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Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Revealed

Posted by Luke Brown On March - 31 - 2010

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The very first footage of Activision’s upcoming Spider-Man game, Shattered Dimensions, was released yesterday. Though there isn’t a whole lot of information outside of what you see in this footage, one thing’s for certain: We’ve never seen a Spider-Man game like this before.

The big reveal comes courtesy of Gamespot, and in addition to the footage, they also had a few details on just what will be happening in the game. Being written by current Amazing Spider-Man contributor Dan Slott, Shattered Dimensions will focus on a mysterious artifact, known as the Tablet of Order and Chaos. The object is broken into four pieces, and Spidey must travel across dimensions trying to put it back together, or there will be grave consequences. Two of the four dimensions Spider-Man will visit are the current Marvel timeline, known as Amazing, and an alternate Depression-era Marvel Universe, known as Noir. Now, the Noir line of comics takes the heroes of today, and places them in a world only visited in the best of pulp and dime detective novels. I’m excited to see just how that world translates into a video game as in the comic version, Spider-Man is more of a vigilante than he is a hero.

The trailer also gives a glimpse at two of the villains in the game. Since he’s a gangster, Hammerhead fits quite nicely into the Noir dimension, and appears to be just as uninteresting as he is in the comics. Seriously, Spider-Man has one of the most impressive rogues galleries in comics, and going with Hammerhead just seems silly. I mean, the guy’s only power is that he’s strong, and has an adamantium-laced skeleton. Of course, that’s not true of Noir universe Hammerhead since adamantium doesn’t exist in that world (yet), so he’s just a guy with a thick skull. At least in the Amazing dimension you get to take on a real villain like Kraven. I’m a bit baffled why they’re not going with the current Kraven, who happens to be the original hunter’s younger daughter, but I’m not all that upset about it. In what may be a huge disaster, or one of the most interesting gameplay additions, there will apparently be some first-person combat. According to Gamespot, “There was also a very slick perspective change during the one-on-one fight with Kraven, where the action shifted to a first-person view, a la Punch-Out, and it appeared that you’ll be controlling each of his fists separately.” I’m all for taking things in a direction that gamers haven’t seen before, particularly in a Spider-Man game, but I hope that the first-person segment is something special, and doesn’t happen all the time.

Little else is known about the game at this point. There are still two more dimensions to be revealed, and it’s likely that we’ll hear more about Shattered Dimensions this weekend at WonderCon. I just hope that this game marks a return to the fun and excitement I had playing Spider-Man games prior to the movie tie-ins, and isn’t anything like Spider-Man: Friend or Foe.

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