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Spider-Man 3
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Developer(s) Treyarch (PS3 & Xbox 360)
Vicarious Visions (Wii, PS2, PSP, Nintendo DS, GBA)
Treyarch, ported by Beenox (PC),
Publisher(s) Activision
Native resolution 720p
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360, TV game, Mobile Phones
Release date(s) May 4, 2007
EU May 18, 2007 (PS3)
AUS September 19, 2007 (PS3 Collector's Edition)[1]
October 16, 2007 (PSP)
Genre(s) Action game, sandbox
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) ESRB: T
PEGI: 12+
Media Blu-ray Disc, DVD-DL (Xbox 360, PC, Wii & PS2), UMD (PSP) Flash card (DS), Cartridge (GBA)

Spider-Man 3 is an action game loosely based on the Spider-Man 3 film and released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows and Game Boy Advance. The Xbox 360, PC and PS3 versions were developed by Treyarch, while the other versions were developed by Vicarious Visions. It was released May 4, 2007.

The game's plot expands on the film by including additional characters and elements from the Spider-Man comics and the Marvel Universe. Depending on the platform, different villains from the comics are featured, but all versions of the game feature the film's main villains: Venom, New Goblin, and Sandman.



The game starts off as Peter Parker (a.k.a. Spider-Man) swings across the city, with Manhattan liking him now. His former best friend Harry Osborn does not talk to him anymore and he has a new rival in the Daily Bugle: Eddie Brock. Meanwhile, an escaped convict Flint Marko falls into a lab and turns into sand. A meteor crashes, with a symbiote inside.

Spider-Man takes Mary Jane Watson, his girlfriend, on a thrill ride, and after that, talks about Harry. Mary Jane comforts him; while talking, the symbiote attaches to Peter's shoe. Meanwhile, Harry comes out of a chamber in the Green Goblin lair, filled with Goblin gas.

After visiting his science teacher Dr. Connors, Harry (now the New Goblin) attacks Peter. They go on a high-fly battle on New Goblin's glider, but Goblin is defeated and knocked unconscious. Peter brings New Goblin to the hospital, where he will be treated.

During his sleep, the symbiote consumes Peter, leading Peter to have a new jet-black suit. The new symbiote suit makes him stronger, more agile, and more aggressive. Marko, now the Sandman, recently robbed a bank, and is headed for the subways. Spider-Man pursues him, and eventually defeats him, washing him away in a sewer line.

Brock and Peter both are given an assignment by their boss, J. Jonah Jameson: catch Spider-Man robbing something, and the one who does gets a promotion. Brock attempts to cheat by paying someone to pose as Spider-Man. The real Spider-Man appears, now influenced by the black suit, breaks Brock's camera and punches him. Brock tells him that he has many more cameras, and automatically photographs Spider-Man punching him. Spider-Man is able to recover the cameras and Brock swears revenge.

Peter gives Mary Jane a ride back to her apartment after a horrible date, where under the influence of the black suit, he alienates her. After acting too bossy and asking her to shut up, she decides to call off the relationship, which saddens Peter. Peter decides to go to a church, where he attempts to remove the symbiote suit, and successfully releases its bond to him. Unfortunately, Brock secretly finds and watches Peter unmask himself, and attaches to the symbiote, becoming Venom.

Brock finds a still-alive Sandman, and blackmails him to work together to defeat Spider-Man, or he will kill Sandman's daughter, Penny. Sandman eventually agrees.

They kidnap MJ, so Peter suits up again in the red suit as Spider-Man. He goes to the construction site where Venom and Sandman are holding MJ captive in a taxi. He fights Venom and Sandman while Harry, recovered from his head injury, decides to help Peter rescue MJ as the New Goblin. Harry arrives and rescues MJ, and fights a giant Sandman which he defeats. Harry attempts to help Spider-Man fight Venom, but is killed in the process. Peter eventually defeats Venom by weakening him with sonic vibrations then dropping the two of them off a building. He eventually escapes as Venom is impaled by a steel bar.

Peter mends his relationship with MJ, and Sandman, still alive, is reunited with Penny, who has just been rescued by police.



The game retains many of the gameplay elements from the previous game. Among the holdovers from the previous game is the freely explorable Manhattan map, which is larger in area than the one in Spider-Man 2. There have been various changes to the movement and combat system, including the usage of motion sensitive controls on the Wii version. The Nintendo DS version's combat system is entirely operated using the DS's touch screen - the d-pad is only used for moving Spider-Man. Players are also now able to interact at certain points during some cutscenes. Another prominent feature is the ability to play as the black-suited Spider-Man from the film, which allows access to new attacks and special "Rage" moves. [2]

Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

A shot of Black-Suited Spider-Man by the alien symbiote.

The Treyarch-developed Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC versions differ from the versions developed by Vicarious Visions in that initially players cannot change into the black suit at will. Instead, players change into the Black Suit at a certain point in the storyline. Players are also able to swing freely and enter the Bugle for assignments like in the Spider-Man 2 game. Like many other PC games, the PC version can be modified, although few mods for this game have released. Scorpion, Rhino, and Kingpin are exclusive villains to this version.

PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii

Vicarious Visions developed the game for the Wii, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. The game follows the movie, but has different side missions when compared to the Treyarch versions. Vicarious Visions allows players to switch between the red/blue and black suit at will, although using the black suit has negative consequences. These versions include two exclusive villains: Morbius, the Living Vampire, and Shriek. Activision released Spider-Man 3: Special Edition for the PS2 which includes a bonus DVD featuring "Spider-Man 3: The Story Behind the Web", an exclusive interview with Stan Lee, the Spider-Man 3 movie trailers, and a collectible lenticular card with an image from the movie. Otherwise, the PS2 and Wii versions are largely the same, although the Wii version does utilize the Wii Remote's motion sensor controls for swinging and combat. Also, The Wii version has an alternate ending in which Venom loses control of the symbiote instead of being impaled by a steel bar. The PlayStation Portable version is a full port of the PlayStation 2 version of the game by Vicarious Visions and features a free-roaming city, Morbius, the Living Vampire and Shriek, plus the black suit. It is unlike Spider-Man 2 on PlayStation Portable, which was restricted to small areas, similar to the original Spider-Man.

Special Editions

Special Editions of the game were available to PS2, PS3 and Xbox 360 owners which came in a case with a venom colored costume on it instead of Spider Man's. Common features for the PS2 and PS3 were an interview with Avi Arad, chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment and founder of Marvel Studios, Spider-man 3 movie webisodes, and a behind the scenes featurette with the cast. The PS3 and Xbox 360 Platinum Hits versions of the game also featured the ability to play as the New Goblin. The New Goblin was also made available for download from Xbox Live and Playstation Network for users who did not own the Platinum Hits version of the game.


Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 8/10
Official Xbox Magazine 6.5/10

Spider-Man 3 had mixed or average reviews on the Xbox 360, PC, Wii, PS2 and PS3 according to Metacritic. On Game Rankings, these versions average between 53% and 67%. The key criticism for these versions is the game's similarity to its predecessor. The PC version has been additionally criticized for its high minimum system requirements and 30 frame/s framerate cap, but received better reviews than the PS2 and Wii versions, due to its similarity to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game. The Wii and PS2 versions have been criticized for a short story mode and disappointing graphics, with gamesradar suggesting that they were technically inferior to the preceding game from 2004. The Wii version has however been praised for the use of the Remote and Nunchuk in its gameplay, which is considered to be the Wii version's strongest point. The Xbox 360, PC and PS3 versions, despite receiving only average reviews, have been universally better received than the PS2 and Wii versions. The Wii version was given a "D" grade by The Wiire. X-Play gave the Wii version a 1 out of 5 (the first Wii game to get a 1 out of 5) and the PS3 version a 3 out of 5. The game was also criticized for not being the same version on each system. Some criticism has surfaced due to having New Goblin only fully playable in the PS3 and Xbox 360. It was also criticized for having a lot of glitches. The game running on the GBA, a far less powerful system, was developed as a side scroller.


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