first look at Ultimate Spider-Man on the Gamecube,
one of the first thoughts to go through my head was
"This is the best looking Spider-Man game to
date." With its "living comic" feel,
a living city in much need of saving and a living
alien evil, Ultimate Spider-Man is looking to deliver
the true ultimate Spidey experience.
Spider-Man's developers Treyarch, have done an amazing
job to give the game a true comic feel. They have
implemented a system called "3D Comic Inking
Technology", which is a much more advanced Cel-Shading
technique. Full motion comic panels are dispersed
within the game, showing the action from different
vantage points. This is ingenuity at its finest, and
truly gives the game a "living comic" feel.
isn't Treyarch's first attempt at a Spider-Man title;
they are responsible for the movie based game Spider-Man
2. Spider-Man 2 envisioned Spidey as most of us see
him, allowing him the freedom to travel from building
to building in a free roaming environment. Treyarch
will be implementing a smaller environment, but it's
still nice not to be restricted to the sidewalk.
playing a game that's based on characters already
deep within a storyline, fans of the character want
to see certain storylines portrayed. At least having
a faithful representation of the character would be
nice. Treyarch treated Spidey a bit differently in
this game, as the big screen Spider-Man is much more
different than his comic paneled counterpart. In order
to keep continuity in line, Treyarch had the game's
story written by Ultimate Spider-Man scribe Brian
Michael Bendis, whose Venom storyline is one of the
most popular Ultimate Spider-Man stories to date.
receives a guest starring role in Ultimate Spider-Man
and is a playable character. There is a special dynamic
between playing game as Spider-Man or Venom. Spider-Man
being the smaller stature that he is has more acrobatic
attacks and combos. Venom is all about brute force,
so expect a lot of bashing and his suit to do plenty
suit is an integral part of the Venom game play. Since
Eddie Brock's relationship with the alien suit is
symbiotic, the suit will actually feed off Eddie's
life. To prevent yourself from falling into oblivion,
you can use the suit the consume bystanders and use
their life force for yours. Eeesh. This, and the combat,
is just a small taste of what the Venom suit is capable
of. Initially you can only use Venom is certain missions,
but once you finish story mode you can replay the
game as Venom.
Spider-Man shows off an amazing graphic engine which
portrays a very faithful comic feel. Playing as Venom
and getting to interact with the suit looks absolutely
amazing. With a free roaming environment full of side
missions, Ultimate Spider-Man seems to be replay value
friendly. Stay tuned for more.
as Spider-Man AND a super-villain in an original
storyline. For the first time in a Spider-Man game,
gamers get to play both sides as they triumph over
evil as Spider-Man AND assume the role of the super
villain Venom, rampaging through Manhattan as they
destroy everything in their path.
two distinct combat systems allow players to defeat
enemies differently, using Spider-Mans fluid,
acrobatic moves or the super villains brute
a living comic book with the innovative 3D comic
inking technology TM Unique animated comic book
panels move the story along.
through a detailed environment and sense danger
from multiple perspectives. Prepare for an all-new,
feature-packed adventure with classic comic book
Spider-Man game ever. Expanded free-roaming environment
including the addition of Queens.
combat system lets players use the environment to
pull off exciting new moves.
Spider-Man universe characters than ever before.
most authentic Spider-Man experience to date.
and illustration by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark
Bagley, the force behind the Ultimate Spider-Man
comic book series.
Spider-Man story is revealed as the game picks up
where the comic book left off.