G.I. Joe enthusiasts looking for a little nostalgia and new fans of the recent film will find a happy middle ground with EA's latest movie tie-in.

G.I. Joe enthusiasts looking for a little nostalgia and new fans of the recent film will find a happy middle ground with EA's latest movie tie-in.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra recreates many of the action scenes of the film, but quickly expands beyond the movie's limited roster by offering interaction with movie versions of classic characters like Snow Job, Dial Tone and Stalker.

The game is meant to introduce players to this new version of the enduring franchise, but the creators are obviously fond of the full roster of characters, letting players unlock and play 16 classic heroes and villains in cooperative missions.

The core gameplay is simple - players run around in each level shooting everything in sight and collecting experience, which then allows them to earn advancement points to purchase additional team members. Those new team members, in turn, run around and shoot everything in sight.

The various characters fall in basic groups, including Soldier, Heavy Weapons and Commando, but aside from a special attack move to help eliminate hard enemies, they hardly play any differently.

Additionally, the characters in the game can activate a suit of Iron Man-like power armor that grants them amazing destructive power and invulnerability in short bursts.

This super suit is a convention from the film and never existed in the comic or TV series. But it doesn't detract from the game in any way, it just becomes another power earned by shooting enemies.

The game's formula is reminiscent of the classic Konami game Contra. While it's not a traditional platform action title like Contra, the mindless run-and-gun action is definitely the focus.

There's no real strategy involved, and the combat lacks a lot of depth. That means a lack of variety as well, which might leave many players bored after the first few levels.

Cooperative gameplay does brighten the game's outlook a little. Its simplicity makes it a good candidate for family fun - as long as you're not concerned with exposing children to comic violence and explosions.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is not likely the nostalgia-filled title classic cartoon fans will want, but it's a nice, mindless diversion and co-op experience. Rent this one before deciding to buy it - or wait for the bargain price that is inevitable in a few weeks.