Spiderman 3 Review (360)

by May 30th, 2007

Gamer thumbs tingling!

Spiderman 3 on Xbox 360

Gamer thumbs tingling????

Having played Spiderman 1 and 2 I have really looked forward to this game. After playing this for an hour I wasn’t disappointed. The visuals are clean and the game has progressed well from Spiderman 2. We have the same comic narration and helpful hints from Bruce Campbell, helpful when coming to grips with the new elements. Things like being able to slow down time whilst fighting to pull off massive combo’s, although the first few times this does prove tricky, after a while you’ll be pulling them off like the webbed wonder himself.

In this latest edition to the Spiderman story you also get to flick on your Spider-Sense which turns the screen black and white while displaying enemies in red, allies in green and objectives in yellow.
This really helps when you’re just learning your way around the Big Apple

Activision have said that this city is 2.5 times bigger than the one in Spider-Man 2 and I have to say when your swinging your way through the highs and lows of New York it really does feel it. There are great features like when you’re just webbing around the buildings in down town New York you can see a police chase taking place and jump right in and save the day.

Having played Spiderman 1 and 2 I have really looked forward to this game. After playing this for an hour I wasn’t disappointed.

The bad guys range from Gangs around New York right up to some familiar faces for Spidey fans. We have new guys, such as New Goblin, Venom and the Sandman. There’s also other classic enemy’s in the form of Scorpion, Kraven and the Lizard. These all help to make up 42 missions, which include random street chases and fights with gangs.
Whilst you make your way around there’s also races, skydiving challenges, 30 skyscraper tokens, 75 gang tokens, 35 secret tokens and 30 subway tokens. This all makes for interesting diversions when you’re tired off boss hunting .

I really love playing the hero so why don’t I start with what I think works in this game. Whilst swinging through the Big Apple you get to take care of crimes as they happen, I liked this in Spider-Man 2 and it’s great to have it back in this latest edition. The crimes aren’t just there, they make up part of Spidey’s Crime Fighting Index. See, The gangs this time around have taken three bites out of the Big Apple. These zones are shown on the in-game map. While you swing around and fight crime in the good old-fashioned Spidey way the areas change from red to green.
Also, the way you web your way around the city is much better this time, as you actually have to web buildings not fresh air.

The things that let the game down are the fights with the boss’s. They get very repetitive, as the same move seems to work every time. Take the Lizard for example. You have to hold him down on a conveyer belt and grind him up, which for a character like the Lizard is a sad way to go. There are other glitches in this game which, as a comic book fan and a huge spidey fan, I have tried to look past. However, I feel he’s let himself get caught in his own web of turning out more sequels just for the money.

I really do enjoy this game and it looks good. It’s just not as good as it could be, not next gen enough!

I’m sure as the films roll on that Spiderman will be back with a better title that hopefully will go some way to showing what the 360 can do.

The Good: Vast city to play in.; Slow mo combos are nice.
The Bad: A bit repetitive.; Not really that huge a leap forward from Spiderman 2


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