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The Death and Return of Superman (SNES)

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Written by  :  Tom White (39)
Written on  :  Jun 12, 2009
Platform  :  SNES
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Summary

The best Superman game I've ever played, but that's really not saying much.

The Good

I honestly really want to like this game. It's got very nice graphics and music. The controls are very nice. It's simple, but decent. You can punch guys, pick up and throw large objects including vehicles, shoot lasers from your eyes, and fly. There really is a lot going for it.

The Bad

This game is very frustrating. To begin with, your heat vision attack is completely useless. It does such small damage that it's totally unusable as a normal attack. It has the added effect of stunning enemies, which could have been a nice effect, but most normal enemies are only stunned for about two seconds or so, and bosses aren't stunned at all. If you could use it to stun bosses, this might actually have been useful. Mostly, however, the real issue is that everything in the game hurts you, knocks you around, and otherwise prevents you from doing what you want to do. This is especially maddening when you're supposed to be Superman, a guy who's nigh invulnerable. It just makes you want to scream every time a boulder, chainsaw, or Molotov cocktail flattens you. Most of these attacks are impossible to avoid because of the somewhat slow movement of a guy who's supposed to be faster than a speeding bullet.

The Bottom Line

All-in-all, it's a somewhat mediocre beat-'em-up. It really does have potential, but the difficulty and slow movement make it irritating to play.