Brainiac 13 and Lex Luthor are fighting over the technology needed to take over the world in Infogrames' second Superman game since the publisher acquired the license in 2000. As the Man of Steel, players will battle Braniac 13's mechanical minions while flying through the air and running along the ground. Two separate combat engines were created for the game, requiring players to approach enemies differently depending on their location. Superman can pummel foes into submission using punches and kicks while on the ground, but once he ventures into the air, he'll be able to streak across the sky to smash into enemies or to use his special powers for long-range attacks. <br><br>The game features a total of 15 levels set across such far-flung locales as Metropolis, the Phantom Zone, Deep Space, and Warworld. Unlike previous games featuring the red-caped hero, Superman has command of his special abilities from the start of the Story Mode. Players will use x-ray vision, super strength, telescopic vision, super speed dodges, heat vision, and freeze breath to rescue hapless citizens, circumvent natural disasters, and stop the diabolical duo of Brainiac and Lex Luthor from terrorizing the planet. Other villains in the superhero's path include Metallo, Bizarro, Mongul, and the Cyborg. <br><br>Superman navigates his way through environments by using super hearing, represented by an on-screen indicator that points to the next objective or enemy like a compass. Each level offers a specific objective, from catching a villain trying to escape to destroying a specific number of robots, which can unlock special features if completed within the time limit. These bonus features include a concept art gallery, 3D model viewer, costume selection screen, free mode (players can fly around the city without worrying about missions), and a cinematic viewer showing the game's full-motion videos. Single Mission mode allows players to revisit any of the levels unlocked during the Story Mode.