Possess the never-before-experienced powers of Black-Suited
Spider-Man. Unleash incredible agility, amazing durability
and awe-inspiring web abilities. But be warned - the rush
your intensified powers bring could overwhelm you. More freedom
than ever. More city than ever. For the first time, enjoy
unprecedented freedom - choosing what you want to do, when
you want to do it. There's no checklist to complete in order
to progress. You set your own next goal, roaming anywhere
you want - including subterranean areas such as subways, sewers
and villains' lairs...
been a while since a game came along that I got so engrossed
in I lost all track of time. Spider-Man 3 is one game
that will keep you glued to the TV for hours at a time. It
could be the fantastic graphics, the impressive combat system,
or the fact that you are free to roam the city and take on
whatever challenges you wish when you want to do them, but
at the end of the day there is so much to do and see that
you'll soon get lost in a world of your own.
can choose various missions from the map. Once you've decided
what you are going to do it's simply a case of following the
onscreen directions to get to your destination. At any point
you can change to another mission, or engage in one of the
numerous hidden missions dotted around the city. The missions
take many forms including photo assignments (where you have
to get a good quality picture for the Daily Bugle); chasing
down lizard creatures (using your Spidey senses view in order
to see things that you can't see normally); stopping master
criminals in their tracks; and if you are swinging through
the city and hear a commotion below you, it's worth checking
it out - you might just stop a crime.
graphics are incredible, the missions are varied and never
get boring, and the difficulty is pitched at just the right
level so that you don't feel like it's a walk in the park,
but then neither do you stop playing because you have spent
hours and hours trying to get past a boss that's impossible
are a lot of controls to master, but thankfully the tutorial
(which is incorporated into the opening levels of the game)
helps guide you through them. At first I had a nightmare swinging
through the city on my webs, but it doesn't take long to master
this skill. The same is true of crawling up buildings - I
soon discovered it was easier to start Spider-Man crawling,
and then hit the jump key to make him leap up the side of
combat sequences are also quite complex, but once you master
them you'll have great fun shooting out your webs and pulling
the enemy towards you, or dodging their attack and countering
with a barrage of moves.
some of the missions there are also cut sequences where a
button will flash up on screen and you have to press that
button to progress to the next part of the sequence. This
I thought was the weakest part of the game - mainly because
you only have to press a maximum of four buttons in any one
sequence and, if you fail, the sequence starts again but the
buttons you have to press are the same. I may have found a
slight glitch too in one of these sequences. After defeating
the Lizard, I failed to tap the first button in the sequence
in time. The result was that I had to battle against the Lizard
all over again. After I'd beaten the Lizard for the second
time I had to go through the button pressing sequence again.
I fell at the second hurdle, but this time I was transported
back to the start of that sequence, instead of having to defeat
the Lizard again.
you progress through the levels you unlock new abilities and
moves (I particularly liked the double web slinging ability
- which is purely for show - for swinging around the city).
only are there plenty of missions on offer from the city map,
but there are a whole stack of hidden races and other mini
games to be found as you leap from roof top to roof top. There
are neat little touches too to a lot of the missions. For
example on the levels where you have to defuse bombs you not
only have to shoot your webs at them to defuse them. Sometimes
you have to pick them up and carefully take them to an awaiting
bomb disposal unit, or you may have to unscrew the bomb and
defuse it yourself.
you'll find it hard to resist the temptation of climbing the
highest building on the landscape - and when you do a mini-game
is your reward. It's little additions like this that ensure
that this game constantly provides new surprises and treats
for the gamer willing to invest a little extra time exploring
as if all that wasn't enough, the developers have also given
gamers the chance to control the legendary black suit, which
magnifies Spider-Man's strength, agility and durability. Punish
your enemies with explosive new attacks and incredible upgrades,
including fearsome room-clearers. All this power comes with
a price, though, as players will find the black suit harder
and harder to control.
a doubt one of the best movie tie-in games I've ever played
- and also one of the most engaging games I've played in a
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