Spider-Man is a household name. There’s no denying that. Due to the popularity of the comics, this franchise has received not one, not two, but three live action incarnations. On this week’s RetroNight, we’re going to look at a game based on the first of the original film trilogy starring Tobey Maguire.
Some may not even remember this game, but it spawned some of the greatest sequels in superhero game history, as well as some daring mechanics that influenced future games like inFAMOUS and many others.
Spider-Man doesn’t exactly stay true to the source material (the movie) which also doesn’t really stay true to its own source material (the comics) so what you’re left with is a very strange departure from the actual narrative of the original franchise.
Our game starts you out post-Uncle Ben’s brutal murder at the hands of the “Skulls” gang of generic baddies. The plot isn’t exactly dynamic and well written, but the villains they chose to focus on made for some incredibly interesting scenarios.
Whether you’re traveling through sewers and subway tunnels to get to Shocker, or swinging around abandoned buildings to battle Vulture, the varying scenarios truly put you in the suit of the mighty web-slinger in one of the most immersive superhero experiences ever made.
For its time, this game set a precedent, showing us how to make web-swinging fun, as well as combat that combined simplicity with a decent combo system to show off Spider-Man’s own abilities in creative ways.
To sum it up, this game isn’t a classic, but it is weird, and it is fun. It’s probably the most interesting way to experience the life of the mighty Spider-Man!