Review by oldschool312

"A solid gaming experience"

As far as movie based games go the Spider-Man series has went against the norm. Most are not worth the time, money, or effort it takes to fully dive into a game. With a few exceptions (X-Men Legends series, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance ...) super hero games have followed the same formula as movie based games. A movie based super hero game then has a lot going against it from the start.

Game Play 8/10

Swinging through the city is one of the highlights of this edition of Spider-Man. New York is a large city with several areas to explore. Some missions are partially based on the movie while even more have no real relation to the film. At any time there is a choice among 3 to 4 separate mission based story lines to follow. The depth and difficulty of each varies none of which are excessively detailed or difficult. Navigating from mission to mission is simple enough (going to the map and selecting which mission to proceed to). While moving from mission to mission many random crimes can take place. Spider-Man has the option to help out or just ignore the crimes. Fortunately this time though there will be no chasing down balloons for little girls.

A welcome addition to this game as opposed to Spider-Man 2 is the action sequences that require timed button presses. Instead of watching a cut scene the player is involved . This facet of the game is especially well done during many of the boss battles. Spider-Man is able to perform actions that would not be possible nor look as fluid if not for these sequences.

Two complaints are the battle system and the camera. Spider-Man's attacks should be more web based than they are. Too often battles come down to relying to heavily on hand to hand combat. The web attacks just are not as satisfying as they could be. Even a bigger concern, is the erratic camera. The developers are not 100% to blame here though. Spider-Man's extraordinary abilities compound the difficulty in creating a smooth transitioning camera. The problem is most evident when moving from one action to a second (web swinging to wall crawling). It even comes into play during the fights, either with individuals or groups. Not having a target locking system makes many of the fights and chase sequence more frustrating than they need to be.

Graphics 7/10

The look of the game is adequate. The character designs are well formed, with the exception of Tobey Maguire. For what ever reason when on screen as Peter Parker his in game model looks a little odd. Graphically there just is not a "Wow!, that just looks amazing" moment.

Replayability 7/10

If you like web swinging then you will be playing this game for a long time to come. Other than that there is not a whole lot to do once you complete the main part of the game. There are enough missions to keep Spidey busy for several hours but once the missions are done the only thing left are different type of races (sky dive, combat tours, and bomb tours). There are achievements to unlock that provide some with extra motivation to play. Furthermore the lack of any on line mode lessens the likelihood many will play this after the missions are complete. Not having any Xbox Live functionality is not really a knock on the game because the premise of Spider-Man 3 is that it is primarily a single player game. A co-op on line mode would have been interesting but probably difficult to provide.

Final Thoughts

Spider-Man 3 is a solid, not spectacular addition to the super hero game library. Fans of Spider-Man will definitely enjoy web swinging their way through the game. Even non fans should find an enjoyable game.

Pros:
Spider-Man license
Web Swinging
Action Sequence
Variety of missions
Random Crime

Cons:
Camera
Low focus on web attacks
No on line component


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 05/07/07


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