Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
|a game by||Beenox Inc., and Griptonite Games|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, PC, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||7.8/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown|
|User Rating:||6.9/10 - 36 votes|
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|See also:||Marvel Games, Action Adventure Games, Spider-Man Games|
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is a third-person action game that takes four different Spider-Man universes and smashes them into one, creating an exciting and unique spin on the web-slinging hero. Developed by Beenox, this adaptation of the massively popular superhero series puts players in control of a handful of different Spider-Man characters, each with a unique style and set of abilities. After an accident causes a rift throughout the multiverse, all four versions of Spider-Man must work in tandem to prevent utter pandemonium. By smartly mixing together a variety of gameplay genres with a central plot and set of mechanics, Shattered Dimensions establishes itself as more than just a simple superhero cash-in. For Spider-Man fans and newbies alike, Shattered Dimensions is a wild and inventive ride.
Main Game Features
- Four unique playable versions of Spider-Man
- Original crossover story
- Action, adventure, and stealth gameplay
The story in Shattered Dimensions starts with the Amazing Spider-Man battling Mysterio, who is caught attempting to steal the powerful artifact known as the Tablet of Order and Chaos. During the scuffle, the tablet is split into several pieces, scattered over three different dimensions. Luckily, each dimension has a Spider-Man of its own, including Noir Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, and Ultimate Spider-man. With over a dozen pieces of the tablet to discover, the Spider-Men set off to their respective dimensions to recover what they can. Along the way, you'll learn more about the true power of the Tablet of Order and Chaos.
When compared to the Spider-Man movies or even some of the other games, the plot in Shattered Dimensions isn't all that remarkable. The adventure is littered with familiar villains and other classic Spider-Man characters, providing an ample amount of nostalgia. However, these numerous cameos aren't enough to really make you care about the characters. That said, there's enough action and excitement to keep you interested, so the lack of a compelling plot doesn't hurt Shattered Dimensions too much.
Shattered Dimensions is full of exciting combat, with a nice dose of stealth and platforming to boot. There are over a dozen levels, spread out across the four key universes in the story. Each of the Spider-Man characters can run, web-swing, zip, and crawl around walls and ceilings with ease. Certain characters are better suited for fighting or stealth, depending on what their levels require. For example, most levels set in the Noir Spider-Man universe heavily feature stealth and detective work, as you explore a mostly black-and-white environment. On the other hand, levels in the Ultimate universe often contain a surplus of combat encounters. Regardless of what Spider-Man you're playing as, you can expect explosive and enjoyable action based around his signature abilities.
As you defeat enemies and complete combat challenges, you'll be awarded points depending on your performance. You can use these points to unlock new combos, finishing moves, and upgrades. You'll need to buff up as much as possible, as Shattered Dimensions heavily features boss fights throughout the experience.
The previously mentioned villain cameos often come in the form of boss battles, with some levels containing multiple fights. These are often the high-point of each level, offering both a spectacle and adrenaline rush. Spider-Man superfans will have an absolute blast beating through the long list of memorable villains, resulting in a gleeful trip down memory lane.
Although Shattered Dimensions occasionally runs into technical problems and wonky game mechanics, there's a lot of interesting content to enjoy. The crossover concept alone is enough to get any Spider-Man fan interested and the consistently enjoyable combat and surprise cameos keep you playing. If you've only ever seen the Spider-Man films, this stylish spin-off should open your eyes to some of the lesser-known versions of Spider-Man. Solid voice-acting and a flurry of character cameos keep the otherwise underwhelming plot afloat, so don't go into this game expecting an amazing narrative. If you're looking to web-swing and knock the snot out of enemies using distinct Spider-Man powers, then you should play Shattered Dimensions.
- Awesome concept
- Lots of unlockable fighting moves
- Surprise supervillain cameos
- Occasional glitches
- Messy plot