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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The true letdown, though, is that the master villains can still be supremely frustrating to defeat, requiring several replays and exhaustive bouts of highly patterned attacks.
  6. It brings the comic book to life right in front of your eyes.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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. Nintendo Power
    90
    As a complete package, it is simply (to use a word that goes way back with Spidey) amazing. [Dec 2005, p.108]
  11. A fun title that stands on the cusp of greatness, one step away from achieving something special.
  12. 82
    Couple this with the brilliant voice acting throughout and quirky comments from the public as you glide by, ('He looks thinner on T.V!') and Treyarch are definitely onto a winner.
  13. 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.
  14. The videogame version is a good product that comes close in matching the ultimate legacy that is Spider-Man.
  15. Game Informer
    80
    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]
  16. Play Magazine
    80
    Quotation forthcoming. [Nov 2005]
  17. 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.
  18. There isn't much incentive to continue playing – it simply feels old by the time you've completed the story mode.
  19. 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.
  20. 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."
  21. 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.
  22. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#19 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
#19 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 »