Spider-Man 3 Hands-On

How does Activision and Treyarch's movie-based game swing on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360?

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We had the chance to try our hand with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version of Activision's upcoming Spider-Man 3. The Treyarch-developed title is based on the upcoming movie, which promises big things for fans of the wallcrawler. As we mentioned in our last look at the game, Spider-Man 3 will draw on both the movie's plot and Spidey's considerable comic lore for its adventure. We had the chance to try out a sampling of levels from work-in-progress versions running on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to see how this works in action.

Your friendly neighborhood web slinger is back, this time on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

We tried out six levels, some of which were demoed for us the last time we saw the game. The first level we tried was the game's tutorial level, which found our hero dealing with the Mad Bomber and featured a cameo from Nick Fury. The tutorial, narrated by the mighty Bruce Campbell, was straightforward and walked us through the basics of controlling Spidey. If you've played the previous movie-based games, you should be right at home with the fundamentals of kicking butt. The new combo system and implementation of Spidey's spider sense expand on the solid gameplay. This time out, you'll be able to chain together fat combos and, if you're quick, dodge attacks to stay out of harm's way.

Following the tutorial we jumped to a level that offered a different spin on the action, focusing on Spidey helping weed out some bad cops on the force. You're tasked with getting some photographic evidence of the bad eggs doing their dirty business. To do so, you'll have to swing to a set point on the map and use your spider sense to find the right spots to go to and snap your incriminating pics. Once you're in the spot, you'll trigger your camera mode and use the D pad to zoom in and out to properly frame your shot. Once you get the shots, you'll need to get back to your contact and get them the evidence.

The next bit we tried was the fight between Peter Parker and Harry Osborn, who takes up the crazy mantle left behind by his dad, Norman, the original Green Goblin. The fight sees Peter, in his street clothes, fighting Harry on his glider, and is broken up into two parts. The first finds you wrestling with him in a minigame sequence that has you matching onscreen button prompts to dodge his attacks and get some hits in. Once he's taken enough damage, you'll get flung off and have to throw down.

After we got through the New Goblin fight, we were able to check out a Scorpion-focused level tied to one of the game's 10 storylines. Upon infiltrating a research facility you'll take control of a brainwashed Scorpion and engage in some brawling. Once he's subdued his captors, the brainwashing rises a notch and sets him off to do his business, which is when you have to chase him down and fight.

Our final bit of webslinging focused on the mighty black suit and its enhanced power in fights with common thugs and the Sandman. The thug fighting was part of a standard run through the city that had you stomping out crime. Using the black suit was markedly different from using the red and blue original and allowed us to perform some wickedly painful attacks that hit mobs of foes. One thing to note, however, is that by using the black suit we were unable to earn experience and level the red and blue suit's abilities, which can come back and haunt you later in the game.

In addition to the levels shown, reps on hand filled us in on exclusive content for the PS3 collector's edition of the game, which will include an exclusive level and commentary from Bruce Campbell. The new level will put you in control of the New Goblin via the Sixaxis controller as he flies on his glider. The Campbell commentary will offer some behind-the-scenes insight on the game.

The visuals in the game were shiny in all the right places for a PS3 and 360 game. The main characters benefit from extra polygonal and detail love, while the lesser ones are a bit more understated. The environments were vast and varied, with nice day and night variations. The special effects, especially the ones used for spider sense and special attacks, serve as nice complements. The 360 and PS3 versions were comparable and didn't differ much from each other, although, if we get nitpicky, color looked a hair richer on the PS3.

Worst part about fighting the Sandman? Sand-burn in the spandex, if you know what we mean.

The audio in the game is good with voice acting from the film's stars, supplemented by awesome Bruce Campbell-isms. The music suits the action and captures the cinematic feel the game is going for. Special effects and the like were good, albeit rough in some places, but they got the job done.

Based on what we played, Spider-Man 3 is looking like another solid entry in the movie series. The game appears to be covering its bases and offers a good mix of movie content with enough original stuff to keep things interesting. The additional content in the PS3 game seems like a cool extra we're curious to try out. If you're fan of Spidey, odds are you'll want to keep an eye out for Spider-Man 3. The game is set to ship this May, in time with the movie.

Discussion

76 comments
Swarm19
Swarm19

I saw on some random gaming website that the PS3 version supports 720p, 1080i, and 1080p

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

Gonna get it for PS3 thats 4 sure.

superpidge
superpidge

I still can't get over the fact that Sony lifted the "Spider-Man" font from the movies for the Playstation 3 logo font... and if it wasn't obvious before just looking at the box art is hillarious...way to be original sony

bihboy69
bihboy69

720p would be fine but i wonder how they will incorporate 6axis cotrols...

lennygundam14
lennygundam14

this is actually the first spider-man game that Im actually looking foward to, hopefully it has sixaxis features.

Dadriverman
Dadriverman

What i did not reed in this is what the game is going to be running at? 720p,1080i, or 1080p, If Treyarch did not include 1080i or p then that kills the game for me.

MatrixBoy287
MatrixBoy287

Is there going to be a demo released for the game?

bihboy69
bihboy69

anybody know the difference between the normal and collectors edition of this game?

kerching
kerching

Lucks amazin im gettin the exclusive version from game where u can play as the new green goblin! lucks mint

bihboy69
bihboy69

this game looks awesome and its also gonna keep me entertained until LAIR in june

ravspdr
ravspdr

I got it preordered for PS3, just hope it lives up to the expectations!

jamalcarter
jamalcarter

I freakin love Spiderman 3 Especially the black suit it look really good i will definitly get Spiderman 3 for the xbox 360

rocky2k32000
rocky2k32000

i love this game! but i seriously hope there'd be alot to do now...........unlike spider-man 2. i don't want repetitive annoying side missions. i want a greater variety. and no more annoying balloons! please! if all that is fixed. then my ps3 should get ready to receive this fun game!

Ocram_Zepol
Ocram_Zepol

This game seems awesome. I can't wait till it comes out.

smith447
smith447

Looks basicly the same as Spiderman 2 except for new features and graphics. I'm trying to decide if i should buy it or rent it first, because i have to admit it looks pretty dang cool.

AnklyosoR
AnklyosoR

i wont this game to , really addicted to Spider-man

R-Force
R-Force

Can't wait for this!

Snatte
Snatte

if (IF) there is any other 360 owners out there envious of the PS3 owners just becouse of this game... then dont, the xbox 360 version will be just as great as the PS3 no matter what, but seriously, i have 5 games for my 360 (yes only 5 games ...) and two of them have glitches (mostly framerate issue, witch is what bothers me the most) if this game has frame rate slowdown... im gonna start wondering whats wrong with 360 games, at least if the F/ rate is gonna be smoother on PS3... seriously game makers out there !!! FINISH YOUR GAMES... Oh and BTW im really looking forward to this game... Peace out dudes... The Snatte has spoken Yo.

tonis125
tonis125

it has to be a great game!it just has to be!

wardy08
wardy08

I really want this game and i dont know why lol, i just have become hooked

tommyxx516
tommyxx516

"Spider-Man 3 is looking like another solid entry in the movie series. " I don't recall any previous spiderman games that were very successful.

tonkin
tonkin

spiderman games really aren't much fun though, seriously. i have a feeling a graphical update and cheesy new features won't help to break the trend.

Garbage943
Garbage943

The idea of "levels" makes me nervous. They tried that in the first game and it sucked. I wish this would be like the second game and be free roaming. Basically it was GTA with webslinging.

Davidz7
Davidz7

tonkin 'spiderman games are all poop. so is ps3.' obviuosly a 360 fanboy cmn give us a break fanboys!

mafaka2
mafaka2

THE GAME IS THE SAME IN BOTH SYSTEMS, color looked a hair richer on the PS3. now do you guys know what means a hair richer??? i'm affording to buy this game for my ps3.

blackend514
blackend514

Who cares which one looks a little better? I have a PS3 a Wii and a 360, and at this time the ps3 is just collecting dust except for when I watch blue ray. The fact of the matter is the ps3 needs better games! It's a good thing that should be happening pretty soon.

blazewind191
blazewind191

darn you PS3 and X360 owners. i am very envious of all of you

tonkin
tonkin

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isolat92
isolat92

so excited, and yet again the ps3 is better than the 360

rikhan_z
rikhan_z

The models for the characters look pretty great... I'll keep an eye on this title.

SirMonotone
SirMonotone

This game looks great. As long as it has free-roaming like the previous two games i'm sold.

xxgunslingerxx
xxgunslingerxx

So it looks like this may be the first mulitplatform game on the ps3/360 to look better on the ps3

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

this'll be great, as long as it's better than the first two, but I am really excited

Boy_Man07
Boy_Man07

i'm going to get my ps3(may, 1) just in time to have this game. it's a must buy for me, so i'm going to get it on may, 4. spiderman 3 collector's edition will be awesome and i just can't wait to buy it! looks like it's gonna be a great game...and since i'm a big fan of spiderman 3, i'll just love this game, as i loved the others. that's for sure.

Ploppyplop0
Ploppyplop0

"glenn2709 i always thought that the Spiderman 3 logo looks like the sony Playstation 3" Wow... I always knew they were similar, but... EDIT(The link wasn't all displayed, - obviously, there's no space after the slash...): http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/1/ 932031_73628_front.jpg

devil_1994
devil_1994

ah what will i say i hate all the spiderman universe i dont think this game will be better either

Ad-2cool4u
Ad-2cool4u

If i were you tomdougal30 i would get ranbow 6 vegas. More tatical modern stuff there, but CoD 3 is also an awesome game. Actually i change my mind, get them both

ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

Well, let's see... Vicarious Visions's giving us different mechanics and character progression on the Wii... but only PS3 or 360 have great graphics (Treyarch's version) .... Reading the Wii preview, its looks like more with another game than another version... I guess I'll have to buy both of them...

tomdougal30
tomdougal30

I am buyin anuva game 4 my PS3 but its between Rainbow Six: Vegas and Call Of Duty 3 but which one is better?

soldier1993
soldier1993

Iam really looking forward this game

ScoopRevenge
ScoopRevenge

sounds like its going to be a great game i think ill grt it

pntbllrspdr
pntbllrspdr

hmm.... sounds nice, but a little too much like Spiderman 2.. I'll buy it if I gey my job though :)

glenn2709
glenn2709

i always thought that the Spiderman 3 logo looks like the sony Playstation 3

Arkinsweets
Arkinsweets

Where does it say the graphics are better on the 360? I read: [quote="GameSpot"]The 360 and PS3 versions were comparable and didn't differ much from each other, although, if we get nitpicky, color looked a hair richer on the PS3.[/quote] But seriously... it doesn't matter which looks better, it's the same damn game! Like I play Stalker on my laptop (just). The graphics are fairly terrible but it still plays with no glitches or lag, and is still a great game. The more important addition is the new level and Six-Axis stuff with the glider. That's a better reason to say it'll be better on PS3. I'll guess the glider will be more fun on the Wii though - but lacking both HD and new level there. :) In short, it's obvious it'll be better on the PS3, but only marginally from the 360, and the Wii has the Wiimote to counterbalance the technological disadvantage and extra content.

Prophet1980
Prophet1980

Must buy for me. Looks great and my only hope is that they learnt from the mistakes of spiderman 2 and Ultimate Spiderman in terms of the side missions. We want more varied missions! I cant wait to see how it turns out! 360 version for me. Why? Cos i dont have a PS3, simple as that :-)

sascha23
sascha23

I have both systems, but I'm looking at checking out the PS3 version for the exclusive content and commentary. Commentaries are such a cool idea (ala the PC-DVD version of Chronicles of Riddick)