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There is a distinct problem for gamers in the gaming industry today. This is the feared phrase "movie tie-in". Usually this is some poorly made collect 'em up with a few similarities with the film to fool younger gamers into buying it. Still, sometimes we get lucky, and a developer actually sees beyond cashing in and makes a half decent game. Recently, this has been the case with the Spiderman franchise and although they were not strictly movie tie-ins, for games based around movies, they were very good indeed. So, is Spiderman: Friend or Foe a continuation of this trend?
Surprisingly, the graphics aren't too bad and actually, they are one of the best things about this game. The same applies to the sound, which includes some decent sound effects and voice acting. The graphics do not push the Wii to the limit or anything like that, but they are quite decent even if the backgrounds are pretty bland. One problem is, you are supposed to be travelling the world to eradicate this danger but the only way to distinguish where you are is some lettering on one of those numerous bridges you will come across.
The story goes that there is a new evil mastermind on the loose with big plans for world domination. However, this time Spidey has to team up with other well known villains from the series to stop this new threat. Sounds like a good idea so far doesn't it? However, once you actually start to play the game, you'll realise it is very badly executed. Simply, it involves mashing buttons to take out enemies with a bit of jumping thrown into the "mix". Monotonous gameplay aside for a minute, there is another odd feature to the game. You cannot die. You heard correctly, the enemies will only be able to beat some tokens out of you which you collect throughout the game as you get brought straight back to life. As you can imagine, this saps some of tension and effort needed to stay alive in the game, and makes the gameplay even more monotonous. The tokens you collect are supposed to be used for upgrades as well. However, when all you have to do is mash the A button throughout the entire level to progress through it, what is the point? This is the main problem with the game, the first few minutes of gameplay are just repeated right until the very end.
The remote is used to make characters throw enemies around and grapple onto things. It is also used to help Spidey web-sling around the environments. The Nunchuk is used to move characters around via the analogue stick, and if you shake it, it switches between characters.
The game supports 1-2 player multiplayer, but adding another player to the fray doesn't make the game any better.
The game doesn't support Wi-Fi.
Another game released at full price (£39.99) which is not worth the money at all. Today, it can be picked up for around £15-£20. However, if you purchase Spiderman or the even more impressive Spiderman 2 for the Gamecube, you will find a much more entertaining game for comparatively little money.
It's a real shame, just when you think a franchise has bucked up its ideas, it returns to a very poor button mashing level of gameplay. Considering past entries in this franchise, this game might as well be ignored completely. It is a new idea which is badly executed. Leave this one well alone.
Overall Score: 4/10
Inspired by the Spider-Man film trilogy and the classic Spider-Man comics, Spider-Man: Friend or Foe challenges players to defeat and then join forces with notorious movie nemeses including Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Venom and Sandman, and embark on an epic quest to overcome a worldwide evil threat. Throughout the gameâs original story and thrilling battles, fans control Spider-Man and one of numerous Super Hero or Super Villain sidekicks and master unique fighting moves and styles while switching between characters to execute team combos and defeat foes. For the first time ever in a Spider-Man game, Spider-Man: Friend or Foe features a unique co-op mode in which a friend can join the game at any time and take control of Spider-Manâs sidekick as they battle through the game side-by-side and replay favorite levels.