A movie tie-in designed on multi formats on a last gen console should be awful. And yet...
The cut scenes are completely contradictory, one minute Tony Stark is against weapons, the next he's saying how wonderful his Iron Man Suit is at blowing up stuff.
What you get is a game that does not feel dumbed down and simplified for the old gen console (Unlike so many ps2 games at the moment that seem to have been made intentionally awful in order to make you buy a ps3 or 360. I bought Iron Man on ps2 instead of ps3 as it was 25 quid instead of 40 and was willing to sacrifice the lush looking graphics for what I assume is identical gameplay, and I wasn't disappointed. Missions are samey, the bad guys are generic, but the cut scenes are beautifully rendered. And it is amusing to watch Tony Stark go from Noble Humanitarian to War mongering weapons fanatic. The controls work better than you expect, however, and it really is a rush flying through the environments and breaking the sound barrier. The unlockable suits are fun to try and add replay value if only to see what they look like. The upgradeable weapons add a much needed diversion but as they upgrade automatically this sort of undermines the RPG element that could have been so much more.
In short the flying feels like all the good bits of the Superman Returns game, and the selection of weapons on offer are humble but satisfying. The lack of a health bar adds to the feeling that your really are invincible, only having to jump start Tony's heart every now and then if the stress gets too much for him. The questionable game story and dialogue might not sit to well with Daily Mail readers, but for those of us that feel little Tommy isn't going to build a robotic super suit and start murderising the worlds weapons dealers after buying the game (Would this be bad?) it's a guilty pleasure.
One last thing, if your expecting a free roam world like that of Spiderman 2, you may be a little disappointed. Levels have you confined to a set area, however these areas are fairly large and it rarely feels like you are confined. One sky base mission feels fantastic to fly around. For all its sameyness, the game delivered certain opportunities to do supercool superhero things, and does a good job making you feel powerful. And in the end, isn't that why we keep buying all of these superhero games?