In Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Mysterio causes problems when he shatters the Tablet of Order and Chaos, an artifact that ends up opening four different gateways into the Marvel Universe, resulting in four different versions of Spider-Man himself – the Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099 (the futuristic version), Spider-Man Noir (the 1930s version), and the Ultimate Spider-Man (the alternate modern day version) – These four Spider-Men must aide Madame Web in balancing the Marvel Universe.
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions resembles a neatly polished and coated brand new million dollar car. And that’s pretty much where it ends. The problem with the graphics in Shattered Dimensions is that the designers went as far as making everything look good but forgetting to make the environment interactive and breathing with life. Water doesn’t move, dirt doesn’t move, basically everything looks like it came out of a professional painting. Each universe has its own style and flavor but it all looks akin to a hot mannequin.
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions presents four different versions of Spider-Man to play as, each one has their own unique gameplay, environment, and voice over as well. Ultimate Spider-Man dons the Symbiote suit and is capable of using his rage as a deadly weapon, Spider-Man 2099 has the luxury of bullet time dodging when it comes to attacks, Amazing Spider-Man is the typical universe we all know and love, and then there’s Noir Spider-Man who puts an emphasis on stealth.
The game goes as far as adding different enemies for each universe, for instance, Doc Ock in 2099 is a woman whereas in Amazing Spider-Man, he is a man. Wait until you meet Ultimate Carnage. Playing as each different Spider-Man is pretty fun and enthralling, the game manages to maintain the tone and atmosphere of each individual Spider-Man universe. The developers also seemed to have put a lot of emphasis on the boss fights which are quite huge. Last but not least, the game has a lot of unlockables from upgrades to secret costumes.
Each one of the Spider-Men is fairly quick and very powerful, complete with awesome fighting combos and lots of spectacular spider-like powers. For the most part, the controls manage to upkeep the energy and entertainment of the Spider-Man universe in his running, jumping, climbing, and web-slinging abilities. However, sometimes, the camera can cause problems from certain angles or the way in which a certain environment is created may prevent you from using some powers and abilities. The game does play it fair though by giving you a prompt to slingshot back up if you’ve fallen down too far so learning certainly can’t hurt here.
Totaling out at approximately ten hours of gameplay, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is a very vibrant and interesting video game take on the super-hero’s world (or in this case, many worlds). Aside from minor camera issues and a certain lack of interactivity with some environments, there’s very little in the way of stopping you from falling in love with this game.