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Friday, July 1, 2011

Thor: God of Thunder

Thor: God of Thunder


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Product Description

Thor: God of Thunder


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #6324 in Video Games
  • Brand: Sega Of America, Inc.
  • Model: 69049
  • Published on: 2011-05
  • Released on: 2011-05-03
  • ESRB Rating: Rating Pending
  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .25 pounds

Features

  • Save the Norse worlds from 12-ton, 25-foot-tall frost giants and trolls in an action-adventure game based on the movie of the same name
  • Wield Mjolnir, Thor's legendary hammer, to unleash primal storm powers of lightning, thunder and wind
  • Combat your enemies with powerful melee combos, lethal hammer throws and elemental storm powers
  • Scale tall giants with the grappling system, using multiple points to climb up and target your enemy's weak points
  • Earn Valor runes to choose new abilities, powers and weapon upgrades


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Product Description
Brace yourself for a mighty storm — the legendary pages of the classic Thor comics are coming to life, and it's going to be a sky-rumbling, earth-shaking ride. The storied hammer, Mjolnir, is yours to wield as you become the God of Thunder in this epic new adventure. The power to shift the storm is in your hands and it is up to you to decide how to use it and whom to use it against. Enter a sprawling mythological world ruled by the elemental forces of fire and ice. Face unimaginable creatures, including frost giants, trolls and other unthinkable monsters. Become the legend. Become Thor.
Thor God of Thunder
Based on the Movie
Based on the Movie
Combat huge enemies
Combat huge enemies
Play as Thor and wield his legendary hammer
Play as Thor and wield
his legendary hammer

Synopsis

In Thor: God of Thunder, step into the role of one of the fiercest Nordic gods as you attempt to save the Norse worlds from legions of monstrous foes lifted straight out of the comics. Electrocute groups of trolls with Mjolnir and bowl over the frost giants by splitting the ground in two with earth-shattering thunder attacks. Scale 25-foot-tall trolls by using multiple grappling points so you can find and attack the weak points in this 3D-compatible game. Featuring an original storyline by writer and lead Thor comic book author, Matt Fraction, and voices and likenesses of Thor film actors Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki, God of Thunder offers booming fun and earth-shaking excitement.

Key Features:

  • Save the Norse worlds from 12-ton, 25-foot-tall frost giants and trolls in an action-adventure game based on the movie of the same name
  • Wield Mjolnir, Thor's legendary hammer, to unleash primal storm powers of lightning, thunder and wind
  • Combat your enemies with powerful melee combos, lethal hammer throws and elemental storm powers
  • Scale tall giants with the grappling system, using multiple points to climb up and target your enemy's weak points
  • Earn Valor runes to choose new abilities, powers and weapon upgrades
  • Original storyline by writer and lead Thor comic book author, Matt Fraction
  • Characters feature the voices and likenesses of Thor film actors Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston
  • For 1 player

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
1Thor Should of Stayed At Home for This Adventure...
By Jason Ralsky
Thor: God of Thunder is a movie tie-in game that could of been very unique and fun but instead turns out to be a very bad clone of God of War mixed with some The Force Unleashed (in my opinion). While I do not own a physical copy of Thor I was given the opportunity to play through the game by a friend and in doing so I was glad I did not purchase the title, despite being a big fan of Thor.

GAMEPLAY
This is one of the major problem this game has in my opinion. What we have here is a bad clone of God of War mixed with a little The Force Unleashed style gameplay. I enjoyed both titles and the hack and slash style of gameplay. However, Thor's execution of this gameplay style was poorly implemented. After the first hour of smashing and electrocuting mobs I began to notice there is very little in the way of enemy variety or reason to even use your combos. Just mashing attack is often good enough (on normal difficulty setting) to get past most mobs with the occasional need to perform a simple combo attack to break a mob's armor and such. Like in God of War, when you kill mobs you will get experience points pretty much and can use them on a grid to level Thor's abilities up. The grid I felt was easy to use despite having a complex look to it. Included in the gameplay are numerous bugs that plague the title. Animation glitches, sound glitches, bad dialogue, poor physics engine the list goes on. While the problems are not game breaking, they are annoying and some of the bugs I ran into were down right inexcusable to have in a game. ( Next objective did not load for me twice during my playthrough. Restarting at the last checkpoint/save resolved it ). My biggest gripe about the gameplay is the poor execution of the grapple. Sometimes you will get the grapple notification and I would grapple the mob only to have the mob "automatically" counter my grapple and throw me away. It seemed completely random and I never could figure out why the enemy was able to just randomly counter me(could of been a PS3 bug as it didn't happen nearly as much on the 360).

GRAPHICS
I would say the graphics in this game are lacking. In fact early 360/PS3 or perhaps almost PS2/Xbox level at times. At times it felt like the Remastered God of War II where they took a 480p game and remastered it in 720p. It looked nice but you can tell something wasn't right. There are plenty of graphical hiccups throughout the game including a funny moment where Thor's cap actually rendered backwards and he was walking around with his cape over his chest for about 5 minutes. Don't expect mind blowing graphics from this title pretty much.. however the game is 3D capable. I was not able to test this feature out however due to a lack of a 3DTV.

SOUND/STORY
When it comes to music and sound effects I would say they are fair. The game uses the actors from the movie so there is some care and thought put into the dialogue, even if it was sometimes very cheesy. Game sound effects were not bad either but seemed to lack some power/muscle to them at times. STORY wise, this is a movie tie-in game which technically does not follow the movie. In a way this is good since it tries to be its own entity while using the movie actors and voices. However the storyline is very shallow and is essentially there to give you a reason to move to the next room of bad guys to smash.

REPLAY/LENGTH
It took me about 7-8 hours to beat the game on the standard difficulty setting (Midguardian). Throughout the game you will find various bosses to slay and of course hidden collectibles. The placement and nature of the collectibles reminds me a bit of The Force Unleashed here as these collectibles will unlock additional costumes, colors for Thor's lightning, etc. The added replay value here really isn't in the gameplay or storyline... but that these collectible items have DIFFICULTY REQUIREMENTS. Some of the collectibles you will be unable to pick up unless you are playing on the proper difficulty.

OVERALL F (58%)
Sadly I have to give THOR 1 star (an F rating in my book). The game is plagued with problems, and feels a bit like a fancy PS2 / Xbox title trying to mimic God of War II but left off much of what made that game fun. Is Thor: God of War a horrible game that should be avoided like the Lunchroom Meatloaf? No. It is a game that just has many problems and feels rushed and badly executed. Playing through the game, you can feel and even see the potential for a great game here that could of even brought some unique aspects into the genre but instead just got thrown out there to capitalize on the movie. With that said I feel Thor: God of Thunder is the kind of game that is perfect as a weekend RENTAL
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
1A game of yesterday
By Burak
Let's be honest. I've played the game... but not played it all the way through to the end. So, as a result, my review may somewhat seem a little bit premature, but I sincerely doubt it. The reasons are numerous: The graphics belong to a game of 7-8 years old. The dialogue, cheesy... The fight/action sequences, reminiscent of Mortal Kombat games, combos and such... Player interface, poor and old-fashioned... Screen mechanics/layouts, those that have been used many times past, no innovation there. All in all, nothing new, nothing exciting. Just go, go, go, fight, fight, fight...

To be fair, I will come back and edit this entry in a positive light if I do find anything new or exciting along the way, if this game gives me something to be thrilled about. Otherwise, this entry will stay as it is.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
3If you're a huge comic book or Thor fan its really not that bad
By Justin C. Harvey
I really don't think this game is as bad as people make it out to be. Keep in mind i'm a huge Thor fan so i'm sure that helped me enjoy the game more but if a game totally sucks, i almost always end up putting it down and i actually completed this game. Honestly the only complaint i really have about the game is the graphics. Yes they're really not that great, but i'm more into gameplay and story anyway so if graphics aren't that important to you then you may like it. If i have to compare the game to anything it'd have to be God of War. Alot of people say this game is a GOW rip off, and that may be the case, but is that really a bad thing? For those people who like collecting things as a bonus, you can collect hammers, valknuts, lightning runes, and costume upgrades throughout the game to upgrade health, mana, etc.., though some of them you can only collect playing the game on hard.
Anyways i wrote this review for people who love Thor and comics but aren't sure if they'll like this game. I enjoyed the game enough to keep playing it even after i beat it, and i kept in mind from the start that i was playing a marvel movie game and i knew that most of them aren't going to be amazing but compared to the Iron Man games i'd say its pretty decent.

If Thor is your favorite comic book character or you're a huge comic book fan then i say give it a shot, but personally i probably wouldn't spend more than $35-$40 bucks on it. There's plenty of better games out there but i expect most comic/movie games to be horrible so this game definitely wasn't anywhere near as bad as i expected it to be. On a scale of 1-10 i'd probably give it a 6.5. I've played alot better yeah, but i've definitely played alot worse. 

1 comment:

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