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IMG Reviews Spider-Man
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Inside Mac Games today has posted a review of Aspyr's recently released Spider-Man, a third-person action adventure based on the Marvel comic series. Players play as "Spider-Man," high school student Peter Parker, who is bitten by a radioactive spider and granted tremendous powers.

Here's a snippet from our review by Chris Barylick:

From the very beginning Spider-Man hooks you and pulls you in with what turns out to be an addictive combination of Oni-style acrobatic action and comic book cheesiness. The controls, which are a bit different since game play excludes the mouse and relies entirely on keyboard or joystick inputs, are a bit difficult, but flow easily once a pattern has been established. The standard configuration suggests you move with the arrow keys and perform maneuvers with the key pad, a combination that allows for about an inch of room between your hands. Simply remap the keys to a configuration that suits you and you’re in business.

The training simulator is extensive, allowing players to practice moves, combat, weapons and different fighting techniques, the combat modules deserving additional attention. If you can pass these, you can fight practically anything in the game. The simulator teaches the player to view the fight not as something to be waded into and slugged out but as a way to use weapons like the web shooters and acrobatic moves like clinging to the ceiling to your advantage. While Peter Parker may have the proportionate strength of a spider, he'll have his head handed to him if he tries to take on a dozen henchmen at once and the training simulator teaches the player this.

Be sure to check out the rest of our review by clicking on the link below.

IMG Review: Spider-Man

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