Spider-Man 3 Review
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System: Wii, X360, PS3, PC, PS2, DS, PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Treyarch 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Activision 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 16, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good
Spidey Without Some of the Fun

by Justin Conte

It seemed odd at release that the PSP didn't receive its own version of the Spider-Man3 game. Months later, Activision has seen fit to grace us with a portable version of the PS2 title. With a full-fledged version of New York City brought down to portable size, Spider-Man3 is an impressive accomplishment, but can the title really bring to life all that is Spider-Manwith the limits imposed by the PSP itself?

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Graphically the title is an impressive testament to the power the PSP has. Character models are beautiful, and NYC is brought to life in handheld form like never before. Though not the best looking title on the system, the scale delivered combined with the crisp detail present make this one of the best overall visual experiences the PSP can offer.

Control is where things begin to fall apart. The best part of the console iterations was the way the web swinging was emulated through the analog sticks. The PSP's analog nub simply can not handle the job. During combat and such it can be hard to keep things centered and attack the correct target, but during swinging sequences, things are just downright disappointing. What was on consoles the best part of the game becomes a chore. I'm not normally one to demand a second analog on the PSP, but this is one case where without it things just don't function.

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The gameplay is enjoyable at times and tedious at others. There's a lot of moves available in combat, but you'll find yourself going back to the same ones over and over, and this can make things old quickly. The problem is there isn't enough variety in the enemies and their A.I. to give you reason to need to change up your moves. In fact, doing so often will lead to undesirable results. There's a decent amount of variety to the missions, ranging from swinging around the city to taking out a gang of enemies, but only a handful are truly enjoyable time and time again.

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The sound effects are somewhat varied, but hearing the same thing over and over does get a bit old. As usual, the PSP speakers leave much to be desired and really don't help add to the experience that you get graphically. There really isn't much to do once you've completed the main story that would make you want to come back for more, thanks mostly to the fact that you will be tired of the swing mechanics by that point.

The story is serviceable, though it could use some fleshing out. Many villains from the Spidey universe make appearances and add to the appeal for comic fans. The game even fleshes out some of the backstory left out in the movies, helping you to understand where the Sandman came from and some of Peter's other issues. It just feels as if the story could have used more time to really stand head-and-shoulders above the rest.

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Overall, unless you really need to have your Spidey on a portable, you're better off with the console versions here. The controls are better, and they can be had at a lesser price at this point. If all you own is a PSP or you really need something to fill the gaps in your morning transit, you could do far worse than the PSP Spider-Man3.

By Justin Conte
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • Possess the never-before-experienced powers of Black-Suited Spider-Man. Feel the adrenaline as your powers explode in the role of Black-Suited Spider-Man-unleashing incredible agility, amazing durability, and awe-inspiring web abilities. But be warned-the rush your intensified powers bring could overwhelm you.
  • More freedom than ever. More city than ever. For the first time, enjoy unprecedented freedom-choosing what you want to do, when you want to do it. There's no checklist to complete in order to progress. You set your own next goal, roaming anywhere you want-including subterranean areas such as subways, sewers, and villains' lairs-in the most massive, detailed New York City ever seen in a Spider-Man game.
  • Experience an all-new combat system, two exciting ways. Redesigned from the ground up, a unique combat system empowers both Spider-Man and Black-Suited Spider-Man to perform suit-specific powers and abilities. State of the art animations, combos and finishers make punch, kick, and web attacks more super-heroic than ever. Battle 10 of Spider-Man's most infamous enemies from the movie and Marvel universe, including Sandman and Venom.
  • The PSP system game is a fully streaming, complete conversion of the PlayStation2 system game, not a port.


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.0
    Graphics
    Very well-done graphics had they been on the PS2, made even more impressive on a handheld.
    2.0
    Control
    Web-swinging is painful, and fighting with the camera makes combat less than a breeze.
    3.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Most of the voice cast of the movie is here, and the sound does its job well enough.
    2.5
    Play Value
    Decent length, but little reason to come back for more once the story is complete.
    3.0
    Overall Rating - Fair
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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