Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 30
  2. Negative: 15 out of 30
  1. 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.
  2. The game seems to be designed to be rented rather than purchased, as it is not only boring, but short as well. Have a few friends over and knock this one out in an evening. Then return it and never think about it again.
  3. If you’re an insane fan of the series, you have already bought it and if you like action games like X-Men Legends and Ultimate Alliance you should definitely check this out at your local Blockbuster (or GameFly). Otherwise steer clear of what turns out to be the worst of the video games based on movies so far in 2007.
  4. Feels totally manufactured and formulaic. [Sept 2007, p.76]
  5. 55
    Lack of online and sketchy graphics headline the game’s serious flaws while the wonky co-op camera almost kills the idea of any type of multi-player action.
  6. 54
    The bottom line is you never feel like you're the Fantastic 4. Instead, you're a big orange tank and three kick boxers who know some magic tricks.
  7. Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer could have been way more than it was. Only get this game if you are a true die-hard fan of the Fantastic 4, otherwise go find a used copy of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance to get your superhero fix on.
  8. Fans of the comics and the films will be sorely disappointed, so if you feel obligated to purchase this game out of fan loyalty, at least wait until it hits the bargain bins.
  9. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is yet another example of movie tie-ins failing to even come close to their potential.
  10. Everything works pretty much as it should - the controls and camera rarely freak out and leave you confused and defenceless - but it's just utterly uninspired and devoid of life.
  11. Suffers from monotonous gameplay and a terrible presentation. Everything, from poor narration to Jessica Alba's awful looking character model will disappoint fans and gamers alike.
  12. There's nothing inherently broken with the game, and until it fizzles out at the end the story's not bad, but the gameplay is so contrived and repetitive that it's unlikely anyone will garner much enjoyment from the game.
  13. The only saving grace that this game has is its combat mechanic. By no means is it good, but it’s competent, and successful in making you feel like you clocked someone pretty hard. If you have some friends over, you can delve into four-player co-op.
  14. Rise of the Silver Surfer offers very little enjoyment, if there is any fun to be drained from this fantastically mediocre game then perhaps the hardcore fans of the Marvel comic books, series or movies may be able to harness their special powers to find some form of fun out of this not so fantastic game.
  15. As dynamic and exciting as being slapped with a warm flannel. [Aug 2007, p.78]
  16. The bland environments, boring stages, repetitive enemies, and easily exhausted powers make the Fantastic Four feel more like a fantastic chore or just a fantastic bore.
  17. Some decent ideas do fight there way to the surface. [Aug 2007, p.68]
  18. 45
    Despite an entire review's worth of problems, Fantastic Four isn't a complete loss. It has some nice-looking effects ("flaming on," specifically), a decent joke or two, and some nice extras to unlock (old Fantastic Four comic covers, alternate costumes, etc.), but it's just not compelling in any of the basic areas it needs to be.
  19. In fact, it’s repetitive and (quickly) becomes boring. Regardless of the enemy, expect a lot of walking around, smashing, taking of elevators to the next floor, more walking around, and more smashing and more … well, you get the picture.
  20. We know that plenty of people will look past the monotonous gameplay, poor voice acting, unimaginative level design, lack of online play, etc., but our advice is to hold out for the next movie.
  21. The gameplay is about as basic as it gets, and while the super powers add a bit of fun, you’ll probably just end up using the same ones over and over.
  22. Despite the few things done well in it, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer remains a bland, poorly-done game.
  23. Thoroughly average. [Aug 2007, p.93]
  24. 40
    Worse than the usual mediocre movie spinoffs, which is saying something. Youngsters might have the attention span to find completing the game entertaining, but everyone is better off playing Ultimate Alliance—a vastly superior game.
  25. Absolutely soul-crushingly tedious. [Sept 2007, p.78]
  26. As cynical as it is terrible, this pushes "Fuzion Frenzy 2" hard for the title of worst game on the Xbox 360 to date. [Issue #22, p.89]
  27. I have been advised that Hour of Victory may, in fact, be a worse game than Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, a fact that I sincerely find hard to imagine. Out of fear for my life, I do not intend to test this theory, nor do I recommend anyone else do so, as certain things just aren't meant to be known by humanity.
  28. 30
    The graphics are distinctly last-gen, with bland, repetitive environments that feel as slapped together as every other part of this lackluster brawler.
  29. For a system as powerful as the Xbox 360 – which I’m sure could make a digital sandwich so convincing, it would have gamers around the globe trying to bite their TVs – Fantastic Four is a huge letdown. Character models and environments are boring and lack detail. If anything it all looks like a higher-resolution version of an ugly PS2 game.
  30. The visuals are pretty lackluster for a 360 title, and while the characters themselves look nice, the environments are pretty bland and uninspired, much like the level design.

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