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Superman Returns is based on the movie of the same name. You control the man himself as he flies around Metropolis, saves citizens and fights natural disasters, fires and supervillains alike.

You have constant access to Superman's powers including heat vision, freeze breath, invulnerability and flight at supersonic speeds, though the former two are limited by a stamina bar. Unusually for this genre, Superman himself does not take damage and the challenges are all built around saving others from harm.

Combat is accomplished through melee (you learn new combos as you progress in the game) as well as direct application of Superman's heat vision and freeze breath. Additionally, you may pick up objects, from the Daily Planet globe to tanker trucks, to throw at villains. You can also rip down a lamppost and use it as a club.

Metropolis is presented as a wide open world where you can fly anywhere and perform any of the side missions at any given time. Besides the main story missions, there are 200 kittens to rescue and many fires to put out.

The basic game is broken up a bit with two rather different sequences. There is a race around the city against Myxyzptlk and a Bizarro mode, in which you must destroy the city.


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Gamigo Xbox 360 Dec 18, 2006 7.4 out of 10 74
Extreme Gamer Xbox 360 Dec 04, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65 Xbox 360 Dec 28, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Lawrence Xbox 360 Dec 13, 2006 6 out of 10 60
IGN PlayStation 2 Nov 27, 2006 4.8 out of 10 48 PlayStation 2 Jan 07, 2007 40 out of 100 40
Daily Game Xbox 360 Nov 26, 2006 4 out of 10 40 Xbox Dec 04, 2006 6 out of 20 30
1UP Xbox 360 Nov 21, 2006 3 out of 10 30 (UK) Xbox 360 Nov 24, 2006 3 out of 10 30


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