A Peek at Sega’s Upcoming Iron Man Game

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ve probably heard of the upcoming movie based on Marvel’s iconic superhero Iron Man coming this Summer.

Iron Man is the story of a wealthy arms manufacturer, Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) who gets kidnapped by terrorists who wants to use his technology for creating weapons of mass destruction against their enemies. Stark eventually hatched a plan to escape from his captors by creating a suit of armor out of the parts that’s supposed to go into the weapon he’s developing. As Iron Man, Tony Stark uses technology to exert superhuman abilities as well as superior firepower and faces one of his former friends, the ambitious Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges).

Iron Man is one of Marvel’s big hitter superheroes, and probably the most famous Marvel superhero of all. So bear with my excitement as I can’t wait to get the chance to finally play as him on the game Sega’s coming up for to tie in with the movie. Here’s a gameplay demo:

The most interesting thing with the game though is the ability to unlock Iron Man’s vast selection of armored suits. Since he’s just a regular human being, Tony Stark keeps his edge by having a multitude of armors with different abilities, each one building up on the previous model with more advanced weapon systems.

Aside from the armor present in the movie, Sega also included a variety of suits from the comics itself, including the original “First Appearance” armor, the “Classic” armor, the special “Hulkbuster” armor and even the “Ultimate Iron Man” armor which comes from an alternate universe! The gameplay will be action combined with an open-world gameplay, allowing the player to do whatever he wants and complete missions at his own pace. There’ll also be cameos from characters not present in the movie, including long-time Iron Man villian, Titanium Man.

I’m glad they put this much effort into making detailed models of Iron Man’s various appearances, and as a fan I really can’t wait. It’s also rumored that since both the Iron Man and Hulk games are developed by Sega, there will be some sort of interactivity between the two titles, perhaps even a multiplayer mode that lets you choose between the two and whack it out! The Iron Man movie hits the theaters on May 2, 2008, while the game comes out sometime this Spring.

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