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  • Summary: Based on the comic book of the same name, Ultimate Spider-Man lets you play as either the hero Spider-Man or his arch-nemesis, Venom. Use the unique combat techniques of either Spider-Man or Venom to battle a host of Spider-Man characters. Artistic contributions by the creators of the series make for an authentic Spider-Man experience.
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 53
  2. Negative: 1 out of 53
  1. 95
    A vibrant, eye-popping superhero disc that has more style, wit and compelling gameplay in its first 10 minutes than most games have in their entirety.
  2. Though the game isnâ??t perfect, the addicting story line and amazing presentation are definitely welcomed. If Treyarch had kept the bigger city and more advanced web swinging techniques, Ultimate Spider-Man would have been the definitive Spider-Man game.
  3. The game sure looks fantastic but is it fun to play? Without a doubt, although it could do with some fine-tuning here and there.
  4. 80
    Brings the super stylish world of Marvel comics to life with beautiful and enjoyable results, but ultimately spins a regrettably short Spidey story-mode experience.
  5. A liberal splash of new ink and some gameplay innovation manage to revitalise this slightly over-familiar franchise. [Xbox World 360]
  6. Bringing Peter Parker back to his roots was appealing to me at first, but the so-so gameplay and the undeservingly high price of purchase makes Ultimate Spider-Man for Xbox more of a rental.
  7. One word describes Ultimate Spider-Man: disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. EvanM.
    Sep 15, 2005
    10
    This game is probably one of the best superhero gaems out there. It combines the two storys of Spiderman and Venom seamlessly, while you play through both of them. The fighting system has been greatly improved from the one in Spiderman 2, while still keeping the basic formula. There are a ton of bosses, and you have to use your intuition instead of just brute force when you fight them. The graphics are amazing looking. Expand
  2. CharlesT.
    Sep 30, 2005
    9
    An excellent and beautiful game, but I sure wish it were longer!
  3. MichaelB.
    Oct 27, 2005
    8
    Incredibly fun. The cel-shaded animation looks awesome. Plenty of cool Spider-Man characters and locales. Playing as Venom is the most fun, of course. I only have a few major disputes with this one. The voice acting for certain characters is pretty bad (namely Peter Parker). And why can street thugs block my attacks but I can't block theirs? Expand
  4. Lars
    Dec 31, 2005
    7
    I was really getting into it, then something terrible happened. I beat the game. This was incredibly short, I beat in almost one sitting. After the game ends, they try to boodt the replay value by adding a GTA style "cause as much destructoin as you can without getting killed by cops" game woth Venom. Sorry, but that and collecting tokens for costumes isnt my idea of a good time. Collapse
  5. GregL.
    Oct 6, 2005
    6
    I enjoyed the game, but it wasn't what Spider-Man 2 was. There was no system for building money/credits and upgrading your character. The game was AWFULLY short! It only took me 6 hours. And there isn't a lot to do in the game after the storyline is over. Sure, you get free-roam of the city as either Spider-Man or Venom, but with no credit-building/character building system it's almost pointless. And the combat seemed dummed down from Spider-Man 2.... a lot more button mashing than strategy and web-swinging attacks. Overall... great game at first, but gets old real fast. Too bad. I really like the Ultimate Universe, too. Expand
  6. MitchO.
    Sep 26, 2005
    6
    I absolutely LOVED the Spiderman 2 game. Honestly, I have to say this is a good step backward from that game. The graphics are very cool, there are more tokens and playing as venom is a nice change once in a while, when you just want to go on a rampage. However, you don't get to purchase any more moves (fighting, jumping, swinging). Without your extra moves, fighting is very bland. Not only are their less main mission, there even seems to be less mini missions. Also, it seems like every boss fight is just something annoying to get through, not something to be enjoyed. I would have giving the game a 10 if they just changed the graphics to the Spiderman 2 game. But, this is a very dumbed down version of it. Expand
  7. JonathanH.
    Nov 11, 2005
    2
    This game looks sublime, but the gameplay is shockingly disappointing. It's as if the designers have taken a checklist of the best features of Spider-Man 2 and deliberately set out to break each and every one. Most notable is web-slinging, which is now a chore rather than a joy. This game is a crime. Expand

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