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by Jeffrey P. Davis

Shattered Dimensions: You can never have enough Spiderman ... can you?

Game: Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions
Console: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS
This review is based on the Xbox 360 version
Developer/Publisher: Activision/Beenox
Genre: Action Adventure
Number of players: 1
Rated: Teen for Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence

With trailers for The Amazing Spiderman tingling people’s spider senses, I thought I’d take a look back at “Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions,” which made its debut on consoles last September.

The premise: Mysterio attempts to steal the Tablet of Order and Chaos, a relic of great power. However, the tablet is accidentally shattered by Spiderman and scattered between four “Spidey” related dimensions: Amazing, Noir, Ultimate, and 2099. Wrestle all the pieces of the tablet away from the bad guys and give them to Madam Web so she can fix the tablet and save the day ... not just in your world but every world in every dimension. Stan Lee makes a cameo as the narrator.

Gameplay: The creators have implemented things that people enjoy—leveling up and gaining achievements (or trophies). You play through the game, complete different objectives and gain Spider Essence. You can then use these points to improve your characters’ abilities. Complete more objectives and unlock more content. Beat a level and then choose the next one with a different character. While the three other universes are “all out action,” the Noir universe is a world of dark and shadow. The Spiderman of that universe has to sneak around like in Metal Gear, Tenchu and Splinter Cell. Make your choice and save the world.

More than a feeling

Good: I thought the music and the voiceovers were very well done. Spiderman makes his usual wise cracks, but it doesn’t get old. The music made me feel like I was in one of the movies. In both instances, I found that neither one surpassed each other and that they actually complimented the feel of the game. The actors were a nice fit for each character.

Bad: As much as I like Metal Gear, Tenchu and Splinter Cell, it irritates me when an action game has a brief stealth mode. The Noir sneaking levels completely throw off the feeling of the game. I found myself enjoying the other three characters and felt forced to play the Noir levels. 

Amazing race

Good: I really like how challenging the game is. Being able to adjust your difficulty before every level is also helpful. The bosses took me a few times to master. For the difficulty levels, you gain different bonuses like character bios and 3D models of the characters after completion.

Bad: I think the webswinging and wallcrawling elements coud have been improved. I found this to be true on the Noir Vulture level and Amazing Sandman level. You can only webswing into certain objects. This made the burning building in the Noir levels hard to traverse. In the Sandman level, you have to rapidly webswing on debris and I ended up going backwards. I think the game needed a first person view for more accurate when shooting. The Spiderman the Movie Game and the PS1 Spiderman games had this function.

Tips to enjoyment

Power up your character as often as you can. Focus on powering up the character you are controlling first.

The Noir levels are very dark and your character uses the shadows as his ally. I suggest not playing during the day when there is a glare.

Save buying different costumes for when you are replaying the game. You should save your Spiderman essence for buying power ups and fighting moves.

Do the Noir levels either first or last in the set. Since it is a more subdued way of gameplay, it could be harder to get into if you have just played an action packed level.

The Verdict

I think this game is worthy of a sequel. I think the creators looked at what made other licensed games good and left out things that made them bad. I felt challenged and I did not feel like pulling the disc out and breaking it in half. With the exception of the Noir levels, I really enjoyed this game. These types of games bring a familiar sense of action from the movies and comics. 

My score: 4 out of 5

I would like to thank Gamefly and GameFAQS for helping me with the information with this review.

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