Ant-Man Makes A Good Movie, But How Does He Play?

Ant-Man Makes A Good Movie, But How Does He Play?

After seeing the superhero movie Io9 lauded as "perfectly competent" on Thursday night, I felt the urge to get a little more hands-on with Ant-Man. Luckily he's now in every Marvel video game, including Diablo-esque Marvel Heroes.

The powerful Marvel Movie-Verse Engine extends far beyond the silver screen, with a horde of PC, mobile and console games ready with movie tie-in content on day one. We've played the Ant-Man pinball table for Pinball FX 2 and Zen Pinball 2. He's shown up in Marvel Puzzle Quest, Marvel Future Fight, Marvel Contest of Champions, et cetera.

And of course he's in Gazillion's free-to-play PC MMO Marvel Heroes 2015, and he's pretty great.

Gazillion generally does a pretty solid job of capturing superhero and villain powers given the limited scope of their game (no real flying, ground based combat, a flat plane), and Ant-Man feels like one of their better attempts. We've got a horde of insects following Scott Lang around everywhere he goes. He shrinks, he bounces from enemy to enemy, he makes fists out of ants and punches people. For someone with a childhood fear of ant swarms it's pretty terrifying.

But still cool.

Ant-Man's powers are derived from the three different incarnations of the character, and while Scott Lang is the default voice, a Hank Pym costume can be purchased from the in-game store, the additional price helping offset the price of hiring a completely different voice actor for the same character.

Here's a video of Ant-Man in action, with commentary by yours truly. Apologies if the audio goes a little out of sync — I was trying a new recording method that I shall never use again.

As for the movie, it was a good time. Not a particularly memorable time, but I distinctly remember it being good.


    Ant-Man Makes A Good Movie...

    Yeah, no... it really doesn't.

      Feel like elaborating on that?

        Just an opinion. I thought it was great.

          Agreed. Good, fun movie. Very well paced, excell-ant cast, and brilli-ant special fx. Overall I thought it was f-ant-astic! :)

        Yeah, I think what it was for me it was Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. I had the same reaction to it as I did with The Last Samurai: An otherwise good film that (I feel) would have been better had someone else been cast than Tom Cruise, or in this case, Rudd. I dunno, I just don't see Paul Rudd as a superhero.

      it's quite good. not up to avengers standard, but still a lot better than what DC Entertainment's been producing.

      I loved it, would like to hear why you thought it wasn't any good

    Have to agree, Ant-Man is a blast to play in Marvel Heroes. In fact, I had so much fun playing as him (Hank Pym costume with Wasp team-up for some old school Avengering!) I levelled him right through to red 60 prestige! :) Bouncing Bullet and Antnado are definitely my favourite moves :)

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