|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PC, PS2, PSP, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Shaba||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 21, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Spidey has some unique moves which are different from typical fighting games. He is able to climb walls, swing from his web, shoot webs at enemies to stun or capture them, and sense danger clairvoyantly. The controls are easy to access and the moves are responsive to your commands, although you will notice some poor collision detection mechanics from time to time. When Spidey's moves aren't enough to handle a given situation, you can call on various superhero buddies to help protect your spider-butt. I won't spoil the surprises, but suffice it to say that most of them, like the enemies, are mainly B-list heroes. But that's not to say that it's disappointing because they are all diverse and do a few things very well. The overall animation is so good it makes it a treat to see them in action.
At the outset, the combat is little more than button mashing, but as you progress, and you will do so quickly, the moves become more varied and interesting. There isn't much of a learning curve, so anyone can get into the action instantly. Graphically the game is great. Spidey's animations are fast and fluid. The cityscape is impressive, but we only get to play in a small chuck of the Big Apple. It's also a little empty-looking, as it's void of background details, but considering that there is some slowdown, it's a sacrifice we'll be willing to live with. The voiceovers are great, capturing the real essence of our hero. Sound effects and soundtrack tunes are limited and are repeated to the point of absurdity.
You can play the game as a good Spider-Man and replay it as a bad Spider-Man, as that's the only replay value you're going to get here. It's a great game, but it's over all too quickly. I highly recommend it, but I recommend it as a rental.
CCC Senior Writer