Spider-Man - PC

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Spider-Man (PC)
Also for: PS2, Xbox, GameCube, GBA
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Beat 'Em Up
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Treyarch Soft. Co.: Treyarch
Publishers: Activision (GB/GB)
Released: Jun 2006 (GB)
7 Jun 2002 (GB)
Ratings: 11+
Accessories: Mouse, Control Pad, Keyboard


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Activision’s Spider-man video game movie tie-in has been released across a number of platforms, but the PC version, accompanied with the right controller, has the potential to become the best of the bunch.

Something evil is afoot in skyscraper city, and it doesn’t take long before Super-man’s numerous arch enemies emerge as the prime suspects. The vanquishing of the nasty piece of work that is Green Goblin is your ultimate goal in this episode. You’re Spider-man, you know what to do.

Graphics card permitting, Spider-man is easily the best looking of the five versions. Super high-res visuals, anti-aliasing and incredibly smooth texture mapping means you can enjoy Spider-man at his best in a plethora of completely immersive environments.

The premise of the game is very much like its predecessors: to swing high and low whilst demolishing your arch-enemy’s minions. The highly polished aerial combat system is great for easy and precise control, allowing you to move almost anywhere within the free-roaming environments. Your web-spinning skills can often prove to be a great means of escape or transportation, but they are also needed to defeat the resident henchmen that stand in your way. By simply tapping a button on the pad, you can sling entire blobs of web to stun the enemy, buying you some invaluable seconds. If you prefer, you can use basic kick and punch attack combinations, but they will do you little good in the later stages of the game.

Many movie tie-ins have been heavily criticised for their lack of depth and poor gameplay. But, like Rare’s Goldeneye, this one stands out from the rest simply because it’s fun to play. Can you really ask more than that?