In the past, two game genres have consistently been filled with rubbish games: blockbuster film tie-ins and superhero games.
Every once in a while, a single title will come along and, for a while, lift either genre out of the garbage pile.
Sega's Iron Man 2, developed by Sega, does not do this. Instead, it seems that by combining these two cursed genres, Sega has created an entirely new abomination. This game is a complete disaster.
Let's start with what could be the sole positive: It allows a human being to interact with the game without crashing. That is the singular thing it does successfully.
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Now, on to everything else. To quickly sum it up, the graphics look ancient, flight mechanics are frustrating, hand-to-hand combat is completely broken, shooting is dull and boring, the story is abysmal — each mission feels exactly the same — and the menu interface is poorly implemented and confusing beyond belief.
The game feels as if almost no effort was invested in its creation, and it might have been assembled in a single day.
Once you get past the fact that it looks as if you're playing a PlayStation 1 game, you will immediately be faced with something equally as disappointing: auto-targeting. In combat, the auto-targeting feature is supposed to help you lock on to enemies. In Iron Man 2, when faced with a giant enemy directly in front of you, the game often will auto-target some far-off tiny drone in the opposite direction. This drone is not only too far away to damage with any weapons, it also has now caused your character to turn his back on the looming enemy.
You might think this would get you killed, but no. Iron Man 2 seems content to allow a toddler to finish it unscathed. Any amount of difficulty is essentially non-existent.
There are many more horrible elements to this game, but I won't even bother detailing them, because I think I've conveyed my point: This isn't a game for video game fans, it isn't a game for comic book fans, it isn't a game for Iron Man fans. It isn't even a game for Robert Downey Jr. fans. It isn't a game for anyone.
Ultimately, Sega should be embarrassed by this horrid creation. In fact, it is probably the worst game released this year, and I would be surprised if anything else tanks this low in the future. Stay as far away as possible, and just rent the film instead.