Each of the characters have a couple of punching moves, and then a much more powerful charged attack. The game also manages to give each character a special ability, which is helpful, but also drains your “special” meter down. That’s about it for the controls, its pretty basic stuff, and doesn’t deviate far the tried and true theme.
Considering you are taking control of some of the most powerful superheroes of all time, it would be nice if you were able to perform more than one or two of their moves. You never really get the awe of playing your favorite hero, the limited play control just doesn’t cut it in this day and age. It’s simple things, too, like letting Batman climb with his ropes, or giving Superman the ability to blow the enemies down.
You also tend to take a lot of unfair hits. You can duck, but there is no attacking while you are ducking (must be the oversized suits). There is a jump attack, but it’s not very reliable if you’re actually trying to hit something. And if there are two enemies on screen, forget about it, you just don’t stand a chance. The controls in Justice League is frustration in just about every single way, and definitely makes it hard to enjoy.
Another problem seems to be the games graphics. I’ve certainly seen worse on Nintendo’s portable, but there’s just no excuse for this games boring visuals. Like CastleVania: Circle of the Moon, Justice League is especially dark, and terribly hard to see. In the outdoor levels this is not a problem, but the moment you enter Gotham City you will need to find a powerful light source, and fast.
The level designs actually work against the dark graphics. Often times you’ll find yourself trying to jump to ledges that are hard to see because they look exactly like the rest of the background. This frustration is compounded by the lack of interesting things to look at. While it appears you span a great amount of area in each level, it always looks like you’re stuck in the same place.
With poor control, terrible graphics, inane level designs, and very little replay, it’s hard to recommend Justice League. Even for fans of Superman or Batman, this game just does not exude their powers. Unfortunately, it’s on par with the rest of the superhero games, so you probably already know what to expect. You’re better off just looking for a used copy of Spider-Man vs. Venom: Separation Anxiety
Even if youâ€™re a huge comic book fan, you still may want to avoid this GameBoy Advance game. It may be enough to turn you against your favorite superhero.
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