Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 84
    USM is a major improvement overall, with a stellar story mode and decent free-roaming system. I enjoyed swinging around enough to invest 25 hours in the game, but the first third remain the most memorable and most enjoyable.
  2. 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.
  3. The videogame version is a good product that comes close in matching the ultimate legacy that is Spider-Man.
  4. 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.
  5. Spidey's acrobatic moves are also captured perfectly, and experimenting with his powers is the most enjoyable aspect of this adventure. [Nov 2005, p.142]
  6. 80
    The biggest drawback of this game is the inclusion of Venom as a playable character. He draaaags. He can't web swing (but he can cover vast distances with his leaps), he relies on brute strength rather than finesse, and you must also devour people in order to keep the suit from killing the man inside.
  7. While the game is beautiful, and the story mode is a lot more engaging and interesting than that presented in "Spider-Man 2," some of the lackluster combat options and changes to web-slinging keep it from being amazing.
  8. 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.
  9. 80
    It's a strange situation when one of the weakest elements of a game -- in Spider-Man 2's case, the story -- can massively improve in a follow-up, and yet the overall quality of the games can remain roughly the same, but that's exactly what's happened here.
  10. This is a comic lovers dream come true; the perfect marriage of comics and video games, and with so many comic-inspired games already out and more on the way, I can say without reservation that Ultimate Spider-Man will rule them all with ultimate gameplay and ultimate style.
  11. The action is fun, but a couple of the vagaries of gameplay kill that. This is a case of an otherwise high-quality game being hindered by a few iffy additions that wreck the whole experience.
  12. 80
    The short length and repetitive sequences make it more of a rental for non-believers, but overall, excellent gameplay, a great presentation, and familiar characters make this the best superhero-based game since, well, "Spider-Man 2."
  13. 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]
  14. 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.
  15. Quotation forthcoming. [Nov 2005]
  16. Ultimate Spider-Man did a lot to improve on its predecessors, but it still isn't as deep as it could've been. The story was good if incredibly brief, and Venom injects some replay value, but it feels like the last pages of this book are mere pencil sketches, much less inked and colored.
  17. The fun of this game is that you can pick it up at any time and swing around for a while and then shelf the title for the day. It is a rare game that you can do that sort of thing. Even the full missions are short enough where you can plow through one or two on a lunch break.
  18. As a complete package, it is simply (to use a word that goes way back with Spidey) amazing. [Dec 2005, p.108]
  19. There isn't much incentive to continue playing – it simply feels old by the time you've completed the story mode.
  20. Manages to take the web-crawler to new heights thanks to the great visual style, the variety in gameplay (which is certainly an improvement over Spider-Man 2), and a tweaked combat/control system. The game looks phenomenal and really does bring the characters out of the comic book and in the consoles successfully.
  21. For SM2 veterans, the story mode is just too short for a full recommendation.
  22. A fun title that stands on the cusp of greatness, one step away from achieving something special.
  23. While it undoubtedly falls short in certain key areas – the imperfect controls, the repetitive side missions, the slightly bland engine... – it will certainly be more than adequate for any Spidey fan feeling the need for some web-slinging.
  24. It brings the comic book to life right in front of your eyes.
  25. 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.
  26. Though the game isn't perfect, the addicting story line and amazing presentation are definitely welcomed. If Treyarch had kept the bigger city and more advanced web swinging techniques, Ultimate Spider-Man would have been the definitive Spider-Man game.
  27. 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.
  28. The realisation that there's a great deal of repetitive gameplay here sets in all too quickly with samey fight sequences and perpetual chasing.
  29. A fun game that's worth a play through but is brought down by a lack of variety in the game play.
  30. 95
    A vibrant, eye-popping superhero disc that has more style, wit and compelling gameplay in its first 10 minutes than most games have in their entirety.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Sep 7, 2013
    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 »
  2. May 31, 2013
    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 »
  3. Sep 6, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This is another extremely good Spider-Man video game. Spider-Man has always been my favorite comic book superhero, and this one captures the world of the comics excellently. The gameplay is the same as Spider-Man 2 the game. This is not to say it is bad, because it is quite good. This game is another free-roamer in which you play as Spider-Man, fight crime, and do story missions. However, this game also has a small twist. Spider-Man isn't the only playable character in this game. You can also play as Spidey's old foe Venom, and go on a rampage. So now you can play as both a hero and a villain in this amazing game. There aren't any buildings that you can go into like in Spider-Man 2, but that doesn't change how awesome the gameplay is. Actually, the gameplay does still have problems. For one thing, it's really hard when compared to Spider-Man 2. Spider-Man 2 was pretty much average at all with the story missions and crimes, but Ultimate Spider-Man shows no mercy. There are several annoying doors you have to open by hammering the R and L buttons which can get really annoying fast. Also, the amount of time you have to complete certain missions isn't as generous. I know it's unfair to judge a game by difficulty alone, but this game is hard compared to its predecessor. As for the graphics, they're still on the decent side, but are better than Spider-Man 2. Instead of trying to be realistic, they look more like a comic book. In other words, the graphics are cartoony instead of realistic. However, the best thing about this game overall is the story. The story is the same as one of the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, and they chose a really good story too. It's the story of how Peter Parker (Spider-Man), and Eddie Brock's (Venom) parents were working on a cure for cancer. After they died in a plane crash, Peter and Eddie wanted to continue from where they left off. They created a suit that they thought would cure cancer, and Peter decided to try it. This magnified his Spider-powers, but also his anger. Peter then destroyed the suit, deciding it was too dangerous. Eddie then found out who Peter really was, and used the chemicals on himself to become Venom. That was just the beginning of the whole thing. Overall, Ultimate Spider-Man is one of the best superhero games I've ever played. Full Review »