Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

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Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions cover.jpg
Developer(s)Beenox
Griptonite Games (DS)
Publisher(s)Activision
Writer(s)Dan Slott
Composer(s)Jim Dooley[1]
Platform(s)
ReleaseNintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii & Xbox 360
  • NA: September 7, 2010
  • EU: September 10, 2010
  • AU: September 29, 2010
Microsoft Windows
  • NA: November 24, 2010[3]
  • EU: November 26, 2010
Genre(s)Action-adventure
Metroidvania (DS)[4]
Mode(s)Single-player

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is a video game based on the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man. Players control four different versions of Spider-Man, each originating from a different universe in the Marvel Comics multiverse. Previous Spider-Man voice actors Neil Patrick Harris, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Dan Gilvezan, and Josh Keaton each voice one of the four Spider-Men.

The game revolves around an artifact known as the Tablet of Order and Chaos. When it is shattered into pieces during a fight between Spider-Man and Mysterio, it causes problems with multiple Marvel Universe realities. Madame Web calls on four versions of Spider-Man from four realities to assist her in bringing the realities back into balance: the Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 2099, and Ultimate Spider-Man, who, in their quest to recover the tablet fragments, they all have to face various villains from their own universes that already have gotten hold of the fragments, granting them new powers and, thus, making them a bigger threat than ever.

Shattered Dimensions received fairly positive reviews from critics. Reviewers generally praised the idea of bringing four Marvel universes together, and lauded the voice acting and humor, though criticism was aimed at the story, choice of villains and the overall design of the cutscenes as well as technical difficulties.

Gameplay[edit]

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is a third-person action-adventure video game, which, unlike most previous Spider-Man games, doesn't feature an open world, but the story is rather split in 14 different levels. Each level allows the player to control of one of four versions of Spider-Man, spanning across the Amazing, Noir, 2099, and Ultimate universes, with the tutorial and the final level having the player control all four Spider-Men, one at a time.[5][6] The gameplay revolves around each Spider-Man's unique superhuman abilities, with the player being able to web-swing, stick to various surfaces, use the 'spider-sense' to see enemies or objects of interest, and fight numerous types of enemies. The wide combat of the game offers a large variety of moves, with the points necessary for buying uprgrades and new combat moves being earned from defeating enemies or completing various challenges in the "Web of Destiny". The points earned can also be used to buy 16 different alternate costumes originating from various comic book titles, 4 for each of the four Spider-Men individually: The Bombastic Bag-Man, Scarlet Spider, and Secret War Spider-Man (for the Amazing Spider-Man); the original costume concept for Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 1602, and Negative Zone Suit (for Spider-Man Noir); Flipside, Spider-Armor, and Iron Spider (for Spider-Man 2099); the original red and blue Ultimate Spider-Man suit, Electro-Proof Suit, and Mangaverse Spider-Man (for Ultimate Spider-Man); the fourth suit for all Spider-Men is their own unique version of Cosmic Spider-Man.

The game features numerous supervillains from the comics, whom the player engages in boss battles, usually twice in a level; in the second battle, the boss is much tougher and harder to beat, due to a new series of powers granted by a fragment of The Tablet of Order and Chaos, which the entire storyline of the game revolves around. During specific parts of the boss battles, Shattered Dimensions switches to a first-person perspective, where the player can use the analog sticks (or the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in the Wii version) to control Spider-Man's arms, punching their opponent and dodging their attacks; the punches can also be modified by holding down certain buttons.

In their path to recover the tablet fragments from supervillains, the players have to fight numerous of their "acolytes", who are different from a villain from another; the only exceptions are the Noir levels, where the only enemies encountered are generic gangsters, and the 2099 levels, where the player mostly fights Public Eye officers, although the 2099 levels still feature unique enemies beside the Public Eye. The villains featured in the game include Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, Juggernaut (for the Amazing universe), Hammerhead, Vulture, the Goblin (for the Noir universe), Hobgoblin, Scorpion, Doctor Octopus (for the 2099 universe), Electro, Deadpool, and Carnage (for the Ultimate universe), as well as Mysterio (of the Amazing universe), who serves as the main antagonist of the game, with the entire final level revolving around the four Spider-Men fighting him one at a time; the 2099 versions of Hobgoblin and Doctor Octopus, as well as the Noir versions of Hammerhead and the Goblin (as Norman Osborn doesn't actually become the Green Goblin in the Spider-Man Noir comics) are villains created exclusively for this game. As most of these villains aren't known to use acolytes, Shattered Dimensions creates unique types of enemies for each level, mostly under the pretext of the powers that the tablet fragment grants to the well-armed villains: Kraven has a legion of hunters; Hobgoblin uses his fragment of the tablet to create illusions of gargoyle monsters; Electro uses his fragment to create electric minions; Sandman uses his fragment to create sand minions; Scorpion uses his fragment to create smaller offsprings of himself; Deadpool has numerous well-armed fanboys; Juggernaut is being hunted by Wild Pack mercenaries led by Silver Sable, who end up attacking Spider-Man as well due to a bounty placed on his head; Doctor Octopus has numerous unstable genetic experiments; and Carnage uses his fragment to drain the life of numerous S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, who then reanimate as mindless zombies and eventually transform into symbiote monsters themselves.

Each universe's Spider-Man has their own unique type of gameplay and fighting style:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man levels are mostly combat-based and he uses a combination of melee and web-attacks, mixing up-close and long range combat. He can deal increased damage by using weapons created from webbing or the environment.[7]
  • The Spider-Man Noir levels are stealth-based, with the player mostly having to stay hidden from the enemeies' sight within the shadows and take them out silently, one by one. However, the levels still feature several combat segments, although Spider-Man Noir's attacks are shown to be mostly light and not deal very much damage, which is why it's recommended to remain hidden from enemies during stealth segments, where the enemies are much tougher and deal more damage.
  • The Spider-Man 2099 levels are also mostly combat-based and he uses acrobatics and his suit's advanced abilities in combat. These levels are unique from the others by having several free-fall segments during which the player must dodge various obstacles, and Spider-Man 2099 has a unique game mechanic called "accelerated vision", which is charged up by defeating enemies and can slow down time around Spider-Man, allowing him to dodge attacks and take down enemies much quicker
  • The Ultimate Spider-Man levels, where he has been provided with the symbiote black suit that increases his strength to new levels, are the most combat-based in the game, with the player often having to fight large hordes of enemies. The powers granted by the symbiote include symbiotic spikes and tendrils, as well as a unique game mechanic called "rage", which is charged up by defeating enemies and greatly increases the amount of damage that Spider-Man deals, allowing him to quickly defeat numerous enemies at the same time.[6]

Nintendo DS version[edit]

The Nintendo DS version of Shattered Dimensions differs heavily from the main console and PC versions, as it is a side-scrolling brawler and all three Spider-Men control identically (with the Ultimate Universe having been completely removed from the game). This version also features different villains, or alternate versions of those from the other game: Electro, Tinkerer (for the Amazing universe), Boomerang, Calypso (for the Noir universe), Vulture and Silvermane (for the 2099 Universe); the Noir versions of Boomerang and Calypso, as well as the 2099 version of Silvermane are exclusive to this game.[8]

Synopsis[edit]

Setting[edit]

Mysterio attempts to steal an artifact known as "The Tablet of Order and Chaos", but is stopped by the Amazing Spider-Man, who accidentally breaks the tablet in 17 fragments. While Mysterio escapes with a fragment, Madame Web appears and reveals to Spider-Man that 12 of the fragments have been scattered to three other realities across the multiverse, including the Noir, 2099, and Ultimate universes, each of them with their own unique Spider-Man. To restore balance to the multiverse, Madame Web also recruits Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 2099, and a black-suited Ultimate Spider-Man to retrieve the fragments from their respective worlds. After a short tutorial, each Spider-Man easily retrieves their first fragment and returns to Madame Web, who warns them that, even shattered, the tablet can grant great powers and thus must not fall into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, Mysterio discovers that his fragment has granted him real magic powers.

Plot[edit]

Act 1[edit]

In the Amazing universe, the Amazing Spider-Man finds a fragment in Kraven the Hunter's lair. However, Kraven tranquilizes him and Spider-Man wakes up in a jungle, where Kraven forces him to participate in his hunting game, promising him the tablet fragment if he survives. Spider-Man makes his way through all of Kraven's traps and hunters and eventually confronts him in a temple arena, where Kraven, humiliated in front of his hunters for not being able to kill Spider-Man, uses the fragment's powers to gain super speed and strength. Nevertheless, Spider-Man defeats Kraven, who in the process is separated from the fragment, which Spider-Man then claims.

In the Noir universe, Spider-Man Noir finds a fragment in the possession of Hammerhead, who plans to give it to his boss, Norman "The Goblin" Osborn. Spider-Man stays hidden within the shadows to silently follow Hammerhead and his goons and later rescue some hostages without anyone noticing, although Hammerhead soon realizes his tricks and forces Spider-Man to leave the shadows to fight several gangsters. After Spider-Man defeats them, Hammerhead, annoyed by his goons' incompetence, decides to deal with the web-slinger himself, using the fragment's power to fuse his arms with guns. Spider-Man confronts Hammerhead in an abandoned warehouse, where he, driven insane by his new powers, plots to overthrow Osborn, but Spider-Man foils his plan and defeats Hammerhead, claiming the fragment.

In the 2099 universe, Spider-Man 2099 finds a fragment in the possession of Hobgoblin, a mysterious mercenary who enjoys tormenting the web-slinger as he chases him through the city. Along the way, Spider-Man defeats several Public Eye officers who attack him and stops Hobgoblin's destructive rampage. Spider-Man eventually corners Hobgoblin on top of a building, but he uses the fragment to amplify his psy-powers, creating a reality of his own to further torment the hero. Nevertheless, Spider-Man defeats Hobgoblin and claims the fragment. Upon further analysis of Hobgoblin's suit and nano-fiber wings, Spider-Man concludes that he was hired by Alchemax, the only company that could have provided him that kind of high tech equipment.

In the Ultimate universe, Ultimate Spider-Man finds a fragment in the possession of Electro, who is attacking a nearby dam. Spider-Man stops Electro's destructive rampage, making fun of him along the way, which angers Electro and prompts him to use the fragment's power to become larger and stronger as he absorbs more energy from the dam, planning to kill the web-slinger once and for all; he also creates numerous electric minions to help him fight Spider-Man. After saving the staff and fixing the dam, as well as battling Electro and his minions several times, Spider-Man eventually confronts a gigantic and all-powerful Electro and manages to defeat him by tricking him into attacking the dam itself, which releases a large amount of water that washes Electro away, allowing Spider-Man to claim his fragment.

All four Spider-Men return with their fragments to Madame Web, before leaving to find more. Meanwhile, Mysterio finds out as well about the other fragments and seeks to collect them all and gain unlimited powers.

Each universe represented in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions features different villains and a unique art style.

Act 2[edit]

The Amazing Spider-Man finds his next fragment at an abandoned Roxxon Industries quarry, but just as he is about to claim it, Sandman shows up and takes it instead, using its power to take over the quarry, turning into a giant tornado, and creating destructive sandstorms and numerous sand minions to attack Spider-Man. Spider-Man makes his away through the tunnels and defeats Sandman and his minions multiple times using water, before finally fighting Sandman inside of his tornado form, where he uses the tablet fragment to spread his mind into multiple heads, but this only makes him more unstable and dangerous than ever. Nevertheless, Spider-man defeats Sandman for the final time and claims his fragment.

Spider-Man Noir finds his next fragment in the possession of Vulture, Norman Osborn's right-hand man, who has been granted teleportation powers. Spider-Man chases Vulture through the city, defeating numerous gangsters along the way and even saving some civilians from a building which Vulture set on fire, before eventually cornering him in an abandoned warehouse. Before fighting Vulture however, Spider-Man overhears him telling one of his goons that he, similarly to Hammerhead, plans to overthrow Osborn with his new found powers, as well as that Osborn already has a tablet fragment in his possession. After defeating Vulture by exposing him to the light and claiming his fragment, thus foiling his overthrowing attempt, Spider-Man prepares to go after Osborn next, now knowing that he has the final tablet fragment in his possession.

Spider-Man 2099 finds his next fragment in the possession of some Public Eye officers, only to witness them being suddenly attacked by Scorpion, who steals the fragment and makes off with it. Spider-Man chases Scorpion, who uses the fragment's power to turn an entire building into his nest and lay eggs which spawn smaller clones of himself. Traveling through the infested building, Spider-Man rescues several civilians caught in the fight between the Public Eye and the scorpions, and eventually confronts Scorpion himself in his nest, where the villain reveals that he was hired by a "mysterious lady" to bring her the fragment in exchange for making him human again. After defeating Scorpion by trapping him under debris and claiming the fragment, Spider-Man begins to feel bad for Scorpion, because, in the end, he just wanted to be cured of his condition, and is determined to find this "mysterious lady" he told him about.

Ultimate Spider-Man finds his next fragment in the possession of Deadpool, who challenges him to appear in his reality show: Pain Factor. With no other choice of claiming the fragment, Spider-Man accepts the challenge and arrives on the set, a massive oil tanker in the middle of the ocean. Spider-Man makes his way through the set, beating all of Deadpool's fanboys and challenges along the way, which include destroying several cameras hidden around the set, a fight with Deadpool himself, and escaping a massive tsunami. Spider-Man eventually makes it to the end of the set, but, as soon as the show ends, Deadpool refuses to give him the tablet fragment and instead tricks him into taking a fake one, while he uses the real fragment's power to clone himself. Nevertheless, Spider-Man defeats Deadpool and claims the fragment.

The four Spider-Men return once again to Madame Web with their fragments, but this time Mysterio attacks and threatens to kill Madame Web if the Amazing Spider-Man doesn't bring him the final four fragments. With no other choice, the four Spider-Men leave to find the final fragments and rescue Madame Web before it's too late.

Act 3[edit]

The Amazing Spider-Man finds his final fragment in a construction yard, but he is once again interrupted before he can claim it, this time by Juggernaut, who is fleeing from Silver Sable and her Wild Pack, who want to claim a bounty on his head. Spider-Man tries not to intervene, but, after the fragment accidentally gets stuck on Juggernaut during the chaos, he begins chasing after him, defeating several mercenaries along the way, who attack Spider-Man because he also has a bounty on him. Spider-Man eventually corners and fights Juggernaut on top of an under construction Oscorp building, with their battle causing the building to collapse on top of them and Sable and her mercenaries to depart, finally leaving Spider-Man alone with Juggernaut and the fragment. Although Juggernaut discovers the fragment and uses it to amplify his strength to new levels, Spider-Man manages to defeat him and claims the fragment.

Spider-Man Noir finds his final fragment in the possession of Norman Osborn, who uses it to transform himself into the Goblin, a hideous monster. The Goblin and his goons take over a carnival in order to attract Spider-Man, but he stays hidden within the shadows and successfully rescues all the hostages, before making his way through all of the Goblin's goons and carnival attractions, which have been transformed into traps for the web-slinger. Spider-Man eventually confronts the Goblin under a circus tent and defeats him through a combination of both stealth and brute force, claiming his fragment.

Spider-Man 2099 breaks into Alchemax, where he finds his final fragment in the possession of Doctor Octopus, head of Alchemax's Shadow Division, as well as the creator of Hobgoblin and the one who hired Scorpion. Driven insane by the fragment's power, she plans to use it to power a dangerous reactor, but Spider-Man tries to foil her plan and escapes from Octopus' lab to shut down the reactor. Traveling through Alchemax, Spider-Man battles numerous Public Eye officers along the way, as well several of Octopus' genetic experiments, before eventually shutting down the four batteries powering the reactor, with some help from Alchemax scientists that are also aware of the danger of Octopus' plan. However, the reactor doesn't power down, so Spider-Man returns to confront Octopus, who reveals that the fragment alone is enough to power it, and then uses the fragment to power up her equipment to battle the web-slinger. Nevertheless, Spider-Man manages to disable the generator and defeat Octopus, claiming her fragment.

Ultimate Spider-Man visits S.H.I.E.L.D., who have found both the final fragment and Carnage, keeping them secure in the Triskelion. However, S.H.I.E.L.D. foolishly making experiments on Carnage with the fragment behind Nick Fury’s back allowed Carnage to absorb the fragment, using its power to escape and then drain the life from numerous S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, turning them into his zombie minions. When Spider-Man arrives, the Triskelion is already under Carnage's control and swarming with zombie agents and symbiote minions. Making his way through the infested base, Spider-Man chases after Carnage, defeating numerous infected agents and symbiotes along the way, as well as several S.H.I.E.L.D. Slayer Robots programmed to fight the symbiotes, which attack Spider-Man because of his symbiote black suit. After a brief fight with Carnage and escaping from a crashing S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier, Spider-Man eventually reaches the top of the Triskelion, where Carnage's nest is located. With help from a few reprogrammed Slayer Robots, which recognize him as an ally, Spider-Man defeats Carnage and traps him under debris, claiming his fragment.

Final Act[edit]

The four Spider-Men return with the final fragments and hand them over to the Amazing Spider-Man, who hesitates in giving them to Mysterio. He eventually decides to attack Mysterio, but drops the fragments in the process and, while Mysterio lets Madame Web go, they combine with the other fragments, recreating the tablet. Mysterio absorbs the tablet and becomes all-powerful, shattering the walls between realities and planning to build a new world under his rule. However, this also allows Madame Web to summon the other three Spider-Men to help and, after telling them that they need to work together if they want to defeat Mysterio and save the multiverse, the four Spider-Men take her advice and battle Mysterio as a team, one after another: Spider-Man Noir sneaks up on Mysterio by staying hidden within the shadows and avoiding his light; Ultimate Spider-Man battles numerous of Mysterio's minions, including several magic spheres that mimic the powers of all the previous defeated villains; Spider-Man 2099 free-falls to catch up with an escaping Mysterio, avoiding his attacks in the process; and the Amazing Spider-Man battles Mysterio himself, eventually smashing his helmet against a giant rock and thus stripping him of all his powers. By doing so, the four Spider-Men successfully save their realities and defeat Mysterio, who in the process is separated from the tablet and then knocked unconscious. As the realities return to normal, Madame Web thanks the Spider-Men for all their help and, while Amazing Spider-Man takes Mysterio to prison, the others return to their respective dimensions, ready to save the day once again. The game ends with a short narration from Stan Lee and all four Spider-Men swinging through their respective dimensions, stating that out of all the Spider-Men out there, they are the best one.

In a post-credits scene, Madame Web is visited by Spider-Ham, who had hoped to help save the multiverse as well, but arrived too late.

Cast[edit]

Each of the different Spider-Men is portrayed by an actor who voiced Spider-Man in a prior animated series:

The primary, present day traditional version of Spider-Man. After a battle with Mysterio in his home universe, the "Tablet of Order and Chaos" was fragmented and sent to several different alternate dimensions. This version of Spider-Man has to contend with the likes of Kraven the Hunter, the Sandman, and Juggernaut before the final confrontation. Harris previously played Spider-Man in 2003's short-lived Spider-Man: The New Animated Series that spun out of the 2002 film.
An alternate version of Peter Parker from a dimension referred to as the "Noir Universe". Taking place in 1933, this version of Spider-Man has a darker personality and a more brutal fighting style, with a greater emphasis on stealth. Over the course of his involvement in the story, he is forced to face off against Noir versions of Hammerhead, Vulture, and Norman "the Goblin" Osborn before joining the other Spider-Men to battle Mysterio. Barnes previously acted as Spider-Man in 1994's animated Spider-Man TV series. He would go on to play Spider-Man 2099 in the Shattered Dimensions sequel Spider-Man: Edge of Time.
A different character who took up the Spider-Man mantle in the future, Miguel O'Hara is forced to contend with the machinations of the evil Alchemax corporation in addition to facing off against future versions of Spider-Man enemies: Hobgoblin, Scorpion, and Doctor Octopus. Gilvezan previously voiced Peter Parker in the 1981 animated series Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
A younger, only slightly altered variation of Peter Parker from a dimension known as the "Ultimate Universe", this version of Spider-Man is fitted with a black symbiote suit that is controlled by Madame Web, which enhances his aggression and pre-existing super strength. In his universe, Ultimate Spider-Man is forced to face off against Electro, Deadpool, and Carnage before joining the final battle. Keaton previously portrayed Spider-Man in the 2008 animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man, as well as other video games like Marvel Super Hero Squad and Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. He also went on to play the character's traditional version in the Shattered Dimensions sequel Edge of Time.

Several actors return to reprise roles from elsewhere in Spider-Man and Marvel Comics media. John DiMaggio reprises his role as Hammerhead from The Spectacular Spider-Man.[10] Steven Blum (several characters in The Spectacular Spider-Man as well as Wolverine in various media outlets) voices Hobgoblin 2099, Silvermane 2099, and both versions of Vulture. Jim Cummings (Shocker in Spider-Man: The Animated Series) voices Kraven the Hunter, Noir Goblin, Noir Boomerang and Tinkerer. Thomas F. Wilson (Sergeant Stan Carter on The Spectacular Spider-Man) voices both versions of Electro. Nolan North reprises his role as Deadpool from Hulk Vs.[10] Fred Tatasciore reprises his role as Carnage from Spider-Man: Friend or Foe and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2.[10] Jennifer Hale reprises her role as Silver Sable from the Ultimate Spider-Man video game and Spider-Man: Friend or Foe while also voicing Noir Calypso. John Kassir (Deadpool in X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2) voices Scorpion and a couple of Deadpool's fanboys. Tara Strong (Christina in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series) voices Doctor Octopus 2099. James Arnold Taylor (Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe and Spider-Man: Battle for New York, Mysterio in Spider-Man 2, and Electro in Ultimate Spider-Man) voices different miscellaneous thugs and henchmen throughout the game.[11] Other cast members include David Kaye as Mysterio, Dimitri Diatchenko as Sandman, Matt Willig as Juggernaut, Susanne Blakeslee as Madame Web, and Kevin Umbricht as Spider-Ham.[10] Additionally, Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee narrates the game's story.[1] Jamie Thomason served as voice director, having previously directed The Spectacular Spider-Man.[12] Jim Dooley composed the game's orchestral score.[1]

Development and marketing[edit]

Beenox developed several alternate costumes for the game, including Manga Spider-Man (above). This marks the first appearance of the Manga costume in a video game.

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions was unveiled on March 30, 2010, where two of the universes, Amazing and Noir, were revealed.[13] The third universe, 2099, was revealed on June 8, 2010.[14] The final universe, Ultimate, was first shown to players at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.[15] Beenox made each universe feel unique by creating an individual art style for each universe and giving each Spider-Man different gameplay mechanics.[15] For example, the Amazing and Ultimate universes are rendered with bright colors and tones of cel shading, with the Amazing universe given a traditional comic feel based on those of 1960s classic comic book art styles, while the Ultimate universe was meant to evoke more modern comics from the early 2000s. In contrast, the Noir and 2099 universes are rendered with realistic graphics, with the 2099 universe given a futuristic feel while the Noir universe was given a "very dark, very gritty"[16] appearance. The developers also worked closely with Marvel Comics to create new versions of characters not seen before in a particular universe, such as Hobgoblin 2099, Hammerhead Noir, and Doctor Octopus 2099.[15] The story for the game was written by Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott[13] and later provided him with an inspiration for the Spider-Verse comic book crossover event, which saw dozens of Spider-Men from alternate realities teaming up.

Several pre-order bonuses were offered for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions prior to release. Players who pre-ordered at GameStop received a Cosmic Spider-Man pack, which provided a Cosmic Spider-Man outfit for each Spider-Man.[17] It was later included as a free bonus on the PC version, along with some minor fixes, which were not patched on the console versions. The Cosmic Spider-Man pack was later publicly released as downloadable content for the Xbox 360 on October 28, 2010,[18] and for the PlayStation 3 on November 2, 2010.[19][20] Pre-orders via Amazon.com included early access to Spider-Man 2099's Iron Spider costume and a book containing concept art for the game.[21] Kmart pre-orders offered early access to Amazing Spider-Man's Scarlet Spider costume, while Best Buy included early access to the Negative Zone costume for Spider-Man Noir.[22] Wal-Mart offered a 20-page comic book for online pre-orders of the game.[23]

Shattered Dimensions was de-listed from the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live marketplaces in 2014 following the expiration of Activision's existing licensing deal with Marvel. The game was re-released via Steam on October 24, 2015, but was later removed on April 1, 2017.[24]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticDS: 73/100[25]
PS3: 74/100[26]
WII: 75/100[27]
X360: 76/100[28]
PC: 68/100[29]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid6/10[30]
Eurogamer7/10[31]
Game Informer8.5/10[32]
Game RevolutionB[34]
GamePro4.5/5 stars[33]
GameSpot7.5/10[35][36]
GameTrailers7/10[37]
GameZone8/10[38]
DS: 7.5/10[39]
IGN8/10[40]
DS/WII: 7.5/10[41][42]
Joystiq3.5/5 stars[43]
Nintendo PowerWII: 8/10
DS: 7/10[44]
OXM (US)7.5/10[45]
PC Gamer (US)50%[46]
The A.V. ClubB+[47]
The Escapist3/5 stars[48]

The game received mostly positive reviews from critics. Metacritic gave it a score of 73 out of 100 for the DS version;[25] 74 out of 100 for the PlayStation 3 version;[26] 76 out of 100 for the Xbox 360 version;[28] 75 out of 100 for the Wii version;[27] and 68 out of 100 for the PC version.[29]

IGN gave the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions eight out of ten and said, "Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions has a lot of great things going for it",[40] but scored the Wii version half a point lower despite being nearly identical to these two versions due to finnicky camera controls. Game Informer awarded it 8.5 out of 10 and said it "delivers a non-stop action ride with something new around every corner."[32] GamesRadar gave it three-and-a-half stars out of five and said "Shattered Dimensions is a good game, but it fell short of an Ultimate Marvel Team-Up."[49] GamePro gave the Xbox 360 version four and a half out of five stars and said, "Thankfully, [Spider-Man's] latest adventure, Shattered Dimensions, is one of his best yet, offering four unique worlds, classic Spidey action, and an engaging story that puts it near the top of the franchise both in terms of quality and impact."[33] X-Play gave the game four stars out of five and said it "streamlines the usual trappings of the genre to focus on combat and personality. It's true that the linear gameplay and old-school combat sensibilities don't put it on par with Arkham Asylum, but the game succeeds regardless. It's fun, fast-paced, and long enough to make it well worth checking out."[50] 1UP.com gave it a B and stated, "The change in combat options is a welcome addition, I just wish that the story had delivered on the comic legacy of one of Marvel's more enduring heroes."[51]

Non video-game publications gave some strong praise for the game. The A.V. Club gave the Xbox 360 version a B+ and stated: "Filled with countless remember-when moments—as in "Remember when you outran that wave of sand?"—Shattered Dimensions is less literary and artful than Batman: Arkham Asylum, but it's far more fun."[47] The Daily Telegraph gave it seven out of ten and stated, "The combat, and it's worth noting that this makes up the majority of the game, is superb. It's not particularly deep nor clever, but it's immensely rewarding, as too are the scripted first person sections which exist purely to, yes, let you punch things in the face."[52] However, The Escapist gave the Xbox 360 version three stars out of five and said, "Creative set-pieces and an awesome concept can only hide a repetitious game structure for so long - and the stealth sections that mix it up are just frustrating."[48]

The Nintendo DS version of the game drew mixed reviews. IGN and Digital Chumps praised the visuals. IGN felt the visuals stayed true to the comics, while Digital Chumps praised the smooth and detailed animations.[41][53] Reviewers felt that overall the 2.5D Metroid-style gameplay was enjoyable, and fit the DS well.[41][53][54] Sounds and voice acting were also praised.[41][53] Some reviewers felt the game was too short, and that not enough emphasis was put on exploring the open world.[41][54]

Legacy[edit]

The premise of a crossover between different versions of Spider-Man that was used in Shattered Dimensions later became the inspiration for the 2014 comic book storyline Spider-Verse, which would go on to become one of the most popular and media adapted Spider-Man story-arcs, including a 2018 animated film titled Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.[55] Despite none of it being adapted from the game, all four playable Spider-Men (Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 2099, and Ultimate Spider-Man), as well Spider-Ham, appear, in varying capacities.

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