Spider-Man: The Movie for Xbox
Spider-Man: The Movie for Xbox
ESRB Rating: Everyone
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• A full-roaming action/adventure game
• Play as Spider-Man
• Detailed 3D environments
• Swing from the dizzying heights of skyscrapers
• Aerial combat with the Green Goblin
Product Description: In the legends of superheroes, Spider-Man is an original. A genetically altered spider bites run-of-the-mill high school student Peter Parker, and a superhero is born. Suddenly, he is empowered with supernatural abilities, including web-slinging, wall-crawling and super spider senses. The visionary power of the Xbox makes Spider-Man: The Movie video game a force to be reckoned with. Jump into the suit of the young Spider-Man as he learns how to fight the forces of evil in a stunning 3-D New York City. Crawl, leap and swing amongst the dizzying heights of skyscrapers, looking to catch criminals and super-villains in your web. Come face to face with your nemesis, the Green Goblin in death-defying aerial combat. It's up to you to help Spidey survive what could be his toughest fight...or his last.
An Excellent Game: Spiderman, November 5, 2002
Reviewer: Gabe Arrillaga from Menlo Park, CA USA
I greatly suggest this title to all Xbox owners out there, but be forewarned, some do not like this style of play; rent it before you buy it. Here's my rating of different aspects of the game on a scale of 1-10:
The graphics are beautiful - prerendered bliss. The outdoor levels are superb. It's amazing to watch the sun reflect off of a scyscraper while web-swinging through the air. I wasn't as inmpressed with the indoor levels, but they were sufficient.
Voice Acting: 8
It was nice to hear the actors from the film do voiceovers. Although I enjoyed the trademark Peter Parker sarcasm, he sounded completely disinterested at times. William Dafoe (I hope I didn't butcher his name) was a different story. He sounded genuinely evil!
The storyline stuck to the movie's plot enough so that that those of you don't follow Spiderman understood the plot. But it had an original tinge to it, adding many surprises and including characters such as: Shocker, Kraven the Hunter, Scorpion, forget the others, and of course, the Green Goblin. The levels were bridged with short movies that explained what was going in detail.
Ahh, this was the section I was waiting for... Even if everything else about the game was terrible, the gameplay is only surpassed by perhaps Halo. The satisfaction I get from grabbing on to the Green Goblin's hovercraft in midair and reapeatedly punching him makes me tingle. Memorizing and trying to unlock new attack combos is excellent. The variety of fighting styles is mind boggling. The levels get proggressively more difficult, but they're always manageable with a little use of that gray matter poppin' out of your head.
I enjoy exploring the specials and trying new cheats, but the replay value isn't that great. The designers could've included difficulty levels or something. But oh well (sigh)...
There is no multiplayer! The only reason I gave it a 1 is that you can take turns on the missions with your friends.
Party on! Buy Spiderman!
Awsome for the first two days. . ., October 10, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Evanston, Illinois United States
This game is original and has great fights and so on, but it gets frustratingly difficult and there is no multiplayer. It gets old too fast. Don't get me wrong though, its fun, but it feels empty and there is no much replay value in the campaign. Sometimes missions are more of a chore than having fun.
get trapped in this web, August 30, 2002
Reviewer: daisy from minneapolis
super-heroes come and go but the spider stands alone. sure, there have been a lot of lame movie into video games shoved through production this summer (i'm not naming names; you know who you are!) but Activision has delivered the goods in this one. Awesome graphics, great aerial moves: spider-man rocks!
Good, but Flawed, August 29, 2002
Reviewer: ajcar1992 from Baltimore, MD USA
In this game Spider-Man comes in great fashion and few flaws. I might as well say the flaws first. They are: Gameplay is very familiar. The first couple of levels are annoying and pointless. And there is no multiplayer. Other than that though, it is super fun and recomended to spiderman fans.
4 and 1/4 stars., August 28, 2002
Reviewer: chrisshadybell from Chatt
The replay value is what gives it the 1/4. Its not much but better than nothing. The game itself is very fun and definitely worth renting and if you really like it and like the little replay value of the game like spider man bowling, playing as green goblin, playing as shocker, and playing as other people (like Mary Jane, a Cop, a thug, etc.) For a reference of other games is Buffy The Vampire Slayer, If you like that for XBOX you'll LOVVVVE spider-man. (XBOX VERSION HAS BONUS LEVEL!!!)
A Lesson For Those Who Purchase Titles Based on Licenses, August 24, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Terre Haute, IN United States
Preamble: I decided on two stars for expediency. Since amazon.com doesn't have the option of half stars i thought it would be better to give a ranking within such purview. The game really deserves two and a half stars, not two. Also, my opinion is colored by the history that Licenses (whether it be movie to games or vice versa) have portrayed in terms of originality. Games based off movies (Judge Dredd, X-Men: Mutant Academy, all Star Wars games, etc.) aren't created to capture a new audience but to over-satiate an audience that's already hooked on a product. It's a shame since these games could have expanded the licenses by adding new stories, ideas and themes instead of acting as sloppy simulacrums.
Spider-Man for the Xbox is, firstly, graphically well-done. Spider-Man, as well as his nemeses, move with extreme fluidity and ample graphical tweaking (good anti-aliasing). When you're flying through skylines the utteer power of the Xbox becomes apparent as every building, big or small, is viewable or at least impeded by very little "fog." The controls are also easy to manipulate for the most part.
However, problems arise to shake this somewhat solid foundation. The camera is tricky, annoyingly so. Sometimes as you're running through a hallway the camera will switch angles if there's a turn but the computer controls do not compensate for this change. So instead of you switching directions along with the camera it's as though you run in straight lines until you hit walls and other objects (sometimes even villains). The A.I. is woefully underconstructed. Normal henchmen, later on in the game, surround you by the bundles and seem to know nothing more than beating you down even if they are the only one around. When there are 5 or 6 around it becomes utter tedium to dispose of all of them but when there are only 1 or 2 it seems pathetic. Although there are some who block your attacks, they don't surround you and you can esily get rid of them by wrapping them up in webbing and going combo-crazy. Also, fighting even rudimentary bullies becomes a pain since you have to vigilantly monitor the little health gague equipped. When fighting bosses, some of which fight with deadly efficacy, every punch, kick, jump and swing must be designed with utmost care and precision otherwise the game will get very frustrating very quickly.
The sound, though not terribly annoying, becomes bland. Level after level the same orchestral number rings through as though the production team was strapped for cash. The voice acting also becomes a nuisance as both the narrator and Spider-man regurgitate lines. "Are you guys recyclable?" "Hey, Killbot 5000." "Jane, stop this crazy thing!" What's worse is that the sound effects--all of which sound as though they were recorded under pillows--would leave the game feeling empty if the voice acting wasn't there at all.
Besides these issues, the game is also short (~4 hours long) and also has sloppy cinemas. The bottom line is that if I had seen the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it then the game would have received a higher rating because it would have been judged as an *extention* of a movie license, not an individual parcel. If you enjoyed the movie then you'll probably enjoy the game as well.
An ok game, August 22, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Minneapolis
The graphics for Spider Man are great. Game play is short. Once you get the hang of the controls...game is easy to beat. Not the game that it was hyped up to be. Rent it first!
Not TO Good, August 11, 2002
Reviewer: Jim Fox from Jersey
This game is a bore! I didn't really enjoy this and it's another game I dont know why people like so much. The first level was good but after you beat Uncle Ben's killer it just gets so boring . The graphics aren't bad but the gameplay and the controls are. Overall, Fair game worth a rent that's it!(better than Halo)
a 4, August 5, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from atlanta,Georgia
This game is good except for where the hell do u swing from and some other things, you can't walk on the ground, it has good graphics,and you can't goeverywhere in new york.
four rating, August 5, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Atlanta,Georgia
This games pretty good except for where the hell do you swing from, You can't walk on the ground and you don't get free roaming but i mean like u don't get to go anywhere in new york. But the graphics are good.