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Spider Man 3!

The third installment in the popular web-slinging adventure franchise takes free roaming to a whole new level, but will this new approach pay off, or sink like the movie?

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Same Ol' Same Ol': The story of Spider-Man 3 follows the plot of the latest Spider-Man movie, but not very well. The story in Spider-Man 3 is very thin, and rarely has an influential affect on the game. There is no way to seriously follow the story throughout the game, because the cinematics are short, boring, and often doesn't have anything to do with the movie. If the name of the game wasn't Spider-Man 3, you would have no idea what this game was based off of the cinematics.

Smash n' Dash: Now onto the actual gameplay, which you will notice is very similar to the beat 'um up formula of previous installments, albeit a little tighter. The core blueprint of the fighting system is just to mash all of the buttons at the same time, and hope you pull of a groundbreaking combo. There is no strategy as to which maneuvers to use and when to use them, just button mashing action.

The Rotten Apple: Although the fighting mechanics are weak at best, and the story is pitiful, the main draw-in is the ability to journey freely in NYC. The exploration of New York has not changed much since Spidy 2, but the city has gotten much larger. NYC now has a feel that inhabitants really exist there, and that the city is living and breathing. Exploring the city is still as fun as it was last time around, and often you will see taxis, cars and, trucks driving the streets, all the while people will walk about the city, calling out your name if they get a sighting of you.

There are also a variety of slightly enjoyable, but shallow mini-games that the citizens of NY will task you with. These errands will vary from fetching a balloon a child lost, to pulling people to their safety after saving them from a nasty fall. These mini-games will give you incentive to keep playing a few minutes after you beat the game, but are to shallow to keep you entertained.

Rent vs. Buy: Even though Spider-Man 3 has only changed minimally in the last three games, this one still manages to be fun for a little while. The lasting appeal of Spider-Man 3 is slight at best though, and you will soon forget about this game sitting on your shelf.

I think if you are a huge fan of the Spider-Man series, you should give this one a try, but I don't think this game has enough good quality's to stay afloat, and you should buy this only if its bargain bin price.

Report Card

Even though Spider-Man 3 has only changed minimally in the last three games, this one still manages to be fun for a little while. The lasting appeal of Spider-Man 3 is slight at best though, and you will soon forget about this game sitting on your shelf. (Krakrabbit.com)


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