Ultimate Spider-Man GameCube

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
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  1. A better game than Treyarch's previous efforts, but it still relies too heavily on the novelty of swinging around the city and beating up the same bad guys over and over again--a novelty made less so by the simplification of both mechanics.
  2. The blockbuster production values make this one of the best comic book to videogame adaptations ever made. The control is equally as impressive which may not be apparent initially as I mentioned. The only things holding this game back from absolute greatness are basically the same flaws that held SM2 back from greatness: repetitive random missions, relentless chase missions, relatively short story mode and the lack of imagination in terms of game structure.
  3. The new style is breathtaking, although the heavily tweaked gameplay will leave most Spider-fans hanging and the horrible pace will make them want to cut the thread.
  4. Edge Magazine
    50
    Did a purse-holder at Activision one day grapple fruitlessly with the last game's control system and scrawl in their subsequent notes "Make the next one so that I can play it"? Speculation aside, someone sure messed-up Spider-Man. [Dec 2005, p.108]
  5. AceGamez
    60
    Ultimate Spider-Man may look very stylish and visually capture the essence of a comic perfectly, but the gameplay feels like a swing backwards in almost every department.
  6. For SM2 veterans, the story mode is just too short for a full recommendation.
  7. In the end, the story mode of Ultimate Spider-Man and the incredible boss fights make it worth a rental. The repetition of missions and short length of the game do not justify a purchase.
  8. It's best to go at these extra missions and goals in moderation though, as playing them for an extended amount of time can get boring.
  9. The realisation that there's a great deal of repetitive gameplay here sets in all too quickly with samey fight sequences and perpetual chasing.
  10. A fun game that's worth a play through but is brought down by a lack of variety in the game play.
  11. Worth buying for fans of the Spider-Man series, but lacking anything really original to make it a stand out to the average gamer.
  12. Ultimate is very entertaining, and the addition of Nemesis creates some interesting new situations, but over all there isn't a lot of variety; you fight, you race, you ramble around the city, and then you do it all again.
  13. Ultimate Spider-Man is best enjoyed when viewed as a separate path for the franchise, one whose bright graphics and teenybopper storyline add a refreshing parallel to the realist movie versions.
  14. I feel as though $50 in an overcharge for what you're getting. The game itself is under ten hours long (just including the story missions).

Awards & Rankings

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#19 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
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#20 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2005
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jun 24, 2017
    10
    This game is amazing, and was easily one of my favorite games from my childhood. The novel style graphics are fantastic and make you feel asThis game is amazing, and was easily one of my favorite games from my childhood. The novel style graphics are fantastic and make you feel as though you are playing a comic book, which is awesome for me. I have also played Web of Shadows and Shattered Dimensions (Which are also amazing), but this game has a special place in my heart. Full Review »
  2. Sep 7, 2013
    9
    The storyline is super short, a little lame, but gameplay is solid. Webslinging could probably not have been any better. I didn't enjoy theThe storyline is super short, a little lame, but gameplay is solid. Webslinging could probably not have been any better. I didn't enjoy the game for the story/missions though. The races, slinging through the cities, hitting all the marks, I never beat even one insane race, they were well.. insane! Awesome game, have now owned it 3 seperate times. Full Review »
  3. May 31, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This is one of my favorite Spider-Man games of all time. The gameplay is very similar to Spider-Man 2 (which is a game I love dearly) and you get to play as Venom, who is my favorite Spidey villain ever. I love feeding on people and destroying cars as Venom and I really like unlocking cool costumes (although I never unlocked the black suit for Spider-Man). The boss battles are great. You get to fight Venom four times and you also get to fight Electro and Carnage. Full Review »