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Spiderman
"This is one of those games where everything just comes together and falls perfectly into place. Outstanding graphics, sounds and gameplay merge to create a total gameplaying experience."
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Developer  Neversoft Game Type  Action
Distributor  Activision Review Date  Sep 00
 
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Review:
 
To start things off I must say that I am a relatively huge comic book fan. As a little bugger I used to literally absorb the Spider-Man comics as they were released and took pleasure in drifting off into the fantasy world that was Marvel. Unfortunately, videogame depictions of Spider-Man as well as other "super heroes" have been consistently mediocre at best.that is until now. Neversoft (you know, the guys that make Tony Hawks) have somehow managed to perfectly capture the very essence of the web slinger and his comic book world.

Interestingly the game plays out in a very similar manner as Tomb Raider, with a few extras. Crawl up walls, sling your web, fight, punch and kick in totally free-roaming 3D exploration.

Upon starting the game up the first thing that will grab your attention are the graphics. The opening CG intro is incredibly well done and sets the game up nicely. We are then dropped into the game and the actual PSX graphics come into view.

Spider-Man begins his journey on the rooftops of New York's skyscrapers. Clever use of "poison gas" is implemented to hide the bottom portion if the environment (fogging) but it works. The draw distance is totally acceptable and the landscape is quite detailed.

The character models and animation though are what really shine in the graphics department here. I was stunned by the vividness of Spider-Man and the other characters as well. Just wait until you see Venom's symbiotic "costume" engulf poor Eddie Brock. All through the game I just keep coming back to the same thought over and over again "The Playstation just isn't supposed to be spitting out graphics this good!".

There are no complaints on the sound effects either. Everything from Peter Parkers wimpy voice to the swinging sound Spidey makes while traveling are in the game. You get a nice "thrip" sound as you shoot his webs and a neat "gooey" sound as they connect. Hell, we are even treated to games opening theme song."Spider-Man, Spider-Man. Friendly neighborhood Spider-Man".

Gameplay is an absolute pleasure in the game. The controls are set up to allow for ease of use and controlling Spider-Man, whether it be swinging from roof top to roof top, dispensing web fluid or just general movement is a breeze to pull off.

The game is set up in missions that unfold before you as you play through the game. The missions basically involve mowing down the bad guys, finding hidden items, solving some puzzles and then usually beating the crap out of a boss character at the end.

Moving Spider-Man around the screen was surprisingly intuitive especially considering all of the moves that the bug can make. You can cling to the side of walls and crawl around.hell you can even continuing crawling upside-down across a ceiling. You have a variety of webs you can shoot at the villains and you also have the ability to punch and kick your opponents in close quarters. You also have to be on the look out for additional web cartridges (or you will run out) and health power-ups that are littered throughout the missions.

The game features a ton of villains from the Spider-Man universe and interestingly enough they all seemed to react and fight just like I would have expected them to. Neversoft really did their homework on this title.

This game was just a pleasure to play all around and I am thrilled to see that someone has finally gotten a comic book title translated perfectly to a videogame. It's about friggin' time!

Features:
 
Gamers get to play as Spider-Man in a 3D environment that allows them to go anywhere.

All the action and adventure takes place in the most familiar Spider-Man comic book locales including the Daily Bugle, Times Square and a New York bank.

Players can swing into action using their web abilities to move from place to place, ambush enemies from above or below, crawl on buildings, ceilings, or walls and use the always handy "Spider-Sense" to detect danger from afar.

Handy arsenal of web defenses and weapons to use against your enemies. These include the classic trapping, yanking and zip line webbing, as well as impact webs to knocks the bad guys off their feet. New weapons include the web dome and the web spikes.

"Living comic book" presentation will immerse gamers in the world of Spider-Man, complete with comic-style combat, including aerial combat and incredible visual effects.

Multiple gameplay modes that include a children's mode in addition to the traditional "hard, normal, easy" modes.

Options:
 
• Number of Disks: 1
• Number of blocks used on Memory card per save: 1
• Maximum number of Players (without a multi-tap): 1
• Multi-tap compatible (max players): No
• Link-cable compatible (max players): No
• Split screen multi-player option (max players): No
• Other accessories: None
• Dual Shock Pad Digital Button compatible: Yes
• Dual Shock Pad Analog Stick compatible: Yes
• Dual Shock Pad Vibration compatible: Yes
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Summary
Tom R   "Web swinging has never been so much fun. After the massacre of Superman on the N64 and the less than average Batman videogames I was really starting to think that a comic book character could just not be done on a console system. I am glad to say the Spider-Man changes all of that.this is truly a brilliant comic book to videogame translation and a terrific playing game to boot.

This is one of those games where everything just comes together and falls perfectly into place. Outstanding graphics, sounds and gameplay merge to create a total gameplaying experience that transcends the comic book realm and ignites a gamers desire to progress further and further into the game.

Spider-Man on the Playstation is match made in comic book heaven! "
Graphics  20/20
Playability  47/50
Sound  8/10
Lastability  17/20
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