By Jeff Jensen
May 13, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT
Courtesy of SEGA

Rated T (for Teen)

This much can be said about Iron Man 2: Unlike its critically panned movie counterpart, the game is a significant improvement over its predecessor. The adaptation of the 2008 superhero flick was a total lemon — buggy, brainless, boring. The sequel’s made of more imaginative mettle. It isn’t a facsimile of the film’s plot, but a new story that expands upon Iron Man‘s movie world by adding elements from the comic book. You play Iron Man (Eric Loomis) or his sidekick, War Machine (a more spirited Don Cheadle). At its best, the game is an amusing interactive cartoon. The graphics are competent; the storytelling is clear. But the gameplay still blows. Mission objectives are frustratingly fuzzy. Iron Man’s alter ego is a genius, but ”puzzles” demand little more than tapping the B button a few times. The fighting doesn’t require much thought either. You can blindly punch your way out of most challenges. Yes, Iron Man 2 is a welcome upgrade — but maybe No. 3 will finally give fans the sophisticated game they deserve. B?