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One of the only reasons I bought this game was because I wanted to play as best spiderman character Venom. One problem is he is too slow and you have to win the game to get the white spider on his costume. I thought the graphics were great but you also have to beat the game to switch between spiderman and venom freely. I suggest renting it because once you get the hang of chases its easy.
Ultimate Spider-Man is set in an open-ended New York City similar to that of Spider-Man 2, but some things have changed. The first thing you'll notice is that the graphics are cell-shaded, comic book style, which I think fits the source material better than in previous video game iterations. Second, you'll notice that the story is completely original and will keep your interest. But, sadly, the web mechanics work better and worse than those in Spider-Man 2 (some things work, others don't) and the game play will seem repetitive after a while (do good deeds, chase the villain, beat the villain, rinse, repeat). And the Venom levels aren't much different (do bad things, chase the hero, beat the hero, rinse, repeat). Unfortunately, once the story is over (6 hours or so), the only thing to do is compete in races, which, honestly, are frustratingly hard to medal in. Try getting a bronze in hard races and you'll see. And sadly, the rewards for doing these races are virtually non-existent. Still, for the story and the overall comic book presentation, this is a good pick for a boring weekend or a fan of the source material.
I've played all the Spiderman games and this game was the one I was least impressed with, I didn't like the way it handles and I'm surprised that the game got a score higher than 5. I liked Spiderman 2 the best of all. And like I said I was not happy with this game one bit. When it came to playing this game the only thing that I liked were the movies in between the actually playing of the game. They made the game look so mucher better than it actually was. I don't know how they even felt good about realeasing this game.