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Spiderman Friend or Foe (DS)

/ Oct 11th, 2007 No Comments

SYNOPSIS:
The newest Spider-Man game loosely follows the comic book side of the story, in this new and completely unique story, Spider-Man Friend or Foe. The premise of the game is pretty well thought out – a mysterious meteor (a la what created Venom) – crashes to Earth. A new evil arises that takes over villains from the Spider-Man universe. Realizing that the greater good is at stake, Spider-Man is forced to ally with sworn enemies to battle this growing threat.
FEATURE LIST
* Spider-Man: Friend or Foe allows players to choose a sidekick from Spider-Man’s allies – Pick from a long list of Spider-Man’s powerful allies, like Blade and Iron Fist, and swap between the web-slinger and the chosen sidekicks at any time during gameplay.

* Fight against movie Super Villains and then alongside them in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe – Using an innovative combat system, face off against and defeat some of the Spider-Man movies’ most notorious Super Villains such as Doc Ock, Sandman and Green Goblin, and then convert them to join Spidey’s list of potential sidekicks.

* Team up in two-player co-op – A unique co-op mode lets friends join the game at any time and take control of Spider-Man’s sidekick.

* Replay the game or experience Versus mode with a different sidekick and eventually play as Black-Suited Spider-Man.

GRAPHICS
If you've played any of the other Activision Spider-Man games on the Nintendo DS, then you'll come to recognize the level of graphics for Spider-Man Friend or Foe. The levels look decent, and it looks like a much more simplistic view of a console edition – which is a good thing. The details are done well for the various stages/levels you interact with, however, the baddies in the game seem to all look alike and don't really excite you in terms of art direction or animation.
SOUND
The one surprising thing about this title for DS was the amount of voice work put in – there's actually some really good VO in the game which is usually reserved for consoles only. The soundtrack seems uninspired but functional, and the sound effects are decent enough to round out the entire A/V experience with the game.
GAME PLAY
It's a brawler through and through, and being able to pick your sidekick is a nice little feature that makes the game interesting to play. If you feel like bashing through level after level – then this is your game. If you want complicated levels and a new reason to live for gaming, then you're looking in the wrong direction. The combos and moves in the game all sort themselves out very quickly and are pretty straightforward, making us think that this game is great for younger and novice gamers (or for those of you that hate a challenge!).

There is some nice usage of the bottom DS touch screen, in the form of picking locks (fun) or entering in the correct combination on a rotary lock on a safe (not as fun). The big attraction is the co-op play, which really is a big pull for the game.

ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
Usually DS games don't do anything in terms of co-op play, but Spider-Man Friend or Foe actually has fantastic co-op play that is highly recommended if you have a buddy that has the game as well. Although the number of sidekicks is somewhat limited, there's enough in there to keep it interesting and want to play through again if you enjoy this type of gaming experience.
OVERALL IMPRESSION
If you don't mind a somewhat repetitive brawling action game that is geared more for younger or novice gamers – then Spider-Man Friend or Foe is definitely one to check out. The presentation was decent, and the gameplay someone monotonous after a couple of hours, but I can definitely see its appeal. The co-op is definitely something to check out, and all in all, a decent effort for the DS.

SYNOPSIS:

The newest Spider-Man game loosely follows the comic book side of the story, in this new and completely unique story, Spider-Man Friend or Foe. The premise of the game is pretty well thought out – a mysterious meteor (a la what created Venom) – crashes to Earth. A new evil arises that takes over villains from the Spider-Man universe. Realizing that the greater good is at stake, Spider-Man is forced to ally with sworn enemies to battle this growing threat.

FEATURE LIST

* Spider-Man: Friend or Foe allows players to choose a sidekick from Spider-Man’s allies – Pick from a long list of Spider-Man’s powerful allies, like Blade and Iron Fist, and swap between the web-slinger and the chosen sidekicks at any time during gameplay.

* Fight against movie Super Villains and then alongside them in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe – Using an innovative combat system, face off against and defeat some of the Spider-Man movies’ most notorious Super Villains such as Doc Ock, Sandman and Green Goblin, and then convert them to join Spidey’s list of potential sidekicks.

* Team up in two-player co-op – A unique co-op mode lets friends join the game at any time and take control of Spider-Man’s sidekick.

* Replay the game or experience Versus mode with a different sidekick and eventually play as Black-Suited Spider-Man.

GRAPHICS

If you've played any of the other Activision Spider-Man games on the Nintendo DS, then you'll come to recognize the level of graphics for Spider-Man Friend or Foe. The levels look decent, and it looks like a much more simplistic view of a console edition – which is a good thing. The details are done well for the various stages/levels you interact with, however, the baddies in the game seem to all look alike and don't really excite you in terms of art direction or animation.

SOUND

The one surprising thing about this title for DS was the amount of voice work put in – there's actually some really good VO in the game which is usually reserved for consoles only. The soundtrack seems uninspired but functional, and the sound effects are decent enough to round out the entire A/V experience with the game.

GAME PLAY

It's a brawler through and through, and being able to pick your sidekick is a nice little feature that makes the game interesting to play. If you feel like bashing through level after level – then this is your game. If you want complicated levels and a new reason to live for gaming, then you're looking in the wrong direction. The combos and moves in the game all sort themselves out very quickly and are pretty straightforward, making us think that this game is great for younger and novice gamers (or for those of you that hate a challenge!).

There is some nice usage of the bottom DS touch screen, in the form of picking locks (fun) or entering in the correct combination on a rotary lock on a safe (not as fun). The big attraction is the co-op play, which really is a big pull for the game.

ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER

Usually DS games don't do anything in terms of co-op play, but Spider-Man Friend or Foe actually has fantastic co-op play that is highly recommended if you have a buddy that has the game as well. Although the number of sidekicks is somewhat limited, there's enough in there to keep it interesting and want to play through again if you enjoy this type of gaming experience.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

If you don't mind a somewhat repetitive brawling action game that is geared more for younger or novice gamers – then Spider-Man Friend or Foe is definitely one to check out. The presentation was decent, and the gameplay someone monotonous after a couple of hours, but I can definitely see its appeal. The co-op is definitely something to check out, and all in all, a decent effort for the DS.

Sean W. Gibson

Sean W. Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson has been the owner and Executive Editor of Gaming Illustrated for over eleven years. His roles include acting as CEO and President of Gaming Illustrated, LLC and also includes being a reviewer, previewer and interviewer. Sean's opinions on this site do not reflect those of his full-time employer.
Sean W. Gibson
Sean W. Gibson

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