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. 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.
  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. Worth buying for fans of the Spider-Man series, but lacking anything really original to make it a stand out to the average gamer.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. For SM2 veterans, the story mode is just too short for a full recommendation.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. 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.
  12. The realisation that there's a great deal of repetitive gameplay here sets in all too quickly with samey fight sequences and perpetual chasing.
  13. A fun game that's worth a play through but is brought down by a lack of variety in the game play.
  14. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#23 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. Sep 6, 2012
    9
    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 »