Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
What’s more, I have to slog my way through four levels of training so I get used to the different Spider-Man incarnations and their own styles of game-play. I think you can see where this is going, but I shall continue. I get to the last Spidey training level and the damn buttons don’t seem to be working right. Frustrated I give up and fall back on XBox Live and a vintage FPS.Â
But I still have a review to write so the following night I crank up Spider-Man again, only to find out it didn’t save my progress and I have to start from the very beginning of the training. Hell no. Cue vintage FPS. The following day I decide to let my 11 year old gamer daughter have a crack – she’s been eyeing it up ever since I bought it home. I pop back a while later to see if she needs any help and she’s already unlocked me a couple of achievements is is well on her way through a couple of missions. Naturally I take the controller of her and start playing the game… I won’t go into the whole back story to the game – its not really that important – in fact story-line doesn’t seem that important in this game – its a fairly linear affair, but one that works well. One of it’s biggest strengths is the four incarnations of spider man, and how different they all play. My favorite is Noir Spidey – a more stealth focussed game with the coulour dialed right back so it has a black and white/sepia, old style feel to it. Essentially you have to travel through each dimension using your Spidey skills to retrieve pieces of an ancient tablet so that dimensional order can be restored. Your journey is filled with plenty of challenges and fights, along with the obligatory big boss battles. It’s fun, its challenging, but it’s also all a bit samey after a while. Also, at least in the eyes of this non Spider-Man fan, it’s a little schizophrenic. On the one hand it comes with a M (suitable for mature players 16 years and over) rating, but is rendered in a cell-shaded, cartoon style and is easy enough for my 11 year old to pick up and play. Is it meant to be a kids game or an adult game? Not being a Spidey fan, I’d have to go with leaning towards a slightly mature kids game, and as such, is a blast to play and will no doubt keep my game obsessed 11 year old daughter happy, if I ever give the controller back to her.