Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 46
  2. Negative: 5 out of 46
  1. The team-based elements are great, calling to mind X-Men Legends. Unfortunately, the game lacks depth and feels pretty linear, making the adventure short lived overall.
  2. This was definitely a labor of love and it shows in the quality of the presentation and the attention to detail in every subtle nuance of the characters, their powers, and the way it all comes together in the gameplay.
  3. Fantastic 4 offers four characters, a repertoire of moves, and compelling level design that culminate in an engaging game. The production values are good, thanks in no small part to the authentic voice acting.
  4. Aside from the lack of four player action, Fantastic Four is a well crafted title that fills the void until "Rise of Apocalypse" hits the shelves later this year.
  5. A pretty decent game that isn't anything spectacular, but for fans of the movie and people that enjoy bash-em shoot-em type of games involving multiple players will definitely enjoy the game.
  6. In what seems like a profoundly misguided step, four players can't play as the Fantastic Four. [Sept 2005, p.101]
  7. While the game would have been better if it had less of that Beat-Em-Up element added, it still is entertaining and has some surprises.
  8. While it must have faced enormous pressure during the production and subsequent release of the title, the developers must feel proud knowing they leaped the movie to game barrier and actually created a worthwhile game.
  9. 72
    While the gameplay and controls could have used a little more work, Fantastic Four is a comic book brawler that may just beat out the summer blockbuster competition.
  10. It's not polished enough to join its high-quality brethren in the superhero game hall of fame-- but even amidst a plague of poor design blunders and bland production values, it succeeds at offering some mindless controller wrangling in spite of itself.
  11. Makes both comic book and film fans happy. There are no problems with presentation, but after a million fights you are willing to give peace a chance. [Sept. 05]
  12. 70
    The game's presentation is easily worth the attention of even the most hardcore comic fans.
  13. I can't say the game is all bad, as the teamwork aspect does offer up some unique gameplay, but with senseless enemy AI and a small amount of non-repetitive action, this game isn't something I could really recommend without getting a cramp in my stomach.
  14. Those looking for some co-op action might want to give it a whirl as well, but don't expect this title to be as deep as some of the more high-end games offered in the past year.
  15. 65
    A straightforward action brawler with some interesting ideas. Very limited sense of freedom and wonky camera hurt the experience.
  16. The graphics showing off the powers, however, are much better. Mr. Fantastic's stretching, for example, looks completely convincing.
  17. The models up close are unsightly, the cinemas grainy and the music has all the luster of a Tide commercial, but the game on the whole is entertaining by game standards. [Aug 2005, p.50]
  18. 65
    It's decent, mindless fun…until you realize how little freedom your four heroes actually have.
  19. It's rare for a game of this type to actually be more than a mad single-button-mashing romp that creates more blisters than excitement; it's just unfortunate that the whole game wasn't as polished.
  20. Creaky and sometimes clever - yes. Fantastic - not so much. [Sept 2005, p.86]
  21. If you want some real comic book action, skip this one and wait for Ultimate Spider-Man, due out later this year.
  22. It's really the co-op mode that saves the game from utter mediocrity. Nevertheless, the abject blandness of pretty much every other facet of the game holds it back from being decent enough to purchase.
  23. But more importantly, you do get to 'be' the Fantastic 4 and experiment with some really rather excellent superpowers, and the game isn't so bad that a serious fan couldn't overlook its flaws.
  24. The curse of movie to video games conversions strikes again, as there's nothing fantastic or memorable about this repetitive and generic actioner.
  25. Best left to diehard fans of the movie or comic. There are better superhero brawlers out there for everyone else.
  26. Frustrating controls and fighting engine, and really lackluster fun-factor keep this game on the store shelf.
  27. Graphically speaking, Fantastic 4 is tired and ropey and depressingly familiar to look at. There's plenty going on, sure - the game copes well with teeming armies of bad guys - but the character models are basic and the arm-through-wall style glitches and wobbly camera are just embarrassing. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  28. Not so fantastic and a game that I would say is disappointing considering the possibilities of the characters.
  29. The uninspiring execution made for a run-of-the-mill beat-em-up game with a host of problems, from imprecise controls and a lazy camera to the lackluster presentation.
  30. 60
    Co-op also makes the bad camera even worse. It's better included than not, but if you want great multiplayer, play the deeper and more fulfilling X-Men Legends or one of the Baldur's Gate games.
  31. Comic book fans will appreciate the inclusion of additional enemies and the ability to fight alongside a friend in co-op mode, but the game still comes up short.
  32. The action can get intense, highlighting one of the game's main issues: the unwieldy camera angle that requires constant attention.
  33. A competent, if somewhat unremarkable, beat 'em up. Fans of the comics who weren't angered by the movie will definitely find enjoyment out of a rental, but there's not much more than an a few hours of brainless fun to be had.
  34. The game suffers from imprecise controls, a lackluster presentation, a few bugs, and other issues that make it difficult to recommend.
  35. But it's mostly mediocre. Fantastic 4 desperately tries to break up the button mashing with lame minigames, like hacking a door by doing preschool puzzles, which just made the game feel like a fantastic chore.
  36. 55
    Half-way through most boss battles, the game presents the option of executing a 'finishing move' that will remove the rest of the enemy's health in one fell swoop. Deceptively, this maneuver is initiated by pressing a single button -- except it doesn't work most of the time.
  37. Unless you're a huge Fantastic Four nut I would recommend you play a different beat 'em up game, as this one is feels absolutely ancient and offers nothing new that we haven't seen before and many things we shouldn't see anymore.
  38. Playing Fantastic Four I felt more like a fifth wheel on an ATV than one of the gang. It just wasn't fantastic.
  39. With dated graphics and substandard animation, combined with misfiring voiceovers, poor presentation and woefully repetitive and restrictive gameplay, Fantastic 4 is not likely to whip up a storm with gamers or their wallets.
  40. It's nice to see Jack Kirby and Stan Lee's characters finally represented in gaming form and the mojo tries to support the old school heroes, but there isn't enough umph in the end.
  41. Weak gameplay, weak graphics, weak execution, and weak…well everything, add up to….err…one weak game.
  42. You should have been able to make four video games with these guys let alone one! For all that is holy, let the gamer have the freedom to do what they want in a game, to make choices, to figure out things for themselves. Please don't tell us exactly what to do, it makes us feel like idiots and trust me, we don't need any help with that.
  43. Even with unlockable content and the film's actors lending their voices, the game is just too linear to be enjoyed.
  44. 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.
  45. With its horrendously boring gameplay and overall buggy presentation, I claim Fantastic Four to be fantastic for no one.
  46. 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.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. A.D.
    Sep 21, 2005
    5
    Average at best, just like the film. my son played it a few times and now it gathers dust. and the graphics ain't up to much.
  2. Mikek
    Jul 27, 2005
    4
    Needed to be more like x-men legends.
  3. PatrickH.
    Jul 6, 2005
    4
    Didn't like it much... Awkward controls and group battles make for confusing game play - Also, villans seem too easy to defeat.