“ Manufacturer: Activision / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / ESRB Descriptor: Cartoon Violence / Max. Number Of Players: 1 / Memory Support: With Memory Support / Control Elements: Gamepad / Control Elements: Joystick / Release Date: 19 October, 2001 „
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Being a serious Spiderman fan as a child this was a game I viewed with real excitement. I don't remember entirely how or when I got the game but it was a defining game of my childhood.
The game was one of real entertainment, particularly to a young child. Before the game had even started, at the difficulty choosing menu a young woman, possibly Australian, would announce the name 'Kid Mode' whenever you hovered over it. But, if you did it enough the entertaining young woman was replaced by a rather angry sounding Stan Lee, saying, "Nuff' said." Another interesting side to this game is the cheat mode. I can't remember quite how but there was a capability to type in cheats, which would allow you to choose which missions you do and be invulnerable. Although this made the game easier for young audiences there was a more interesting part to this screen, if you typed in rude words they would be replaced by 'nice' words, such as 'flowers'.
Aside from the cheat mode the game play itself was interesting and often challenging. The basic premise was a third-person, action-based superhero game where you played a Spider-Man to try to stop Electro from taking over the world, as is often the storyline of most action games. The game started with a foiled bank robbery, in which you swing roof to roof and eventually have to push a large bomb into an equally large safe. In a subsequent mission you are street level breaking up riots or something, there is fire and lots of people to fight so its very likely. Another point I particularly enjoyed was in this mission the capability to pick up and throw a basketball, which for a Playstation game seemed unbelievably advanced.
The storyline is definitely one for both 'Spiderman' and comic book fans and besides Spiderman himself it contains many other characters from the cartoon I watched so religiously, not only as villains or allies but also from their appearances in quick cameos. Other characters involved or mentioned include;
-Shocker (perhaps the most difficult boss in the game who with such a quick recovery time recovery create instant madness and frustration)
Something that was perhaps less successful in the game was that the bosses, in my opinion, became easier to defeat as the game progressed, making it somewhat less challenging but definitely not less entertaining.
Overall this was an incredibly entertaining game and although it was definitely not a perfect game it was definitely perfect for me. Obviously being a Playstation game the graphics and detail wasn't really all that but for the time it seemed good, and didn't seem to have the tendency to freeze of other games of the same period. The music in this game did not really add or take away from the game and was pretty insignificant to me, especially at the age I was when I was regularly playing it. However, it was not the sound and visual elements that made this game great, but rather the action and gameplay that kept me coming back.