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Spider-Man
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Tie-In Series Spider-Man
Release Date(s) PlayStation, Game Boy Color:
September 1, 2000 (North America)
September 15, 2000 (Europe)
Nintendo 64:
November 21, 2000 (North America)
Dreamcast:
April 19, 2001 (North America)
June 29, 2001 (Europe)
Microsoft Windows:
September 17, 2001 (North America)
September 21, 2001 (Europe)
Developer(s) Neversoft
Treyarch (Dreamcast)
LTI Gray Matter (Windows)
Vicarious Visions (Game Boy Color)
Edge of Reality (Nintendo 64)
Publisher(s) Activision
Artist(s) Chris Ward
Composer Tommy Tallarico
Howard Ulyate
Platform(s) PlayStation
Game Boy Color
Nintendo 64
Sega Dreamcast
Windows

Spider-Man is a video game tie-in to Spider-Man and a follow-up to the 1995 game of the same name.

Story

Peter Parker attends a technology expo hosted by the reformed Otto Octavius. While there, a person dressed as Spider-Man steals his device. Eddie Brock, also in attendance, tries to get pictures but the imposter destroys his camera. He transforms into Venom and vows revenge. Two anonymous figures watch all this then activate a machine releasing a fog into the city.

Soon after, Spider-Man tries to stop the Jade Syndicate from robbing a bank. On the run from the NYPD, the syndicate destroy two helicopters and take hostages. Spider-Man sneaks in and frees the hostages. He moves a bomb to safety, defeats the syndicate, and then leaves.

Peter calls J. Jonah Jameson who tells him to call the police as Scorpion is attacking. Spider-Man arrives at The Daily Bugle and defeats Scorpion. As thanks, Jameson calls the police. Spider-Man runs into Daredevil and they discuss his innocence. The police catch up to him and Spider-Man is forced to run.

He eventually eludes them before running into Black Cat. She tells him that Rhino is attacking Omnitech while Venom has captured his wife Mary Jane Watson-Parker. The two head to Omnitech together. When they arrive another piece of technology has been stolen. Black Cat is wounded and Spider-Man defeats Rhino. The police, along with Octavius, take Rhino into custody while Black Cat is taken in an ambulance. She notices the paramedics aren't imposters but is cut off before she can warn Spider-Man.

Spider-Man then asks Human Torch for help finding Venom, but the Fantastic Four member refuses to help. Venom and Spider-Man engage in a fight before battling. Venom escapes into the sewers but it is a trap for Spider-Man involving a maze and lizard-men. Spider-Man saves Mary Jane before Venom can drown her. Afterwards, Spider-Man explains his innocence and the two team up to find the imposter.

While investigating at the Bugle, Venom detects the presence of Carnage and heads out. Spider-Man discovers the building full of symbiotes. He destroys the generators creating the symbiotes then discovers the imposter is actually Mysterio. After defeating the master of illusions, Mysterio says there is a planned invasion of symbiotes and that the fog is preparing the people.

Spider-Man investigates the source of the symbiotes and encounters Punisher. Punisher offers to team up but Spider-Man refuses. Spider-Man destroys more generators then discovers a passage to an underwater base. He finds the source of the fog, which uses Octavius's device, as well as the captured Black Cat. He destroys the device and frees Black Cat.

Spider-Man meeting Monster-Ock

Spider-Man finds that Doctor Octopus and Carnage are behind the entire plot, with Octavius having faced his reformation. Venom appears and battles Carnage while Spider-Man fights Doctor Octopus. Spider-Man uses a sonic device to defeat Carnage removing the symbiote. However, the symbiote bonds with Octavius forming Monster Ock. With the base collapsing, Spider-Man is forced to flee with Monster Ock in pursuit. A jet of flames knocks out Monster Ock removing the symbiote. Spider-Man is then saved in a Quinjet by Venom, Black Cat, and Captain America.

Background

The game was built using the same engine as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. The game is then included within this game numerous times as an Easter egg. As a tribute, Spider-Man is included as a character in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2.

The game utilizes artwork and designs from Spider-Man and was advertised based on the success of the series, just like the 1995 game.

The versions created for PlayStation, Dreamcast, and Windows use pre-rendered cutscenes. The version for Nintendo 64 uses freeze frames in a comic book style.

Spider-Man can wear alternate costumes that grant different abilities. For example, he can wear the costume from Spider-Man Unlimited and become invisible allowing him to sneak up to and past enemies.

The game features a password system that can unlock the What If...? mode. Using this feature will have Uatu introduce levels, just like the comics. It will include alternate dialogue between characters, additional cameos like Silver Surfer and Namor, new levels, cheat codes, alternate pictures and props on certain levels, and various funny situations.

Cast

Actor Role(s)
Rino Romano Spider-Man
Bank Thug
Jennifer Hale Black Cat
Mary Jane Watson-Parker
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Doctor Octopus
Dee Bradley Baker Carnage
Rhino
J. Jonah Jameson
Daredevil
Lizard
Daran Norris Venom
Mysterio
Scorpion
Punisher
Human Torch
Captain America
Chad Findley Bank Thug
Eagle-One Pilot
Security Guard
Christopher Corey Smith Hostage
Police Pilot
Sniper
Microchip
Health Club Trainer
Stan Lee Stan Lee
Julie Bennett Old Woman
Kathryn Fiore Mary Jane Watson-Parker
Female Workout Instructor
Young Woman Screaming
Young Woman
Female Police Pilot
Neil Kaplan Bank Thug Leader
Police Chopper Pilot
Symbiotes
Monster-Ock
David Koseruba Eddie Brock
Patrick Warburton Hostage

Numerous actors appeared in either Spider-Man or Spider-Man Unlimited. Rino Romano was the Spider-Man of the latter series. Jennifer Hale reprises her roles as Black Cat from the earlier series and Mary Jane from the follow-up. Julie Bennett plays an old woman in the game after playing May Parker in Spider-Man. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Stan Lee return to their roles from the earlier series.

Dee Bradley Baker would later play several voices on The Spectacular Spider-Man.

Reception

The game received nearly universal praise. Some critics called it the best Spider-Man game made at that point.

Sequels

The PlayStation version was followed by Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro. The Gameboy version was followed up with Spider-Man 2: The Sinister Six and Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace. However, these games were further diverged from the animated series having little to do with it.

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