Thor: God of Thunder is a third-person action game for XBox360, PS3, Wii and Nintendo DS. Liquid entertainment were the developers for both the XBox360 and PS3 versions of the game, Red Fly Studios for the Wii version and WayForward Technologies for the Nintendo DS version. Playing as the mighty God of thunder, Thor, you must travel around the various worlds of Norse legend in order to stop an invasion force from taking over Asgard. May tough foes from frost giants, trolls, fire demons and even those created by Odin himself stand in your way.
Although the game seems to be another button mashing action game at first, it has a lot more to offer. There is a skill system which allows you to spend some hard earned valor points on buying upgrades to things such as health, Odin force (mana), and even unlocking new ‘spells’. Thor can control three types of ‘spell’: thunder, lightning and wind. Being the God of thunder, Thor looks the most powerful when using thunder attacks; one grapple move I used on a frost giant had Thor lift him into the air then disintegrated with a huge clap of thunder.
Another element which helps you forget the button mashing is the grapple system. Upon initiating a grapple move, Thor throws the opponent to the ground in a variety of different ways. There are then a few seconds were he waits for your input of three different buttons, each giving you a different pick-up upon the enemies defeat. If you don’t press anything, or press the button too late, then the enemy throws you away or tries to crush you. This system is the key to defeating the numerous bosses Thor must face, the first being pictured above.
The game’s environments are quite spectacular and really help bring the lands of Norse mythology alive. Most of the time though the graphics seem a bit lacking compared to other titles on the same console. For a PS3 game I was really expecting more. On the other hand, the audio was simply brilliant, especially the voice acting. Games are always better when they keep the cast from their film counterparts, and it makes it more enjoyable for those who have watched the film. Throughout the game the ambient noises help put you into the scenes are make the game play more realistic.
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