Superman: Man of Steel
(Xbox; Infogrames; Teen) Not to be confused with Superman’s recent adventure in Shadow of Apokolips, MOS is a totally different story — and, sadly, a much worse game. Supe must defend Metropolis and other locales from a bunch of bad guys. But Superman’s biggest foe is the horrendous control system that requires a few extra fingers for most-effective use. (The repetitive missions don’t help either.) And while it’s cool to have his familiar array of powers (heat, X-ray vision, etc.), Superman’s flying speed is disappointingly slower than a speeding bullet. When it comes to thrills, this title is strictly smallville.