Conclusion: I think the game put it best whenever you failed at a mission. When you fail, you have the option to “Retry” or “Try Something Else.” Of course in the game they meant to abort the mission and try another one, but you should go beyond that and just try something else entirely because Spider-Man 3 is a very disappointing and frustrating game that is not worth your hard earned cash.
Summary: Based on the feature film, Spider-Man 3 allows players to experience the actions of heroic red-suited Spider-Man and, for the first time ever, his darker, more mysterious black-suited persona.
Excerpt: Such moments rock, but they’re counter-balanced by tedious missions. Early on, those revolve around stopping the various gangs that are battling for control of the city. Later, you have to take on super villains. The problem with these missions is that they’re not particularly fun, not when you could be out swinging around the city, riding on top of cars and whatever else interests you.
Conclusion: The basic mechanics of Spider-Man 3 are good enough that fans of the character, and especially fans of the last game, should give this one a try. However, poor camera controls, obnoxious mini-games that prevent forward progress, and some really horrible character models mar what could have been an excellent game. Also, the Collector's Edition that costs $10 more offers nothing of value for the extra money outside of what is available on the regular edition.
Excerpt: Activision has been extremely fortunate to have the Spider-Man franchise at their helm for the past 7 years now. Besides the Tony Hawk franchise, Spider-Man is one of Activision's highest grossing licenses. The same way the movie shattered all box office records, within its first three days of sales, Spider-Man 3 went on to sell over 210k copies for both the Xbox 360 and PS2 combined.
Conclusion: Throwaway combat, a horrid indoor camera, frustrating missions and a general lack of respect for the characters and comic source material mean you have a game that looks fairly good, but doesn't really do justice to the property it's all based on.
Conclusion: The audio is somewhat of a mixed bag. As you zip through the city don’t expect to hear anything except the wind in your ears. While that’s realistic, it’s also somewhat boring. It’s nice to hear music playing and themes going as you perform heroic deeds. There is a soundtrack in place; it’s just that it only seems to play during critical moments.