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GameZone (Jun 28, 2005)
With so many superheroes seeing the transition from comics to film to video games, it seems only right that Reed Richards and crew get the same treatment. The Fantastic Four is the latest comic franchise to traverse the silver screen, and Activision is releasing a game based on the upcoming movie. The game features some great gameplay with touches of both the Spider-Man 2 game and X-Men Legends, complete with fully destructible environments and raging multiplayer action. While the game doesn’t quite feel as developed as either of the previously mentioned titles, it borrows some of the best elements from both to create a solid superhero experience.
Game industry News (GiN) (2005)
The bottom line is while Fantastic Four the game, much like the movie, poses somewhat of a shallow storyline, the negative aspects of the game are heavily overshadowed by stronger, more positive features like sharp visuals, a familiar and enhanced game play engine, user friendly controls, and solid multiplayer support. More importantly the game is just addictively fun and doesn't grow old even after you complete it. I recommend this title to any serious Marvel fans out there as well as to anyone who appreciated similar games of this genre such as Xmen: Legends. FF4 easily earns a fantastic 4 GiN gems.
4Players.de (Jul 31, 2005)
In der mittlerweile immer länger werdenden Liste an Film-Umsetzungen nehmen die erfolgreichsten Stars des Marvel-Universums einen gesicherten Mittelfeldplatz ein: Sie bieten ungezwungene Prügelunterhaltung ohne Tiefgang, die leider nicht alle sich anbietenden Superhelden-Möglichkeiten ausschöpft. Denn trotz Feuerbällen, Energiewänden und Gummiarmen wirken die Figuren austauschbar und könnten auch durch Helden aus z.B. dem Hause Capcom ersetzt werden. Eingestreute Rätsel und interessante Bosskämpfe lockern das Geschehen auf, schaffen es aber letztlich nicht, die Motivation beständig aufrecht zu erhalten. Der Kooperativ-Modus hingegen fügt dem Brawler-Genre eine interessante Facette hinzu und ist deutlich spielenswerter als Solo-Prügeleien. Fans der Fantastic 4 werden zudem mit zahlreichen freispielbaren Goodies und Gimmicks zufrieden gestellt. Unterm Strich ein netter Prügler für zwischendurch.
JustPressPlay (Jul 22, 2005)
A fun romp through the Fantastic Fouruniverse, although the glitches and technical problems detract fromexperience quite a bit. I wouldn’t buy it, but it is worth a rent, justkeep in mind the risk that the repetitiveness can be overwhelming.
Game Informer Magazine (Sep, 2005)
The only clobberin' that this game does is on your ego for playing it. Marvel's mighty first family has essentially been reduced to a poor man's X-Men Legends.
Game Informer Magazine (Sep, 2005)
A long list of unlockable secrets add some decent replay potential, but it's debatable whether you'll really want to keep at it for that long. As a movie license, the game is certainly not the disaster it could have been. But as a re-imagining of Stan Lee's first classic superteam, it could have been so much more.
ESC Magazine (Jul 19, 2005)
I cannot recommend Fantastic Four for PC, because it doesn't hold a candle to superior superhero games like Freedom Force or City of Heroes, both in level design and control. I can recommend it on console, if you can endure the weak points long enough to get to clobberin' time.
GameSpy (Jun 30, 2005)
The Fantastic Four has always been one of the most underappreciated franchises in Marvel's vast library. Now the super-powered family gets to bask in the limelight it so richly deserves. And thanks to some solid design and attention to detail, gamers everywhere can finally experience for themselves the reasons that the team is just as entertaining now as it was four decades ago.
GamingExcellence (Jul 26, 2005)
Is F4 the game to topple Spider-Man 2 or the X-Men Legends? Hardly. It does share much in common with Legends however and fans of one should definitely check out the other. What F4 does deliver is a fun and clever beat ‘em up in the style of Fighting Force which will satisfy you while it lasts and may keep you busy on a rainy day when you have a friend over. There are wonderful extras to be unlocked and fans of the comics will definitely appreciate this title more than non-fans. The Stan Lee interviews are truly worth it (and fans of Alba do get a nice interview with her as well!). Unlike many superhero games though, this one does enough things right that I look forward to a sequel; maybe one where I can choose to be one of the Fantastic 4 at a time and roam around the city fighting crime? At the very least give this one a rental, its worth it just to try out the various powers.
Gamers.at (Aug 04, 2005)
Videospiel-Umsetzungen von Kinofilmen sind ja bekannterweise eine heikle Sache und in den seltesten Fällen auch wirklich gelungen. Publisher Activision versucht sich aktuell an den 4 fantastischen Helden auf allen Plattformen. Wie sich dabei die FANTASTIC 4 auf der Xbox Plattform schlagen soll euch der folgende Testbericht verraten.
Adventure Lantern (Apr, 2006)
Overall, Fantastic Four feels like just another half-baked attempt at making a game based on a movie. The story fails to capture the spirit of the film or the comics. The game does not allow players to explore the full potential of each character and offer enough diversity in the implementation of their super powers. Minor technical glitches become frustrating as you proceed through the levels. It is hard to recommend Fantastic Four to anyone except for those who especially enjoy the comic books or the movie. Given all its problems, the relatively short game is much better suited for a rental than a purchase. There are countless other games out there that will make a better addition to your game collection than Fantastic Four.
IGN (Jun 28, 2005)
The recent trend in comics-inspired blockbusters has spurred an equal phenomenon in the games industry. And for the first time since God-knows-when these game adaptations haven't sucked. On the contrary, they've each delivered a unique brand of superhero action grounded in solid, sometimes inventive gameplay mechanics.
Gamesmania.de (Aug 15, 2005)
Ich habe es schon irgendwie geahnt als der Titel auf meinen Schreibtisch landete. Ich fragte mich nur: „Handelt es sich wieder um einen Lizenz-Titel den die Welt nicht braucht?“, auf die Antwort kam ich schnell. Ja. Ich kann diesen Titel nur beschränkt empfehlen. Wer wirklich den Film nachspielen will und die ganzen Kritikpunkte verkraftet, kann ohne schlechtes Gewissen zugreifen. Wer den ganzen Lizenzmüll jedoch satt hat, der sollte einen großen Bogen um den Titel machen.
X-Power (Aug 10, 2005)
Ik blijf het nog steeds spijtig vinden dat videospellen die gebaseerd zijn op grote Hollywood-films vaak niet echt schitterend zijn. En Fantastic 4 bevestigt deze trend voor de zoveelste keer. Het spel had zeker veel potentieel om een uitgebreid aanbod aan verschillende spelmogelijkheden te bieden. Spijtig genoeg blijft het steeds beperkt tot een repetitief spel zonder echte uitdagingen. De iets jongere gamers onder ons zullen het spel misschien beter kunnen waarderen omdat het zeker niet te moeilijk zal zijn voor hen. De behoefte om het spel nog eens te herspelen is echter zo goed als nihil bij mij.
Next Level Gaming (Jul 11, 2005)
You may as well just begin to face the reality; video games and the TV/movie industry are now pretty much attached at the hip. You can bet that for the rest of eternity that anytime you have anything that resembles a blockbuster movie coming out that a video game will come out along with it, and it appears the trend will contiunue that it will come out before the actual movie does! Spider-man 3 the video game is already being talked about and the movie isn't due out until 2007!! So far this year the big movie to video game ports have included Star Wars Episode 3, Batman Begins, and this game; Fantastic Four.
GameSpot (Jun 30, 2005)
Fantastic 4 is a beat-'em-up based on a movie of the same name, which is in turn based on a comic book series created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, but it's not destined for the legendary status of its namesake. The game takes some cues from X-Men Legends in that you can quickly switch between up to four different heroes and upgrade their abilities as you battle your way through Dr. Doom's legions of robots and other monstrous foes and minibosses. Unfortunately, the game suffers from imprecise controls, a lackluster presentation, a few bugs, and other issues that make it difficult to recommend.
1UP (Jun 30, 2005)
There's an immediate temptation to chalk up Fantastic Four as just another Hollywood-endorsed byproduct, ignoring its marked existence and write it off as a 'Fantastic Four out of Ten!' It's not that easy, though. In the old days, blockbuster films were accompanied by expectedly atrocious video games, whereas now gamers are left with a deluge of average licensed releases&a debatably worse fate.
DreamStation.cc (Oct 21, 2005)
Obviously hardcore Fantastic Four fans will have to settle for this, being it is the only Fantastic Four game for the more-than-foreseeable future. For every other type of gamer, however, Fantastic Four is a very mediocre game, offering nothing you can’t find in some other adventure game. Finding a game much more enjoyable is not hard.
Extreme Gamer (Aug 01, 2005)
Fantastic 4 will appeal to its fans, but besides the comic die-hard's it's going to be hard to find value in this beat em' up adventure. Rent if you're curious, if not I'd wait until it hits the bargain bin before you snatch this one up.
Pro-G (Jul 19, 2005)
Move licensed games are made to sell to people who don't really care for videogame reviews, so this review probably won't make a whole lot of difference to the game's sales. If you are reading this and were seriously thinking about picking the game up, I'd strongly warn you against it. If you must buy a superhero videogame based on one of this summer's movies, you'd be much better off taking a look at EA's Batman Begins - a game that has the production values you'd expect from such a license. Fantastic 4 isn't utterly awful, it just isn't anywhere near to being worthy of its name.
Gaming Target (Sep 06, 2005)
Let’s cut right to the chase – Fantastic Four is not a good game. The Fantastic Four of comic book legend? Now those guys (and gal) are alright. The FF have always been one of the more appealing superhero teams to me (all props to The Avengers of course, both east and west coast). That said, this game does them no justice. I won’t comment on the movie as I’m not a film critic, but as a gaming journalist, I’ll say FF the game pretty much reeks from the get-go.
Diehard GameFan (Jul 06, 2005)
I’ll give the game some credit… when I first popped the disc in the tray and started playing, I quickly found myself more than halfway through the game. But once the initial enjoyment started to wear off, I quickly realized that the game really isn’t anything special. After a while, I really didn’t feel like playing it anymore. In a way, if you’ve played one beat-‘em-up, you’ve played them all. And this is no different. Fantastic Four may have plenty of replayability, but it’s still not all that much fun. Average graphics and sound, spotty controls, and very little originality will quickly turn off most who play this game.
Jeuxvideo.com (Jul 13, 2005)
Pour le coup, Les 4 Fantastiques n'ont rien de fantastique. Je sais, elle est facile, mais elle résume parfaitement le jeu. Les combats sont trop confus pour être appréciés, l'intérêt peine à se renouveler au fil des niveaux et la réalisation n'aide pas non plus à rentrer dans le bain.
Game Revolution (Jul, 2005)
That’s a lot more than can be said for the rest of the game. Even though kicking enemy butt can be satisfying and there are a lot of big, menacing monsters to face, Fantastic Four is merchandising at its finest, a hollow game that's beatable in eight hours and isn't replayable at all. We don’t expect you to enjoy it. We don’t expect you to buy it, either.
Game Shark (Aug 11, 2005)
Fantastic Four is far from being Fantastic but if you are a fan of the comics, it is a nice feature that you get to fight against enemies like Annihilus and seeing other comic book characters making cameo appearances. Fans looking to play through the movie version may be left scratching their heads wondering what is going on and may find the power button getting pressed a little quick. The coop is a nice, but not perfect, feature that not many games have lately, but unfortunately that may not be enough to save this game from its terrible graphics and seriously repetitive gameplay.