Iron Man Xbox 360 Demo Impressions

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Alrighty, so I’ve been tinkering around with the new Iron Man Xbox 360 demo that launched onto Xbox Live Friday and I must say I’m surprisingly quite impressed. The first play was a bit rough for me, as the controls aren’t super intuitive in terms of pick-up-and-play immediacy and the default camera is overly sensitive, but on my second and third tries, after I scaled down the aiming sensitivity two or three notches and got the hang of the various flight/hover controls, the game really grew on me and now I must say I’m digging it a lot.

The demo features one nine-minute mission involving the destruction of various weapon stockpiles scattered around a massive, open-ended desert canyon environment. It’s fairly straightforward: fly around, shoot up some tanks, turrets, helicopters, etc., destroy the weapon caches and call it a day. Explosions and general chaos fill the screen as you soar around and demolish anything that moves, and it’s a ton of fun. Simple, yes. But highly entertaining. The game does a fantastic job of making you feel like the one-man-army badass that Iron Man is, so I’ve gotta give Secret Level high marks for that.

It also looks absolutely beautiful. Iron Man is stunningly shiny and his armor well detailed. Hovering around just looks really cool too, especially since the environment is so expansive. This is one gorgeous game, no doubt, and the frame rate seems to hold up well despite the massive scale and high level of on-screen activity.

So yeah, overall I’ve come away rather enthused over what the demo has to offer and am now even more eager to get my hands on the end product to really dig into all the suit upgrading stuff and see how the action and controls hold up over extended playing. The verdict is out, but from what I’ve played I’m definitely banking on Iron Man to set itself apart from the crummy movie game crowd.

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