Spider-Man fans are currently looking ahead to a bright future for the character on the video games front, with Spider-Man: Miles Morales set to release alongside the next generation of game consoles later this year. The character has been the focus of many standalone titles over the years – but not all of them have been hit and miss.
We’ll now take a look at the top 10 spidey games since 2000. They’ve released on many platforms, from the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC to the PlayStation 3, 4, and Xbox 360.
10 Spider-Man: Edge of Time
Spider-Man: Edge of Time was a game of enormous potential. It had glossy graphics, the chance to play in a variety of different outfits, and was set in New York City, which is always a positive start. The game released in October 2011 but ultimately didn’t live up to expectations, with fans disappointed at the final product they received.
The plot was bland, there wasn’t a huge amount of fan service and it just felt rushed in general. That said, the combat was its redeeming feature. It was certainly fun to pummel thugs and there’s plenty of those around. Overall, though, it comes bottom of this list.
9 Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, like Edge of Time, had its good bits. The combat was funny and the story was somewhat original. But it was another example of a game that couldn’t fill its vast potential, despite Activision, Treyarch, Aspyr, and Shaba all being given the chance to craft their own, original story.
Spidey wasn’t the quippy figure he normally is, instead of cutting a far more boring talisman for the game. The story was dull and muddled, while the gameplay was repetitive. That said, it still deserves to make it onto the list. Especially given how it released at a time where other titles starring Peter Parker weren’t that great either.
8 Spider-Man: Friend Or Foe
In the summer of 2007, shortly after the release of Spider-Man 3 in theatres across the globe, Spider-Man: Friend Or Foe released on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo Wii, PSP, and PC. All the characters involved had their appearances come from Sam Raimi’s trilogy of movies and it was a unique idea, allowing you the chance to team up with villains with a greater goal in mind.
Again, it suffered from repetitive gameplay and was a tad too kiddish for our liking. But its originality was its redeeming feature and the chance to play as multiple characters was hugely fun.
7 Spider-Man 3
We’ve already mentioned the Spider-Man 3 movie, so it’s only right we focus on the game. The PlayStation 2 version wasn’t great, a hugely inferior experience when compared to the revolutionary title that was Spider-Man 2. But the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions were both impressive for their time.
The graphics were spectacular, with Times Square a particularly great hotspot to visit. You got to face off against multiple villains, ones not just in the film, and beating enemies up was, predictably, fun as well. That said it wasn’t perfect, with the button-mashing moments hugely disappointing and Tobey Maguire’s voice-acting wasn’t as good as before.
Spider-Man released alongside the movie of the same name back in the summer of 2002. And the game was a belter, allowing fans to play as Peter Parker during training missions and the webslinger himself during the main story. What’s more is you could even play as the Green Goblin, albeit Harry Osborn, who would try and stop his father Norman from tearing New York City apart.
There were multiple missions of different varieties, from swinging around New York to sneaking around Oscorp late at night. It’s swinging wasn’t the best, with webs pinging to the skies rather than buildings. But, regardless, it was a really fun experience for Spidey fans.
5 The Amazing Spider-Man
While we like The Amazing Spider-Man movie, it was essentially a rehash of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man – albeit with Gwen Stacy instead of Mary Jane and the Lizard was the bad guy, rather than the Green Goblin. The game decided to do things differently, however, instead acting as a sequel to the big screen story.
The visuals were impressive, you could play in multiple different outfits and it was a good stop-gap before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 released two years later. That game doesn’t make this list because it was a dire downgrade but the first chapter of the story was definitely worth a play.
4 Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
As mentioned above, Spider-Man games released between 2000 and 2010 weren’t always fun to play. But Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions narrowly misses out on a spot on the podium, pushing the boundaries for the genre and winning plaudits from fans, critics, and casual players alike.
Some of the levels and boss battles are outstanding, the story was unique and refreshing and it was clear Beenox was willing to show plenty of ambition when crafting things together. It would likely have scored higher but for its dodgy camera and repetitive, button-mashing combat – the only two flaws of an otherwise brilliant entry to the series.
3 Ultimate Spider-Man
Releasing in 2005, sandwiched between the first two Spider-Man movie games and Spider-Man 3, was Ultimate Spider-Man. With its cartoony graphics, fans weren’t quite sure what to expect. But the prospect of playing as both the webslinger and Venom certainly appealed at it seemed like something straight out of the source material itself.
It benefitted from having Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley on board, the writers of the comic of the same name, and roaming around New York as both characters was fun as well. As a result, it takes the bronze medal, and the recipients of both the silver and the gold should be obvious…
2 Spider-Man 2
If you’d asked any fan what the best Spider-Man game was two years ago, we estimate 99 percent of them would have said Spider-Man 2. The movie of the same name was brilliant, one of the best the franchise has to offer even to this day. And it actually built on all the best elements of Sam Raimi’s blockbuster.
In addition to fighting foes such as Shocker, Doctor Octopus, and Black Cat, you could perform missions for the Daily Bugle and Ray’s Pizza Parlor. They’re all different to each other and, even though we’ve played the game through on numerous occasions, challenging as well. It’s a truly brilliant game and, if you’ve not played your PlayStation 2 for a long time, we recommend giving it a good dust and getting it out.
1 Marvel’s Spider-Man
Now, in 2020, the undisputed gold medalist is Marvel’s Spider-Man. When footage of the game was first shown off in 2017, fans were hyped. Here was a new story, set in a glorious-looking New York City, and with Insomniac Games at the wheel hopes were high it would deliver. And deliver, it did.
Swinging and fighting have never been so fun and satisfying. There’s plenty of missions to do and many, many suits to unlock. That, coupled with the fact the story was majestic, makes it the best title the series has ever offered. And when you think of how many games have been released over the years, that takes some doing.
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