Spider-Man PlayStation

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    It's a great representation of how to handle a superhero in video game form, and surpasses other lame efforts like "Superman N64" and "Batman Forever" (remember that crap?).
  2. The best superhero game ever, featuring America's favorite webhead. [Mar 2002, p.34]
  3. There are so many extras, such as collecting new suits, new special powers, and classic comic book covers, that you will play this game for a long time.
  4. This Spider-Man lives up to everything you wanted it to -- it's Spectacular! It's Amazing! It's Sensational! Most importantly, it's not a clone of all the other Spider-Man games!
  5. The graphics are perfect and the sound, especially the voice acting, is the best I've heard in a long time.
  6. Easily the most impressive PlayStation game I've played this year and is one that should be owned by everyone.
  7. Add to the mix that there are plenty of secrets to uncover, including cover art, character viewers, training sessions and even costume changes and you have a one loaded game worthy of high praise.
  8. 90
    The training missions are pretty robust, and there are lots of costumes to uncover, but in the end, while I loved "Spider-Man," it was a little too simplistic, a little too short, and the control a bit too wacked for my taste.
  9. 90
    At last a decent comic-book conversion that is extremely playable and will even appeal to those who aren't fans of the comic.
  10. 90
    Be warned, some parts will frustrate you to the point of anger, but there's no shame in infinite continues.
  11. With great gameplay comes a great game.
  12. They've created the first game featuring a comic book hero that doesn't disappoint.
  13. Whether it's eluding the NYPD's helicopter force's raining of missiles down at you or evading the powerful grasp of Venom, the action is relentless.
  14. Combining platform, fighting and some limited shooter elements, Spider-Man effectively interweaves the intense gameplay with a story befitting of the webslinger's comic-based heritage.
  15. Most importantly, it is fun. Something that most games do not have going for them now a days.
  16. Even with its twitchy control and funky camera angles, it's a top-notch action/adventure worthy of the moniker. Excelsior!
  17. Most frustrating, though, is when the camera inverts your perspective after the execution of a zip line -- while it may seem as if nothing's amiss (as the subtle change in perspective will surely evade your notice), the controls will indeed be reversed, causing "up" to mean "down," and vice versa.
  18. Unfortunately, while nice visuals, a humorous character, innovative play mechanics and good replay value are promising, the sluggish control and annoying camera problems will certainly frustrate most "True Believers."
  19. But taken purely as a game, this one could use some radiation treatment.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 31, 2012
    I remember playing this at a friends house and even though I only played it for a little bit I remember instantly loving this game. Spider-Man is my favorite super hero of all time, and I really wanted to own this game, but not until recently did I finally buy a copy that I played on my PS3. The main reason I didn't buy this game for so long was because I wasn't sure age had been kind to it, but I'm glad to say that age has had almost no negative effects on it! The gameplay and controls are still great and the game is still a blast to play. Like any Spider-Man game, comic, or movie one of the coolest parts about this is the villains you get to fight, and you get to fight some of Spider-Man's coolest villains in awesome and challenging boss battles. The story is very well written, and expertly captures the feel of the comics. I couldn't help but smile when I heard Spider-Man toss out hilarious one liners just like in the comics, and interact with other famous Marvel super heroes. This game is awesome and if your a Spider-Man fan this is a must play, sure it could be longer and it's got some issues with the camera, but what old game doesn't? Not only is this the best Spider-Man game I've ever played, it's also super hero game I've ever played, and it's one of my favorite games of all time. Full Review »
  2. Jul 2, 2012
    A game filled to the brim of non-stop action, web-swinging and wall crawling. One of the more striking points of the game is it's great plot and sound. Each level is fun and entertaining, making you not want to stop playing. This is accompanied with the voices which fits perfectly for each character. However, the game does suffer from clunky controls which can make it slightly frustrating at times. But overall with its close attention of detail to the Spider-Man universe and its awesome bonus costumes, this was a game needed to be created for not just Spider-Man fans, but for fans of the linear action genre as well. Full Review »
  3. Jul 2, 2012
    I remember playing this game a long time ago, but I think I can honestly say in my opinion that this is the best Spiderman game I've played, and that includes beating out Spiderman 2 and Ultimate Spiderman which many consider as the best Spiderman games, which I agree with. This game was so cool though, I never was able to beat it though, because I ended up getting lost somewhere. This game haves the best Venom out of anything, especially better than the Spiderman 3 Venom. Full Review »