Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions
This game is ok... just ok
I was so excited to pick this game up after hearing about it for awhile. I played it through on easy then went back and beat it on hard. There were a few things that made this game unenjoyable. 1) When wall crawling, Spider-Man seems to not want to follow which direction you put him in. The camera angles screw it all up and make you even more frustrated. 2) The fight engine needs a tune-up. When i was fighting a group of guys, i would start attacking one and then spidey would randomly turn and attack another. When i tried to attack an object, it would instead launch me towards one of the bad guys. 3) It gets so repetitive. Just about every level is: see bad guy, chase bad guy, fight mini-battle with bad guy, chase bad guy again, final battle with bad guy. CHANGE IT UP! Bearing these things in mind, i would recommend you rent it or borrow it from someone. It should only take you like 10 hours to beat it.
OK but not Great.
This game is ok but don't expect it to be a great game that you play for hours and hours over again. First off, the gameplay is very repetitive in the way of you start the level, fight some henchman for about 5 minutes, fight the boss for the first time, fight some more henchman and rescue civilians, then finish the boss off. And that pretty much repeats for every level throughout the game. Also I played the game on the hardest difficulty and it was fairly easy so if your looking for a challenge you won't get it. But hey, the game isn't supposed to be a challenging game for hardcore gamers. Its a game thats meant to be fun, enjoyable game for spiderman fans. But some of the good things I have yet to mention. I loved how they let you play as Amazing, Ultimate, 2099, and Noir. Playing as two new spidermen never before seen was fun for me and I really enjoyed the Noir universe the best. But ya, if you want to pick up a simple and fun spiderman game this is it. Just don't expect it to be anything great.
Even non-comic fans can have fun with this game
I'm not really a big Spiderman fan, or any other super hero for that matter. however, I was intrigued by playing as four different Spidermen so i gave it a shot and was pleased with my purchase. Going through three chapters with each one divided up by playing as the four unique characters really helped to keep things interesting. Camera wasn't always perfect but overall worked fine, much better than Web of Shadows. Combat was fun, graphics were great as they changed to fit the mood of whatever Spiderman you were playing as and the voicework was also well done. Adding to the fun was trying to reach the specific challlenges each level had. Most of the challenges were easily obtainable but there would always be a few tougher ones that kept me coming back to the level until i'd finally get it. Fun for anyone that enjoys action games.
Nothing you haven't seen before
well I rented this thinking that it would rock, but it's no different from most of the other spiderman games and I feel like it's getting really old to see the same type of spider man game where you go in fight the bad guy and be done with that level like most of the other spiderman games. However I did like Spider man 2099 though he was pretty awesome. I also liked Noir Spiderman he was pretty cool also. A lot of things Spider man says to the villians are pretty lame. I don't feel like you should go out and buy it first if your not a hardcore Spider man fan. I would like to see it go back to the sand box style Spider man like last few spiderman titles.
It's a little too cartoony for my taste. What got me addicted to the Spider-Man genre was Spider-Man 2. I wanted a game like that for the Xbox360. I like the whole roam around New York, Manhattan, Brooklyn, concept. That's what brings out the Spider-Man in any Spider-Man game. This game, for what I have played it (hour and some odd minutes), has no free roam ability/feature. The game is split up on different levels and, granted that is how a game progresses, this is not how a Spider-Man game should be created(In my opinion). I believe allowing Spider-Man to free-roam like he did in Spider-Man 2 allows the player to have more fun. That game allowed the player to free-fall, jump off of any ledge, and dive anywhere he or she wanted to dive.The game also gave the player the occasional save the man with the brief case, rescue a woman or man from a gang of thugs, and rescue a balloon option; while letting the player choose when he or she wanted to progress throughout the story (Kind of like the Grand Theft Auto series). That game was fun and other companies should invest in that kind of concept. Again, this is just my own opinion.
It's great for Spidey fans!
What happens when you get four web-slinging spider-men in the same room together? We're going to find out when we dive into their Shattered Dimensions.
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions starts off as the Amazing Spider-Man is investigating a disturbance at the Empire State University. After battling it out with Mysterio, Madame Web appears to inform him that a powerful relic has been shattered and it is up to him and 3 other Spider-Men to find the pieces that have been scattered across their dimensions. There's not a whole lot to the story outside of stopping the various villains of the spider-men universes and returning the damaged relic to safety. On a good note however, it does manage to deliver that charm that only Spider-man can.
Gameplay wise, Shattered Dimensions is repetitive. The Amazing, Ultimate and 2099 universes are just about all the same with a few more nuts and bolts thrown in for a minor shift in pace. Ultimate Spider-Man gets the Rage ability which increases his strength and allows him to attack in a wider area. 2099 gets his Accelerated vision which is essentially bullet time. It slows down enemies and allows him to get into a more comfortable position as well as avoid incoming missiles and even lure them into a group of enemies. Noir is the only universe that leads players astray from the path that the other 3 take with it's stealthy approach to combat. Even then, fighting the same 5 enemies that exist in every universe is unavoidable. No matter what universe you decide to sling webs in, you're bound to fight a guy with a weapon too large for anybody to use or a guy with a bat or some variation of it.
With that out in the open the combat in Shattered Dimensions is still very fun and it certainly captures the feel of being your neighborhood friendly Spider-Man. The Amazing Spidey sticks to his webs while the Ultimate version will make use of his Symbiote suits tendrils and power. Miguel O'hara from 2099 will use his agility and speed to defeat his enemies. In the Noir universe, Spider-Man uses stealth to his advantage much like Batman in Arkham Asylum. While he can handle himself in a fight, he can only do so in scripted fights which can is rather frustrating when you're caught during the stealthy sections.
As players defeat their foes and find spider tokens they'll gain spider essence for upgrades. Combat upgrades will allow the Spider-men to use abilities unique to their universe and some more basic skills they'll share with each other. Character upgrades unlock new skins for them as well as increase their special abilities performance, health and the amount of Spider-essence you collect. There are also one hundred and eighty challenges for players to complete. While many of the challenges for each level are just as repetitive as the rest of the game, they do break up the monotony of the button mashing combat and request that players try new things. For example, one challenge requests that players use explosive objects to ignite five enemies on fire at once. Another has players searching for a certain item during the ensuing chaos of a boss fight. There are also some unique moments that set the universes apart as well such as Noir side-scrolling through the darkness or watching Amazing Spider-man through the scope of a sniper rifle.
The game also has a tendency to slow down the pacing from time to time. It's hard to tell when you can or can't use your web swinging abilities until you've already began your plummet to certain doom. Spider-Man does however, get a couple of seconds to catch and save himself though so it's not too frustrating. In the end, you always have the ability to zip to plenty of objects in the environment if Spidey is close enough. There are some inconsistencies in the Ultimate universe as well. The problem mainly lies with one of the bosses you fight not belonging to that specific universe. While the reasoning behind this choice is obvious it's a little irritating to those that know anything about the differences.
Shattered Dimensions sports an interesting artistic design. Each universe has it's own unique approach. The Amazing universe sports a bright and vibrant cel-shaded style while Ultimate sticks to a darker tone. 2099 is set in a towering, technologically advanced metropolis that may remind players of Tron. Finally, Noir is set in it's signature black and white art style. The voice acting is well done and each universe delivers the wit that only Spider-man ever could. It is rather disappointing that the dialogue is lacking for each universe however. The Spiders share the same lines and you're going to hear them a lot. Like they say, they'll keep dishing it if you keep taking it.
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions manages to deliver a fun and charming experience that only the web-crawler can despite it's flaws. It sports a great artistic design and the entertaining combat with challenges that will keep players coming back to complete them. If you're bored and need something to play, you'll certainly want to take a swing at Shattered Dimensions.
For anyone under 15
When I first heard about this game's release I thought it would be cool to have but I never set out to buy it. So the otherday when I saw the whole buy two get one free I picked out Soul Calibur IV, Enemy territory quake wars and Shattered Dimensions. I was alittle surprised I picked out a Spider-man title since I never really liked them. For the life of me I could not remember why I strongly disliked (h8) the spider-man games. Let me just say this game served as a good reminder. The graphics are pathetically cartoonish (identical to ultimate spiderman) and the spidermen are terrible at joking, which they do every couple seconds. I really looked forward to playing as spiderman 2099, but was horribly dissappointed when his voice sounded like a big rig trucker. The only version I liked was noir, but one out of four is not enough for me to keep a game. Sorry spidey but it looks like I'll catch you on the flip side.
this game is great. i love spider-man and any other comic book game and this does not disappoint. The villans are great but the only villan left out was Venom. I don't understand why he wasn't in the game, but overall it was great.
Smash, Chase, Boss, Repeat
Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions is an overall good game. However, I believe, it suffers from repetitiveness even though the levels are separated by different Spidey suites to give you a variance of game play. Whether you are stealthing or fighting it still boils down to smash, chase down boss, fight boss and repeat for next level. My only other complaint is that the camera controls can be a little annoying but has to be expected with the sheer amount of surfaces you are able to crawl on. Overall it is entertaining and a blast to see all your favorite villains re-imagined.
Good game but it is kinda short aprox,, 3 days to beat, combat was pretty good and there wasnt any confusing road blocks ... soo good game , but not really 4 young kids