Iron Man PlayStation 2

Metascore
47

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
Buy On
  1. 42
    I hesitate to say that Iron Man is dumbed down for the Wii, PlayStation 2, and PSP, since hardware limitations likely necessitated such a distinct iteration, but the resulting experience is a by-the-numbers affair unlikely to rouse most action fans.
  2. Even fans of the comic won’t have fun with this piece. At the beginning, the permanent explosions are quite entertaining, but soon they get as boring as the monotony of a firing machine gun. No, thanks!
  3. Enough effort was put into the gameplay and graphical design to keep it from crashing and burning, but not enough to inject it with any sort of life or appeal.
  4. In case you’re not interested in Tony Stark’s adventures, there are much better games.

Awards & Rankings

#22 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2008
#10 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2008
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. May 1, 2016
    2
    It is so typical for a game tie-in to come out along with the movie. Since this is a movie-licensee game I should have known that it was builtIt is so typical for a game tie-in to come out along with the movie. Since this is a movie-licensee game I should have known that it was built for nothing more than mediocrity. However due to the Spider man games being able to expand on the films, I was willing to give this game a chance. Unfortunately Iron Man fails to break that curse. The first level was deceptively fun when you pay as Tony Stark when he wears the Mark I and Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" being played. Unfortunately though it starts to go all down hill when he starts to wear the Mark II and later flies across the sky. The flight controls feel pretty slippery for lack of a better word and the weapons systems lack any kind of punch. They are good at destroying waves of enemies with less-than steller A.I. The infantry are really nothing more than cannon fodder so the majority of enemies that can harm you are tanks and other vehicles. After you deal a certain amount of damage you can defeat them with a quick time event. These events are pretty tedious to pull off though but they are necessary in order to regain health. The way the game handles health is a valid attempt to input some innovation but by using a quick time event to start up Iron Man's heart but it also tedious. The boss fights barely count as fights since all that is required is to do the dame strategy until their health bar is depleted. In fact the final fight against Iron Monger is actually easier than the fight against Witney Frost which is really just a fight against three turrets. To add insult to injury there is a segment involving the master controller who tries to mess with your mind and breaks the fourth wall in a shallow attempt to replicate the boss fight against Psycho Mantis from Metal Gear Solid. On top of that this game is ugly with textures that are outdated even by the standards of the Wii and the PS2 and it is combined with phoned in voice acting. I would say that people should avoid it but than again it would imply that someone actually bought it in the first place. Full Review »
  2. Mar 28, 2015
    5
    With Iron Man being a smash hit in theaters, a video game tie-in starring the Marvel hero is only natural. Most of the time, movie tie-inWith Iron Man being a smash hit in theaters, a video game tie-in starring the Marvel hero is only natural. Most of the time, movie tie-in games are pretty lame and generic, and made only to cash-in on the film. Iron Man is no different, as you play as 'ol shellhead and fly around and take down baddies. What really kills Iron Man is that the game is so monotonous and boring. You basically do the same thing over and over again, and it isn't long before you discover just how tedious the game really is. If you manage to overcome all that, you'll find that the game is on the short side, and pretty much a breeze to get through. There are some good points to mention though, including the fact that film stars Robert Downey Jr. and Terrance Howard provide their voices for the game, and there are extra armors to find and unlock. The moments of flying around are kind of fun too, but there isn't enough here to hold your interest. All in all, the Iron Man game may be worth a look for fans of the comic or film, but in the end, we just have another lame cash-in attempt. Full Review »
  3. Feb 27, 2015
    5
    Basically a shooter, it get's really boring. There are long tedious missions that I found no fun playing in. Graphics are okay I guess,Basically a shooter, it get's really boring. There are long tedious missions that I found no fun playing in. Graphics are okay I guess, nothing extraordinary. Full Review »