Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
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  1. 100
    If you have an X-Box, this is the game to beat for playability and entertainment.
  2. 90
    This may just be the best comic book–based game ever.
  3. The animation is smooth and wonderful to watch.
  4. Very fun, though still plays a lot like the first Spiderman game I played on PlayStation (which isn't a bad thing, but hoped for a somewhat different experience).
  5. The game kicks butt too except for one big problem: the camera.
  6. The camera angles do get frustrating after awhile, but the story, graphics, and extra features make it worthwhile.
  7. Fun for the short amount of time it lasts.
  8. Kudos to developer Treyarch for creating a seamless interface by which players can control a gravity-defying character without any noticeable restrictions or limitations.
  9. Personally, I found myself enthralled with the video game, so much so that I pulled a couple of all-nighters going through the game over and over again and noticing new details each and every time.
  10. 84
    I love the fact that every Spider-Man ability I could ever want has been included in this game.
  11. Game Informer
    The action is blistering, yet the camera moves like a slug and requires constant maintenance from the player. Don't let this discourage you, though. [June 2002, p.83]
  12. Questionable camera controls and sometimes frustrating gameplay are all but forgiven in the context of the rest of the game's charms.
  13. If I have to pick a gripe it would be that the game wasn't designed primarily for the Xbox then stripped down for other consoles, but the addition of 2 levels and an extra villain make it a worthwhile effort.
  14. The animation used in this game is some of the best we have seen in a video game in a long time. Spiderman flows beautifully through web-slings, crawling up walls, or performing his vicious kicks and punches.
  15. It can be hugely exciting and fun when you are outside flying through the city. However the inside levels feel confined and just lack the excitement of the excellently implemented exterior sections.
  16. 80
    Good graphics, fun gameplay and acceptable control make the Xbox version of Spider-Man an excellent game for Spider-Man and 3D platform fans alike.
  17. 80
    Really good...The game-play is where Spiderman really shines.
  18. Official Xbox Magazine
    The game is missing a dose of innovation that could've helped it become stunning. [July 2002, p.77]
  19. Despite the camera problems and some of the other issues, most players will probably enjoy playing what ultimately turns out to be a graphically superior version of the PlayStation and Dreamcast Spider-Man games, which faithfully captured the superhero's moves and antics to begin with.
  20. This is easily the most disappointing Spider-Man game ever.
  21. The best looking has to be the Xbox version. Compared to the others, Spidey's world is very sharp, clean and crystal clear. Colors are very vibrant and while the textures aren't very detailed, they work just fine.
  22. While the crisp graphics and bonus levels put the Xbox Spider-Man game slightly ahead of the PS2 and GameCube versions, indoor sequences are still problematic with an uncooperative camera that rarely stays behind the web-slinger as he flits across the room.
  23. Xbox Nation Magazine
    The camera itself functions as a de facto enemy -- and possibly the deadliest one of them all. [Summer 2002, p.82]
  24. GameNow
    The Xbox release is the best of the three console editions by far. [June 2002, p.59]
  25. There are some things to unlock, but the game itself is fairly short.
  26. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    I found the combat lame, the camera annoying, and some levels frustrating. [July 2002, p.124]
  27. We can't help feeling that this needed an extra couple of months' work to iron out the rough edges and implement some real strategy to the gameplay.
  28. At the end of the day fans of Spiderman fans will find plenty to enjoy as they relive all their childhood fantasies.
  29. TreyArch has excelled itself, not just failing to get [the camera] right, but setting mind-blowing new standards in incomprehensibility. [Edge]

Awards & Rankings

#55 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Feb 20, 2013
    I bought this game when I was very young and still remains one of my favorite games. The graphics, gameplay, story, and the action areI bought this game when I was very young and still remains one of my favorite games. The graphics, gameplay, story, and the action are wonderful. If you have not played this game before, the game doesn't follow the movie completely. I am okay with Movie License games not following the movie completely, but most find a way to screw up the game. Spider Man the Game is not like that. The game does take some elements from the movie, however it adds some fun entertaining levels. Some of Spider Man's villains from the comics make an appearance like Shocker, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, Scorpion, and the main antagonist of the game, Green Goblin. The controls are very easy, the game gives you help on what your suppose to do, and it is just fun to play the game. The game does have many positive sides, the game also has a couple of negatives. The camera at certain points can be very "Wonky", the boss battles can be extremely difficult, and the campaign is really short. Even though there is negatives, Spider Man the game is fun and I encourage you to play the game. Full Review »
  2. Uter
    Feb 11, 2004
    The presentation is quite good, but the gameplay mechanics, graphics, and gameplay in general are very mediocre. The camera is frequently The presentation is quite good, but the gameplay mechanics, graphics, and gameplay in general are very mediocre. The camera is frequently working against you too. Full Review »
  3. MadisonS.
    Dec 12, 2003
    The Spider-man game was cool I liked it. I think that it is a great game and that every body should play it.