Spider-Man 3

Common Sense Media says

Free-swinging adventure tangled up in dull action.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mixed. Spiderman helps take out crooked cops and rescues innocents, but metes out plenty of vigilante violence.

Violence

Lots of fighting with fist, sticks, whips, bombs, guns, etc., but no expicit gore.

Sex

A few scantily clad female villains, but nothing offensive.

Language

Players will hear coarse language like "suck," but more offensive words are sometimes bleeped out.

Consumerism

Most in-game ads are fakes, except for those promoting Activision.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this action game is based loosely on the movie of the same name. Players control the costumed vigilante as he delivers street justice to monsters, gang members, crooked cops, and evil geniuses. The game features plenty of violence with a range of weapons (guns, bombs, fists, whips, throwing stars, etc.), but it is never gory. Players are encouraged to fight for the side of law and order and rescue innocents from criminals.

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Kids say

What's it about?

SPIDER-MAN 3 follows the famous wall-crawler through the skyscraper canyons of a sprawling virtual Manhattan. While there is some overlap with the movie -- fans will see Sandman and the new Green Goblin, and recognize the voices of many of the big-screen actors -- movie moments are just small episodes in a larger adventure that includes more crime fighting and supervillains. Much of a player's time in Spider-Man 3 will be spent swinging on webs through the concrete jungle. Spidey's graceful moves, which become more elaborate as players unlock special abilities, are the game's highlight.

Is it any good?

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The vertigo-inducing visuals and controls may take a little while to master, but once gamers get the hang of it, they will be rewarded with the sense of freedom that comes from being able to leap off of 40-story buildings and run along walls. Unfortunately, when it comes to Spider-Man's crime-fighting activities, much of the grace is lost. Players will find themselves button-mashing their way through dozens of repetitive gang fights scattered around the city.

Gamers shouldn't expect slick graphics to make up for the so-so action: Although the cityscape can look beautiful at night or when the sun glints off windows, the wide-open streets are underpopulated and sterile. Although the game offers players a beefy 14-hour-plus adventure, there is little new to see after the first four hours or so. Players will surely enjoy swinging gracefully though the large city, but even Spider-Man fans might want to try renting the game before buying.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about vigilante justice. Although Spider-Man often helps the police, sometimes he purposely keeps his missions from the police. Is violence more acceptable to players if it is directed at gang members and criminals? Families may also wish to discuss the marketing of video games tied to movies. Would gamers be as interested in a Spider-Man game if it wasn't a companion to a popular movie?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:May 3, 2007
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:T for Animated blood, mild language, violence (Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 6 and 9 year old Written byNightdiver June 25, 2009
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Terrible Values marketed to kids!

This game is fun to play, my son loved it and I was not happy to see what was being marketed to kids. I am not too concerned about fighting violence against villans. The violence in this game is brutal, but there is no blood. I played for a couple of hours and here are the concerns. Swearing, Scantily clad females, excessive violence against women and others. On one mission as spiderman, your assignment is to first photograph immodestly dressed girls while they are strutting on a catwalk. Then the girls start to fight and Spiderman has to go brutally beat up all of the scantily clad females. Between inappropriate language, inappropriate sexual images and brutality towards women, I yanked the game and it is not allowed in our house.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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I laughed

This game is real cool but is a bit violent.It is about spider man movie 3 I think its apropriate for most ages
Teen, 13 years old Written byphillys fan April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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