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Spider-Man is awesome. His video games are not. Other than a few rare gems, most range from passable to just plain awful. This one, however, stands apart, if only for the large risks it took. Since most video games have the player controlling only one character, a game where you can control four in four different worlds with four different styles of gameplay is very fresh, and helps relieve the monotony several Spidey games have suffered in the past. Even if it is a gimmick, it's the kind that makes the game more fun, and that saves it. All the Spider-Men are fun to play, each with their own rhythms and personalities. Speaking of which, the voice acting in this game is phenomenal. Each Spider-Man sounds very different from the others, and each has their own fun take on the character. This also brings the writing in, as it has as much to do with the characters as the voice acting. The dialogue is great, with the highlight being the Ultimate Spider-Man levels. Deadpool's pause screen commentary is hilarious, and the banter between him and Spider-Man is a real treat. The graphics are also really good, with each world looking incredibly well-detailed, but different from the others. Amazing looked a lot like the old 80s pen-and-ink comics, Ultimate the cel-shaded graphics of its era, Noir lived up to its name, and 2099 was a sprawling, neon lit city. The plot of the game is somewhat light, but it helps tie the worlds together in a creative way, and it gives room for the levels to have their own mini-plots, and some of the worlds as well. It doesn't break any new grounds on that front, but it wasn't meant to. As for the exclusion of open-world, I was actually pretty okay with it. Open-world is starting to become a bit of a gimmick for Spidey games. And while I know that a lot of people like it, when it's not well-done, it feels very jarring and out of place. Plus, there's more than enough room to explore the sprawling maps the game has, and some cool environments we don't normally get to see Spidey in. That makes a lot up for it. Overall it's a very fun game, and one every Spider-Fan should give a try.
Being a fan of Spidey my entire life I always look forward to his games so needless to say I got this and here are my thoughts.
The story is that as Mysterio was robbing a museum Spider-Man showed up had a short fight a broke an item known as The Tablet of Order and Chaos into multiple pieces across four dimensions: 2099, Amazing, Noir, and Ultimate. Now the four Spider-Men from these dimensions must retrieve the pieces before villains gain them. This all leads to a climatic battle with Mysterio. The worst aspect is the little amount of time in which the Spider-Men interact.
Each Dimensions Spider-Man has a different way he fights: Amazing has web and agility, Noir stealthily hunts down mooks, 2099 uses his speed, and Ultimate uses strength. Both 2099 and Ultimate has something extra: 2099 has accelerated vision which causes everything to move slowly and Ultimate has Rage Mode in which you do more damage. The most fun is Noir but all get to be really fun.
Each dimension looks different: Amazing is very comic book esque, Ultimate is Cell Shaded, 2099 is very futuristic, and Noir is very film noir like as you must have guessed from its name. The voice acting is really good and everything else sounds equally as good.
Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions is a great game and must have for all Spider-Fans.
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