Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions – hands-on with the Ultimate universe


The newest of the four worlds, Noir re-imagines Spider-Man in the ‘30s and ‘40s, tackling crime with stealth and smarts instead of head-on brawling. The area we played had five civilians trapped inside of cages strewn about a train yard, and unlike the other dimensions we had to sneak around using the rafters and the ultra-quick zipline to get in and out before the baddies spotted us.

Noir is already an interesting take on Spidey, but the visual effects really help sell the experience. As you slink through the shadows, the world is mostly presented in black and white, with just a few bits of color to signify objects of interest. Should the thugs spot you, color jumps onto the screen and alerts all the other hoods in the area to your presence. But, being Spider-Man, you can zip right outta there and come back from another angle for a web-heavy takedown attack. Offing these guys one at a time is key, as you’re not quite the damage-resistant Spider-Man from the other worlds.

Gah! Noir Vulture is still an ugly old mess of a man, especially in one of Shattered Dimension’s up-close quick time events. We also saw one with Carnage in which you use the two analog sticks as your fists and pummel him until he breaks away. Willing to bet other situations, like this one with Vulture, unfold similarly.


Finally, there’s the regular Marvel Universe, here called the Amazing Spider-Man dimension. Combat is what you’d expect, though this Spidey gets a lot more creative with his webs than the others. It also has a slight cel-shaded look to it, but more like Borderlands than an outright cartoon look.

We also have the new Comic-Con trailer. Take a peek below, and look for Shattered Dimensions on September 7. We’ll have a review up right around then, no doubt.

Above: More shattered glass per second than any other trailer this year

Jul 22, 2010


  • Firesurfer - August 9, 2010 6:02 a.m.

    ya it looks like its gonna be cool, but the old spiderman games for the ps1 were the best
  • ventanger - July 23, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    I LOVE Ultimate Spidey, but I'm shocked it wasn't zombies... color me embarrassed. Buutt..... what issues are being pulled from this series? I stopped reading a little after issue 100 when Mark Bagley stopped doing the artwork, and in that run Spidey's black suit never had the emblem...
  • Felixthecat - July 23, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    Seeing as Spiderman 2 is one of my most played games, I'm fairly excited over Shattered Dimensions even if they're nothing alike gameplay wise.
  • Thuperman - July 22, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    I actually havnt played any of the spiderman games but im interested in this one
  • AlpineGuy - July 22, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    Well, can't say I'm too surprised. That said, I really look forward to seeing how this games turns out. I really like the Ultimate Spider-Man game, and it's also the only Marvel comic I read these days, so I'm hoping for the best.
  • Cyberninja - July 22, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    why did it have to be the same day as kh:bbs i was really looking forward to this
  • - July 22, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    So we've got classic spidey, spidey: splinter cell, spidey: boarderlands, and spidey: halo.
  • gatornation1254 - July 22, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    I can honestly say when I first saw that the fourth Spiderman was Ultimate I was dissappointed. Mainly because I didn't think he was that much different then regular spiderman. But I guess they know what their doing.
  • Redeater - July 22, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    I'm kind of excited about the noir aspect of it. This is the first I have heard of the whole marvel noir series but then again I don't have a Hank the tank to update me about these things.
  • TheWebSwinger - July 22, 2010 7:24 p.m.

    HOORAY FOR ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN! The only remaining comic book series I subscribe to. Also, can't wait for Spidey 2099 in a video game...except screw this "realism", just make it a Spider-Man Bladerunner typa thang and I'm golden.
  • xx360shotsxx - July 22, 2010 6:37 p.m.

    i agree with SillyPigeon on this one. im also worried dat certain dimensions might seem shallow or rushed, lets just hope for tha best
  • SillyPigeon - July 22, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    Anyone else concerned this is going to end up feeling like 4 small games mashed together? Seems inevitable that one or two of the universes will be more interesting or fun to play than the others. Leaving you wishing they had made a full game just using the best universe. Maybe I’m just pessimistic
  • sgloomy - July 22, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    Im still getting this game but it would have been much sweeter if the last dimension was marvel zombies
  • DustyRooster - July 22, 2010 5:34 p.m.

    I hope that the has the Arkham Asylum effect on the Marvel universe. If it does, I hope it leads to other characters getting super detailed, and well realized games. I would give anything for a Adam Warlock game, where he had to manipulate cosmic entities and earths heros, or team up with Thanos to defeat a greater evil. Hmmm... Well I can dream. A really creative Spiderman game seems to be a step in the right direction.
  • RebornKusabi - July 22, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    This actually looks pretty cool, although I'm more of a Venom fan, I liked Spider-Man: World at War... I mean Web of Shadows even if I was just playing a Spider-Man with a morality system.
  • xx360shotsxx - July 22, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    This spidey game looks great but i gotta admit im gonna miss swinging through tha city WOS style. man i loved dat game

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