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Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
I've been looking forward to this since it was announced. Big SM fan, big beat-em-up (in video games) fan and I had high hopes for what was meant to be sort of a "reboot" of the Spider-Man series after a bad series of games for Spidey the last 10 years. Last year we had Batman: Arkham Asylum, and frankly, that was the bench mark here. While it may not have been as good as AA, it definitely delivered and was a hell of a lot of fun to play.
The story is fairly linear, as are the levels, but it's well-told and the levels well-built. Gameplay differs (in good ways) from one of the 4 Spidey dimensions to the others. Amazing is a lot more combat/swinging oriented. Ultimate was still pretty combat oriented but less combos and more just plowing through enemies. But basically the same idea of traditional Spider-Man combat (to give us that 50-50 traditional/different type of deal). Noir was lurking in the shadows/perch-swinging, silent takedowns, a lot like Batman. It was so much fun getting takedowns on baddies. 2099 was more speed-oriented and the freefalling segments were well done and a lot of fun.
Obviously they couldn't put every Spidey villain in here but they did a good job of choosing 13 villains that really fit the tale. What was really cool is that since there are some badguys that exist in the SM universe as a whole, but don't necessarily exist in one specific Spider-Man's dimension. For Instance, the Hobgoblin in 2099 and Hammerhead in Noir don't exist in the comic books for those specific Spider-Men.
There's lots to do in the games despite it being linear - lots of collectibles, benchmarks/medals you have to go back to get and of course trophies. I see myself going back to this game a lot in the future to play a level or two when nothing else is interesting me.
It's very derivative of Arkham Asylum in certain ways, but it's definitely its own game, and a shitloat of fun to play and the replayability is through the roof considering how linear it is.
9 out of 10 #Entertainment