06/07/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Marvel's first family of Super Heroes is releasing Activision's Fantastic 4 computer game.
Based on Twentieth Century Fox's "Fantastic 4" feature film, the team-based action adventure game lets players take on the role of Marvel Super Heroes, Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Johnny Storm/The Human Torch and Ben Grimm/The Thing and master each character's powers - stretching, invisibility, shooting fire and leveling superhuman attacks - to overcome the evil Doctor Doom.
"Fantastic 4 lets gamers relive the action and excitement of one of the summer's most anticipated films, from the plot to the locations to the actors," said Kathy Vrabeck, president, Activision Publishing. "Players also experience more than the film in a completely original storyline that expands the Super Heroes' universe through exclusive game missions and environments."
Co-written by Zak Penn, who co-wrote the story for "X2" and is co-writing the screenplay for the upcoming "X3," Fantastic 4 lets players defeat enemies and overcome obstacles in team-based combat and two-player co-op mode. Gamers control all four team members and can dynamically switch between characters to wreak havoc in a variety of destructible environments inspired by popular comic book locales. Players take on the following roles:
Mr. Fantastic - Fans use brainpower to hack computers, override security systems and outsmart their enemies as they deliver stretch attacks from a distance, squeeze into tight spaces and go where no one else can.
The Invisible Woman - Players become invisible and perform stealth moves with ninja like speed or immobilize enemies using force fields created through telekinetic powers.
The Human Torch - Gamers create walls of fire, level super nova fireballs or shoot flames from their fingertips to ward off enemies.
The Thing - Fans use brute force to pick up heavy objects, tear them apart and savagely obliterate foes.
The movie's five leading actors reprise their roles for the game. Jessica Alba ("Dark Angel," "Sin City") portrays Sue Storm; Emmy(R) award winner Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") is The Thing; Chris Evans ("The Perfect Score," "Cellular") plays Johnny Storm; Ioan Gruffudd ("King Arthur") is Reed Richards; and Julian McMahon ("Charmed," "Nip/Tuck") is Victor Von Doom/Dr. Doom.
Fantastic 4 for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo(R) GameCube(TM) was developed by Seven Studios, the PC version was developed by Beenox and Fantastic 4 for the Game Boy(R) Advance was developed by Torus Games. The console SKUs and PC game have been rated "T" (Teen - with mild language and violence) by the ESRB, and the Game Boy(R) Advance version has been rated "E-10+" (Everyone 10 and older - with animated violence).
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