Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer First Look

The new superhero movie will see an accompanying action game, and we got to try it out briefly on the PlayStation 3.

There may be no surer things than death and taxes, but summer action flicks and their attendant tie-in video games run a close third. The new Fantastic Four flick Rise of the Silver Surfer is imminent, and so is its own game, which Sony had on display at its San Diego press event recently. We had only a very brief amount of time to play the demo (though 2K Games says we'll be getting our hands on a more complete version of the game in the very near future), but we thought the game exhibited an overall level of polish that's higher than you'd expect from games in this particular category (you know what we mean).

The PS3 demo let us jump into the "Skrull Lair" level, which was set in a subterranean fortress with lots of menacing-looking lava and industrial machinery, as well as a more high-tech complex as we moved deeper into the base. (Comic fans will know the Skrull as a race of evil alien shapeshifters that have plagued do-gooders for decades.) You'll control all four members of the superhero team as you fight your way through various enemies, and you can switch between Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Thing, and the Human Torch with a press of the D pad (and, naturally, the other three characters will be controlled by the computer). Each character has light and heavy melee attacks that can be chained into combos, and of course each has his or her own strengths in this department. Stretchy Mr. Fantastic has the most range, while the Thing is the heaviest bruiser, for instance.

Things got a lot more interesting when we held down a shoulder button and saw that each of the four characters has four special abilities, each of which you'll access by keeping that shoulder button down (which pops up a small menu displaying the four powers in icon form) and then hitting the appropriate face button. Suddenly we were able to have the Invisible Woman turn invisible (natch) or create a force field, while the Human Torch can perform various flame attacks. Each character can also perform a "fusion attack" with each of the other members of the team, and these abilities combine their unique special powers to perform a move that will hit multiple nearby enemies. The Mr. Fantastic and Human Torch pairing saw the former grabbing the latter and spinning him around in a wide arc while he was on fire. On the PS3, you'll be able to shake the controller at the right moment to add a little extra oomph to this attack, too.

We got to see (but not play) a second level from elsewhere in the game, which will have you flying a speeding Human Torch through a heavily trafficked tunnel in New York, hot on the trail of the Silver Surfer. This level made use of the Sixaxis' motion controls as the primary steering device. You'll simply tilt the controller in the direction you want to move your character during a flying stage like this, though it's worth pointing out that the developers at Visual Concepts have chosen (perhaps wisely) to allow standard analog-stick control here as well.

Unlike some other comic-book-turned-movie-turned-video-games, Rise of the Silver Surfer won't throw in a lot of villains and scenarios completely separate from the movie. The game will simply follow the overall plotline you'll see in theaters, but it's said that roughly 50 percent of the levels here were created specifically for the game. As mentioned, we'll be getting a deeper look at the game soon and will deliver a more complete picture of its contents at that time.

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Discussion

19 comments
white_link33
white_link33

hope its longer then the first game i beat it in one night and part of a morning and better the first one was terrible

julez316
julez316

hopefully it will be an improvement on the first game

theKSMM
theKSMM

We all love video games, and many of us love comic books too, so let's just cross our fingers and hope this game doesn't completely stink. I'm not expecting to be blown away, but if the game is moderately playable then I'll consider it progress.

SaamZoo
SaamZoo

i rented fantastic 4 from blockbuster, for PS2, and it wasnt the best of games but i got far into it. It could be that i am not really in to adventure games! But the with th HD graphics on the new fantastic four it should be better then the PS2 version (hopefully). Maybe the movie will be better but we just have to wait!

freek33
freek33

I'm pretty sure the game or the movie won't be any good

p00phead
p00phead

This sounds like another horrible game

Courtawulf4
Courtawulf4

Is this game not multiplayer? I mean, sure it will be terrible regardless, but the only redeeming quality of hack and slash games is the multiplayer.

emanthechamp
emanthechamp

this sounds like ultimate alliance from the description. (four powers, switch on the fly). could just play as the fantastic four in ultimate alliance and probably get a better "fantastic four game".

haesuse
haesuse

i got $20 on this being another crap licensed movie to game charade!

LOZFAN6537
LOZFAN6537

The gameplay sounds exactly like Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.

plavo
plavo

It will be a dissapointment. Don't get your hopes up.

lukediddle
lukediddle

..Exactly the same as Marvel Ultimate Allience... Gets boring fast... :/

ishan316
ishan316

I seriously hope this one isn't a disappointment like the previous F4.

StumpyTrash
StumpyTrash

The title is cheesy, but I'm sure it has something to do with whoever is in the movie (I don't read the comics). As usual, the movie looks great but the game will probably suck.

mrklorox
mrklorox

Meh... I enjoyed the hell out of my Silver Surfer action figure when I was 10. But I'm sure those memories will be better than this game.

Poetically_Just
Poetically_Just

am i the only one excited? i like the F4 and it looks like plain fun

Kevanio
Kevanio

lol probably due to other film based game, they usually don't end well

x_man41281
x_man41281

First comment, it seems that no one is interested in this one lol.