Free-swinging adventure tangled up in dull action.
Common Sense Media
10 February 2014
Summary: Parents need to know that this action game is based loosely on the movie of the same name. Players control the costumed vigilante as he delivers street justice to monsters, gang members, crooked cops, and evil geniuses. The game features plenty of violence with a range of weapons (guns, bombs, fists, whips, throwing stars, etc.), but it is never gory. Players are encouraged to fight for the side of law and order and rescue innocents from criminals.
Excerpt: Spider-Man has always been the ideal character to be inserted into a sandbox city environment, and with the release of the fantastic Spider-Man 2 movie tie-in we finally could realise our dream of donning the cool costume and ascending to the heavenly heights of The Big Apple. Now, with the release of the final film in the Spider-Man trilogy comes the not so shocking game tie-in, and well, lets just say it’s good to be Peter Parker’s alter ego once again.
Conclusion: Sure, it can get frustrating, and I almost guarantee there will be at least one point where you get stuck, and sure, some of the achievements are near impossible, but it will truly make you feel like you achieved something. The open-ended world helps create a more relaxed atmosphere of the game, but I think it could have been significantly improved with a difficulty selection. Thanks!
Summary: As a major-league Spider-Man fan that has stuck by this character for a quarter-century (yeah, I'm old), this game was a sad kick in the spinnerets. While I applaud Treyarch for ramping things up in terms of giving us more missions and more gameplay options, the core gameplay is nowhere near as polished as its previous-gen predecessor, and saying that about any game is certifiably damning.
Excerpt: Spider-Man 3 arrives on the Xbox 360 just as Spidey swings back into action on the big screen. Having watched the movie one week earlier, and witnessing some of the Spider-Man 3 demo's at my EB Games, I was eagerly anticipating the arrival of the game when the courier arrived at my home office with our review copies in hand. The Spider-Man video game franchise has always had its share of issues and the Xbox 360 version is no different.
Excerpt: If you have any doubt that the Wii’s graphics are at best a marginal increment over those of the last generation of systems, spending some time with Spider-Man 3 should remove that doubt. Compared to Spider-Man 3 on the PS3 and Xbox 360, Spider-Man 3 on the Wii is dark, blocky, and almost downright ugly. The Wii version is also missing a lot of the content found in the other next-gen versions.
Conclusion: Whether Spider-Man 3 fell victim to time deadlines that have plagued almost every video game based on a film is anyone’s guess. After being so pleasantly surprised by the last game, there was no excuse for Treyarch to drop the ball moving forward by not at least keeping the gameplay on par. This is one Spider-Man experience that spits venom instead of spinning a new web.
Pros: New York looks fantastic, Cut-scenes are fun
Cons: Camera inconsistencies, No flow to missions, Cut-scene animations hit and miss, Where's the fun?