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Fantastic 4

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This game is a licensee of the 2005 movie "Fantastic 4". Unlike many licensed titles, this third-person action game in the vein of the Onimusha or Devil May Cry series only takes the base of its plot from the actual movie, then liberally changes it to make for better gameplay.

Generally, the game brings in more content from the comic books than the movie, particularly considering the villains that appear. While the movie pretty much only concerned itself with Victor von Doom aka "Doctor Doom" as its supervillain of choice, the game brings in various characters from the comic books as well - the Mole Man, the Puppet Master, or Diablo, to name a few.

The gameplay usually consists of walking the heroic title characters around a level and beating up the various enemies that cross their path. There are mission objectives, but usually the only way to achieve them leads through the enemies and just as usually the only way to fail them is to be overwhelmed by the Bad Guys. Beating up enemies yields points, which can be used to upgrade characters with new special moves or unlock various bonus materials.

To spice it all up, developer Seven Studios have also thrown in a co-op mode that allows for playing the normal single-player mission in a tag team with a second player.


Fantastic 4 Windows The game's load screen
Fantastic 4 Windows Opening the door has alerted the security robots. These early ones are not so tough
Fantastic 4 Windows An example of a character's biography
Fantastic 4 Windows The game has just three save slots. These are named automatically

Alternate Titles

  • "神奇四侠" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "ארבעת המופלאים" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Les 4 Fantastiques" -- French title

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The Press Says

ESC Magazine PlayStation 2 Jul 19, 2005 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) Windows Aug 14, 2005 67 out of 100 67
Adventure Lantern Windows Apr, 2006 65 out of 100 65
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Sep, 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
X-Power Xbox Aug 10, 2005 6 out of 10 60
PC Powerplay Windows Aug, 2005 50 out of 100 50 PlayStation 2 Oct 21, 2005 5 out of 10 50
Pro-G Xbox Jul 19, 2005 5 out of 10 50
Diehard GameFan Xbox Jul 06, 2005 4.5 out of 10 45
Game Shark GameCube Aug 15, 2005 C- 42


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