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  • Summary: Spider-Man: Friend or Foe challenges players to defeat and then join forces with notorious movie nemeses including Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Venom and Sandman, and other classic Spider-Man characters. Players embark on a global quest to overcome an evil threat, by controlling Spider-Man and one of numerous Super Hero or Super Villain sidekicks, as they master unique fighting moves and styles while switching between characters to execute team combos and defeat foes. Spider-Man: Friend or Foe features a unique co-op mode in which a friend can join the game at any time and take control of Spidey’s sidekick as they battle through the game side-by-side and replay favorite levels. [Activision] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 51
  2. Negative: 7 out of 51
  1. I had a fantastic time from start to finish, and even though the combat did get repetitive, the action was so fluid and intense that it never bothered me. I thought the combat was much better than even the major movie games, perhaps because there was less emphasis on swinging and wall climbing.
  2. Spider-Man: Friend or Foe will not go down in history as one of the greatest games to make use of the franchise. The crisp graphics, warm humour and the ability to play as one of fourteen different marvel superstars doesn't alter the fact that the game is simply far too repetitive, even for the target audience.
  3. The graphics don't look like much, but they stay true to the comic books. It would've been great to have more unlockable goodies and online play options. Besides that, this old-school brawler offers lots of fun.
  4. 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.
  5. 50
    It’s difficult to be too hard on Spiderman: Friend or Foe because of its targeted age group. Even with its highly repetitive and simplistic nature, it ultimately wins out over the drivel of Spiderman 3 (the game) with its photography and bomb diffusing missions and boring plot.
  6. The overriding problem is that the central character doesn't fit the environment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Dec 17, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Everyone says that this was a bad game.It was NOT a bad game,it wasn't boring,it was like an arcade game,the game was excellent: the graphics are good,but not Next-Gen,like everyone says.The gameplay is will get boring if you play for 1 or 2 hours,but,it was a good idea to make the game based on Sam Raimi's trilogy.Although,Venom looks better than Spider-Man 3 version.It was cool make exclusive characters for PSP,WII and Xbox 360.The PS2 has all the normal characters.The Xbox 360 has Silver Sable as an exclusive.PS3,normal characters.WII,Silver Sable,too.PSP has Electro and Carnage.It would be cool see Shocker as a playable character,but OK.The game is excellent,better than The Amazing Spider-Man Game. Expand
  2. WyattG.
    Oct 16, 2007
    8 for kids or 5 for adults. I got this game on the day it came out in Australia for my youngest son who is 6. He and his 8 year old brother had lots of fun playing it, trying out the various superheros and villians as well as fighting each other in the versus mode. I have also played it with my wife, and whilst not being a challenge, I did enjoy the co-op play (which more games should have as it is better to play with someone else than alone) and it sure made for some easy achievement points. The graphics are ok (not next-gen though), the controls are easy (although there are lots of different moves available when using different combos of buttons), the sound is good and the voice acting has a nice touch of humour to it. It is definately aimed at a younger crowd and although single player is ok, 2 player co-op (not split screen) is much more fun. I don't think it is worth full price, but I suspect that it will be discounted fairly quickly (particularly after the poor reviews it has been getting), so if you can pick it up cheap and have kids it is well worth a go. Expand
  3. Jan 21, 2014
    Spider-Man:friend or foe isn't a game everyone expected from its premise,but for what it is,it is a great kids game and also for fans of Spider-Man in general. It's nice to take a break from the recycled foundation of free form sandbox Spider-Man games and get one that is linear and somewhat repetitive. Now if that last sentence confused you a bit, it should. Cause my feelings toward this game is the same way. When first announced that we will get to play as Spider-Man and his arch enemies that are somewhat designed and influenced to look like their movie counterparts,I dreamed it would be an awesome game. What we got is a video game aimed toward the younger crowd with adults to find something here to like. Let's start with the story. Not particularly interesting,as it's about a meteorite that resembles the symbiotic nature of venom crashing on earth spread across the globe and creating a new symbiotic threat to spider man and everyone else including the villains which then become under a mind control from the shards.spiderman is then forced to stop these villains and recruit them to help collect and destroy these shards. The story's only true purpose is to give you reason why you are going where you're going and why you need to do what you need to do. No character development,no twists,except for one at the end which I won't spoil,it's a bland story at best. The graphics are a cartoonish design of the movie costumed versions of characters like Spider-Man,of course,New Green Goblin,Sandman,and the does not push the hardware of the 360 at all but it stays at a solid 60 frames per second and load times are decent for it. Again,made for kids,so in that sense it gives off a Saturday morning cartoon feel to the looks.the sound is passable. It's campy and "animated" and the voice actors do their over exaggerated lines up to standards of a kids cartoon,but it's not anywhere near as bad as Web Of Shadows. It's supposed to sounds like they do,so this is intentional voice acting.the gameplay is a mix of God of War and Lego. Spider-Man has the most varied amount of moves and his sidekick will all have their own distinct looking attacks,but they all pretty much play the same no matter who you pick.the battle mechanics are simple to pick up and play,and offer little to no variation in moves.again,kids will enjoy this. Adults will find that this is somewhat of a blessing considering you can fight with a simplified control of attacks no matter how much you forgot to play this game.presentation is campy yet cheesy all at the same time. If that was their intention, then they achieved it well. By far their best presentation is the very first intro video,depicting Spider-Man facing off one by one his most well known enemies and then having them come together against him as to group up and take him on.this battle is an awesome cinematic to watch. Overall I enjoyed the game for what it's worth. If you go in with a simple mind and expectations that you will be playing one of the more highly intelligent kids game to come out for a while,you'll have fun. After all,it's awesome,even for a cartoon approach, to have the Green Goblin from the movie fighting with you in every level,sure,this game is repetitive as hell, but with its upgrade system for each character,the number of villains and heroes you can play ass,and the ultimately freaking sweet combined power moves unique to each of the characters except New Goblin,you will want the same enemies to fight to keep seeing the amazing powers each character portrays. But I do warn you, if you're an adult and looking for simple gameplay and a linear story,this game is best in short spurts,as it will wear you thin after the first 30 minutes and the repetition gets to be a larger and larger bore. So if you decide to play this game,play it in short spurts,maybe one level and then take a break from it,also play it for the awesome feeling of having Sandman pummel enemies with Spider-Man web slinging enemies around. Put don't play this game if you want a difficult challenge or a lengthy campaign or good story,for this will sorely disappointment you. Oh,and if you're a fan of the Sam Rami Spider-Man movies I guess you can qualify to play this game under the conditions I mentioned earlier. Rental at best,in my opinion. I personally bought it cause it is a game unlike any other.not a bad game for what it's worth,but not innovative in any way either,and pretty cut and paste Expand
  4. Mar 21, 2012
    I liked the idea the developer had with the game but the way it was brought together was awful. Firstly to make a spin-off spider-man game based off the three movie considering the majority or characters you play as are all dead! I've seen better combat in WWE:Legends or Wrestlemania,better graphocs as well, the game is only worth playing if your an achievement whore or playing with your yonger sibling/Nephew/Cousin. if you want a true Next-Gen Spider-man game play shattered dimensions or web of shadows, not this crap Expand
  5. Feb 11, 2013
    A game where we can play as our favourite Spidey villains as well as the web head himself? Surely this game is what us super-hero nerds have been waiting for?! Sadly, as great as it sounds, this game lets us down badly.

    Aside from the linear level design (which is just unacceptable in a Spidey game) and the boring missions, this game could have worked. After a normal night for Spidey, he is recruited by Nick Fury of S.H.E.I.L.D. to help kick butt... Throughout his adventures, Spiderman has the freedom to team up with some of your favourite bad guys such as Green Goblin and Venom. However, the game just fails to do anything we've never seen done better in other games. It's short levels and tiny amount of achievements give it little replay ability.

    Although the game had a good idea, the concept is lost with each bad guy you recruit and just fails to give us the Spider-Man magic we wanted. Spider-Man: Friend or Foe gets a saddening 4 out of 10.
  6. RyanS.
    Sep 7, 2007
    The old style of the game doesn't compare to the graphics of the newer games.
  7. Bor
    Dec 11, 2007
    The Best Game!!!

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