Tony Wilkins reviews a Superman game on the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis)
When making a game based on a well established and loved character you have to get it right. You can’t just put them in any random setting and hope it will work because the fans of that franchise (who will be the target audience) will revolt against it. Now I am not the biggest Superman fan as I have always leaned towards the Dark Knight but playing this game I can’t help but feel that the whole concept doesn’t work. On the whole it took me only five minutes to realize I was not going to like this title but I carried on.
The gameplay is not what you would expect from a Superman game. It plays like a bad Streets of Rage rip off and this is my biggest problem. Superman is not an overly violent character. Sure he has his moments where has to take action against the bad guys but ultimately he tries to find ways to resolve situations before resorting to the Man of Steel neck break. This is a beat’em up plain and simple and Superman resolves issues with his fists and feet. Later in the game you get to control other characters and when on these levels I think the format is more acceptable but on the whole the game suffers from it.
Controlling the characters is a clunky and dull affair and this being a 1994 game there’s no excuse for it. The Mega Drive (Genesis) had matured by then and there were many far superior handling games on the market that pushed the system much further like the universally loved Aladdin. It’s dull and uninspiring with not even the change in characters keeping it interesting. You cannot start the game off as another character which is a shame so you have to play the characters at set times during the unraveling of the story. The format is mostly a complete Streets of Rage rip off. You move forward a short distance and encounter a few baddies. You beat the living crap out of them then move on to the next bit. And so on. And so on. I lost interest very quickly. It works for games like Alien Storm but not here. Here it’s just tedious.
This was a poor game and I think a Superman title could be made far more interesting and exciting. Shame.
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