Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions

8.0 Overall Score

Written by on October 8, 2010 in

Your favorite neighborhood superhero is back, webswinging into a whole new adventure, taking you into alternate dimensions and up against villains with powers unimaginable. Spidey’s new game, Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions, is developed by Beenox and published by Activision.

Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions is unlike any Spider-man game you have seen or played before. Departing from previous games in which you could roam around New York, you now have the choice of which level to play from the title screen. The story begins with our friend, Amazing Spider-man, shattering “The Tablet of Order and Chaos” during a museum fight with the deceptive Mysterio. In doing so, Spider-man destroys the barrier between dimensions, sending shards of the tablet into 3 other alternate realities. The story is quick to grab you and won’t let go until Spidey has recovered every last shard before they fall into evil’s hands.

As your journey towards reassembling the tablet begins, narrated by Stan Lee himself, you are introduced to the Spider-men from alternate realities, in addition to the Amazing Spider-man voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. Each Spider-man has their own distinctive feel to them, including special moves, voice, costume, and environment. Ultimate Symbiote Spider-man is a younger, shorter Spider-man, voiced by Josh Keaton, who gains his power from the black symbiote suit. His special ability is Rage Mode, in which he boosts his strength and agility to reign down justice on his foes. Spider-man 2099, voiced by Dan Gilvezan, is from the possible future of 2099 and can slow down time.  Spider-man Noir, voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes, is a master of the shadows and bases his attacks off of stealthy takedowns.

What makes Spider-man the most lovable superhero is his witty banter and the fact that he doesn’t take anything serious. It’s hilarious to watch villains monologue about their master plans only to have Spider-man respond with “meh”, or have Spider-man compare a group of thugs to a boy band.  Spider-man’s one liners made game play enjoyable and the dialogue between hero and villain entertaining each and every time.

In Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions you will battle your way through 13 levels, going up against super-powered criminals such as Sandman, the Hobgoblin, Deadpool, Vulture, Electro, Carnage, and Juggernaut. These aren’t the villains you are familiar with though, because as each gets their hands on a piece of the tablet, their power doubles and they are able to do things never before imagined. I really enjoyed fighting Vulture when he gained the ability to teleport. Each level takes between 20 minutes to an hour to complete and the entire game can be completed in 9 hours (after finishing the game be sure to stick around through the credits to see what happened to all the villains, as well as a cameo from another Spider-man variant).

The levels all follow the same simple formula. You are introduced to the main boss via a cutscene, then you spend the rest of the level chasing the bad guy, occasionally fighting henchmen and other enemies, ultimately ending with a final boss fight. Each boss has a specific weakness which you must exploit and finding this weakness is half the fun. After sustaining a certain amount of damage, the camera will go into first person mode where you will dodge and punch the villain, thereby decreasing their lifeforce. I thought this was a great addition to the game and made the boss battles more epic. Punching Vulture in the face and dodging his bite was exhilarating.

The best thing about this game is how simple it is. There isn’t an intense story, or technical combos you need to memorize to beat the game. Simply playing the game through at your own pace and difficulty will bring you joy guaranteed. It is nearly impossible to die on easy mode and during the game you will find it is all too easy to collect Spider-man emblems to regain health in sticky situations. If you fall off a cliff you won’t die, but instead transition into a first person view that prompts you to press a button to webzip back up to safety.

The aspect that really hooked me on the game was the fact that each level has challenges to complete to earn credits. Challenges ranged from collecting emblems and spiders, defeating a boss in a particular way, or using your special ability a certain number of times. You can then take those credits and purchase combat moves, additional health, attributes, and costume variants. These upgrades are important in increasing your effectiveness in combat. There is a big difference between the basic punch and the Amazing Web Cyclone where you send enemies flying back with a punch mixed with webbing and cement chunks.

The controls in the game are a bit of a challenge to master, especially in regards to web swinging and crawling on walls. The camera can be a real hassle to control while crawling on walls and was a problem during the Spider-man Noir levels where sneaking around quickly is a must. Another big problem was the abundance of glitches during the game. My first glitch occurred on the second level where I was playing as Spider-man 2099. I was fighting a thug and ended up kicking him so hard he phased through a wall and couldn’t get back through, which meant I couldn’t trigger a cutscene. Later on, the game didn’t load a cutscene correctly and accidentally opened a door which led to an empty portion of the level. I could enter the door but immediately fell through the ground plummeting to eternity. This didn’t just happen in this level though. In almost every single level I was being phased through objects,  punching thugs through walls, and having objects spawn on top of me to so I couldn’t move. Aside from these glitches though, the cons do not really detract from the awesomeness and didn’t affect my overall thoughts on the game.

Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions is a refreshing take on the Spider-man series and does a wonderful job straying away from the open world games of the past. With the action packed story and thrilling combat, this is a game you won’t want to miss. Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions is rated T for teen and is currently out now in stores.

A copy of Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions  was provided to The Married Gamers for review and evaluation.

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Author: Loren Nikkel View all posts by
Hardcore Xbox and occasional PC gamer. I love to play multiplayer and co-op games where strategy is key.

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