Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions is the newest Spider-Man game from Activision. In the past, most Spider-Man games have been well received but not exactly mind blowing, usually they fall right around the average range. In Shattered Dimensions, Activision changed the formula a bit from an open world game to a stage based game, and it is a welcomed change. I know, open world games tend to offer many more hours of gameplay, like GTA 4 for example, but the difference is in GTA4 you have a ton of variety to do, but in most Spider-Man games its the same five side missions over and over again. Until they take the time and money to develop a full fledged open world game, Spider-Man should stick to this new formula of stages instead.
The story is a little weak, basically some mystical artifact is destroyed into pieces and starts blending the different dimensions together and if the artifact is not put back together it could destroy the universe. The cool part about this story is you get to play different Spider-Man versions from different dimensions. There is the traditional Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, which is just like Amazing Spider-Man just younger, Noir Spider-Man, this one is a 1930’s version of Spider-Man, and Spider-Man 2099, which you guessed it a future Spider-Man.
Almost all play the same except for the Noir Spider-Man, these stages are in mostly black and white and use stealth. I f you have played Batman Arkham Asylum then you will be very familiar with these stages, they borrow heavily from that game. The 2099 Spider-Man has some cool falling scenes, think of the God of War when you get Icarus Wings. The other two are your basic swing around and beat up the bad guy type stages.
The controls are fairly good, but the trouble with Spider-Man games is the character himself. He can basically can go anywhere and climb anything and at times the camera has trouble keeping up. One part that really bothered me, on one of the Noir stages, I couldn’t climb to a roof, there was an invisible wall holding me back. The voice acting is really good, Neil Patrick Harris and Stan Lee lend their voices to the game and they do a great job.
What would a Spider-Man game be without bad guys? There are a ton to fight, and each level has a main boss, like Kraven the Hunter an others. I don’t want to spoil it for you so I wont list them here. The graphics are very good, and each Spider-Man has his own art style which changes things up some and makes the game more enjoyable. There are a ton of unlockables throughout the game, so for all you diehard’s will spend hours playing. But for most people, this game will take you a weekend, so unless you are a super hero fanatic or Marvel fanboy, just rent the game.
Game worth playing, 7 out of 10.