Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. The highlight of the graphics is undoubtedly the recreation of Manhattan. While it was impressive in Spider-Man 2, this sequel takes it to unprecedented heights.
  2. New York has never looked better and the increased size and complexity really bring the Big Apple to life, even if the framerate chugs from time to time.
  3. The game is not only bigger, but also better in almost every way. The graphics, the animation, the lighting, and the overall storyline cohesion – the whole package is vastly improved. There are some issues such as repeating voice work, more persistent framerate stuttering than the PC or 360 version, and a hyperactive camera while indoors, but the rest of the game more than makes up for these shortcomings.
  4. 85
    The best thing about playing Spider-Man 3? Without a doubt, the web slinging. Thanks to a tight control scheme and great level design, slinging around the virtual city is one of the game's great thrills.
  5. If you are the type of gamer that likes a good button-masher, and can work past the occasional which-way-is-up camera angles, then this game should have tremendous appeal for you.
  6. Spider-Man 3’s greatest strength isn’t how accurately it captures the essence of this hero; it’s the game’s ability to keep you in a state of wonder. You never really know where Spidey will be headed next, or what challenge you’ll be tasked with upon arrival. Variety really makes this game stand out above the others.
  7. A no-brainer purchase for hard-core fanboys but still priced a bit too high for everyone else. At least give it a rent for city-swinging fun and to try the New Goblin.
  8. A buffed-up Central Park can't distract from some upsetting gameplay blunders. [July 2007, p.72]
  9. You can get through the main story in a casual weekend of playing, and the extra mission objectives aren't exactly compelling. Tack on some seriously under whelming visuals and a problematic camera, and you're left with a game that has its moments, but is ultimately disappointing, even for true believers.
  10. Sure, it throws in a few new wrinkles to the combat system and adds some crazy God of War-esque contextual actions into the mix, but the core game is functionally the same as previous Spider-Man games, and the changes are a mixture of positive and problematic.
  11. Not much has changed. What has changed, unfortunately, is often for the worse.
  12. There’s more of a focus on web-based combat that shows through nicely, but it just didn’t quite do it for us. Although you’ll unlock a good deal of moves eventually, the initial experience may not be compelling enough to make you want to play through enough to get there.
  13. Although it is not a bad game by any means the negatives found within it just can't be overlooked.
  14. Webslingin' remains the selling point, but the combat--although built from the ground up for this game--still consists of random button mashing. [July 2007, p.88]
  15. 60
    Other than nailing what web-swinging should feel like, this game is a bust...Combat is brainless button-mashing, the bosses are frustrating and cheap, the visuals aren't worthy of your PS3, and although the random crimes aren't the same events over and over, they definitely reuse the same ideas.
  16. All in all, Spider-Man 3 was a tremendous bore and I think that I’ll go play some more of Spider-Man 2 to try and get the taste out of my mouth.
  17. The focus of their next Spider-Man game should be making the combat feel as authentic to Spider-Man as they've done with the web-slinging. With a focus on improving the combat, the A.I., and more epic cineractives, Spider-Man 3 would have been a great game.
  18. 60
    Fans of the character and the action sequences will likely find plenty to enjoy, but anyone expecting something more will be disappointed.
  19. 60
    Right out of the gate, Spider-Man 3 is going to smack you in the face with some of the worst next-gen graphics you have ever seen.
  20. At the end of it all, Spider-Man 3's biggest problem is that it has a camera and framerate that makes the game nearly unplayable.
  21. If you're a huge Spider-Man fan, this game may be for you. Anyone else will be content renting it and amusing themselves for a few hours exploring the Big Apple and returning it before the dullness sets in.
  22. Throwaway combat, a horrid indoor camera, frustrating missions and a general lack of respect for the characters and comic source material mean you have a game that looks fairly good, but doesn't really do justice to the property it's all based on.
  23. It's a shallow, lazily-upgraded and rushed game that could have done with being taken back to the drawing board at an early stage to better encompass the power of the new hardware on offer.
  24. Spider-Man 3 is so by the numbers, so average that we just can't muster much enthusiasm. Comic fans'll hate the inconsistent power levels while hardcore gamers will balk at how unfinished it feels.
  25. Spider-Man 3 might dominate the box office, but its glitchy video game counterpart totally tanks...Shoddy graphics, poorly configured character models way-too-easy or too-hard difficulty levels and strange lag times -- on the ultra powerful PS3 no less.
  26. A messy, unfinished title, Spider-Man 3 barely manages to squeeze any fun out of its 12-plus hours of gameplay. [July 2007, p.80]
  27. 50
    You know that "PS2 game with shiny characters and lots of bloom lighting" look that plagues PS3 and 360 ports of last-gen titles? It's dripping all over Spider-Man 3. Except it's not a port. Which is almost okay, until it throws in some vicious slowdown whenever you make the mistake of breaking environmental objects.
  28. The biggest annoyance is an erratic camera, which never reliably displays the best view of the action and requires constant adjustment.
  29. The city is not very alive, if you know what I mean. It looks like New York, but it doesn't feel anything like it.
  30. Throw in several unimaginative bosses, haphazard animation and you have a release that even the polished presentation or monologue from Bruce Campbell fails to drag back into the realm of respectability.
  31. 33
    If ever proof was needed that the next generation is in the games and not the console, this is it. [Issue#155, p.74]
  32. Spider-Man 3 features the series’ worst combat yet.
  33. The web feels mundane thanks to a randomised upgrade system and the stupidly unpredictable camera. [Aug 2007, p.107]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. KalebF.
    Jun 1, 2007
    This is spider-man 2 totally revamped. Now better than ever. The game has totally been tweaked and corrected from the previous franchise and now it is the diffnitive spiderman game. A little frame rates but you can hardly notice. The stories are better and the game is longer what else can you want! Perfection? yeah right just get the game and try it out for yourself. It even better than the movie considering that thier is more plot. Full Review »
  2. May 31, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This was my first game on the PS3. Having enjoyed the movie in third grade, I couldn't wait to play this game. It was the first few times I've played it, but as I got older I started to notice flaws. There were some levels that didn't like and that I didn't feel like playing such as the Mad Bomber missions. But the boss battles were pretty fun, such as the New Goblin battle. I would not say this game is as bad as the critics say it is. Full Review »
  3. Jun 29, 2012
    I'm not an idiot, I know what games are as a standard. Spiderman 3 boasts an impressive open world and a large amount of challenges within the open world which will keep you playing for a good while. Unfortunately the games games story is the only thing holding it back from the comic book game we all want. It takes lots of different pieces of story and mashes them together to make a inconsistent pile of poo. The gameplay can be good but eventually becomes a repetitive mess. If you're going to go out and buy this. Free roaming is where the fun is. Full Review »