"Imagine breaking your arm. You'll find that the pain is unbearable and you just want it to stop as soon as possible. Now triple that pain. Hurts, doesn't it? Well, This pain is similar to that of which you will find in Next Level Games' Spiderman: Friend or Foe, in this case for the Xbox360. "
Imagine breaking your arm. You'll find that the pain is unbearable and you just want it to stop as soon as possible. Now triple that pain. Hurts, doesn't it? Well, This pain is similar to that of which you will find in Next Level Games' Spiderman: Friend or Foe, in this case for the Xbox360.
Spiderman: FoF's opening cut scene has a surprising amount of potential. It opens with Spiderman and classic villains in a toned-down “kiddie” style that actually looks good. The action is rather intriguing and gives you quite a bit of hope as to what this game could unfold into. These were my thoughts exactly, and I was devastated when I actually started to play the game.
In the game, Spiderman is brought in my Nick Fury of SHIELD who informs him that a meteorite has smashed into 5 five pieces that have been spread across the world. As Fury sends Spiderman out to retrieve the shards, Spiderman learns that classic villains from the series (such as Rhino, Green Goblin and Venom) are being mind-controlled by a mysterious super-villain, who has also created PHANTOMS, a massive army of generic soldiers. By collecting the meteorite shards, you will save the world. How? Who cares?
Not only is the plot of Spiderman: FoF unbearably idiotic, its also mind-numbingly forgettable. I had to re-watch various clips just so I could double check if the game was as stupid as I thought it was. Well, I was right. Spiderman:FoF churned out one of the most generic, clichéd and pointless plot lines ever devised.
I suppose you could call the 360 version of Spiderman:FoF a side-scrolling beat-'em-up, as all you do in the game is fight enemies, walk to the next section, fight more enemies, step on pressure pad that creates bridge, walk over bridge and repeat. This is repeated for the 5 or so hours of the games existence. This process may seem fun for the first area, but when you realize there are 4 more to go, each with 4 levels a piece, things can get ugly. If there was one word I would use to define the game it would have to be tedious.
Besides bosses, there are only 3 types of enemies you will encounter throughout the course of the game in sizes of small, medium and large. Arguably the funniest point in the game is when you realize that the games enemies get different costumes and colours to try to give the player the illusion that they're fighting new, unique enemies.
An element of the game that had the potential to be great were the boss battles. Somehow, Spiderman:FoF has managed to make fights with Rhino, Scorpion, Green Goblin and especially Venom boring. You'll simply find yourself picking up items and throwing them at the enemies with the occasional burst of punching and kicking. Worst of all, your web attacks as Spiderman are nullified against bosses. This really hurts the potential of what the fights could have been.
Teaming up with classic Spiderman villains and characters is a fantastic idea that was never fully realized. It could have been great fun using some of Spidermans web attack on enemies then switch over to a guy like Venom to use some of his trademark moves. Sadly, all 13 of your potential partners play very similar to one another. None of the classic characters have any creative moves, they're all built with basic jump, throw and regular attacks, which is probably the biggest disappointment in the game. This game had a chance to be unique and do something original to make it a good experience but the developers really missed the mark.
Community review by Azumangaman (March 21, 2008)
A bio for this contributor is currently unavailable, but check back soon to see if that changes. If you are the author of this review, you can update your bio from the Settings page.
If you enjoyed this Spider-Man: Friend or Foe review, you're encouraged to discuss it with the author and with other members of the site's community. If you don't already have an HonestGamers account, you can sign up for one in a snap. Thank you for reading!