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whatshot Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer PS3 Review - -

Gameplay 7.5
Graphics 8.5
Sound 8.5
Value 7.5
Distributor: 2K Games
Review Date:
June 2007
Tyrone Williams


Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer is one of those games that you'll either love or hate and is loosely based on the current blockbuster movie of the same name. The story revolves around a strange alien entity that has come to Earth, however each planet that the Silver Surfer visits has a habit of being destroyed. To compound the situation for the Fantastic Four, Dr. Doom has once again returned and is up to his nefarious tricks and it's time for Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Richards to become the Fantastic Four in order to end this threat.


  • Unite and fight! Battle in 4-player co-op with easy pick up and play ability.

  • Combine super powers for devastating team attacks with the new Fusion Attack System!

  • Truly destructible environments: smash, wreck, wreak havoc!

  • Loads of unlockables including alternate Fantastic Four costumes, historical comic covers, and more!

  • Enhance your super powers: use the Sixaxis controller for the PLAYSTATION 3 or the Wii Remote for the Wii for mega boost attacks!

In its essence, the Fantastic Four, Rise of the Silver Surfer is your traditional arcade game where gamers have a choice of being one of four characters, however the player can switch between characters during the game. Each of the characters have their own unique strengths and weaknesses and must be used in conjunction with each other in order to successfully complete the title.

For instance, Johnny Storm has the ability to become a being constructed from fire and uses flame attacks to dispel his enemies, whereas sister, Susan Storm has the ability to become invisible and create large force fields. Needless to say, oozing with enjoyment.

The developers have also successfully implemented the SixAxis controller into the title which allows for some innovative gameplay that although may sound interesting on paper, it unfortunately doesn't translate too well to the gameplay. Although quite a few of the PS3 games are like this.

Fortunately, it's easier to use the standard analog controller to navigate Johnny Storm in the gaming environment, rather than use the SixAxis controller to tilt and turn. Apart from the solo player mode, the title also allows you to play with 3 other gamers for some great arcade fun.

An interesting feature of the title is that you can team up two of your characters to create a more powerful attack on your foes which is definitely handy when the enemies are virtually swarming all over you. The characters also have a variety of super powers which have been perfectly mapped on the controller and inexperience gamers should have no difficulty in mastering this title. Most gamers wil be able to successfully complete this game in around 10 hours.

As you progress through the game, you are also awarded achievements that allow the player to see original comic book covers, change the costumes of the Fantastic Four from their 21st century appearance to their original 60's appearance and also concept art for the title. Cute but nothing too intensive.

Graphically, Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer is an impressive looking title that features some great background environments which really give you a sense of depth and amazement, especially as the game progresses and match that with some really good looking character models who bear some resemblance to their real-world counterparts such as the lovely Jessica Alba and you have one decent looking arcade game.

The special effects and lighting also go hand-in-hand with the gameplay, however the title does suffer from some frame rate issues, especially when their are quite a few enemies on screen at once. Rise of the Silver Surfer also features some great pre-rendered CGI that assist in moving the story along nicely.

Musically, Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer features a great soundtrack and professional yet sometimes clichéd voice acting that suits the comic book genre perfectly. Add in a variety of sound effects from the noises of battles to the subtle background sounds and the developers have linked this perfectly with the gameplay.

In conclusion, Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver is unfortunately one of those movie-based game that are relying on the popularity of the original movie to sell the product. The title does become a little repetitive after awhile due to the gameplay and background environments. The formula is rather easy, you basically run around, solve puzzles, attack foes and then fight the boss which repeats again and again. The gameplay is sturdy, however the title is extremely reminiscent of those old 90's arcade games and nothing has changed besides the graphics. For those gamers that wish to have some mindless fun.


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