Mixed or average reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 51
  2. Negative: 7 out of 51
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  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, 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.
  3. 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.
  4. It is a fun, enjoyable, and quirky game that a father can easily pick up and play with his son. Though the boss fights are tedious and combat a bit too simple, by the end of the day I'm glad I own this game, and judging by a very suspenseful name said just before the credits roll I'm definitely looking forward to a sequel.
  5. An incredibly well-made game that is a lot of fun, although it's a bit on the easy side.
  6. There’s not much here that hasn’t been done a thousand times in older games. Younger players might enjoy it, but it’s somewhat one dimensional.
  7. 70
    I am giving FoF the benefit of the doubt because it's obvious that it's geared towards a younger audience: the difficulty is low, the action is mind-numbingly simplistic and the overall vibe of the game, from the art style to the character dialogue, is juvenile--as in youthful, not immature.
  8. Some flashy action, a playful sense of humor, and a clean visual style bring this otherwise straightforward beat-'em-up to life.
  9. 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.
  10. Overall Spider-Man: Friend or Foe for the Xbox 360 is not a bad game but is game which will likely become bargain bin material sooner than later.
  11. 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.
  12. Spiderman Friend or Foe for the Xbox 360 has a lot going for it and players can have a good time as long as they understand that this is a game that has been targeted towards a younger audience or the causal gamer.
  13. It definitely takes the edge off for younger players who just want to have fun but it provides little risk for those expecting some kind of severe punishment or challenge.
  14. There's nothing new to be found in this button combo platformer, but solid controls, drop-in anytime co-op, plenty of unlockable characters and upgrades, and surprisingly entertaining dialogue save this game from being a forgettable addition to the Spider-Man franchise.
  15. 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.
  16. Games Master UK
    Undemanding but highly effective Spidey scrapper that will delight many fans. [Dec 2007, p.65]
  17. The game is a fun two-player experience, full of great characters and some really good voice acting. I do question the game's price point and easy difficulty, but this would make for a really good weekend rental.
  18. All in all, if put into one word this game is bland.
  19. 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.
  20. The game doesn’t even feel like it belongs on the Xbox 360.
  21. This gameplay unfortunately is the main issue here. While the moves and combinations of attacks look good and are fun to actually execute, having you do them none stop all game long is a very painful chore.
  22. Spider-Man: Friend or Foe is a good concept and can be fun in short bursts with friends, but it simply doesn’t have the staying power to keep any but the most dedicated of fans playing too far into the game alone.
  23. 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.
  24. Official Xbox Magazine
    The gameplay follows a predictable pattern: Spidey and a sidekick(friends, like Black Cat and Iron Fist, or foes, like Doc Ock and Sandman)enter an area, Venom-ish enemies teleport in, and you have to clear the room of bad guys to open the door to the next area. Repeat ad nauseum. [Dec 2007, p.62]
  25. 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.
  26. AceGamez
    Spider-Man: Friend or Foe is a weak effort that shamelessly cashes in on the popularity of our web-slinging hero, with the gameplay obviously geared towards the younger gamer. Yet there is little here to challenge even the youngest player, with only die hard Spider-Man fans likely to get much enjoyment from this repetitive title, and even they will almost certainly find the experience wanting.
  27. It just seems that not much thought has gone into the level design and gameplay beyond “could a five-year-old play this?”.
  28. Even with its flaws, Spider-Man: Friend or Foe is a rather fun brawler that can be enjoyable for a while. It can be beaten in about two days, so one rental will easily give enough time to plow through this game and complete everything it has to offer.
  29. X-ONE Magazine UK
    It isn't impressive in any sense. [Issue 26, p.95]
  30. Unfortunately, the short single player campaign, simplistic achievements and lack of any online multi-player eliminates replay value. This is an excellent rainy-day rental or a definite buy once it’s discounted in a few months.
  31. I am a bit disappointed that I couldn't develop many of the wonderful characters in this game to the level that I could with Spider-Man.
  32. While it hosts a great set of playable characters, it doesn’t make the best use of them, and the recycled enemies, boring level design, and low production values make for a brawler that’s simply uninspired.
  33. 55
    Spider-Man: Friend or Foe is a good idea on paper, but in simplifying the engine they have used in their other Marvel-based games, Activision may have done the game too much of a disservice. The challenge is severely lacking and there is not much in the way of variety in terms of enemy characters.
  34. It’s a shame that the game is essentially killed by its lack of depth, because if it had some, this would be a worthwhile game.
  35. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Identikit levels and a dumb premise make for one average Spidey game. [Christmas 2007, p.72]
  36. Both shallow and a waste of a good property.
  37. It’s fun and humorous at first, but the lack of substance and challenge is a Spider-killer.
  38. This title is just one of those three-button platformers that can keep you entertained in bite-sized sessions, but only if you are a true Spider-Man fan.
  39. The game reminded me very much of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which did not go down well with this particular reviewer at the time, or now even).
  40. 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.
  41. In the end, Friend or Foe is only advised to its demographic, and even so with a lot of reservations.
  42. 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.
  43. 49
    The game is obviously geared most toward the younger set, but even kids like a bit of challenge, right?
  44. Game Informer
    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. [Nov 2007, p.144]
  45. 42
    A surprisingly poor product considering all that the developers needed to do was effortlessly copy someone else's character design onto someone else's game design.
  46. A weak attempt to cash in on consumers who don’t know any better.
  47. A game like this had potential to be more than just button masher for the kids.
  48. The overriding problem is that the central character doesn't fit the environment.
  49. A thoroughly unnecessary isometric brawler that ranks alongside Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean as being one of the worst uses of a high profile license we've seen this year.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. 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 gameI 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 Full Review »
  2. 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 ofSpider-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 Full Review »
  3. 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 haveA 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.
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