Retro Gaming Awesome Time: Top 5 Spider-Man games

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You could easily make the argument that Spider-Man is one of the most well-known super heroes all over the world. He is definitely my favorite and I have been playing Spider-Man games since I was a kid – I’m talking way back when my folks bought me Spider-Man for the Atari 2600. Since then, it seems like we don’t go more than a couple of years without a new Spider-Man release so today for a bit of fun, I want to share with you what I consider to be the Top 5 Spider-Man games.


Spider-Man (2000)

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PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Sega Dreamcast
I first got a taste of this title on the Sony PlayStation, but the Dreamcast is the version to proudly own! It was unanimously praised and sold a lot of copies. Each stage felt like its very own mini comic book or episode of, Spider-Man: The Animated Series. The game was fun to play and despite being the first 3-D Spider-Man game, the controls and the camera were actually done very well. Spider-Man had a lot of voice acting and cut scenes, which made the story very fun to play through. Compared to what we have now the levels may feel kind of restrictive and small, but I think it actually adds to the charm of the game. This can be picked up for cheap and it is worth playing as it is fun, but also cool to see how the modern 3D Spider-Man games started out.


Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (2007)

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Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Wii
Out of all the games on this list, this is the most under rated. Spider-Man: Friend or Foe is set in the Spider-Man movie universe and features most of the characters from it (as well as a few others). There has been an invasion and each level has Spider-Man teaming up with another ally, most of the time a villain to stop it. Venom, Doc Ock, Green Goblin and Sandman are a few of the characters you will get to play as. This is like an old school beat ‘em up, similar to Final Fight. The game is best in two player, but be warned most of the time, you guys will be arguing over who gets to play as who! This is such an under rated gem (especially the Xbox 360 version) and a game I highly recommend you look into.


Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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Xbox, PlayStation 2, Game Cube
This was a bit of a game changer for Spider-Man video games. Activision was on a bit of a role with their two well-received Spider-Man titles on the PlayStation. For this game though, they added a couple of things that would become the standard in Spider-Man games still to this day. First of all, was the ability to free roam around the city in between missions. This was really cool and added a whole bunch of extra missions to do, crimes to stop and people to save. The other addition was a new way to web sling. Now you had to actually have something to shoot a web at in order to swing off it. A huge part of the fun of this game was just swinging through the city looking for random things to do. This is a game that I feel still holds up well and is actually a game many people will still compare new Spider-Man games to.


Spider-Man/ Venom: Separation Anxiety (1995)

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Super Nintendo, Sega Mega Drive
Here we have what I would say is the rarest game on my list, especially here in the UK. Separation Anxiety was the sequel to Maximum Carnage and it offered not only more classic side scrolling beat em up action, but it offered a better version of it. The plotline forces Spider-Man and Venom to team up and put a stop to Carnage and the other symbiotes. Spidey and Venom play slightly different with Spider-Man being more reflexive and speed based and Venom as more of the brute of the two. This is a fun game and even more fun with a buddy playing it with you, but be warned this is a game that is hard as nails and will take a great deal of effort to get through. Still this is a lot of fun and a game that I play through a few times a year.


Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (2008)

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Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2
While I played the Xbox 360 version, this game was available on pretty much anything a disc or cartridge could go in. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows

is not a perfect game. It has some of the problems that many modern Spider-Man games like the weird camera angles and sometimes twitchy controls; but wow, the story in this game was incredible.
 
There is pretty much a symbiote invasion that takes over New York. Spidey needs to get to the bottom of what the hell has happened and put a stop to it. The main feature of the game is that at the press of a button Spider-Man can change between his standard suit and the symbiote suit, which gives him more strength and different abilities. You can upgrade each suit to get new abilities. In all this is a game I had a lot of fun with and the story hooked me from beginning to end. Based on the story alone, this is my favorite Spider-Man title.