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Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
24 December 2010
Conclusion: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions pushes the envelope with a few tried and true techniques used in several great games from this year and last, and does a fairly decent job at it. The plot is bland and often corny, but the gameplay is mostly solid and enjoyable. It's certainly the most authentic game I've played, and stands out from the crowd not just for being openly awkward and just plain weird, but for giving players a very diverse playing field to enjoy.
Summary: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is a wonderful piece in regards to fan service. It collects some of the most popular Spider-Man voice actors of all time and also gives you the chance to play as classic alternative universe Spider-Men. Everyone from Madame Web to Spider-Ham appears in the game which is sure to bring a smile to even the most jaded “I hate OMD” Spider-Man fan.
Excerpt: It could’ve been Doom, Dormammu, Green Goblin, or even Venom, given the right circumstances. But of all the villains who could place the delicate balance of time and space in great peril in today’s episode…it was Mysterio. Our friendly neighborhood you-know-who had caught his fishbowl headed foe red handed at Empire State University trying to steal the recently discovered Tablet of Order and Chaos.
Conclusion: "Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions" is an ambitious game that looks good, combines four games into one and is sure to delight Spidey fans. As Spider-Man games go, this one might be the best. As a game in general, this game does many things well enough but doesn’t manage to anything great.
Pros: Four games with four great art styles in one box, Full of great characters, a deftly woven storyline and even a few funny one-liners, Just as you start to get tired of one game, it changes to another to keep you interested, Neil Patrick Harris voices the Amazing Spider-Man, who doesn’t like Neil Patrick Harris?, Four games with four great art styles in one box, Full of great characters, a deftly woven storyline and even a few funny one-liners, Just as you start to get...
Cons: The canned, repetitive dialogue starts to wear at your sanity, Does four Spider-Mans in one game! Doesn’t do any of them, exceptionally well, So many cut-scenes that you end up watching as much of this game as you play, Some of the game mechanics seem to have little impact on the progression of the game, The canned, repetitive dialogue starts to wear at your sanity, Does four Spider-Mans in one game! Doesn’t do any of them, exceptionally well, So many cut-scenes that ...
Excerpt: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is a work of pure indulgence, a tapestry of silver age fanservice framed with an overly elaborate multiverse-spanning plot. The wafer-thin conceit is that you flick between four spider-men from various comic incarnations – Amazing, Ultimate, Noir and 2099 – who are working together to fight a variety of familiar villains and recover a magical (read: potentially apocalyptic) artefact, eventually culminating in a showdown with old foe...
Excerpt: Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions opens with the web-slinger attempting to stop Mysterio from stealing an ancient artifact known as the Tablet of Order and Chaos from the Empire State University Museum. Things don't quite go according to plan for either party, and the artifact is shattered in the process and its pieces fall into parallel universes.
Excerpt: I'll admit I have never been the biggest Spider-Man fan. Sure I enjoyed the first two movies (especially the second, as I still can't believe that Sam Raimi did a good job in making Doctor Octopus a likable villain that we show sympathy for) but then there was the disaster that was Spider-Man 3. As if the storyline wasn't bad enough, there was also the severe underdevelopment of Venom. But the movie can be summed up in three words: Emo Peter Parker.
Excerpt: Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions is beautiful on the PS3. The cel-shading gives it an appropriate cartoon feel, while the dialogue of our web-headed friend is dead on, with lines such as my favorite, "This neighborhood isn't going to friendly itself." The dialogue is well done, from classic Spidey banter to the voices of various baddies and Madame Web.
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions - Good for Some, not all.
6 October 2010
Excerpt: Mobility: This is not a motion impaired friendly game; the control scheme players are given is the option, buttons will need to be mashed during combat - sometimes even rapidly. Web-swinging and wall-crawling sometimes prove more challenging than they should be. Navigation, particularly in building, doesn’t make much sense. No remappable keys. 3 Hearing: Turning subtitles on or off is one of the only two accessibility related options in the options menu.