Spider-Man 3 Hands-On

We spin webs and kick butt on the DS in Vicarious Vision's upcoming game starring everyone's favorite wall crawler.

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Amid all the hubbub revolving around the console versions of Spider-Man 3, the portable games based on the forthcoming flick are flying pretty low on the radar. We recently had the chance to spend some time with the Nintendo DS version of the game to see how developer Vicarious Visions shrinks the epic movie adventure into DS-sized chunks. The work-in-progress version of the game we played let us try out a sampling of levels taken from the two main parts of the adventure. One set of missions tied into the story, and others were simply part of the game's open city. The system works much like the one in the consoles, with you keeping the city free from crime while moving the story forward. In fact, you'll find Vicarious has crafted one big city in the DS game.

Vicarious Visions has created an open-ended game similar to the ones appearing on the big consoles.

As far as control goes, the game takes a bold departure by putting all the combat onto the touch screen. You'll move Spidey with the D pad or DS face buttons. Combat requires you to slash the touch screen. Random motions yield various melee attacks, but if you're methodical, you can chain together some combos. Tapping the screen yields web attacks that can slow or temporarily bind enemies. Once you get the hang of it, you can be performing web rodeos and other intricate attacks like a champ. Defeating enemies yields hero points, which will net you more skills as Spidey increases in experience. Lastly, stringing together big combos will earn you more points when defeating enemies.

The visuals in the game are on par with the previous Spidey DS games from VV. Simple but clean 3D characters move on a 2D plane against polygonal backgrounds. An interesting new wrinkle to this approach is the height of the levels, which has been bumped up from the previous games. You'll now be able to ascend while swinging from your webs. The audio in the version we played was low-key. A smattering of sound samples and effects were in the mix, but nothing stood out too much. The music in the game was unobtrusive and seems to still be coming together.

Based on what we played, Spider-Man 3 is looking like a solid action game on the DS. The control scheme is interesting and accessible, albeit a little unconventional. It seems fine, though, once you get used to using the stylus for your actions and start to learn the various nuances of the combo system. Above and beyond the single-player game, Spider-Man 3 will feature multiplayer support for two players. Spider-Man 3 is slated to ship this May.

Discussion

21 comments
SaliSB
SaliSB

im getting a ds soon maybe ill get this. however i will wait for a review.

Flint247
Flint247

Wow all you guys shut up saying that 3d sucks on DS! damn! It already over loaded with gba ish games as it is! give them a mutha ****in chance!

gamefan06
gamefan06

MarlinsBaseball: 1. Read the article, it IS free roam 2. Graphics Hoar

MarlinsBaseball
MarlinsBaseball

if you want spiderman 3 then get it in the psp it free rom and better graphics

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

let us hope this game is what it can be with a little more of work... a solid action game...

link_665
link_665

i hope its not like spiderman 2 on ds cos that sucks

aerisol
aerisol

yer some say good some say bad but i dunno, i dnt really lyk da graphics and da game jus dosent look that good to me

gamefan06
gamefan06

You people who are saying this game is surely gonna suck make no sense at all, as it says up there ^ "Based on what we played, Spider-Man 3 is looking like a solid action game on the DS. " I guess you guys don't trust what Gamespot says then, so you guys must come to this site for reasons unbenkownst to me.

Liquid_Raiden
Liquid_Raiden

I don't think it will be as great as the big consoles, but might be good. Not so sure if its going to be a great game because it might be short and beatable in under 5 hours.

Gogandontas07
Gogandontas07

suck or not, im really not that interested, after i play the console version, this game will seem as though it sucks anyway.

VGLeo34
VGLeo34

Games like these make the DS look ****

TheGuy2
TheGuy2

man i hope its better than spider-man 2 for the ds!!!!!!!!

Denjin_hadouken
Denjin_hadouken

Wow. I'm glad this isnt like spiderman 2. I cant wait. The black suit looks badass

atomD21
atomD21

Definitely looking cool, I just hope it's a bit longer than Ultimate Spider Man...

-supercharged-
-supercharged-

Adding this game to my to-buy list, Oh wait it was already on it :D

cluelesspunk
cluelesspunk

I'm already going to get the Wii version, but this one looks different enough that I might get it too. I'm actually hopeful this game will be pretty good.

gamefan06
gamefan06

Not necessarily, johneese. The Ultimate-Spider Man DS Port rocked, Spider-Man 2 wasn't that bad either (Though it still is the weakest Spidey DS game) I'm really looking forward to this!

johneese
johneese

SECOND! yea waste o' money. console-to-DS ports always suck