Superman: Shadow of Apokolips

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Superman: Shadow of Apokolips
North American PS2 cover art
North American PS2 cover art
Developer(s) Infogrames Sheffield House
Publisher(s) Atari
Distributor(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
DC Comics
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, GameCube
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
  • NA September 25, 2002
  • PAL November 15, 2002
GameCube
  • NA March 25, 2003
  • PAL May 20, 2003
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Superman: Shadow of Apokolips is a video game that was released in 2002 by Atari for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube consoles. It was developed by Infogrames and published by Atari in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics. It is based on DC Comics' flagship character Superman and the television series Superman: The Animated Series.

Plot[edit]

Believing Intergang to be starting up again, Superman learns that beings causing chaos throughout Metropolis are, in fact, a group of robots using Intergang's old methods. These "Interbots" have access to very high-grade weaponry, which is powerful enough to seriously injure or even kill the Man of Steel. These bots are being ordered by a leader that is later revealed to be Lex Luthor, who is secretly working with Darkseid.

Finding that the weapons come from Apokolips, Superman sets out to destroy the bots, and their weapons, having to fight a multitude of enemies that Luthor sends after him. Parasite, Metallo, and Livewire contracted to kill Superman to allow the bots free rein to obey Luthor's wishes.

Design[edit]

The game featured designs reflecting the look and feel of Superman: The Animated Series. The story was advanced by a series of cut scenes that were created using cel-shaded animation in order to further emulate the look of traditional animation. The original Animated Series voice cast all returned to their roles for the game, featuring Tim Daly as Clark Kent/Superman, Dana Delany as Lois Lane, Lori Petty as Livewire, Malcolm McDowell as Metallo, Peri Gilpin as Volcana, Michael York as Kanto, and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor. Darkseid and Parasite from the series also appears, however they are not played by Michael Ironside and the late Brion James. This time, Darkseid and Parasite are played by Kevin Michael Richardson and Brian George.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS2) 65.46%[1]
(GC) 64.37%[2]
Metacritic (GC) 66/100[3]
(PS2) 64/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 3/5 stars[5]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 6.8/10[6]
Game Informer (PS2) 7/10[7]
(GC) 6.5/10[8]
GamePro 3/5 stars[9]
GameSpot (PS2) 6.4/10[10]
(GC) 6.2/10[11]
GameSpy (PS2) 3/5 stars[12]
(GC) 2/5 stars[13]
GameZone 6.9/10[14]
IGN (PS2) 7/10[15]
(GC) 6.5/10[16]
Nintendo Power 3.2/5[17]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 3.5/5 stars[18]
Entertainment Weekly C−[19]

The game received average to positive reviews, with an air of uncertainty going into its release because of the failure of the 1999 Superman video game. GameSpot praised the game's presentation, saying "...the Man of Steel has never looked or moved better", while panning the mechanics behind the game, saying: "He's faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and can be trapped in walls because of poor collision detection: He's Superman!"[10] IGN felt it was the superior title to the Xbox counterpart, Superman: The Man of Steel, but calling it an "average superhero game."[15] Entertainment Weekly, however, gave the game a C− and stated, "What keeps the game from taking off is the overly simplistic episodic nature of the missions set before you...The wacky control configuration also makes your heat vision, ice breath, X-ray vision, and superspeed incredibly difficult to use on the fly."[19]

GameRankings gave the game a score of 65.46% for the PlayStation 2 version[1] and 64.37% for the GameCube version,[2] while Metacritic gave it a score of 64 out of 100 for the PS2 version[4] and 66 out of 100 for the GameCube version.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips for GameCube". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips Critic Reviews for PlayStation". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  5. ^ Weiss, Brett Alan. "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (PS2) - Review". Allgame. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  6. ^ "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips". Electronic Gaming Monthly: 218. December 2002. 
  7. ^ Reiner, Andrew (November 2002). "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (PS2)". Game Informer: 113. Archived from the original on 2004-08-24. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  8. ^ "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (GC)". Game Informer: 87. May 2003. 
  9. ^ The D-Pad Destroyer (2002-10-03). "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2006-01-18. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  10. ^ a b Varanini, Giancarlo (2002-10-03). "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  11. ^ Varanini, Giancarlo (2003-03-28). "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips Review (GC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  12. ^ Villoria, Gerald (2002-10-14). "GameSpy: Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (PS2)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  13. ^ Williams, Bryn (2003-04-12). "GameSpy: Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (GCN)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  14. ^ Knutson, Michael (2002-10-08). "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  15. ^ a b Perry, Douglass C. (2002-09-26). "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  16. ^ Lewis, Cory D. (2003-04-02). "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (GC)". IGN. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  17. ^ "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips". Nintendo Power 168: 138. May 2003. 
  18. ^ "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 174. December 2002. 
  19. ^ a b Bernardin, Marc (2002-10-04). "Superficial (Terminator: Dawn of Fate; Superman: Shadow of Apokolips)". Entertainment Weekly (675-676): 157. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 

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