Game Time: 'Thor: God of Thunder'


Thor: God of Thunder X360, PS3, Wii, DS/$34.99-$59.99/May 3

April showers have brought May superpowers, as Hollywood is set to deliver the first of many action-packed comic-book movies due out this summer. The Earth-saving, tight-suit-wearing lineup includes "Green Lantern" starring Ryan Reynolds and "Captain America: The First Avenger" starring Chris Evans, but it all begins with the god of thunder himself, "Thor." As with the other cinematic heroes to come before him, Thor is receiving the obligatory video game crossover with a little help from Sega and a lot of help from the film's inevitable box-office success.

"Thor: God of Thunder" tells the tale of Odin's son as he wields his hammer, Mjolnir, in hopes of fighting back against Norse mythology's deadliest creatures and villains. As you do battle with foes such as Ulik and Ymir across extraordinary landscapes, you will learn what it is like to wield the power of a god while learning what it takes to be a true hero.

If you're a fan of video games, you're probably aware that "Thor: God of Thunder" is a standard tie-in title that will offer an interactive version of its cinematic brethren. Thankfully, Sega has done its best to ensure a solid gaming experience that's unique to the system you're playing. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners will be treated to solid cinematics and intense third-person action, while Wii players will perform their heroic feats with their motion-capturing Wii remote. If you're on the go, the Nintendo DS version will have you smashing bad guys in a fast-paced 2D side-scroller. Whichever version you choose to play, it's sure to offer a vast cast of characters, tons of combat maneuvers and a deeper look at the story of Thor.

Aside from the standard action fare, "Thor: God of Thunder" also offers a great story that expands on the upcoming film. The tale, originally brought into the Marvel Universe by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back in 1962, has been helped along by consultant and award-winning comic writer Matt Fraction. With this much talent and history behind the story, it can only be described as epic.

As much as I would like to say that Sega's attempt to bring the hammer-swinging Avenger to consoles is a cheap way to cash in on a Hollywood hit, I can't. "Thor: God of Thunder" brings enough gameplay, immersion and extra story lines to thrill not only comic book fans but fans of the action gaming genre as well.

Media Link: Chris Hemsworth also stars in "A Perfect Getaway," which airs Friday, May 6, on HBO.

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