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Sept. 26, 2005
Ultimate Spider-man - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price

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Venom feeding.
The Spider-Man movies have been a massive success for Sony's movie division and as a result Activision (who secured the license to make the games) have cashed in big time with two games released to tie into the movies. With the third movie not expected to hit cinemas until May 2007 Activision had to keep the license active and rather then try to expand on the movies the company has taken a totally different approach with Ultimate Spider-man by making a game based on the comic books - new gameplay, new graphics and a new slant make this game a very interesting prospect. Once again Treyarch, who developed the two movie based games, are doing the development duties on the title which given the strength of the previous titles is a good thing...

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Spider-man soars through the air.
Penned and illustrated by famed comic book creators Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, Ultimate Spider-Man allows players to take on the role of super hero Spider-Man as well as super villain Venom. The game actually picks up right where the comic books left off - but those who don't read the comic books needn't worry as the game will still set up the storyline. Being able to play as either Spider-man or Venom should be interesting with two very different stlyes of combat available. Spider-Man's has fluid, acrobatic moves while Venom uses brute force to cause destruction.

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Peter Parker fighting.
As you would expect from a game based on a comic book the developers are using a comic book styled panels to tell the story (as you can see in the bottom image in this preview). This is done with Activision's 3D Comic Inking Technology that literally brings the comic to life in every action-packed frame. Even at this early stage of development (well, there's still several months to go) the graphics look wonderfully detailed and move along at a pretty solid rate of knots, even when swinging through the skyscrapers. In fact the animation looks as impressive as the movie - but in a cel-shaded way.

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Comic book presentation.
It's nice to see Activision making such a change, and in our opinions taking a bit of a risk, with their Spider-Man license and series of games. It would have been somewhat pointless using the movies assets when the third movie isn't due for a couple more years and the switch to comic books looks to be paying nice dividends. Hopefully this change will draw in both the movie and comic book fans.

Expect an October 2005 release for Ultimate Spider-man in both America and PAL territories.