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    Spiderman 3 Review

    It was Friday afternoon and I had just bought Spiderman 3, I was leaving Kmart debating whether I should wait to read some reviews or just open it right away and play it. When I got home I couldn't wait. After a short tutorial mission I was in the city and slowly learning how to use my new found powers for good.

    A third of the way through the game I am planning on attempting to return it and get Godfather instead. Not that it is a bad game, it's just not a spectacular game. Here's my review on all aspects of Spiderman 3 for Wii.

    Graphics
    One of the biggest issues that IGN had was the graphics. I can't argue with them, the graphics are simply unimpressive. Especially buildings that are far away simply look like colored cubes. If you want a good looking game this isn't it. I will say that the graphics somehow look better at nighttime in the game and that when you are swinging around the graphics are acceptable, the real issue is when you're looking at things that are far away.



    Web Swinging
    This is definitely the best part of the game. As IGN said it's worth renting just for the this experience. It is where I've had the most fun. I could swing around the city for hours. Unfortunately it isn't perfect and occasionally spidey will sling web from the wrong arm. I think this happens because you are supposed to be able to use just the remote to swing if you want. Nonetheless swinging remains very fun.

    Fighting
    This part is exciting at first but you'll be doing a ton of it and it simply gets repetitive and boring. The first time you do a new move it's really fun, but after the tenth time you want a new move to do. Patrol missions become very easy and repetitive once you've done them and boss battles tend to be the same two or three moves over and over and over again. Bosses are long and the two I've fought were simply the same as fighting thugs just more challenging and longer. The experience system is a great idea and implemented well but they need alot more variety. It's like zelda where you get new moves, each one is exciting but if you didn't get new weapons to make bosses more varied and challenging, link's sword attacks over and over again would get very repetitive.

    EDIT: I played a little more of the game and the bosses do get more interesting in terms of how you beat them. I am a little more pleased than I previously was with this aspect. I am going to adjust my score a bit.

    Black Suit
    I know the black suit was implemented differently in the Wii version than the other versions, I'm not too sure on the details for the other versions. I will say that this was one of the major selling points for me on the game. I really like the decision required in using the suit and the minigame to remove it along with the cooldown period. It was very well implemented and thought out.

    Missions
    I played alot of the side missions before I had seen the movie because I didn't want to advance the story line and ruin the movie. These got pretty monotonous fast as well. You talk to an informant and then proceed to do one of the following.

    1. Beat up thugs
    2. Rescue people
    3. Disarm a bomb
    4. Find clues
    5. Help cops beat up thugs

    Each mission consists of maybe three of these things one after the other. Maybe I'm forgetting a couple tasks but there really isn't much more to it than that. The only sandbox game I've played that is similar is GTA san andreas, and there was sooo much more to do in that game. The wii should be capable of handling a better game.

    Voice Acting
    Hand in hand with side missions comes voice acting. The game brought in the actors to record voices for the characters. You can tell from the voices but by your tenth mission you will want tobey to put a cork in it. His lines are cheesy and I just want to hit mute everytime spiderman starts to talk.

    Controls
    For the most part the controls are pretty responsive but they are by no means perfect. My main complaints are during fighting spidey will sometimes do an extra punch which could cause you to miss an opportunity to dodge an attack. In addition when you're scaling walls you'll often find it frustrating that spidey will just keep moving in the wrong direction for too long before allowing you to correct. Crawling up walls is fine, but running along them and jumping up them is where this problem appears because crawling up tall buildings is just too slow.

    Overall
    I haven't really played previous spiderman games so I can't compare with them. One of the developers of the game said in a video that you could do whatever you liked doing the most in the game and it was open to people playing it in different styles. If you're going to be swinging around alot and that is mainly why you're buying the game then you will enjoy it alot. If you're buying it for any other reason I'd shy away unless you're a huge spiderman fan. It's not a bad game as I said, just not a great game.

    I'd give the game 6.5/10.

    IGN gave the game a 5.7/10.
    http://wii.ign.com/articles/785/785713p1.html

    Gamespot gave it a 4.7/10, which I think is a little harsh but thats gamespot for you. They tend to hate on the wii.
    http://www.gamespot.com/wii/action/s...summary;review
    Last edited by Skorp; 05-10-2007 at 01:58 PM.

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    For the graphics part of the section, as long as the game's graphics do not look like Superman N64, then I'm fine, besides, you may hate my taste, but I think the buildingd look good that way, because if they were detailed, all of them would look like the one on the lower right side of the picture. Besides, I won't be on the Empire State building throughout the whole game.

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    Great review. I might buy a week rental.

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    Nice review there. Keep up the good work.

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    nice review
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    nice review, the graphics are a bit of a setback as they do look like cubes lol

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    Damn they can't seem to fix the grinding problem

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    Great review.

    Can you not go down into the subway?

    Do they have free roam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by supanova
    Great review.

    Can you not go down into the subway?

    Do they have free roam?
    I think the answer is a "Yes" to both of your questions.

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    well rented it the day it came out and i have to say i will be buying that said its not perfect nor did i expect it to be...

    Movie games that have to come out at the same time the movie does are always rushed and not finished... i believe that is why the buildings look horrible from far away

    controls were pretty good but like he said in the review it gets kinda old and needs to have more up grades more frequently again i feel like that is under developed because of the shortened production time.

    really almost anything you can find to complain about this game comes from shortened production time to get it out for when the movie comes out... Thank god for delays i know alot of people might hate nintendo for doing it but i know when nintendo delays a big game it is just to make it a better game worth all $50 of my money.

    at any rate i think this game is worth buy it has about 20 to 30 hours of game play if you do everything and its a fun 20 to 30 hours.

    that was a great review by the way... i thought you were going to bash it at first but i think you were pretty fair... i thought the score was a bit low i would have given it a 7.25 but thats my opinion

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