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Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3 is an action game loosely based on the Spider-Man 3 film and released for the Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable. The Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS & Wii versions were developed by Vicarious Visions while the Microsoft Windows version was developed by Beenox and the Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 versions were developed by Treyarch. There was also going to be a GameCube release of the game but it got cancelled due to its discontinuation along with Shrek the Third. An Xbox version was also planned, but later cancelled due to the low sales for the system.

The game's plot expands on the film by including additional characters and elements from the Spider-Man comics and the Marvel Universe. Depending on the platform, different villains from the comics are featured, but all versions of the game feature the film's main villains: Venom, New Goblin, and Sandman.

Spider-Man 3 Plot

The game starts off as Spider-Man swings into a burning building. He defeats the bombers of the building and saves a woman from being killed. It then skips to the next day. His former best friend Harry Osborn does not talk to him anymore and he has a new rival in the Daily Bugle: Eddie Brock. Meanwhile, an escaped convict Flint Marko falls into a lab pit and turns into sand. A small meteor crashes, with a symbiote inside.

Spider-Man takes Mary Jane Watson, his girlfriend, on a thrill ride, and after that, talks about Harry. Mary Jane comforts him; while talking, the symbiote attaches to Peter's shoe. Meanwhile, Harry comes out of a chamber in the Green Goblin lair, filled with Goblin gas.

After visiting his science teacher Dr. Connors, who turned into the Lizard by performing an experiment on himself to grow a new arm. The Lizard then turns other people into lizards, then escapes into the sewers, Spider-Man then follows and defeats the Lizard but the Lizard escapes deeper into the sewers. Harry (now the New Goblin) attacks Peter. They go on a high-fly battle on New Goblin's glider, but Goblin is defeated and knocked unconscious. Peter brings New Goblin to the hospital, where he will be treated.

Rumors are spreading that numerous gangs (Arsenic Candy, Dragon Tails, and the Apocalypse) are threatening the city to death. After Spider-Man foils all of their plans, he goes to another mission of the H-Bomber gang which was possibly kidnapping J. Jonah Jameson and killing him by Carlyle a.k.a. the Mad Bomber, the leader of the H-Bombers.

Spider-Man then visits an abandoned laboratory where a doctor attempts to kill a person: Mac Gargan. But while testing him, he accidentally turned him into the Scorpion.

Spider-Man goes to the city to chase and battle Scorpion in the city and then goes to sleep due to a very tiring day.

During his sleep, the symbiote consumes Peter, leading Peter to have a new jet-black suit. The new symbiote suit makes him stronger, more agile, and more aggressive. Marko, now the Sandman, recently robbed a bank, and is headed for the subways. Spider-Man pursues him, and eventually defeats him, washing him away in a sewer line.

Brock and Peter both are given an assignment by their boss, J. Jonah Jameson: catch Spider-Man robbing something, and the one who does gets a promotion. Brock attempts to cheat by paying someone to pose as Spider-Man. The real Spider-Man appears, now influenced by the black suit, breaks Brock's camera and punches him. Brock tells him that he has many more cameras, and automatically photographs Spider-Man punching him. Spider-Man is able to recover the cameras and Brock swears revenge.

Peter gives Mary Jane a ride back to her apartment after a horrible date, where under the influence of the black suit, he alienates her. After acting too bossy and asking her to shut up, she decides to call off the relationship, which saddens Peter. Peter decides to go to a church, where he attempts to remove the symbiote suit, and successfully releases its bond to him. Unfortunately, Brock secretly finds and watches Peter unmask himself, and attaches to the symbiote, becoming Venom.

Brock finds a still-alive Sandman, and blackmails him to work together to defeat Spider-Man, or he will kill Sandman's daughter, Penny. Sandman eventually agrees. They kidnap MJ, so Peter suits up again in the red suit as Spider-Man. He goes to the construction site where Venom and Sandman are holding MJ captive in a taxi. He fights Venom and Sandman while Harry, recovered from his head injury, decides to help Peter rescue MJ as the New Goblin. Harry arrives and rescues MJ, and fights a giant Sandman which he defeats. Harry attempts to help Spider-Man fight Venom, but is killed in the process. Peter eventually defeats Venom by weakening him with sonic vibrations then dropping the two of them off a building. He survives as Venom is impaled by a steel bar.

Peter mends his relationship with MJ, and Sandman, still alive, is reunited with Penny, who has just been rescued by police.

Spider-Man 3 Gameplay

The game retains many of the gameplay elements from the previous game. Among the holdovers from the previous game is the freely explorable Manhattan map, which is larger in area than the one in Spider-Man 2. There have been various changes to the movement and combat system, including the usage of motion sensitive controls on the Wii version. The Nintendo DS version's combat system is entirely operated using the DS's touch screen - the d-pad is only used for moving Spider-Man. Players are also now able to interact at certain points during some cutscenes. Another prominent feature is the ability to play as the black-suited Spider-Man from the film, which allows access to new attacks and special "Rage" moves.

Reception
Spider-Man 3 had mixed or average reviews on the Xbox 360, PC, Wii, PS2 and PS3 according. On Game Rankings, these versions average between 53% and 67%, and on Metacritic 50% to 68%. The key criticism for these versions is the game's similarity to its predecessor. The PC version has been additionally criticized for its high minimum system requirements and 30 frame/s framerate cap, but received better reviews than the PS2 and Wii versions, due to its similarity to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game.

The Wii and PS2 versions have been criticized for a short story mode and disappointing graphics, with GamesRadar suggesting that they were technically inferior to the preceding game from 2004. The Wii version has however been praised for the use of the Remote and Nunchuk in its gameplay, which is considered to be the Wii version's strongest point. The Xbox 360, PC and PS3 versions, despite receiving only average reviews, have been universally better received than the PS2 and Wii versions. The Wii version was given a "D" grade by TheWire. X-Play gave the Wii version a 1 out of 5 (the first Wii game to get a 1 out of 5) and the PS3 version a 3 out of 5.

The game was also criticized for not being the same version on each system. Some criticism has surfaced due to having New Goblin only fully playable in the PS3 and Xbox 360. It was also criticized for having a lot of glitches. However, Gameinformer liked the game, giving it a 8.0/10 or "Great" rating. Gameinformer praised the number of moves, Tobey Maguire's voice acting, and the variety of missions, but criticized the soundtrack The game running on the GBA, a far less powerful system, was developed as a side scroller. ScrewAttack named the Wii version of the game the 7th worst superhero game.


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