In honour of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions I have compiled a top 10 list of the Webhead's greatest videogame exploits.
10. Spider-Man: The Sinister Six (PC)
Ah, the first Spider-Man game I ever owned. What was cool about it was that you got to play as both Spider-Man and Peter Parker. The player would have to make choices that would effect the events of the storyline and its eventual outcome. Another cool feature was that you got to have conversations with the characters and choose how Peter/Spidey would react to different situations and people. It was like a primitive BioWare RPG. Gameplay also consisted of fun puzzle solving and lame point-and-click combat. It wasn't an extraordinary game, but there's never been another Spider-Man game like it.
9. Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro (PlayStation)
This underrated sequel may not have made many improvements over the first game, but it really didn't have to. Enter Electro was just as fun as the first game. But what made it truly stand out was the unlockables. Almost every alternate outfit that Spidey wore at that point could be unlocked in the game. Dusk? Prodigy? Spider-Phoenix? They were all there. If that weren't enough, the create-a-spider feature allowed you to pick a costume and customize what enhanced abilities your Spider-Man would have.
Until Mysterio's Menace I always hated handheld Spider-Man games. I couldn't stand the crappy controls and getting killed by pigeons in my webswinging space. That all changed with Mysterio's Menace. The game looked beautiful and controlled beautifully. It was the first handheld where you actually felt like Spider-Man.
Web of Shadows received far more scorn from gaming critics than it deserved. Granted, the game was buggy and the combat repetitive, but the good far outweighed the bad. Shaba Games made great improvements to the combat system by allowing players to fight enemies any way they wanted; on the ground, wall, in the air or a combination of the three. Switching between the red and black costumes on the fly, making decisions that affected the storyline, and being able to swing through a symbiote infested Manhattan made Web of Shadows a fine addition to Spider-Man's gaming library.