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  • Summary: Swing your way into action to help restore reality with your friendly neighborhood Spiderman.
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  1. Positive: 42 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
  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. 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.
  3. Filled with countless remember-when moments-as in "Remember when you outran that wave of sand?"-Shattered Dimensions is less literary and artful than Batman: Arkham Asylum, but it's far more fun.
  4. Definitely worth at least a rental, Shattered Dimensions has its charms: quality writing and voice-acting, inventive set pieces, and, yup, four different Spider-Men.
  5. While still shy of greatness, it's definitely worth a look for Spidey fans or anyone who enjoys third person action.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Sep 7, 2010
    10
    It's been a long time since I've played any Spidey games personally, ever since the sand box style gameplay came around I pretty much gave upIt's been a long time since I've played any Spidey games personally, ever since the sand box style gameplay came around I pretty much gave up on the series, even though I used to purchase just about all the ones that came out. I gave up on it all though after Ultimate Spider-Man.

    There was a gleaming light of hope however when this gem was announced. Gone is the repetitive free roam style, and Spidey returns to real, level by level gaming (or in this case, split up in Acts). You play as four different Spider-Men after the Amazing Spider-Man shatters the Tablet of Order & Chaos, a mystical relic that apparently grants great powers to evil minded villains (even when only in pieces), in a scuffle with Mysterio. This begins Spidey's journey to recover the tablet shards and restore order before these villains dish out complete havoc. The storyline is basic, and doesn't change from start to finish, which I personally don't mind, I'd prefer an overly-simple story over an overly-complex one (which most comic books and games in general do now-a-days), so I suppose it's a breath of fresh air to not get any dumb plot twists and other stupid things of that nature.

    The graphics are pleasing to the eyes, looking they were torn straight out of the comic book pages and onto our televisions. Every dimension (Amazing, 2099, Noir, Ultimate) has a unique look and feel to it. Amazing looks just like the comic books, 2099 is very bright with lots of lights and flashing, Noir is very dark and mysterious (the sky looks awesome, just thought I'd mention that), and Ultimate looks pretty much just like the Ultimate comic (probably the more lackluster of the three since the Amazing universe does that too). Gameplay is where this game shines. Each universe has a different gameplay style, from the Noir stealth, to the crazy free-falling 2099. Amazing and Ultimate are a bit more on the normal side though, but that doesn't make them any less enjoyable to play through. Each stage has a lot of variety, and plenty of nooks and cranny's to explore for Spider-Emblems, and Hidden Spiders (which give you more Spider Essence to purchase upgrades). There's plenty to do in this game, due to the Web of Destiny, which is a series of challenges or goals that you must do to unlock the entire web. As you unlock more challenges, you gain access to more of Spidey's special moves and new costumes, so you don't want to ignore these. Some of them are inevitably unlocked (such as defeating a boss, etc), but a lot of them are not, and you won't want to ignore them. I also must mention that zipping around the stages couldn't be easier with the easy to learn control scheme, and beating the crap out of enemies is a real pleasure too. There's also the first person view brawl scenes with the bosses, which I thought were weird thing to add at first, but it grew on me very fast. The camera has its problems I suppose, though to be honest I've only had issues with it when I'm wall crawling, which I rarely do anyway.

    The sound is great, notably due to the amazing voice actors of the Spider-Men and their foes. A lot of classic Spidey VA's are here, with funny lines and witty phrases being spout at every corner. It was a trip down memory lane for me, hearing Noir Spidey in particular, since I loved the 90's animated series, though I'm sure others will be partial to other VA's. The music isn't memorable, but that doesn't mean it's bad either. It gets the job done, to say the least. I particularly enjoy the music of 2099 and the Noir universes. I'm guessing by this point it's obvious that my two favorite dimensions are those two, since I continually mention them with praise.

    This game is a must buy for Spidey fans, and fans of the action genre, or just plain anyone that's into a good game. There's a lot of potatoes with the meat with the Web of Destiny, 3 difficulty levels, rankings, and alternate costumes, so there's a lot of reason to go back and continue playing (probably more than the reasons I mentioned here). This is a great direction for Spidey, and I hope Activision keeps Beenox on board for their next Spider-Man release. Crossing my fingers for an exclusive 2099 game.
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  2. Mar 26, 2011
    9
    Thoroughly enjoyed this game, coming from someone who got bored of playing FPS and racing games, I fancied a change, loved the idea of thisThoroughly enjoyed this game, coming from someone who got bored of playing FPS and racing games, I fancied a change, loved the idea of this game and bought it.
    Really glad I did, storyline with 4 characters [each in turn voiced by Classic and Modern Spider-Man voice artists]
    Also with Noir, had a nod to the brilliance of Arkham Asylum.
    Game didnt take long to complete, really enjoyable and lots of unlockables
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  3. Oct 3, 2010
    8
    The developers have played a *lot* of Batman Arkham Asylum. Many of the themes make an appearance here, from the perching takedowns, to theThe developers have played a *lot* of Batman Arkham Asylum. Many of the themes make an appearance here, from the perching takedowns, to the grate-opening-web-pull, and the warning wiggly lines above Spidey's head when about to be hit. All great gameplay mechanics, but none of them done with quite the aplomb of the Dark Crusader's finest hour. Still, there's much to like here.

    The 4 characters are just about different enough to warrant the different dimensions - Noir is certainly the most different, and in some ways the most frustrating for it. The wisecracking voice over is great, the first time you hear it, but being told to get the water barrels, incessantly throughout one boss fight was a bit too much.

    Positives: 3 different difficulty settings. Plenty of in game challenges. Not too challenging. Good story.
    Negatives: Bit samey in the Amazing and Ultimate worlds. Some Noir levels a bit frustrating. Cheesy voice over gets a bit much. Looooong levels - most are 45 mins to an hour, so not easy to dip in and out.

    It's a solid 8 for me, but I like Spider-Man, so I'm squarely in the target audience.
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  4. Feb 21, 2016
    8
    4 Spider-Men 4x the awesome,this game is a lot of fun and this is easily the best Spider-Man Beenox game with a great combat system and a4 Spider-Men 4x the awesome,this game is a lot of fun and this is easily the best Spider-Man Beenox game with a great combat system and a pretty good stealth system for the noir missions. The story although a little weak consists off a tablet of order and chaos,it is shattered accidentally by Spider-Man and it spreads through out the multiverse and coincidentally finds its way to 16 different villains across the multiverse. Madam web calls upon the Spider-Men of the 4 dimensions the fragments of the tablet landed in to reform the tablet and restore balance, But while all this is happening Mysterio has a plan to get the tablet and conquer the multiverse. Although the plot is a little generic it's a good enough set up to get these 4 Spider-Men to team up in this great action adventure game. It's a must have for Spider-Man fans and action adventure game fans. Expand
  5. Sep 11, 2010
    7
    Just adding my 2 cents worth and giving it a 7. Wish they had more Noir missions. I guess I'll wait for the next Batman game to get more ofJust adding my 2 cents worth and giving it a 7. Wish they had more Noir missions. I guess I'll wait for the next Batman game to get more of that candy. Expand
  6. Feb 17, 2013
    7
    This game was fun, but it felt like it was taking on too much w/4 different stories. Usually, switching between different types of gameplay isThis game was fun, but it felt like it was taking on too much w/4 different stories. Usually, switching between different types of gameplay is a refreshing twist, but this felt more like a chore at times. The game stays true to Spiderman doing "Amazing" feats, but the fighting can get a little stale. Expand
  7. Oct 9, 2010
    0
    This game is awful! There are a lot of glitches in it that really distract from the game play. One is when web slinging in the noir dimensionThis game is awful! There are a lot of glitches in it that really distract from the game play. One is when web slinging in the noir dimension i got stuck in a wall and had to start over. Unless a new patch comes out to help improve web slinging don't buy it! Expand

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