Something to think about…

OK so I know that many of you think that Superman 64 is a bad game but is that because everyone else thinks it is a bad game? I see all over YOUTUBE and other sites that it is considered one of the worst games ever made. I kind of think that it deserves better than what people say about it.

I have fond memories of playing this game as a child, I can remember the day of my birthday when I got the game and I was so excited (By the way I am a huge Superman fan). Anyways, I remember popping it in to my N64 and hearing the title screen music and not really caring about how the music went, hell I watched the animated series which of course this was somewhat based off of (Look at the characters). So the story from what I remember is that Lex Luthor has trapped Superman and his friends in a simulation and Lex Luthor has full control of whatever is happening (well you are made to think that.). Anyways, The rings are there to present a challenge to Superman albeit a very hard and somewhat annoying  challenge but very doable in my opinion. There were only a few times that I had to restart. Some of the other challenges like picking up a car and saving a person was quick and engaging on my part. There were the other levels which we were in tight areas and very little space to run around in.

The Sewers were the hardest part, with enemy turrets that took forever to beat. I do remember the camera angles getting in the way in the very beginning but nothing that I couldn’t handle. I still to this day can’t figure out what the x-ray vision did… After that level, the rest was a piece of cake except the last level with the Massive tornadoes, those took me a couple of tries as a kid to beat it, but when I did I was so excited. Bad camera angles, hard enemies were not enough to make me put the game down, i just thought that it was part of the challenge it wasn’t until way later as an adult that I finally got to read what Superman 64 should have been. That still didn’t persuade me that the game was still that bad.

The Best memories of the game has to be the PRACTICE  mode. I spent hours flying around learning the flight controls because lets admit it this was the first time we played a superman game were we had full control over him flying anywhere. I would forget about the rings and fly as high as I could to Lex tower and then fly all the way down to the sewers/ocean and skim across the water, sometimes I would go underneath the water and pop up. What I am trying to say is that I did have fun with that mode of play and boy I spent hours just flying around,exploring the limits of the map and using my imagination, something that sorely lacks nowadays. I didn’t worry about graphics, music or the sound effects, because to me at that time, was none existent.

Another thing I do remember playing was the multiplayer mode, Having sleep overs with my friends (do people do that anymore?) we would play multiplayer and laugh our butts off at the way we played. Let me explain… every character fly’s around in a ship that shoots lasers (yes even superman was in one) but one thing that made it funny was how small you really were. The level we played the most of was the subway and the rails were 4x bigger than you were making it perfect to play hide and seek and ambush your enemies!! It was your typical simple multiplayer.

Now that I am older and have tons of play experience under my belt from many games (good and bad) I feel that Superman 64 should deserve better that what it gets. I have replayed it many times afterwards to see if I thought differently about it but I still get the nostalgic feeling of how I use to play it as a kid but I do still get frustrated with it in certain areas as I did before. I think today may people are to easily persuaded to change their mind and can’t tell others that a bad game, to them was good in their opinion. Maybe it’s because they are afraid of the insults. For example, AVGN came out in the AVGN movie and told everyone that E.T. was an OK game after you read the manual and there have been others that have said the same thing.  Whatever the case maybe Superman 64 is not a terrible game but isn’t a great game either. I think that it’s just a decent game.

~Retro Mark

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