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  • Summary: True to the fiction in every respect, this is the game based on the Superman universe that fans have been anticipating for decades. From excited citizens to the traffic on the streets, every detail of this vibrant city has a mind of its own. These 80 square miles are brought to life for the first time in a videogame. Go anywhere and do anything in Metropolis as Superman. Non-linear gameplay allows you to explore and play the game exactly how you want to at your own pace. Where and how you fly - to the top of skyscrapers, dodging elevated trains - is completely up to you, since gameplay is designed as a true open world experience. With notorious villains like Metallo and colossal challenges only Superman can overcome, you must navigate the Man of Steel to monitor and protect Metropolis from destruction. Three distinct types of gameplay -- Flying, Rescue, and Combat -- will keep the action constant and the challenges relentless. Play both film-inspired missions as well as original content created exclusively for the videogame. Graphics, sound, and gameplay have been taken to the next level to create a Metropolis like you've never seen it, with three dimensional sound, a complete orchestra soundtrack, and Oscar-wining sound designer. Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 7 out of 16
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. After the thrill of flying around Metropolis wears off, Superman Returns is nothing more than a below-average, repetitive movie tie-in that doesn't even do the movie tie-in part well.
  6. Oddly enough, the music sounds quite good, with orchestrated ditties that are downright inspiring. Too bad the rest of the game inspires nothing but an urge to power off your console.
  7. A making-of documentary on how such a precious franchise was so flagrantly mishandled would be far more entertaining than anything the game has to offer.

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  1. DaveM.
    Dec 31, 2006
    9
    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. Collapse