THORSDAY: Thor: God of Thunder Doesn't Soar w/ The Gods
THORSDAY: Thor: God of Thunder Review
Thor: God of Thunder
Reviewed on: PlayStation 3 (also on Xbox 360)
Let's be blunt: This game can be likened to an impetuous young god of Asgard who loses the ability to lift his own mystical hammer. In other words, it is unworthy of the power of Thor.
I spoke in my hands-on preview of the game's generic melee and magic use. With the full game in hand, it has become clear that both of these things are unfortunately worse than first thought. Melee is somewhat pointless to use; grapple attacks are ten times as powerful, and give you bonuses of health and Odinforce (magic) as well as feats and more "valor points" (experience points, used to level up your powers). Odinforce is strong and can often affect many enemies at once. Unfortunately, it also drains very quickly, even if you spend all your valor upgrading it first. The "regeneration" which essentially costs 18,000 valor points, is so interminably slow that if you want to use it to actually re-build your Odinforce, you'll spend a LOT of time standing around. The most satisfying attacks in the game are your hammer-throws, but those, too, use Odinforce. What I'm trying to say here is, you can feel like a god…for about 2 minutes. Then you're a mere mortal again, and being mortal gets boring, fast.
Last but not least, there's the lack of the ability to fly. During our hands-on preview, a developer told us flight was not included because of the fact that it "didn't fit the gameplay model" and "Thor doesn't really fly much in the movie." Not only does Thor fly in the eponymous movie, but he even delivers a line specifically about flying. Instead of real flying, there are points that you tap on a shoulder button and watch Thor fly into the distance and fade to black. It's actually kind of mean; a tease saying "Yeah, we know he can fly, and we're not letting you anyway!" Instead, you plod around. You have a super-slow walk; I'd say your maximum speed is about 1/2 that of the average human, never mind a god. The closest thing you have to flight, an air dash, gets you about half the distance of Spider-Man's air dash in most of his games; that's a character, by the way, that can't fly.
I've probably made this game sound a bit worse than it actually is. The combat is serviceable for the most part, but it has too many flaws to keep you involved for very long. If you're a die-hard action game fan of the likes of God of War, this game can be rented and easily beaten in a weekend. Otherwise, you're better off going and seeing the excellent film 4 or 5 times, as it will be a more enjoyable use of your money with about the same amount of time spent sitting in a chair watching Thor.
Plus, then he'll actually fly.The Portable Factor