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Superman Returns: The Videogame
Critic Score
Metascore: 46 Metascore out of 100
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6.9 out of 10
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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. [Electronic Arts]

PUBLISHER: Electronic Arts
GENRE(S): Third-Person Action, Beat-'Em-Up
RELEASE DATE: November 20, 2006

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Cheat Code Central
A fairly short game (artificial elongation of finding lost cats not withstanding) that can be beaten inside a day which offers little to no replayability – unless you’re content with just flying around at your leisure.
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Games Radar
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.
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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.
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Worth Playing
As a game that manages to encapsulate the feeling of being Superman, Superman Returns does an excellent job.
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PSM Magazine
It's the repetition that really hurts: completing the same tasks and fighting the same bad guys in order to progress through the game gets tedious. [Jan. 2007, p.85]
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.
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PSM3 Magazine UK
Superman may have returned, but on this evidence he can bugger off again. Disappointing. [Jan 2007, p.70]
Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
Repetitive and dull. It seems that spin-off games are as effective as Kryptonite when it comes to bringing down Superman. [Christmas 2006, p.66]
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.
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Game Almighty
Note to self: When a good Superman game finally comes out, see if the Captain can do that “around the world to go back in time” thing from Superman II so he can bring me a copy NOW!
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Games Master UK
A super-sized disappointment. [Jan 2007, p.79]
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.
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Think of Superman Returns as an insanely boring exercise in flying from one end of Metropolis to the other -- non-stop and for 10 hours -- while waiting for the next "battle 10 robots" or "battle eight dragons" or "battle six radioactive gargoyles" button-mashing sequence to ensue.
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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.
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Play UK
This is a shoddy mess that only manages to impress when you're flying far above the city of Metropolis, thanks to its scale and speed. But you should really take our advice and fly far away from this trash. [Issue # 149, p.80]
Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
No matter how good some of the game concepts are, the mere fact that a basic element such as the main villain not even deigning to make an in-game appearance, among other things, demonstrates that the Superman curse is alive and well. [Jan. 2007, p.84]
An ugly, repetitive, broken mess that fails to deliver on every level.
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Jolt Online Gaming UK
Superman Returns: The Videogame is an embarrassment to video games, not to mention the Superman franchise, and is a new low for the quality of movie tie-ins.
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An ocean of terrible, terrible gameplay.
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The Onion (A.V. Club)
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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What's almost impressive about the whole thing is that such a travesty of a game was actually delayed for six months to get it up to scratch, the mind boggles at what kind mess would have been pushed onto shelves had the original release date been hit.
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PSW Magazine UK
Superman Returns is ugly, boring, tedious, and staid from beginning to end. Animation is jerky, combat is a non-starter and there's no link with the film.
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What Our Users Said

Vote Now! The average user rating for this game is 6.9 (out of 10) based on 11 User Votes
Note: User votes are NOT included in the Metascore calculation.

[Anonymous] gave it a10:
I don't see why this game gets all the hate that it does. You'd think the people trashing it were playing Superman 64 and not this game. I guess it's because the deverlopers took too long to make it, so alot of people expected it to be the best superhero game ever made, so when they had a pretty decent Superman game instead, the complaints started rolling in. It took Treyarch until Spiderman 2 to finally get a great game nailed down, so if there is a sequel to this game, it will probably blow everyone's socks off, as they have the flying and basic action down pat, and all they really need to do is tweak a few things here and there and add more things for Supes to do in that big city.

Dave C. gave it a7:
A decent game, too many bad reviews, i really enjoyed it and am still having lots of fun flying super speed, anyone who doesnt like it is not a superman fan.

Colin gave it a3:
The Spider-Man 2 comparisons are obvious. Learn new combos as the game progresses, upgrade your powers, though this game isnt 1/10th the game Spider-Man 2. Take Spidey 2, strip away all the side games and mini missions ( the mary jane, daily bugle, delivering pizzas etc etc) cut the rescues in half and the enemies in half, and you are left with what Superman Returns is. Its a big beautiful house, with nothing in it. Its almost as if the game isnt finished. Heck there are only 2 unlockable costumes! 2!! The highlight is being able to fly around a giant city, which is all filled with skyscrapers and looks all the same. Very Dissapointing.

John T. gave it a10:
I agree the game is a good beat-em up style and just fun.

[Anonymous] gave it a10:
I don't know what the reviewers of this game were on, but it does for Superman what Spider-Man 2 did for the title hero of that game, and that is to create an experience where you actually feel like that game's hero as you fly or swing through their respective cities.

Stirling S. gave it a1:
I give this game a 1 for the short lived fun of flying around Metropolis as Superman. Once you've experienced that, the fun is over. Targeting sucks, missions are repetitive, and your powers tend to be ineffective against foes more often than not. If you use super speed you'll find yourself continuously bouncing off buildings. Good luck picking up objects. More often than not, when attempting to pick up an injured civilian, you'll grab a car or uninjured passerby instead. Once you hit a foe two or three times, you have to wait for it to get back up before you can interact with (hit) it again. If you use superbreath to blow baddies out to sea, they magically appear in the middle of the city (but not until you fly out to sea to the general area where they "landed". You don't get to play as CK, and can't enter any buildings. There is no story here. I understand we don't want to be delivering pizzas on a moped like Peter Parker, but there had to be room for some better side missions here. How about foiling some bank heists? How about some missions where you can't change to Supes because there are too many people around and you have to find a way to save the day as CK without giving away your identity? I'm sure they could have found some trouble for Jimmy Olsen to get into. What about the many flavors of Kryptonite? We could have played as mini-Superman or giant Superman (reaching maybe, but better than the designers came up with). Why is the Fortress of Solitude only used as the option menu? At the very least we should have CK's apartment and the FOS as save points or safe houses, places to view trophys etc. This game misses on every level - it's obvious the designers are not fans. This game was hashed together by folks who have no understanding or love of the world of Superman. It's a cash grab that should never have been released. Its neither a true movie tie-in, nor a celebration of the Superverse. It's an embarassment. 'Nuff said.

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