Ultimate Spider-Man

Game review by
Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media
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Adventure never gets deep and is over too soon.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players play as both Spider-Man an as the villian Venom.

Violence

All the violence is presented in a cartoonish style, but there is plenty of fighting and shooting, including one point-blank shot through a character's mouth.

Sex

Some sexy female superheroes.

Language

The teen hero uses the language of his age group, words like "hell" and "sucks."

Consumerism

Nokia ads dot the game environment. The game is part of the Spider-Man franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game contains a lot of cartoonish action, including some gunplay (in one instance, a super-villain is shot through the mouth). There is no swearing but sometimes the teen hero uses the language of his age group, words like "hell" and "sucks." Players will spend some time saving people as Spider-Man, but they will also play as the evil Venom, a vampire-like monster that can only live by killing innocent bystanders. Players will also be confronted with in-game advertisements from Nokia.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9, 12, 14, and 17 year old Written byESRB April 29, 2015

Spideeeeeeee

Fun game. Only 2'curses words.
Adult Written bywebz April 9, 2008

Fun but repetitive game.

This is a fun game. As Spider-man, you fight small crimes and chase villains across Manhattan. As Venom (Spidey's most vicious foe and villain in the Spid... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bynumberoneMaximu... April 9, 2008

Play as a hero and a villian

I enjoyed this game, but my dad made me sell it because he didn't like me being Venom. I thought it was good because there were tons of people to fight.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bychristian boy January 19, 2013

common sense are you joking?!

I played this game when i was 8!!!! this game is has comical violence yes venom does drain people of life but its all comical this game is perfect for 8+

What's it about?

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN follows Peter Parker and Eddie Brock, childhood friends who have been driven apart by circumstance. While Parker fights crime as Spider-Man, Brock embraces evil power in the form of Venom, an experimental super-suit that bonds with the mind and body of its wearer. On the convoluted path leading to the confrontation of hero and villain, players tackle missions as both Spidey and Venom. Along the way, they'll battle familiar foes both good and bad, including Wolverine, Green Goblin, and Silver Sable.

Is it any good?

The story and cast is sure to please any fan of the Marvel Comics universe or super-hero comics in general. The graphics are colorful and use the cell-shading technique that makes the game feel like a playable cartoon. Cut-scenes employ the panel-by-panel style of a comic book, but they are spiced up by the fact that the animated characters can jump right out of the panel.

Unfortunately, the game falters when it comes to depth of gameplay. The story missions feel a little disjointed set among the free-roaming action that dominates the game. Most gamers will be able to finish the story mode in five or six hours. There is some replay value in the numerous city missions and in finding tokens hidden around the city, but this grows old quickly -- this is better as a rental than to buy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences between playing a hero and playing a villain in video games. Is it more exciting to do bad things in a game than good things? Do games that allow bad behaviors encourage those behaviors or are they a safe outlet?

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