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The Good Parts
Ironman for the Wii game console allows you to fly as high and far as a bird and beyond, like an Ironman inspired video game should -- with breath-taking scenes of amazing battles against bigger than life adversaries.
Ironman has fun and engaging weapons that do delightful amounts of damage. Using his Gatling guns to clear the area of hordes of enemy soldiers is truly satisfying work. Taking out the bad guys with your rockets makes playing Ironman a riot, with entertaining and spectacular explosions that rock the eyes and crank up the entertainment level.
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The Bad Parts
Ironman has combat game play that's too one dimensional to be entertaining for more than a few hours. The addition of a little more depth in this area would have helped make the Wii version of Ironman a lot more satisfying.
There are a few scenes with blurry visuals that lack any distinguishable textures or interesting details to keep you entertained.
The Wii version of Ironman makes playing a rich playboy romping in his super-powered suit of armor almost boring at times. In many way, this is another waste of good movie content, making this an amazing virtual experience missed.
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Besides the occasional screen that has the blurry look, the graphical presentation of Ironman is about average for video games being developed for the Wii console. The color palette seems to be a bit lackluster and this translates into dull color at times, as well as poor color composition of many of the scenes.
The character animations in Ironman are smooth for the most part -- especially the flying scenes, which look amazing. Occasionally the frame rate would dip down and a character would slow noticeably, but this doesn't happen often, and it's an insignificant bug.
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Sounds in the Game
The sound track of Ironman is no cinematic affair, but it does the job, helping to keep you involved in the action and entertained in the slower moments of the cut scenes.
Robert Downey Jr. and Terrence Howard licensed their voices and images for Ironman, and theses scenes are predictably good, especially their voice acting which has emotion and meaning.
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The opening scene shows a scared Tony Stark, who being held captive in a cave by soldiers armed with weapons of his own design, pondering his life and fate. He faces the truth of his life at that moment, and decides to change things and use his genius to fight against the evil in the world. He constructs his high-powered suit of armor and becomes Ironman. Stark is determined to correct the evil done by his inventions, and hopefully salvage the remnants of his families name and honor. After the opens, the story line of Ironman leaves the path shown in the movies, as it pits Ironman against old enemies from the comics.
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You'll be forced to take out trucks, soldiers, helicopters and tanks in reasonably engaging and satisfying battles as you play Ironman. However, the variety of game play for the combat needs better depth.
Ironman does include a useful feature to power-up when you feel weakened by combat, a unique and but not very challenging button pressing affair. You can re-route power from auxiliary systems of your suit to enhance firepower, movement, and armor protection when necessary, which was useful and entertaining to use.
The Wii motion controls have been mapped out sparingly with Ironman. You swing the Wii remote for melee attacks and flick the Nunchuk to dodge, but only on occasion does this become necessary.
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The Final Word
In the final analysis Ironman has the feel of a video game that was rushed into production in time for the release of the movie, which was obviously the main thought, and the video game is just away to bilk people of a few more shekels. Ironman can be recommended for a few quick hours of entertaining combat but in the end doesn't play or feel like a superhero should.