Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is easily one of my top 5 games of 2010…so far. The level of energy and excitement and the wonder of what could possible come next kept me playing for hours on end.
  2. What is great about the game and the story line especially is that there are awesome villains and none of them seem like a throw away add on to the game. The levels leading up to boss battles are well designed, giving Spider-Man the chance to use his unique abilities. Story line writer Dan Slott really brings a story that is perhaps one of the best in any Spider-Man game yet.
  3. Oct 25, 2010
    92
    It might have taken four Spider-Men to do it, but overall Shattered Dimensions is the web-slinging superhero's best game yet.
  4. Dec 20, 2010
    91
    There are some control and camera problems that occasionally pop up, but they don't spoil the overall experience. The levels are huge and diverse, the boss encounters are imaginative and larger-than-life, and the presentation is solid. I had a blast and don't see a reason why anyone would want to miss it.
  5. Even if you're not a huge comic book or Spider-Man fan, you could do a hell of a lot worse than to grab Shattered Dimensions and play through it before the "real" fall season of game releases starts.
  6. 88
    The straight-to-the-point levels and the four different dimensions bring a whole new level of gameplay to the Spider-Man franchise that is a breath of fresh air that it needed.
  7. If you just enjoy good adventure games with a heavy dose of action, then be sure to give Shattered Dimensions a look.
  8. The lack of multiplayer will hurt it with some people, but the sheer number of upgrades and collectables should keep gamers coming back for awhile. Besides that, it's a whole lot of fun.
  9. Never a game has been closer in capturing Spider-Man essence, and that is a remarkable feat.
  10. Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions is fun. Really fun. It's a modern game that feels like it has the soul of a classic.
  11. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions lands just shy of being the full package, but it delivers a non-stop action ride with something new around every corner. Though its story leaves something to be desired, it's one of the best Spider-Man titles in recent memory, if not the best Spider-Man title to date.
  12. Being their "first true big project", Beenox successfully pulled off what seemed to be an impossible task for many of us within the game industry. With Shattered Dimensions, Beenox stays true to the colourful and adventuring character of Spider-Man and propels him back into the spotlight.
  13. But every level is really well done, the combat mechanic is loaded with potential and is almost endlessly entertaining, the variety and diversity keep your enjoyment high, and the voiceovers, characters, and patented Spidey flair are all big bonuses. The positives definitely outweigh the negatives and with a touch more polish, this could've been an elite title.
  14. 82
    There has been a lot Spider-Man games and this is finally one of the best games. The four different Spider-Mens are cool, the different graphical style is great and the gameplay is pretty good. Sometimes the game is a bit repetitive, but besides that this is good title!
  15. Dec 20, 2010
    80
    Your enjoyment of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions will depend on how much you agree with Bobby Kotick's assessment of the previous entries in the series. If you truly believe they sucked, skip Shattered Dimensions as it's more of the same (just without the open world New York). But if you enjoyed them, you'll want to give the game a shot as it's another entertaining Spider-Adventure that's more linear than recent games in the series, but still a lot of fun.
  16. Shattered Dimensions is a good time from start to finish. Fans of Spiderman will not be disappointed with its four universes and great action and pace.
  17. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is not exactly a sort of compilation where you can find 4 games in 1, but it's a long and entertaining product that every fan of Spidey should try.
  18. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is one wild and webbed ride through four different dimensions. Each version of Spider-Man is unique, and their different levels help propel an otherwise lacklustre story.
  19. 80
    Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is definitely a lot better then the previous Spider-Man games. However some more innovation would have been nice.
  20. Overall, this is hands-down one of the best Spider-Man games ever released.
  21. 80
    Some of the levels and boss battles are phenomenal. Beenox took a lot of chances with this game, most of which paid off in something unique and refreshing. Some old issues (bad camera, repetitive combat) still haven't been completely solved, but the good far outweighs the bad.
  22. Oct 25, 2010
    78
    Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is a fun game and enjoyable for anyone who is a fan of the comic book or game series.
  23. Shattered Dimension might not be the best Spider-Man experience of all time, but it surely is one of the better games in the series.
  24. There's bound to be better action games out there, but this one is the best game featuring the Spider-Man franchise. A bit repetitive, but nevertheless a solid experience without major flaws.
  25. Dec 20, 2010
    76
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  26. Oct 25, 2010
    75
    Shattered Dimension was an interesting experiment, but on the whole I'd have rather just played Spider-Man Noir.
  27. Vibrant visuals and agile action help Shattered Dimensions capture the excitement and appeal of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
  28. The plot is bland and often corny, but the gameplay is mostly solid and enjoyable.
  29. Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions is an enjoyable action game. The gameplay is solid and splitting the adventure in four different realities works pretty well. Unfortunately there are some bugs and the virtual camera has some issues.
  30. Beenox deserves a lot of praise for making great use of a license turning this into the best Spider-Man game since Spider-Man 2, however a few nagging technical issues keep it from getting beyond the status of "just" a great Spider-Man game.
  31. 75
    The change in combat options is a welcome addition, I just wish that the story had delivered on the comic legacy of one of Marvel's more enduring heroes.
  32. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is easily the best Spidey game since the Spider-Man 2 game from '04.
  33. Shattered Dimension is an old style action/adventure, solid and -most of all- varied. Too bad that a splendid level design meets a clumsy engine. Some camera issues and bad collision spoils a pleasant experience.
  34. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is definitely a mixed bag. It's not a "bad" game per se despite having some poorly-executed parts to its gameplay, but it's also not as good as the franchise's best gaming entries either.
  35. Dec 15, 2010
    70
    Hardcore fans looking for new foodstuff to sate the hunger for web slinging would be much obliged to save this title from the dreary fate of dust collecting.
  36. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is a flawed experience. When it hits the mark, it hits hard, and it manages to capture a lot of the charm and fun of playing as Spider-Man. Unfortunately, this charm and fun is soured by the repetitive and unimaginative gameplay and the number of glitches.
  37. With a new linear focus and emphasis on large-scale boss battles, Shattered Dimensions represents a new direction for a series that has never quite lived up to its potential. However, despite some thrilling set-pieces, a lack of variety prevents this from becoming the definitive Spidey title.
  38. Finally we got an entertaining Spider-Man game, although a few months extra polish probably would have given it higher grades. Shattered Dimensions is still good fun with a lot of variation for all ages.
  39. Unfortunately, that narrative is never properly realised and the game's control issues and repetitive elements make some sections infuriating.
  40. Shattered Dimensions is without a doubt the best Spider-Man-game since Spider Man 2. The level design is varied, but the game is very linear and the lack of big differences between the dimensions keep this game from being truly great.
  41. This isn't to Spider-Man what Arkham Asylum was to the Caped Crusader, but nonetheless it perseveres as a consistent, rugged and undeniably enjoyable romp through some bright colours, excellent set pieces and laugh out loud lines.
  42. Filled with enough fan service to make it an undeniable treat for Spider-maniacs, Shattered Dimensions is a fine game that's a little too uneven and repetitive to be more that the sum of its parts.
  43. It's flawed, yes, but at its best it's entertaining and offers us some intriguing new ways to spin and swing our web. [Nov 2010, p.76]
  44. 70
    Slick visuals, a witty script, and a memorable tour of Spider-Man's compelling rogues gallery are ultimately undone by dreary pacing and a pervading sense that Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions remains sadly unfinished.
  45. Linear and almost stereotypical yet quite entertaining game profits from four different game styles – four locations and spiders which prevent the boredom from taking over. [Issue#196]
  46. The combat, and it's worth noting that this makes up the majority of the game, is superb. It's not particularly deep nor clever, but it's immensely rewarding, as too are the scripted first person sections which exist purely to, yes, let you punch things in the face.
  47. Definitely one of the better Spider-Man games in some time.
  48. Its best ideas may be borrowed, and it tends to repeat itself fairly regularly, but Beenox's latest is still a generous and witty button-basher.
  49. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is a fun game all the way, through awesome acrobatics and fantastic boss fights. It's a shame the rest of the game is so focused on endlessly fighting the same enemies over and over again.
  50. 69
    A game of four quarters, fittingly: one fun, one uninspired, one interesting and one broken. [Issue#197, p.90]
  51. If the fans of Spider-Man will be caught in the web of these four universes, the others will be disappointed by the gameplay, a bit limited... Fortunately, the ever-present humor, the different atmosphere of each universe, the splendid graphics, the dozens of bonuses, unlockable abilities and powers of each Spidey manage to offset this.
  52. There's so much amazing fan service here, that enthusiasts simply shouldn't miss it. Despite its extremely obvious and repetitive nature, it's also a decent amount of fun, provided you play it in small doses.
  53. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is an opportunity missed. For all its ambition, wit and comic aesthetic, it feels rushed out the door.
  54. Though your moves become bigger, faster, flashier, you'll rarely feel like Spider-Man. We've often thought of him as being a fluid, dynamic character and in Shattered Dimensions he's anything but, as he gets 'stuck' for a moment when transitioning onto a wall from the ground, or not being able to stick to certain objects. Not all surfaces can be clambered, and forget about web swinging and leaping onto a wall in one motion. Also, why have we gone back to swinging from invisible hooks in the sky? Hadn't we done away with that [December 2010 p80]
  55. "Quotation Forthcoming"
  56. While I think Shattered Dimensions looks great (it really does), the substance found here is lacking. Combat is a little bland and repetitive, and stage design doesn't really allow for so much web slinging as it does web-zipping, by having edges or platforms that you can shoot across instead of literally swinging through a city, town or open area.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Apr 28, 2013
    9
    This is possibly the best Spider-Man game I have ever played. For the better part of the last decade, Spidey games have all been sandbox gamesThis is possibly the best Spider-Man game I have ever played. For the better part of the last decade, Spidey games have all been sandbox games with bland graphics and repetitive missions. Those games made it look like there was a violent crime in New York City every 5 seconds on every 5 blocks, and just didn't engage me at all. Shattered Dimensions removes that problem by having definitive, well-structured, visually appealing LEVELS. Each level has a boss, and each dimension has four levels. They are all fun and unique in their own right, and the voice acting is superb. As a Spider-Man fan, no game has ever hit the spot quite like this one. It was an awesome experience and fun I'd love to experience more of in the future. Full Review »
  2. Apr 28, 2014
    6
    It's nice to have the 4 different spider-man to play as, but the linear set-up of the game really takes away from how fun it should be. Also,It's nice to have the 4 different spider-man to play as, but the linear set-up of the game really takes away from how fun it should be. Also, repeatedly having to fight the same boss in each level gets annoying. Spider-man should ALWAYS have somewhat of an open world and freedom. Believe it or not, the Movie based spiderman games are much better, even Web of Shadows. Full Review »
  3. Oct 14, 2010
    4
    As i was going into this game, i imagined myself swinging around a vast city with the different spider mans. I was very much mistaken. ThisAs i was going into this game, i imagined myself swinging around a vast city with the different spider mans. I was very much mistaken. This game was nothing anyone wanted it to be. Spiderman is meant to give freedom for the player, not confine them to linear corridors. The combat was very identical to previous games i have played, except for the fact that their actually good. One of the main things that bugged me about the combat was that the web powers were mostly left out. A spider without webs? Bad move developers Full Review »