze lex wins. if you lose on a mission lexs wins. if you run out of time "Lex wins" and its so repetitive you want to kill yourself. LEX WINS ALL THE FREAKING TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chapter5 comments: all of the titus staff deserve to be shot. Nintendo's worst choise was to publish this game. but nintendo should know better!!!! here's my theory:

One night the stressed out testers are playing at three A.M.
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This game is one of the greatest games of all time. For one, the graphics are some of the best the N64 has to offer. Secondly, the missions are so much fun and truly follow the comics to a T. Remember that issue where Superman flew through rings, threw a car, flew through rings, punched a guy, then flew through more rings? That's my personal favorite issue and this game enabled me to live it! Other games for the N64, such as Super Mario 64 fail in comparison. All you do in Super Mario is collect stars through large and well detailed levels while collecting coins, flying, launching out of cannons, and racing giant turtles(boring). Whereas in Superman you got to fly through rings! I can't describe how much fun it was to fly through rings for six hours. The controls are very impressive as well. You turn really sharply and miss rings which is awesome! That means you get to start over and fly through rings all over again and again and again! The landscape is also impressive. The fog that is seen everywhere really adds to the experience. Its bad camera quality, but that's actually a good thing! Why explore a large city? That will just distract you from all the ring flying fun! The storyline is unbeatable! Lex Luthor kidnaps your friends and the only way to save them is by *dun dun dundun dun duuuuuun* FLYING THROUGH MORE MUTHA TRUCKIN RINGS! Towards the end, right when you think the fun is over, the conclusion to this masterpiece begins. What you gotta do here is pretty challenging but fun. You have to hold the joystick just right, speed up, and fly through even MORE rings! When does all this craziness end? Once you beat the game, you get to go outside and hang yourself! 10/10
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