Posted on 30 August by Barry Keating – Content Producer, PlayStation.com
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is shaping up to be pretty slick Spider-Man adventure, not just because it’s a wholly original game ripped from the pages of the Marvel comic, but because you get to play as four (count ‘em!) alternate Spider-Men.
Read on for the skinny:
The finest example of a Spider-Man game to date – for me anyway – has been Spider-Man 2 The Game on PlayStation 2. It brilliantly fused the open world ideas behind Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto series with Marvel’s comic book crown jewel: Spider-Man. Developer Beenox looks set to match that spectacular combination on a whole new level with Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
While not entirely an open-world game (you can still explore the world and compete in up to 180 challenges, a large chunk of which will require repeated playthroughs), Shattered Dimensions thrusts you into a four alternate Spider-Man universe. They are: Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099 and Spider-Man Noir with each one housing its own unique attribute.
For example, Ultimate Spider-Man puts you in control of Spidey in the black Symbiote suit, which makes for furious tentacle based attacks, whereas Amazing Spider-Man is primarily based around forming your webbing into weapons such as hammers to smash enemies into submission.
My favourite so far is Spider-Man Noir, a section based entirely on stealth as you skulk in the shadows waiting for the perfect moment to pick off enemy stragglers as soon as they break free from a group – it’s Splinter Spidey. There are also a huge number of upgrades to work towards too including slick counter attacks. To nab them all, you need to build up your in-game currency by smashing enemies and defeating mission bosses that include Juggernaut, Carnage and The Vulture.
Beenox has also gone to great lengths to make this a Spider-Man fans dream by drafting in current Amazing Spider-Man scribe Dan Slott to write the story, as well as four different actors to voice the different Web Slingers including Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser!!) and Christopher Daniel Barnes, who voiced Spidey in the superb Spider-Man: The Animated Series back in the 90s.
I’ve been aching for a really great Spider-Man game since Spider-Man 2 The Game on PlayStation 2 and I’ve a feeling that Shattered Dimensions is going to deliver. What do you guys think, are your Spidey Senses tingling and which universe is your favourite of the four that Beenox has opted to go with? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll answer any other questions you might have too.
And when you’re done reading this, check out the interview with Beenox over on eu.playstation.com for loads more juicy bits.