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Spiderman 3 (XBOX 360)

/ Jul 17th, 2007 No Comments

SYNOPSIS:
Play as Spiderman in this game based off of the latest movie. Beat up bad guys, take lots of pictures, level up and get the black suit. There are 9 other storylines to play alongside the movies, as well as new moves to increase the combat capabilities of Spiderman. Moving where you want, doing the missions and challenges you want are the real highlights of this game.
FEATURE LIST
These are the features as described on the box:

* Wield the power of Black-Suited Spiderman.

* Battle Venom, New Goblin, Sandman and more.

* Master all-new combat moves.

* Defend NYC from rooftops to subways to sewers.

GRAPHICS
Spiderman 3’s graphics are typical Treyarch. They are however pretty good for a game with the scope that it has. Nothing like CoD2, which is still the Gold standard, in my own humble opinion. Seams on horizontal and vertical edges were noticeable, if not frequent. Collision issues were very rare – I think I saw it happen only once. It is pretty easy to recognize actors and actresses from the movie (at least Peter and Mary Jane) even thought they don’t look their best. Cutscenes all seem to use the game engine and don’t suffer from it (unlike Transformers…).
SOUND
The sound in Spiderman 3 is fairly average. The actual actors came along to voice the characters, which is pretty cool. Pretty standard, but pretty cool nonetheless. Gunshots and other effects are fairly unrealistic and oftentimes downright laughable. Surround sound is completely unnecessary due to the fact you cant hear much around your area unless you’re supposed to, and then it comes in from all directions at once so you don’t miss it.
GAME PLAY
Spiderman 3 really takes a slide when it comes to game play. Sloppy movement and camera controls are only surpassed by the horror of trying to fight multiple enemies. Web slinging is pretty cool, for those who haven’t gotten their fill already, but wall-crawling can easily induce vertigo. Having Spiderman 3 be a format where you can pick and choose your missions does tend to make it more fun and allow you to pass on missions you have trouble with, it definitely detaches you from the experience. There are also challenges that take you around the city that are fun to play, for those who want to train themselves in the controls more. Disabling bombs had a cool puzzle element to it, and was easy enough to catch on to. However, onscreen instructions can be tricky at times, where some keys will flash to indicate pressing repeatedly but others don’t.

Treyarch apparently decided to include the same feature that ruined CoD3: pressing buttons in order during scripted events. This is a feature that has seriously pissed me off since the first time I’ve seen it in Die Hard the Arcade Game. This is where the character you play is doing something and you have to press the appropriate button in time when it comes up on the screen. If you don’t, you fail and have to start over. A dumb idea that should be buried.

ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
There is no XBL connectivity with Spiderman 3. That means that there will most likely be no downloadable content either. What a shame.
OVERALL IMPRESSION
I really disliked this game. The controls were too loose for a game like this. In Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia, I could pick it up and in 5-10 minutes I’d have a good grasp of the situation. Spiderman 3, after 2 hours I was still unable to go where I was trying go. Vertigo set in about 3 hours into it, and I wasn’t able to play for more than 15-20 minutes at a time without a break. This being the first of the Spiderman game series for me to play, I can’t really compare against the other ones, although I honestly see that it could go anywhere but up.

SYNOPSIS:

Play as Spiderman in this game based off of the latest movie. Beat up bad guys, take lots of pictures, level up and get the black suit. There are 9 other storylines to play alongside the movies, as well as new moves to increase the combat capabilities of Spiderman. Moving where you want, doing the missions and challenges you want are the real highlights of this game.

FEATURE LIST

These are the features as described on the box:

* Wield the power of Black-Suited Spiderman.

* Battle Venom, New Goblin, Sandman and more.

* Master all-new combat moves.

* Defend NYC from rooftops to subways to sewers.

GRAPHICS

Spiderman 3’s graphics are typical Treyarch. They are however pretty good for a game with the scope that it has. Nothing like CoD2, which is still the Gold standard, in my own humble opinion. Seams on horizontal and vertical edges were noticeable, if not frequent. Collision issues were very rare – I think I saw it happen only once. It is pretty easy to recognize actors and actresses from the movie (at least Peter and Mary Jane) even thought they don’t look their best. Cutscenes all seem to use the game engine and don’t suffer from it (unlike Transformers…).

SOUND

The sound in Spiderman 3 is fairly average. The actual actors came along to voice the characters, which is pretty cool. Pretty standard, but pretty cool nonetheless. Gunshots and other effects are fairly unrealistic and oftentimes downright laughable. Surround sound is completely unnecessary due to the fact you cant hear much around your area unless you’re supposed to, and then it comes in from all directions at once so you don’t miss it.

GAME PLAY

Spiderman 3 really takes a slide when it comes to game play. Sloppy movement and camera controls are only surpassed by the horror of trying to fight multiple enemies. Web slinging is pretty cool, for those who haven’t gotten their fill already, but wall-crawling can easily induce vertigo. Having Spiderman 3 be a format where you can pick and choose your missions does tend to make it more fun and allow you to pass on missions you have trouble with, it definitely detaches you from the experience. There are also challenges that take you around the city that are fun to play, for those who want to train themselves in the controls more. Disabling bombs had a cool puzzle element to it, and was easy enough to catch on to. However, onscreen instructions can be tricky at times, where some keys will flash to indicate pressing repeatedly but others don’t.

Treyarch apparently decided to include the same feature that ruined CoD3: pressing buttons in order during scripted events. This is a feature that has seriously pissed me off since the first time I’ve seen it in Die Hard the Arcade Game. This is where the character you play is doing something and you have to press the appropriate button in time when it comes up on the screen. If you don’t, you fail and have to start over. A dumb idea that should be buried.

ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER

There is no XBL connectivity with Spiderman 3. That means that there will most likely be no downloadable content either. What a shame.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

I really disliked this game. The controls were too loose for a game like this. In Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia, I could pick it up and in 5-10 minutes I’d have a good grasp of the situation. Spiderman 3, after 2 hours I was still unable to go where I was trying go. Vertigo set in about 3 hours into it, and I wasn’t able to play for more than 15-20 minutes at a time without a break. This being the first of the Spiderman game series for me to play, I can’t really compare against the other ones, although I honestly see that it could go anywhere but up.

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