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Do anything a spider can, now with new and improved graphics!
By Jason D'Aprile | May 3, 2002
The Lowdown: Definitely the best of the Spider-Man bunch, and a great third-person action adventure.
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Following the plot of the movie, this version fixes many of the flaws of the original game. As a result, this is easily one of the best third-person action adventures on the Xbox. It's great looking, tells a familiar story that comic fans will love, and lets you get into the shoes of a more youthful hero.
Anyone who has played the older versions of Activision's Spider-Man games will instantly be at home with the controls in the Xbox version. This is really just an upgraded version of the previous games, but those upgrades make quite a difference. The mission-based, single-player game takes Spidey through a variety of indoor and outdoor locales, and web-swinging through the New York City skyline is one of the more visually impressive experience to be had from the Xbox.
Nearly everything about the aerial-based missions looks terrific, from crowded traffic that goes by underneath to the gleaming skyscrapers. Although all the character models are detailed and well animated, Spider-Man in particular is fantastically rendered, with details so fine that you can see reflections in his shiny eye patches and the texture of his suit's fabric. My only real quibble would be with the framerate, which wants to be 60 but often fluctuates when more than a bit of the city is in view. I'd have thought this could have been worked out for the Xbox version.
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