Summary: Spider-Man 2 on the PS2/Xbox still stands as one of the best superhero games ever. It gave you all of the powers of the hero along with a huge city to use them in. With Spider-Man 3 hitting next gen consoles, it wasn’t unreasonable to expect improvements over SM2 to make this the best superhero game yet. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.
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.
Excerpt: Let’s get it out of the way. If your “Spider Sense” began to tingle when you considered picking up this title, then you can rest easy in knowing that your powers are finely tuned and operating at peak sensitivity. Spider-Man 3, the third and most successful film in Sam Raimi’s vision of the “classic” web-head is a rollercoaster ride of a film.
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.
Free-swinging adventure tangled up in dull action.
Common Sense Media
8 January 2008
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.
Conclusion: Overall, Spider-Man 3 is another Marvel-based
experience that is a job well done. The game
gives you a satisfying taste of what is like to
be Spider-Man minus the bruises and recurring
injuries. It has good combat system, interesting
contextual cutscenes, and engaging storylines
that doesn’t force you to play through padded
content. The controls are responsive and
significantly smoother than previous