Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Reviews (Wii)

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Gamer 2.0 (Jun 18, 2007)
By the time you’re done with the game, you’ll feel slightly satisfied with it, but you’ll also feel slightly cheated because there could have been so much more to this game. However, it can only be taken so far since the F4 aren’t the same type of crime fighters like Spider-Man or Batman, so one can’t expect a free roam game. Unless you are a die hard Fantastic 4 fan, it’s hardly worth a purchase. Still, it’s a solid rental and a good way to spend some time having a bit of fun. If you really want to kick ass as the Fantastic 4, go play Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.
Game Chronicles (Jul 12, 2007)
I am not going to lie to you, I got so bored playing this game by myself that I didn’t finish it. I was constantly finding myself wanting to do other things. When I did finally play with other people I was already excited to play other games that had come out. If you are a die-hard fan you will find this game fun in the aspect that you get to play as your favorite member(s) of the Fantastic Four and really interact with the game. But for the average gamer who wants to try something new, wait until the price drops to about twenty dollars.
GamesRadar (2007)
For all it does half-heartedly, part of us still wants to like Fantastic Four because of what it is: a game about the Fantastic Four. Fortunately, the more reasoning part of us thinks that this game just adds to the list of games that publishers know they don't have to try hard to sell a lot of copies (Spider-Man 3 anyone?) because, like we said, it's the Fantastic Four OMG! The game follows a simple beat 'em up formula that will keep you entertained for awhile, but it lacks so much of the depth and creativity that we expect from the comics and movies. We would only recommend it to those who are big enough fans of the super heroes to look past the serious flaws in the game.
IGN (Jun 18, 2007)
The Wii controls add a thin veil to make you feel like you're not just mashing A the entire time, but you are. This game is literally you punching as your favorite member of the Fantastic Four for hours on end. You'll be rewarded experience points and moves -- although you don't choose how to spend those points -- but those power-ups just get a place in the punch-punch- special rotation.
48 (Jul 31, 2007)
Avoid this game, plain and simple. It is definitely one of the worst movie games I’ve played. While there are moments where it glimmers a little bit, they are few and far between. I’d tell you to save $20 and buy Resident Evil 4 on the Wii, but I’m sure you’ve already done that. If you’re just itching for good movie based games on the Wii though, I’d suggest The Godfather: Blackhand Edition, or Scarface: The World is Yours. They’re fantastic games based on classic movies as apposed to a bad game based on a barely mediocre movie.
The Rise of the Silver Surfer should have been handled a little better than it was. While the movie was solid for what it was, the game forces us to remember the days of every movie being made into a game. Does anyone else remember the atrocious Fifth Element game? For those that do, then you will know exactly what I'm talking about. In fact, the only saving grace of the game is the fact that you can play as every member of the Fantastic Four at your leisure. However, if you would like to play as the Fantastic Four but in a good game, play Marvel's Ultimate Alliance.
GameZone (Jul 16, 2007)
This is an abysmal experience. If by some chance you are a obsessed Fantastic Four fan, then maybe, just maybe, you will find some enjoyment in this title. But I just can't in good conscience say anything redeeming about this one.
Game Revolution (Jul 18, 2007)
In the end, I find myself still waiting for the good video game based on a movie … based on a comic book, kind of like I’m still waiting for a good Fantastic Four movie. The good news is yet another chance lies just around the corner. Come on, Iron Man!
GamerDad (Aug 06, 2007)
It's rare to find a combat oriented action game that's playable by small children but the action is strictly push button/bash bad guy and there's nothing really clever to inspire young minds. Just the same button mashing over and over again for roughly 8 hours.
40 (Jul 31, 2007)
Aussi évolué qu'un beat'em all du début des années 80, aussi beau qu'un beat'em all du début années 80, le titre de 7 Studio n'a pas grand-chose pour lui si ce n'est une aventure lénifiante et un gameplay ne cherchant à aucun moment à se démarquer pour proposer quelque chose de neuf au public. Paradoxal quand on sait que c'était justement un des souhaits des développeurs qui ont troqué le beat'em all pour du hack 'n slash à la X-Men Legends.
DS-x2 (2007)
It's hard to find very much about he game to be positive about. We seem to have gone back 10 years to the days when movie franchises were happy to churn out a derivative game in the happy knowledge that fans of the genre would buy it regardless. Let's hope that these days, consumers are more discerning and will steer clear of this one altogether. Not only will that save them some wasted time and money, but should also make it less likely for these low quality spin off games to be created in this way in the future.
Worth Playing (Aug 03, 2007)
The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a poorly put-together game that suffers from incompetent AI, terrible graphics, mistimed sound effects, repetitive level design, and button-smashing combat.
Video Game Talk (Aug 04, 2007)
Here’s my recommendation in a nutshell: avoid this game. Seriously, there is nothing vaguely entertaining about The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. If I had paid $50 for this I’d be seriously pissed, and I feel sorry for anyone who did. Though there are many flaws with the worst aspect is that it is incredibly boring and repetative. Skip it.
GameSpot (Jun 22, 2007)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a failure on every level. The combat is agonizingly tedious, and the objectives are cliché and repetitive. As a movie tie-in it does a poor job of following the movie, and as a's insidious.
GameSpy (Jun 29, 2007)
There is a special level of Video Game Hell reserved for ROTSS. Simply by existing, it has made the world that much less fun. It's the videogame equivalent of watching your dog being run over, with worse production values. Do not buy this game. Do not rent this game. Do not play this game.
Gamestyle (Aug 21, 2007)
Really, The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a mess and a frighteningly terrible video game. Even if we paid a fiver for this, Gamestyle would feel cheated and frankly you deserve far better, and so do the Fantastic Four.
EL33TONLINE (Sep 26, 2007)
People, stay away from this trash. It’s button bashing at its very best and requires absolutely none of your brain cells to function. It is repetitive, looks dated and plays terribly. Avoid.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 22, 2007)
Fantastic 4 is bad on so many levels. At certain points it's necessary for the Invisible Woman to use an energy ball to destroy a target that's barely even visible on the far edge of the screen! As you accumulate new motion-controlled attacks, there's no way you can remember them all. You're forced to sit through some painfully cheesy dialogue. Does Fantastic 4 have anything going for it? "I like the loading screen," chimed in my friend Scott. "Only because it means we're not playing the game!" Jonathan countered. Before leaving my house, Scott actually offered to send this game back to the publisher for me (overnight express no less) just to ensure he would never be asked to play it again.