Thor: God of Thunder
Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: Out Now
Players/Online features: One
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Every now and then a really good movie tie-in comes along, and guess what? This isn’t it. Thor: God of Thunder is based on the movie of a similar name starring Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tim Hiddlestone and Chris Hemsworth as Thor. The game, like the “Marmite” movie is a strange mix of fantasy, Norse mythical, medieval and sci-fi. In the movie Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father (that’s Odin) and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he has lots of spectacular fights ‘n’ stuff. Cool. The game presumes we’ve seen the movie, read the Marvel comics and acts like we’re supposed to know characters we’ve never been introduced to intimately. The game’s plot is something about being cast out (I wasn’t really listening) and battling across the Norse worlds to save Aasgaard-so needless to say the plot didn’t make the slightest bit of sense to me, but I really don’t think it matters.

Unless you’re as dumb as a bucket of hammers you’ll have gathered by now that I didn’t enjoy Thor much. The game’s main problems are without doubt (and I’m certainly no graphics junkie) its visuals, the basic nature of the 3D effects and the mind numbingly repetitious gameplay (press/hold ‘X’ to swing hammer or hold ‘R’ and press ‘Y’ to throw hammer, or press ‘A to do hammer dash’, hold ‘L’ to block incoming attacks, rinse, repeat ad nauseam). This game badly wants to be God of War but doesn’t have the style, the graphics, the satisfyingly gory combat, the varied gameplay or even the PSP version’s ability to make you feel you’re in a 3D world.

Still here? Well you must be a Thor fan, or desperately bored, or one of the development team wondering how I could be so unkind to their baby. Well the fact is that I expect more from my new 3DS, and a flat-looking, low detailed game forcing a 3D effect out of the machine with gameplay that would have been considered hackneyed 5 years ago just isn’t good enough. This is marginally better than the 2D DS game, and isn’t that bad a take on the Xbox 360/PS3 game, and is actually more fun to play, but as they were awful that fact doesn’t really help much.

On the good side the game does have some titanic bosses to battle, but getting to them is such a drag that I doubt anyone other than someone being paid to play the game (i.e. me) will see them. If you’re a fan of Sony’s God of War series and desperately want a poor imitation then it might be worth picking this up when it appears in the bargain barrels, but the fact is that Thor just is another substandard movie tie-in and if it weren’t for the big budget movie you wouldn’t look twice at it, and therefore it’s a waste of a 3DS cartridge.

Best Bits

- Nice box.
- LOTS of enemies to kill.
Worst Bits

- Nice box wasted.
- LOTS of identical enemies to kill.
- Unoriginal and repetitive gameplay.
- Twitchy controls and movement.
- Textureless, basic and unconvincing 3D effect.

by: Masonic Dragicoot

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