will be the first to admit that I am a long time Spider-man fan.
With this in mind, it should be no surprise that I saw the movie and
got the official game adaptation of the movie. Activision has been
publishing Spider-man games since the Playstation and they bring the
franchise to the next generation consoles with this latest addition.
Thankfully, the gameplay has been improved and the game actually
turns out to be a fairly decent game.
of the major problems with designing a game around a movie
containing only one villain is the lack of a variety of boss
characters. Sure, its fun beating up the Green Goblin, but it will
get rather repetitive if thatís the only character you fight. The
game expands the story of the movie to include all time favorite
punching bags such as Shocker, Vulture, Scorpion and Kraven the
Hunter. These side bosses do not really advance the main story, but
they do provide a change in scenery and a change from fighting the
same old boss over and over again.
game does manage to capture the entire essence of the movie. Instead
of some games that use voice actors doing a bad impression of the
character (like Obi Wan), the actual actors did the voices for the
main characters in this game. Yes, this means you get to hear Toby
Maguire make sarcastic comments as Spider-man and Willem Dafoe
cackling as the Green Goblin. Bruce Campbell (Wrestling announcer in
the movie and the star of Director Sam Raimiís cult classic Evil
Dead series) does the voice of the narrator. You also hear people
saying things like "What was that?" or "look!"
Basically, everything from the wisecracks to the people gives the
game an atmosphere that resembles the one shown in the comic books
and in the film.
game looks great. The web-slinging stages in Manhattan are simply
mind-blowing and a far step from the last web-slinging stages seen
in the Playstation versions. The costumes for all of the super
heroes (and villains) look great. All of the effects like
explosions, smoke, rain and webbing look pretty good.
game is a major step up in terms of controls for Spider-man games.
The control scheme is easy to learn yet hard to master. The
Web-slinging controls are the easiest so far. Zip-lines are easy to
aim with the targeting feature and are also auto-aimed in the
direction you run. The fighting system is interesting. It seems to
be a basic punch-kick-jump system, but there is so much more.
Players unlock special fighting combos throughout the game that are
obviously modeled after typical Spider-man moves in the comic books.
A new ability is to jump and land on the shoulders of an enemy. From
here, you can either pummel their head or body-slam them. The
coolest use for this attack is in the flying stages with the Vulture
or the Green Goblin. You can actually land on the Vultureís
shoulders and the Green Goblinís Glider and fight them.
this game is short by most peopleís standards, it is still an
excellent game in terms of gameplay. Spider-man games are just fun
by nature. After beating a stage, you can jump to it from the main
menu to replay it. Also, by playing the game on harder difficulty
levels, you can gain more bonus points and unlock more secrets (like
organic webbing and playing the game as the Green Goblin). Since it
is short, the fun can wear off quickly. There are only so many times
one can play through a game without it becoming boring.
isnít anything really wrong with Spider-man outside of the length.
The game is fun and a major step up for Spider-man games. Hopefully
they get a few sequels out that carry this formula out as well
(plus, some more baddies would be cool).
to learn yet tough to master controls
Spider-man, does whatever a spider can
Goblinís modern costume (yes, this is the main thing I hated
about the movie too)
Most people would be satisfied playing this and beating it in a
rental. If youíre a hardcore Spider-man fan like myself, buy this
game. If this game were longer, I would say this is a must buy, but
the length really hurts it in terms of replay value.