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whatshot Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 9.5
Sound 9.5
Value 10
Distributor: Activision
Developer: Beenox
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
October 2010
Reviewer:
Edwin Milheim

9.3


Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions
Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

Spider-Man, as so many other comic characters had has his fare share of hits and misses. When developers introduced free roaming, it was a spectacular addition. When developers went ahead and introduced a story line not based on a movie and more like one of our webbed wonders comics, it was amazing. Keeping with the original story line and bringing it up several notches developers Beenox brings one of Spider-Manís best adventures yet to the gaming world.

Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions brings to light no less than four different heroes all on the same theme, Spider-Man. Each of these Spider-Men live in unique worlds and Beenox gives each one a different look and feel, to capture the uniqueness of each characters world.

With a story line that seems like it is right out of our heroesí comic book adventure, it is a story with some impact that should keep any fan playing just to see what happens next.

The webbed wonder has some of his old tricks here, web swinging, spider sense dodging, and spectacular combos, but we do get to have something fresh thrown at us. Itís good old-fashioned first person butt kicking at its best. Yes, friends you heard it. First person beat up the bad guy action. Let me tell you, there is nothing more satisfying than clocking Kraven in the kisser just to shut him up in the middle of one of his ranting monologues.

Web swinging was no problem for me, though some of the wall crawling seemed a bit twitchy, I did get the hang of it. As with any game there can be a danger of repetitiveness and that of course does happen, but not so much that you get bored with the action or activities of being Spider-Man

Most of the free roaming gone, not to fear true believers; there is enough web-swinging taking placed even in this linier gaming world. The linier game play in no way hinders this spectacular adventure. The story is of the standard comic book fare. Just suspend your disbelief and enjoy. Imagine a world where there are heroes and villains and almost anything is possible.

Each dimension has its own unique look and feel as I noted. From a dark world of shadows and light, we get the Spider-Man Noir, which I am thrilled to see the developers make use of. An alternate world set in the 1930ís. We are also able to play in the world of Spider-Man 2099 a future world run by mega corporations. Then of course, the world of Amazing Spider-Man with its bright cel shaded art. We also get to play as black suited Spider-Man again.

What is great about the game and the story line especially is that there are awesome villains and none of them seem like a throw away add on to the game. The levels leading up to boss battles are well designed, giving Spider-Man the chance to use his unique abilities. Story line writer Dan Slott really brings a story that is perhaps one of the best in any Spider-Man game yet.

The whole adventure starts with Spider-Man stopping our first villain, Mysterio from stealing an object called The Tablet of Order and Chaos. In the battle, the tablet is shattered and the pieces fly in all directions, including shattering through to other dimensions. These tablet pieces gives any one who posses it, incredible powers. With the very fabric of several dimensions, hanging in the balance. Our heroes must find the pieces and save several worlds.

Voice acting here is spot on spectacular. All characters come off believable and sound like they are living in the moment. This voice cast has the likes of, Neil Patrick Harris (Amazing Spider-Man), Josh Keaton (Ultimate Spider-Man), Christopher Daniel Barnes (Noir Spider-Man) and Dan Gilvezan (Spider-Man 2099). From the grittiness of Noir Spider-Man to the snappy patter and verbal fencing of the Amazing Spider-Man world, the gaming industry should have awards for voice actingÖif they do already these guys should be nominated right away.

If that was not enough, there are enough upgrades and enhancements keep things fresh. Some upgrades will only effect one or two characters and the screen shows a picture of who they effect. Others affect all of the Spider-Man characters across the dimensions. Overall, many things are not just tied to combat in the game. There are different sequences, items to find, all of which allow the player to unlock bonus items like alternate spidey suits, character bios, and conceptual game art. During game play as you find items called spider essence, you get points in order to upgrade and purchase new moves. Alternatively, complete different challenges, or defeat enemies to gain essence.

Have fun, play games
Edwin Millheim
United States Editor Impulse Gamer





 

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