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Oh, I'm sorry, please excuse me. I didn't see you there. I'm just so... bored. I give every game a fair shot, but some games are just plain bad. They're repetitive, cheaply developed, and shameless cash-ins. Games like Thor: God of Thunder for the DS. Actually, I was almost eager to pick up Thor for my now ancient Nintendo DS. I saw some screenshots and noticed that Thor makes use of the dual-screened handheld's vertical real estate. Levels stretch between the two screens and Thor moves freely between both of them. The two-story jumps remind me of the super aerials in Capcom's Vs. fighting series and the brawler mechanics remind me of classic beat-'em-ups like Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety. Whoa, those are some very high regards, I know, but let me take this opportunity to straighten something out: Your effort is better spent digging out your SNES and finding a copy of Separation Anxiety on eBay. Seriously, as fond as I am of Thor's graphics and that holy mixture of comic-book-gaming goodness, I can't recommend Thor. This game is incredibly shallow. You're given total control over Thor in this two-times-as-tall sidescroller. You can throw his hammer, summon lightning, earthquakes, and wind, and generally beat the snot out of an every baddie who's stupid enough to get in your way.
Thor is not your typical superhero. As a Norse god, he spends more time concerned with the mythical realm of Asgard than with happenings here on Earth. Millennia old, he commands the power of thunder, and with his hammer Mjolnir, he can fly at supersonic speeds in the Earth's atmosphere and exceed the speed of light in space. But despite these exceptional qualities, he now finds himself starring in an unremarkable game. Thor: God of Thunder for the DS is a throwback to the side-scrolling brawlers of old. But it fails to recognize that the best brawlers keep things exciting by regularly sending intimidating new enemies your way and encouraging you to change up your approach to survive. Some impressive boss fights occasionally give this shallow game a momentary spark, but more often than not, Thor makes wielding the powers of a god about as exciting as wielding an umbrella. Thor bears the likeness of actor Chris Hemsworth, and Odin looks like Anthony Hopkins, but the game does not follow the events of the new film. Our hero doesn't find himself on Earth romancing a woman who looks like Natalie Portman. Instead, Thor, who apparently hasn't studied enough Norse mythology to know that you should never trust a god named Loki, heeds some advice from his trickster brother and unwittingly stirs up an evil force that threatens all of Asgard.
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Aside from some mildly interesting boss battles, Thor's DS movie tie-in doesn't impress much longer than it has to, with repetitive combat, a limited campaign, and an overall lack of replay value. Some video games exist because a company has a dream of pushing an original, thought-provoking, interactive story. Other video games are created because they serve no other purpose than to cash in on upcoming movies that will sell to the lowest common denominator. And that latter group of video games exists because, at the end of the day, a smaller developer has to pay the bills -- and that's why we have Thor: God of Thunder. Granted, this is a Nintendo DS game, a handheld console with a huge install base that practically begs for shovelware. But Thor: God of Thunder could've been better. Sure, it's probably a good gift for a parent looking to pick up something for their kid, but for any other (older) gamer, it's as forgettable as Thor's comics. Thor: God of Thunder takes place before the movie: the titular Norse god defends the realm of Asgard from invading trolls and other ancient monsters.
Thor on the Nintendo DS is not what you'd expect. Despite having to tie into a movie property and needing to work with certain likeness and story parameters, the developers at WayForward (Contra 4) have created a great licensed game. Thor plays incredibly well, and is a remarkably well-executed 2D brawler. Thor on the DS is significantly different from the Marvel Studios production due out on May 6. Though characters in the game share likenesses with certain actors, nothing else is the same (a trait all of the Thor movie games share). The plot focuses on some undefined time prior to the film, as Thor is manipulated by Loki into journeying to distant realms to save his love, Sif. Mix in an outbreak of trolls and the threat of the all-powerful Mangog and you have a stage set for battles. Lots and lots of battles. Thor on DS is a 2D brawler. Players move through linear stages, smashing everything and anything in the path of the God of Thunder. Fortunately the developers at WayForward added some nuance and complexity to the game. Basic attacks can chain into devastating, multi-hit maneuvers. In a relatively short amount of time, you'll be able to knock groups of enemies across the screen, bounce them off walls and chain them into mid-air combos before slamming them back to the ground.
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