If Iron Man had taken the time to make their later levels more difficult in some other fashion than just ratcheting up the life on the enemies and the number of incoming missiles, it would have made the final missions, and the whole game, a lot more enjoyable to play through.
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The story starts off with you as Tony Stark in a cave, figuring out the aspects of your future suit. This tutorial gives players a little back history on the storyline, as well as acting as a tutorial to teach you the skills you need to pilot your suit. Once youÂ’ve escaped from your cave, the plot changes from that remembered in the movie, following some of the storylines of the comic books, instead.
One of the best things about the game would have to be taking your Mark III Iron Man suit out into the battlefields and just flying around. They are enormous spaces, and they look really good on the Xbox 360 when youÂ’re cruising past at blisteringly fast speeds. The levels are designed well, generally, with lots of terrain for you to duck into, and ridges for you to fly down.
Although flying to and from battle in your suit is a very enjoyable experience, actually engaging in combat isnÂ’t as enjoyable. Your suit has lots of cool weapons usable, but youÂ’ll find after just a little play that the best way to engage in combat is through using only your repulsor beams and missiles. This is best done while just hovering in the air near your enemies, loosing missiles as soon as they recharge and pretty much constantly firing your repulsor. There are other tools that you have available to you, such as your unibeam, but this weapon takes time with you just sitting there, motionless, while the suit charges up to fire off the weapon. While that charging time can be decreased, leaving yourself defenseless isnÂ’t usually the best idea.
Later on in the game, leaving yourself defenseless can cause almost immediate destruction, as well. ThatÂ’s because when you reach a certain point in the game, the difficulty ramps way up. Even with all the upgrades and little bonuses that you receive as you play, itÂ’s not enough to deal with the enemies whoÂ’s life increases, and who fire on you much more frequently, and accurately. The amount of enemy fire leveled at you in these later missions is somewhat ridiculous, and frequently results in having to hide from the enemy behind a hill while your suit energy recharges. That certainly doesnÂ’t lead to you being able to make best use of the weapons you have at your disposal, and quickly becomes routinely annoying.
You do have a lot of special ways to kill enemies at your disposal, such as grabbing missiles out of the air and throwing them at another enemy, grabbing a helicopter and tearing it apart, or ripping apart a howitzer. Some of these become monotonous, and some of them are helpful, but all of them are impossible on the more difficult later levels. If Iron Man had taken the time to make their later levels more difficult in some other fashion than just ratcheting up the life on the enemies and the number of incoming missiles, it would have made the final missions, and the whole game, a lot more enjoyable to play through.