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Spider-Man

FEATURED Spider-Man

  • 1 Player
  • Analog Control Compatible
  • Vibration Function Compatible
  • Wall Crawl and Web Sling through 3D New York
  • Rated “E” for Everyone

Take a look overhead–Spider-Man is arriving to the PlayStation just in time. As the beloved photojournalist-cum-webslinger, you’ll freely explore New York’s skyline, sewers, and hideouts to fulfill several missions. Use Spider-Man’s superhuman strength to fight such notorious foes as Scorpion, Venom, and Rhino. Use his spider abilities to spin webs (any size) to disable and detain bosses, swing around buildings, and creep along walls and ceilings. And thanks to your spider-sense, you’ll detect impending danger from a distance. There is no wealth or fame at the end of this game, however; action is your reward. Whether you’re a fan from the ’60s or not even remotely familiar with the Spider-Man comic, you will get caught in his web. You’ll see that despite its few flaws and the limitations of the PlayStation hardware, Spider-Man is the best based-on-a-superhero video game ever released.

A crime has been committed and (as often happens) our hero has been framed. As the game progresses, you’ll find that all is not as it seems and that many of Spidey’s enemies, including Venom, Carnage, Mysterio, and Rhino, are all out to squash the Spider’s quest to clear his name. Fortunately, Spider-friends, such as Daredevil, Human Torch, and Punisher, are here to help Spider-Man and keep the story moving. Like the comics, ol’ webhead can climb most walls and ceilings, swing from rooftop to rooftop and, of course, do whatever a spider can. With his constant webslinging and acrobatic hand-to-hand fisticuffs, it’s easy to feel that you are Spider-Man.

The characters and scenery are nicely re-created here by making great use of the aging PlayStation’s graphics. Spidey’s ability to climb walls and ceilings does present problems with camera angles from time to time, occasionally making it tough to watch Spidey as he fights his way through some of the game’s levels. While it can be frustrating, the overall camera work and graphics of Spider-Man are still amazing. Also, Spider-Man‘s controls can at times be less responsive and accurate than they should be, and the music is surprisingly subdued and flat, but most true believers can bear these problems until Spidey saves the day.

In fact, the gameplay is so good, most seasoned gamers will devour the game in day or two, which makes Spider-Man a woefully short game. Cherish the time you have in these red and blue tights; this game is escapism at its best. –Mark Brooks

Pros:

  • Easily, the best comic-book-based game ever released
  • Very nice graphics that capture the look and feel of the comic
  • Easily accessible and fun action title

Cons:

  • Occasionally sloppy camera work, controls, and inaccurate firing
  • Finishing the game so quickly is upsetting

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  1. 28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Finally! A Spiderman game done right!, July 17, 2000
    By A Customer
    = Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Spider-Man (Video Game)
    We’ve all been waiting 10 years for a decent spiderman game. After dealing with the garbage that was released on the Genesis and Super Nintendo, Neversoft, responsible for the amazing Tony Hawks Pro Skater, stepped up to the box, and makes one of the PSXs best games. The game pits you as Peter Parker or more famously known as Spiderman. You explore the streets of NYC looking for trouble, and it pops up often. You battle all the well known bad guys, from Rhino to Venom to Dr. Octopus, they are all here. The developers have done an AMAZING job of bringing spidey to the console. The use of his Web and Spidey Sense are amazingly put into the game, and the physics are unbeliveable. Add to that, some of the best graphics yet seen on the PlayStation, and you can see why this game is just so good. The music perfectly fits the atmosphere of the game, and times, up and catchy, and at others, dark and suspenseful. You will have to solve puzzels along the way, and encounter all the charcters you know from the tv and comic series. The game is not all action either, many times you will be low on health, and will have to rely on stealth to make your way through the level. All these aspects are pulled into the game to create the best spiderman game ever, and one of the best games period for the PlayStation.

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  2. 31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Style over substance, August 27, 2000
    = Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Spider-Man (Video Game)
    I was really looking forward to the release of this game after playing the demo. All the elements are there: wall-crawling, web-spinning, swinging from building to building, and voice-overs from Stan Lee. The whole package is amazing in its capture of the comic book look and feel.
    And yet… I found myself getting bored with the game after playing it for about 4 hours. After going through a few of the missions (beat up guys then fight boss, or try to complete some sort of platform/maze puzzle under time pressure), I realized that I had no incentive to go back and replay any of the missions. Exploring the buildings of the city is not very rewarding – it’s just one empty building or rooftop after another. There’s no score-keeping, so it’s not like you can go back and “improve” your performance on a mission.
    Ultimately, the game is fun to play and really captures the feel of the comic, but it won’t keep you entertained for much longer than the 2-3 days it takes to finish all the missions.

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  3. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic! Incredible! But I want more., October 1, 2000
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    Amazon Customer (Somewhere North of Boston) –

    This review is from: Spider-Man (Video Game)
    Let’s get one thing straight, in my personal opinion every single super hero game that has come out has been terrible. Fortunately Spider Man has broken this abysmal tradition.
    The Good – Fantastic graphics (using Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater engine). Spider man looks good. While there are definite polygonal issues once you get up close it’s fantastic considering it’s being run on the PlayStation. Entertaining dialogue. I must admit I chuckled a few times at the exchange between Spider Man and some villains. Just listening to the Webslinger making puns and cracking jokes after pounding the hell out of someone just strikes me as amusing. As far as the actual dialogue and voice acting for the story goes, well, it varies. Some of the characters really seem to come alive with whoever did their voice, yet others seem a little weak.
    Finally Getting to be Spider Man. This is a big one. Yes he’s been in games before but they’ve never been this good. Just getting to swing from building to building is a treat. From coating some bad guy in webbing to jumping on his back and punching him in the head, it’s just fun to be the Webhead.
    The Bad
    Game length. It’s just too short. I really think that if Neversoft had made a second cd and included more levels this would be an unbelievable game.
    Linearity. This is another one I had a problem with. There’s a right way to do things and that’s pretty much it. I thought a big part of Spider Man’s persona was that he used his head to find different ways around an obstacle as opposed to always just smashing it?
    Limitedness. In the levels where you’re cruising the New York skyline (there are not nearly enough of these by the way) there’s not much point to going to most of the buildings (with the exception of the occasional power-up) because they’re empty and dull.
    What I would have liked to have seen-
    More of New York. Really, after about 15 floors it disappears into a fatal haze. What I really would have liked to have seen was the ability to actually travel around the city. Now that would have been fantastic. Maybe even a random adventure/quest generator would have been very interesting. Now you can say “Wait for a MMORPG” but that wouldn’t quite be the same. In a MMORPG you aren’t the focus of the game whereas with this everything would be revolving around you and how you react (much like the Spider Man comics).
    Despite the flaws I wholeheartedly recommend this game with one restriction. You really need to like Spider Man to buy this game. What I’m saying is, if you aren’t a fan you probably won’t want to shell out that much money for such a short game.
    Oh well, maybe we can hope for this for a release on the PSX2.

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