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  Fantastic 4 (PC)
Words from the company:
Relive the movie experience with character likenesses, locations and villains from the upcoming summer blockbuster.
Go beyond the movie with a completely original storyline that follows the movie story arch (penned by Hollywood writer Zak Penn).
Control the Fantastic Four together as a team with dynamic switching, team-based combat and two-player co-op mode.
Wreak havoc on enemies in destructible environments that get thrashed in battle.
Play as each unique member of the Fantastic Four as you assume their persona and master their individual talents to solve puzzles, overcome obstacles and combat enemies:

Mr. Fantastic (Intelligence): Use your ability to stretch in order to attack from a distance, squeeze into tight spaces and reach places no one else can. Use Mr. Fantastics' brainpower to heal characters, hack computers, over-ride security systems and take control of enemy's weapons to use against them.

The Invisible Girl (Stealth): Turn invisible and perform stealth moves with ninja-like speed or immobilize enemies through telekinetic powers.

The Human Torch (Fire): Create walls of fire and supernova fireballs as you hover or shoot fire from your fingertips and bend flames at your will as you ward off enemies.

The Thing (Strength): Use brute force to pick up objects or tear them apart, break through walls and obstacles and obliterate enemies.

The Review
The story line of this game is much along the lines of the movie but does venture off into its own new story, from city streets with thugs to a jungle with spiders. Game play was a little awkward as you must use the W, A, S, D keys to move; 4, 5, 6, 8 keys to fight; /, *, -, + keys to change characters at anytime during the game and the arrow keys to move the camera. Each character has his or her own special abilities and a wide variety of attacks that can be upgraded. It was for the most part fun to play but after a while started to get quite dumb. For some of the bosses you spend most of your play time just trying to figure out how to beat them, and when you finally figure it out you are either dead or it takes a long time again just to bring their health down, and of course there are other little enemies running around and attacking you at the same time.

The creators did a nice job with the look, style and cinematics making them sort of 3D\cartoon-ish which is perfect for a game based around a comic book. As you gain points by killing enemies you can spend it on unlocking secret production files (images, story boards, comic book covers, etc.) An honorable mention, while fighting the boss on the 2nd or 3rd level you are in front of a building and on both sides of the map there are the USA and Canadian flags flying. I had no other problems with the installation or any other part of this game.

Review ID Number: 8
  Product Details
Review Date: 2005-07-13
Reviewer: Alex Moulton
Rating: 7 out of 10
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