Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 7 out of 16
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  1. Definitely a renter for casual Superman fans and only those who want to fly around Metropolis at the end of a hard day should consider a purchase.
  2. Despite some satisfying leap-tall-buildings-in-a-single-bound moments above the skies of Metropolis and providing the best Superman adventure yet (again, not saying too much, if you examine the history of Superman games) with some moments of solid adventuring before getting too repetitively stale, Superman Returns just isn't that super.
  3. 50
    Punching out bad guys becomes about as fun as taking out the garbage, and the "epic" battle between Superman and the forces of evil is as simple and dull as a day of chores.
  4. 60
    An uneven difficulty level, not much variety in quests and battles, clunky and temperamental controls, and the lack of any type of multiplayer will all quickly frustrate you.
  5. The targeting system sucks, often sticking to the enemy you just knocked down (and therefore can't attack until he gets up again) while another is bashing you in the back. The final aggravation is the camera, which constantly gets stuck on things in the environment, so you can't always see your foe.
  6. AceGamez
    As it is, they get enough right to make this a good choice for a new gamer, but for those looking for a challenge I'd look elsewhere.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Our x-ray vision can see through this one. Not quite super enough. [Christmas 2006, p.126]
  8. As a game that manages to encapsulate the feeling of being Superman, Superman Returns does an excellent job.
  9. Superman Returns shares Spider-Man's flaw of repetitive combat, but it has several mistakes that stand alone: a jerky, unreliable camera; boring mission objectives; and graphics that sit well below the standards of the first Xbox.

Awards & Rankings

#62 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2006
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. DaveM.
    Dec 31, 2006
    I'm not really sure if these reviewers are playing the same game that I am -- I thought the graphics were nice, the audio was good, and I'm not really sure if these reviewers are playing the same game that I am -- I thought the graphics were nice, the audio was good, and the controls and playability all good. It's a fun game, and it really captures the feel of Superman. I like how they handled the whole question of playing an invincible hero by tying in your success or failure to the health of the city. Nice touch. Full Review »