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Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
29 November 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.
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: The Amazing, Ultimate, and 2099 incarnations deliver a blend of web-slinging, wall-crawling, and brawling that players have come to expect from Spidey games, while the Noir universe offers a far different, more unique, and rewarding experience with a grainy black and white look and emphasis on stealth - the other three feel largely the same with the exception of the areas that are exclusive to those universes.
Excerpt: Out of all the major comic book characters, Spider-Man has probably has the best track record in video games. There's something satisfying about playing as the webbed wall crawler, and developers have used his abilities to good effect. However, that doesn't mean that every single Spider-Man title is going to be a home run. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, is neither the worst of the worst nor the best of the best. But for a next gen Spidey game, it's not too bad.
Summary: Swinging through the air and pounding bad guys to a pulp are two of the things Spider-Man does best, and in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, you do plenty of both while playing as four different versions of Spider-Man: Amazing, Ultimate, 2099, and Noir. Each Spidey is quick and powerful, allowing you to deftly evade your enemies and string together brutal combos using your substantial spider powers.
Pros: Terrific artistic design, Great freedom of movement, Powerful combat abilities, Rich with Spider-Man personality, Tantalizing level-specific challenges
Cons: Noir universe doesn't fit in quite right, Some locomotion snags, Certain levels can get repetitive
Summary: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions will allow players to travel through four different worlds as distinctly different versions of Spider-Man from four universes across Marvel lore, including The Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man Noir.
Excerpt: With the introduction of the Spider-Man movies, Spider-Man: The Movie (the videogame) made a big multiplatform splash in 2002. While there had been Spider-Man video games practically since there had been video game consoles, Spider-Man 2 made an even bigger splash introducing a new sandbox format that finally made for a good web-slinging title. Unfortunately, no solo Spider-Man title had captured gamers that way since.