E3 2010: First look at 2099 in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Until today, we'd only seen two of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimension's four separate universes. The Amazing universe has the default look of a Marvel comic book, with Spidey swinging and webbing his way through a colorful world full of wham-bam-pow moments. The Noir universe, on the other hand, is much more subdued, with a 1930s detective version of Peter Parker relying on stealth and the cover of inky, de-saturated darkness to overcome bad guys.

The most recently revealed universe, though, could be the coolest based on what I saw at Activision's E3 booth. In the world of 2099, a totally different Spider-Man – geneticist Miguel O'Hara – protects a incredibly futuristic version of New York City that looks like a mixture of Tron and Blade Runner. Nearly everything visible on the screen was neon red, electric blue or some dazzling shade of purple in-between. Glittering skyscrapers, plastered with animated billboards and glowing text (I spotted "Stark" written on one), surrounded the player in literally every direction – not just to the sides, but up and down and diagonally as well.

Diagonal skyscrapers? Okay, I may sound a little disoriented in that last sentence, but that's because the gameplay in Spider-Man 2099's universe is designed to be dizzying. Each version of Spider-Man has his own style of gameplay, and in place of swinging or stealth, Miguel O'Hara has a uniquely designed Spider suit made of anti-gravity material that catches air currents and enables him to glide for short periods of time.

Basically, he's a sci-fi flying squirrel, and Shattered Dimensions' 2099 levels take advantage of this fact. One part of the E3 demo had him free-falling through a tunnel of city light, controlling his direction as he dodged objects like hovercars and metro rails. In a second part, he was jumping from shiny tower to shiny tower in order to avoid attacks by the level's supervillain, Hobgoblin. When a projectile missed Spider-Man, it wouldn't simply disappear into the game's programming… it might hit a floating car instead, hurtling that car into an explosion which the player would then be forced to avoid as well.

2099 looks to be the fastest and most frenetic of the three Shattered Dimensions revealed so far, but we're still waiting on the fourth and final universe. Which version of Spider-Man will we see next? Read our guesses or leave your own in the comments.

Jun 16, 2010


  • ryno - June 17, 2010 6:33 a.m.

    doppleganger could apper
  • ScruffMoney - June 17, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    This looks pretty good, surprisingly.
  • Evil_AppleJuice - June 16, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    I think the other universe would be either a negative universe somehow, or a universe in which spiderman is a mutant spider; a universe where his spider bite was different, more aggressive, violent, and horrible.
  • CrashmanX - June 16, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    For everyone that keeps saying Zombie Spider, are you guys forgetting that that is Carnage at the end? I mean hell there's even symbiote slime all over, my bet would be on the Clone-verse with Ben Riley. Also wouldnt surprise me if that did something else involving all 4 dimensions.
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 16, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    It looked cool, but I for one do not like Star Fox-esque gameplay, AKA corridor shooter where movement is incredibly limited. The Original Spiderman looks pretty dope though. I think that the 4th universe will be Zombie Spiderman. I don't know anything about the comics, but that would be a pretty cool one.
  • cart00n - June 16, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    It's either Marvel Zombies or 1602, and even as a Neil Gaiman fan I'd have to be against the latter. As I recall, tho', Miguel wasn't adverse to killing bad guys, so they may've already opened up the way for an M rating to begin with. reCaptcha: thorn blunty
  • nomnom52 - June 16, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    @ ventager: but wouldn't that mean an M rating? Anyway, I'm happy that 2099 made it in. This game is getting more and more promise.
  • ventanger - June 16, 2010 5:36 p.m.

    It's Marvel Zombies, I promise. Just pause the latest reveal trailer at 1:17, those are clearly zombified SHIELD agents. Coupled with the narration building up to it, and it's pretty flippen obvious.

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