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25 of 28 found the following review helpful:
Spidey Fan Since ChildhoodApr 22, 2002
I just bought this game a few days ago and so far am having a great time playing it. Since I am such a big fan of Spider-Man I am a little biased but this doesn't change the fact that this game is plain fun. This is the closest thing you will ever get to being Spider-Man.
Difficulty: Can be challenging but practice makes perfect.
Graphics: Awesome. Looking through buildings as Spidey crawls on the walls is great, a little disorienting at times but you get used to it. Spidey looks way cool and his movements are perfect. Framerates are great.
Gameplay: Levels are pretty straight forward with lots of information given along the way about your next objectives. You have to master control of Spidey's moves to excel at each level, but even my six year-old can play this game. Power-ups are also given which is helpful. You might notice some controller problems like how Spidey keeps moving after you let go of the control stick, or Spidey's directional control can be frustrating, but you can overcome these minor problems with some practice and patience.
Sound: Voice overs are great. Narrations done by Bruce Campbell! Lots of funny comments throughout the game. Glad to hear the actual movie's star lent his voice to the main character. They included surround sound in the options(shouldn't every game have this?). Music is cool, very exciting.
Overall I say this is a great game and has pretty good replay value. I love it for the Spidey Value. ...
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Not quite Spectacular or Amazing.Sep 15, 2003
By Matthew Ivester
Spider-Man: The Movie for the GCN (and other next-gen systems) has very good points and less good points.
The plot follows the movie pretty closely. It adds in a bunch of extra villains and activities that weren't really in the film, but unless you want the game to be two hours long, there's not much else to do. But in any case, it's pretty good.
The graphics are *far* superior to the Spider-Man game released a few years back on the Playstation. It's clear that it's built on a similar engine, but everything looks a lot better. The outdoor levels, in particular, feature a very long draw distance and a very realistic-looking city skyline.
Finally, the gameplay through most of the game is fantastic. The outdoor levels, where you get to sling and swing your way across the New York City skyline, are stunning. Even the indoor levels look pretty good. And Spidey is equipped (eventually) with a wide variety of acrobatic moves, and an expanded repotoire of web abiliites, such as pulling himself forwards while running towards a wall. You can also get a first-person view, making those tricky swings and zip-lines much easier. Swinging no longer eats up your web meter, making the outdoor levels much less tedious.
So what's the problem?
The gameplay really bogs down in the middle of the game, while you're trying to sneak into and investigate Oscorp. There are several levels where you have to crawl around in the shadows without being seen, and these stand in stark contrast to the non-stop action of the rest of the game. I found them to be mostly just a huge pain -- especially when I opened one door in the Oscorp offices and was immediately shredded by half a dozen combat robots. Whoops, guess I wasn't supposed to go that way.
Also, many of the levels seem very, very linear. I know they're trying to make the game accessible to younger players, but there *are* other gameplay mechanics than "Oh no, the bad guy is behind a locked door. Find the key and/or switch that opens it!"
I am also not a fan of having to find dozens of hidden little items throughout the game to unlock all your abilities. I wish they'd just give Spider-Man new combos with each level, and only hidden a few of them, or have the hidden things be stuff like extra costumes, artwork galleries, etc. Maybe it's just me.
Finally, what exactly are you swinging on in the outdoor levels when you're between or *above* buildings? Just a thought. :P
As far as licensed movie games go, it's a winner -- though there are better titles out there for the GCN. I'd probably give it 3-3.5 stars for its uneven gameplay, but I'll bump it up to 4 just for the fights against the Green Goblin. :)
34 of 41 found the following review helpful:
Fun game!May 01, 2002
Spider-Man is a very fun game, especially with the cheats! You can, with the cheats, play has Mary Jane Watson, The Shocker and even The Green Goblin himself! The graphics are great, especially the cutsecenes. Well, just about all the Gamecube games look great! The gameplay/controls are good, but sometimes a tiny bit confusing, ESPECIALLY Oscorp's Gambit level, if you don't know to push UP on the C-Stick to target the balloon! There are levels, plenty, 22 of them! As you may know, ahem, Peter Parker's(Spider-Man alter ego)Uncle Ben died. So, o the first level, you gotta' find the guy who knows about the killer! In the level "Search for Justice", which iis the very first level, you must defeat each Skulls Gang thugs and find answers! Then, you got to "The Warehouse" to find Uncle Ben's Killer! Then, you finally locate him and beat him up. Then he flies out the window. Here are some cheats:
ARACHIDN-Unlock all movies, production arts and fighting combos.
HERMANSCHULTZ-Play as The Shocker.
GIRLNEXTDOOR-Play as Mary Jane Watson.
SERUM-Play as the Scientist.
KNUCKLES-Play as Thug 1.
STICKYRICE-Play as Thug 2.
THUGSRUS-Play as Thug 3.
HEADEXPLODY-Unlock Training Modes.
CAPTAINSTACEY-Play as a Helicopter Pilot.
GOESTOYOURHEAD-Big head and feet.
KOALA-Unlock all fighting combos.
I think I spelled this cheat right:IMIARTAS-In-Game next-level option.
And finally, the most BEST cheat, well, actually, hint or whatever:
PLAY AS THE GREEN GOBLIN!!!
First, go to START. Put your best controls, and then, select hard mode. Then, exit the game and go to cheats. Then, put in ARACHIDN(I hope I spelled it correctly). Go to Level Warp and go to the level, well, actually, it's the ending sequence, "Conclusion". Skip the movie, then go to Secret Store. Scroll to the bottom, to get, THE GREEN GOBLIN!!!
Anyway, this game's fun, but once you win it, about 2 1/2 days, you just have cheats left. The only problem!!! Anyway, I suppose, since you are a Spider-Man-Iac, get it. And, see the movie on may 3rd!!! Enjoy the sights of the tall buildings!
8 of 9 found the following review helpful:
If you liked the movie, you'll love the gameJun 01, 2002
By A. Gammill
It's a commonly-held maxim in the world of videogaming: Games based on movies are either really, really bad, or really, really good. This one definitely belongs to the latter category. As a serious old-school gamer (as in, 2-D is all the dimensions I ever need, and one-dimensional platformers have served me very well, thank you), I expected to not like the game very much. But I was pleasantly surprised--most of the time--by the intuitive controls and fairly uncomplicated button combos.
Although the dialogue can at times be repetitive, there is something reassuring about Tobey Maguire's almost constant speech. The one-liners are classic comic-book stuff, and Willem Dafoe is wonderful, reprising his Green Goblin role from the film.
Best Stuff: (1) The aerial combat, which takes a little getting used to, but is very fun and rewarding. (2) The very-immersive storyline, which nicely expands on the movie. (3) Spiderman's abilities are varied and great fun!
Not-So-Great: (1) Some indoor areas are far too dark. (2) Some of the levels are way too short.
All in all, a very good game, a must-have for fans of the movie and comics.
9 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Beat' em up!May 03, 2002
Spiderman is one of the most famous Marvel Comics' character and one of the most popular as well. Spiderman has appear in only beat'em up games. For those who don't know what a beat'em up game is, here is a short explanation: A type of game in which you walk on different places and beat up bad guys by kicking or punching them. Spiderman: The Movie game is one of the most complete and best beat'em up game. Here is a list of the good and bad things about it:
The Good Things:
-Control Spiderman in huge cities and places.
-Incredible Control: swing around, climb buildings, use your spider-sense and spider-web, do many ultra-combos, and much more!
-Awesome graphics (so real)
-Good sound effects
-Amazing villians: Green-Goblin
-Best Beat'em up game available on any console
The Bad Things:
Overall, a short but solid game. A WORTH BUYING GAME!!!!
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