Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions - Xbox 360

Game Description:As Spider-Man, players will experience a wide variety of gameplay and dramatic environments. The Amazing Spider-Man experience delivers innovative web combat and visuals in a world that pays tribute to the classic era of the legendary Super Hero. In contrast, Spider-Man Noir features a cunning and covert depiction of Spider-Man, who utilizes shadows to perform stealth takedowns in a 1930's-influenced, black-and-white cinematic environment.
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Comic-Con 2010: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Preview

Comic-Con 2010: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Preview

By Stephen Johnson - Posted Jul 22, 2010

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is a hell of an ambitious game. It stars four different iterations of Marvel's arachnid super-hero, each in his own dimension -- classic Spider-Man, Spider Man Noir, 2099 Spider-Man and just-announced Ultimate Spider-Man. Each Spidey plays differently, to the point that the different game sections feel almost like totally seperate games. Unlike lots of games that try to do too much, Judging from what was shown at Comic-Con 2010, Shattered Dimensions doen't fall into the trap of confusing variety with awesomeness and failing to deliver on the promises of it premises. Both the sections I played were winners, but for totally different reasons.

Activision was showing off two of the different Spideys: Spider-Man Noir and just announced Ultimate Spider-Man. I started with Noir, and as you might expect by the name, it is dark. The screen is dominated by black, and Peter Parker's alter-ego may be the darkest thing about the level-- There's something menacing about the way he crawls up walls, unseen, in the middle of the night, and takes out unsuspecting adversaries. So stealth gameplay that works very, very well.

Spidey Noir's mission in this demo level is to rescue hostages being held in train cars. You do this by first hitting the "spidey sense" button which gives you a look at guards and friendlies behind walls, and then skulking through the inky blackness to murder unsuspecting enemies with silent, web based take-downs. it's not a very sporting way to fight, but it's necessarry: Noir Spider-Man is not very good at face-to-face combat -- he might be able to take down a solitary guard in a fair fight, but it will cost him dearly, and he will die if you fight two at the same time. So you pick them off silently, one-by-one, like an actual spider catching bugs in his web.

If Spider Man Noir is kind of wimpy when he's not hiding in the shadows, Ultimate Spider-Man is the opposite. He takes on enemies full-on, dispatching swarms of bad guys with powerful attacks in a God of War, beat-em-up style. Ultimate has a rage-meter that allows him to unleash special attacks, as well as the ability to string together devastating combos. The controls are smooth, and while it's a bit button-mashy, that's the intention, and like in God of War, it works very, very well.

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

The Ultimate section I played ends with a boss battle: The web slinger must defeat the horrible, evil Carnage. it's a multi-part fight, begining with a little fisticuffs. Shattered Dimensions' third person action is broken up for a first-person fight where each control stick powers one of Spidey's fist.

It's not just the action that's different in each dimension; the visuals are distinct as well. Noir takes place in a very dark world -- the level I saw was some kind of evil industrial park with innocents being held in trailers. Ultimate Spider Man, on the other hand, inhabits a brightly lit, cel-shaded world full of bright, vibrant colors that fairly pop off the screen.

Shattered Dimensions comes out on the Nintendo DS, Playstation 3, Wii and 360 on September 7.

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  • jdeamaral

    What makes an incredible Spider-man isn't just the super powers, which are cool, but the guy behind the mask. For me it was always how Peter had to "miss a date" in order to stop some super villain. How his personal life totally sucked, but New York was safer for the moment.
    Give me a game like that. One where you have to keep up some sort of social life. A game where you need to keep a job, or your living in the streets. Help a friend with his problem, or consequences ensues. They'll never make a game like that. I've been with Spider man for over 30 years. I have only seen "okay games" Even though I will buy this game, something tells me it'll be a 3 out of 5 at best.

    Posted: July 26, 2010 4:22 PM
  • BlackRowsOfRoses

    Ultimate spider-man looks like the old venom spider-man.What's with that,they couldn't of been anymore creative.This game looks like it's pretty good though so i'm gonna stop hatin.

    Posted: July 26, 2010 3:04 AM
  • Solomon_M

    Zombie spider-man anyone??

    Posted: July 22, 2010 7:46 PM
  • CodyGilleyMcnugget

    Looks like this game is being treated with the care that this memorable franchise deserves I hope the game is good then again I hope all games are good so we will have to wait and see.

    Posted: July 22, 2010 12:49 PM