Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. 49
    The game is obviously geared most toward the younger set, but even kids like a bit of challenge, right? Despite its downfalls, the game has its moments.
  2. Some flashy action, a playful sense of humor, and a clean visual style bring this otherwise straightforward beat-'em-up to life.
  3. Never has a hero looked so stupid. As catastrophic as these missteps are, they pale in comparison to Spidey’s egregious video game blunder, Friend or Foe.
  4. 80
    The easy difficulty setting and lighthearted tone might cause older gamers to scoff, but there's no denying that Spider-Man: Friend or Foe is a quality game that the whole family can enjoy.
  5. Activision's chance to capitalize on the Spider-Man license should not fall on deaf ears, though, because the simple mechanics and easy gameplay in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe are the perfect fit for any young Spider-Man fan or casual gamer looking for an action title for the Wii.
  6. It’s fun and humorous at first, but the lack of substance and challenge is a Spider-killer.
  7. Spider-Man Friend or Foe does a fantastic job bringing back the enjoyment of the pre-film tie-in Activision Spider-Man titles. The storyline is great, the presentation is top-notch, and other than a bit of repetition, the game is a fun romp for the whole family.
  8. Both shallow and a waste of a good property.
  9. Though this isn't actually a movie game, the voice acting talent in the game is pretty good.
  10. 70
    From the simplified difficulty to a lack of online play it is clear the game was not designed for the hardcore. But what it does do is take a recognizable franchise and make it fun for the whole family, and in that it succeeds remarkably.
  11. Spider-man: Friend or Foe is another title that clearly isn't made for experienced gamers, and certainly won't please anyone aged in their teens or older.
  12. But for their kids, Friend or Foe is excellent preparation for more complicated action games until they graduate to Teen games thanks to the depth of the combos.
  13. Friend or Foe’s single player is anything but a good time. You’ll be mashing buttons, setting up some cool looking but otherwise unimpressive combos and rolling your eyes through some of the most obvious boss fights since the NES days.
  14. Spiderman Friend or Foe is obviously an attempt to cash in on the holiday rush. It doesn’t have the variety necessary to keep anyone playing for long, and the presentation is average at best.
  15. Almost every aspect of Spider-Man: Friend or Foe falls flat on its face. As a fan of the sandbox style Spider-Man games, I must say I am deeply disappointed that Activision chose to go the easy route instead of giving fans another high quality game. Avoid this game at all costs; it's not even worth a rental.
  16. 60
    Those with an unhealthy fetish for that sexy minx Black Cat (myself included) might want to grab this game too - even if she does look like a twelve-year-old girl with white-hair in this version.
  17. It's a really simple fighting game with a low difficulty level, plenty of cool moves, great characters, rubbish enemies, and a good dose of cartoon style. [Christmas 2007, p.57]
  18. If you can believe it, this is possibly even worse than the diabolical "Spider-Man 3." [Christmas 2007, p.83]
  19. Ultimately, Friend or Foe will not be confused for an epic and will likely be soon forgotten among Wii titles, but it is nevertheless a decent beat-em-up and is worth a rental or a bargain-bin purchase for co-op fanatics or hardcore Spidey fans.
  20. Although Spider-Man: Friend or Foe is not the greatest game out there, it definitely manages to be what it tries to be, a mindless romp through various levels fighting hordes of enemies while trying to reach an objective.
  21. Friend or Foe is a generic game which is salvaged by the co-op play. For new or young gamers this is a great title, but for those who have been around the block, there's nothing to see here.
  22. Spider-Man: Friend or Foe isn’t an awful game. It’s just a terribly forgettable game.
  23. Together, Spider-Man: Friend or Foe is a package that does okay, but isn't necessarily intended for anyone old enough to play games like Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.
  24. Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, despite being aimed at a squarely younger audience, is a very fun game despite its simplicity. It doesn’t have the depth of something like say, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, but should provide plenty of fun for those looking for a simple brawler with characters from the Spider-Man universe.
  25. Spider-Man: Friend or Foe is ridiculously easy and can be finished off by a determined family in a few hours.
  26. This is a good game for Spider-man fans, and although it would infuriate some players for being far too simple of a game. For others it's campy and simple nature can be charming.
  27. 60
    If you keep your expectations low (really low), and if you liked games such as Lego Star Wars and TMNT, Friend or Foe won't be the bitter pill that Spider-Man 3 was.
  28. Most importantly, it's great fun. [Issue#17, p.93]
  29. When the story is done most players will have no desire to repeat the experience. The levels are far too repetitive and there just isn't enough plot.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jun 7, 2012
    9
    A really, really good game for Spider-man fans of all ages. Even if you aren't really a spider-man fan, you'll still like the game because of its action, it's creative plot, the ability to play as villains, and it's family friendly nature. Anyone with a young or old Spider-man fan should get this game. Full Review »