Summer Movie Video Game RoundupWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer movie video game roundup by Michael Siebenaler –Toledo Free Press/Star
Just because the movie wasn’t liked does not mean the licensed video game is bad and vice versa – or both were equally good or bad. A full blown Iron Man 3, Man of Steel or Elysium video game on modern consoles would have been great, but players still have many options from recent blockbuster films plus one mature choice that will hopefully be a film very soon.
The all ages game The Croods: Prehistoric Party! (**1/2) has 30 great party-style min-games on all Nintendo platforms plus four-player support for the Wii and Wii U versions (DS and 3DS are single player. Players get Grug, Ugga, Eep, Thunk, Sandy, Gran and Guy at a very affordable price with surprise creatures, but the loading times hurt the party mood a bit.
Disney’s Planes the Video Game lands exclusively on every current Nintendo platform (***, DS, 3DS, Wii, and Wii U) with a story mode (wings around the globe race), free flight (improve rank and explore at own pace), air rallies (precision time trial racing), Balloon Pop and multiplayer modes (with easy drop in (+) drop out (-)). In the co-op multiplayer mode, players can fly with a friend in the story mode or explore in free flight mode. Smooth, simple controls enhance the fun stunts include 180 turn arounds, 360 loops and barrel rolls though players have to watch out for solid objects to avoid damage. Collectibles include ranking “wing points”, speed upgrades, landmark postcards and puzzle pieces.
Star Trek: The Video Game (***, PS3, PC, Xbox 360) takes place between the two current films as players team up cooperatively as Kirk and Spock to fight off the antagonistic and reptilian Gorn, who are trying to disrupt the New Vulcan colony. This third person action-shooter sci-fi game also includes co-op online gameplay (players can join when the counterpart reaches a checkpoint). The action mechanics can be troublesome especially during boss fights or when camera angles block the views with objects yet the high production values, strong story (with different outcomes in each game session), and voice casting from actual actors earn a solid recommendation.
Fast & Furious Showdown (*1/2, PS3, Wii U, PC, Xbox 360, and Nintendo 3DS) took an approach from the characters point-of-view, but several other racing games (e.g. GRID 2, Need for Speed Rivals) offered better gameplay and more in-depth experiences. Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (**, Nintendo Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, 3DS, and Wii) was somewhat better with varied jumps, drifts, slides, and flips with a growing set of customization options and characters from the animated film. Standard elements like shortcuts, power-ups and challenges are abundant, but the controls, movements and spacing with the movements amid the environment just don’t have a natural or exciting feel to them.
More mature fare includes Deadpool (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) with gory action and constant jokes/references from the “merc(enary) with a mouth”. This third person action shooter/action game talks to the player throughout the game while spoofing several video game genres. Great melee controls, but movement and weapons can be awkward due to troublesome camera mechanics. This one player game centers on an 8-chapter story with a main campaign and separate challenges. The great Marvel character cameos, in-jokes and references make this one a must have for fans, but a nominal thumbs up (**1/2) regular players.
R.I.P.D. The Game (**1/2, PC, PSN, Xbox Live) is based on the supernatural action-adventure comic book series and movie where two law enforcement officers rids the world of other worldly beings causing havoc. No voice work from Jeff Bridges or Ryan Reynolds, but players can choose either of their character likenesses to get into the action in this licensed game for one or two players (online co-op). In this action shooter players take on enemy waves to arrest, destroy, or even blow them up or impale them. The two player action also gets competitive with a unique in-game betting system where players can benefit by matching and exceeding their actual performance in capturing the most enemies, not dying for the longest time, and other challenges.