Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Top Five Spider-Man Games

Marvel VS. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds released yesterday for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It features one of my favorite superheroes (besides SuperPhillip, of course), Spider-Man. Not only does he have cool superpowers such as web-slinging, web-shooting, and superhuman strength. He also has my favorite cast of supervillains from the Green Goblin and Hobgoblin to the Sandman and Rhino. This list features my top five favorite Spider-Man games of all time.

5) Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro (PS1)

Kicking off this abbreviated countdown is Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro for the original PlayStation. It featured the same level by level gameplay of the original albeit with less star power. When your biggest villain is Electro, you know you have a problem. The game featured such supervillains as the Sandman and Hammerhead as well. The web-slinging was kept to indoor areas and small city arenas. All-in-all, an adequate Spider-Man game, but nothing spectacular.

4) Spider-Man: The Movie (PS2, GCN, XBX)

Loosely following the storyline from the original Spider-Man movie starring the dreadful Tobey Maguire (to be fair, he sucked in the role of Spider-Man, not so much other roles). The cast of villains included the Shocker, the Vulture, the Scorpion, and of course, the Green Goblin himself. With high production values and the original voice actors playing their given parts, Spider-Man: The Movie is my second favorite Spider-Man game based off the less-than-stellar Sam Raimi trilogy of films.

3) Spider-Man (PS1, N64, DC)

On the Nintendo 64, instead of cut-scenes, you received comic book style panels to advance the story. Regardless of that and graphical differences, Spider-Man for the three main consoles of the year 2000. Seems so long ago, doesn't it? Regardless, Spider-Man was the first 3D video to get web-swinging and slinging right in the three dimensions. With an all-new storyline, a cast of supervillains like no other such as a symbiote-controlled Doc Ock final boss. What makes this Spider-Man game special was that you felt, for the first time, you felt like you were actually Spider-Man in 3D!

2) Spider-Man 2 (PS2, GCN, XBX)

This was the first open-world sandbox Spider-Man game, and it was awesome. Featuring unique side-missions, hidden tokens to discover throughout New York along with a decent story to go with it. Mysterio, Shocker, Doctor Octopus, and the Rhino were the cavalcade of combatants for Spider-Man to take down in various venues. With an open-world setting allowing Spidey to swing like never before with impressive freedom, Spider-Man 2 is not just a fantastic superhero game, but it's a fantastic game in general.

1) Ultimate Spider-Man (PS2, GCN, XBX)

Based on the comic book line of the same way, the cel-shaded Ultimate Spider-Man is my favorite game of the web-slinger. It boasts the same open-world sandbox gameplay of Spider-Man 2 (and Spider-Man 3, but we won't mention that game again), along with side-missions such as races against the Fantastic Four's Human Torch, battles with R.H.I.N.O., jobbers like the Shocker, fights with Venom (who you can also play as), Silver Sable, Beetle, Electro, and even the crazed Carnage. A beautiful game with plenty of bonus content even if the storyline itself is short, Ultimate Spider-Man is the ultimate wall-crawler experience in my book.


There goes my favorite Spidey games! Do you agree/disagree with my selection of web-crawler games? Let your opinion be known in our comments section.

1 comment:

Michael Janssen-Gibson said...

I haven't played any of these, in fact the only couple of Spidey games I have played include Spider-Man 3 (enjoyed swing mechanics) and Ultimate Spider-man for DS. Would like to give shattered dimensions a go, have you tried that one?