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The Top 7... Best ports on inferior systems

Believe it or not, the version of Web of Shadows that plays on your TV is - on average - scoring lower than the DS version. That’s not to say WoS is completely terrible. On the contrary; reviews are pointing to Spidey’s latest Bronx romp as his best game since the fantabulous Spider-Man 2. But the series has grown stale. Without a movie to tie-in (at least for another few years), your friendly neighborhood freak is certainly overexposed.



Above: When did Spider-Man turn into Crash Bandicoot?

On the other hand, WoS on the DS has enjoyed a bit of critical praise due to the game’s Metroidvania-esque gameplay. Meaning, the game is similar to a side-scrolling action adventure wherein you collect power-ups that enable you access to other sections of the open world.


Above: Spidey Belmont in da house

However, we should point out that while the DS version is scoring higher, that doesn’t necessarily mean the game’s better on the DS. It just means that scored against other DS games, Web of Shadows is pretty good. The game just happens to be averaging higher than the next-gen systems.


How can an eight-year-old game ported to match the very functionality of the Wii disappoint so much? Samba de Amigo for the arcades and Dreamcast was a delightful romp through rhythm-based gameplay. The DC hit came packaged with its own maracas for you to raise and lower your hands in unison to. The Wii version obviously needed no pack-in peripherals - although that hasn’t stopped Nintendo from releasing so many - yet the game fails in replicating the simplest tasks (movement).


Above: Remember a simpler time when things worked?

See the Wii has this built-in accelerometer that enables the machine to read your arm placement and flicks of the wrist when holding the Wiimote and Nunchuk. However, at higher difficulties, Samba de Amigo doesn’t register your fast-paced flailing, which in turn causes the game to fail you. Even if you move gently, the Wii senses nothing. Thanks! Wii: the system invented specifically for movement, yet registers none.


Above: Who gives a shit?

Not only that, but even with out-of-date rhythm gameplay, Sega tried to add a little some minigames to the mix, all of which are derivative and lame. No online play either. Great.

Hear more about this article in TalkRadar.

Jan 12, 2009

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53 comments

  • rezapoc - March 24, 2009 3:18 p.m.

    Don't forget duke nukem on the Saturn when compared to the sanitized N64 version.
  • Awesomeitude1523 - March 3, 2009 5:58 p.m.

    This is just me, but it says in the title that superior ports on INFERIOR systems. I ain't no sony fanboy, but technically they are saying that the PS3 is superior. Just sayin'
  • synthetictwist - February 23, 2009 2:59 a.m.

    How does The Orange Box seem lifeless? I think I had a stroke after reading that...
  • damaddok - January 19, 2009 5:09 p.m.

    Why does it seem that the first comment in every article is being deleted? Really. The past 4 articles I read all had deleted comments at the very top. Why? Just because of the "First!"?
  • protospasm - January 17, 2009 1:15 a.m.

    How nostalgic. I argued many times for the SNES version of MK, but knew all along that the 3-button Genesis version was more fun. Oh, the losing side... why did I spend so much time with you!?
  • metalgearps2 - January 16, 2009 9:11 p.m.

    Um, not only is GamesRadar very biast on thier articles about the Xbox 360, but, um, Valve is owned by EA, so, you really can't 'outsource' a game made by Valve to EA (the parent company). Thats why on retail copies of Valve games there is a EA sticker on the top... xD
  • SlightlyBetterName - January 13, 2009 10:25 p.m.

    Yes, this means Shane's gonna be on the next Talkradar. Score.
  • MacGyver1138 - January 13, 2009 9:47 p.m.

    I had a Genesis and I remember my friends who had SNESes coming over to play Mortal Kombat on my system. Unfortunately, MK and Sonic were the only two things I really had that made my SNES friends jealous.
  • Mackster-901 - January 13, 2009 4:54 p.m.

    sega megadrive rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
  • TheHamburglerTouchedMe - January 13, 2009 1:10 p.m.

    i cant see any difference between the dreamcast version of samba and the wii version. :)?
  • derringer83 - January 13, 2009 6:20 a.m.

    at first glance i thought homie_cheese said 'sex on psn'... Unrelated... Other than that I thought this was a very informative article. Thanks for increasing my brain activity.
  • AyJay - January 13, 2009 4:27 a.m.

    i hate double posts
  • super2j - January 13, 2009 4:23 a.m.

    DAmn it phoenix_wings you are a hero. Your whole statement was great, and nice burn with the whole iphone mgs thing, im gunna be rubbing it in the face of my friends for a LLOOOOnnnGG time. I Have to say
  • Musicgeek4 - January 13, 2009 2:42 a.m.

    I have the alladin game for genisis and loved it. It was the first game I stayed up all night to play and finally beat it at 6 in the morning. I also have the tetris for gameboy and still play it. Its a shame hat those games are better than most wii games that come out today
  • homie_cheese_slice - January 13, 2009 2:25 a.m.

    This is totally unrelated to the article, but they should come out w/ gex on psn!
  • phoenix_wings - January 13, 2009 1:55 a.m.

    Good article, except of course the flame-war inciting comment. Hmm, Microsoft has PCs as well as the 360...so who is actually the man in this case? PS3 is better. I play it because I want my stuff to work, not mock me with red lights and its incapability to work. The 360 has better online play than the PS3, but I really don't want to listen to 12-year olds shouting out how big their p3n15 is. I don't want to have to buy half of my game through DLC, and when I do go online, I don't want to have to pay extra for the full online experience. And you might have the Orange Box better-ness, but Konami would first release a MGS for the iPod touch and iPhone before they would release a port for the 360....and those who say "first" without adding anything constructive to say are most definitely retards.
  • Ninja-KiLLR - January 13, 2009 1:53 a.m.

    the orange box was crap some parts were really awsome but over all it seemed kinda life less
  • Defguru7777 - January 13, 2009 1:33 a.m.

    In addition to the points you mentioned, the 360 version of The Orange Box will also get the PC expansions. Take that PS3!! (Not a fanboy, I just like to stick it to the man)
  • NullG7 - January 13, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    The PS3 Xbox 360 thing has been going on too long! They have about the same performance and power, the main thing is prefrence if you like great graphics and some older games (not at the same time go PS3, if you like good online play and constantly evolving and updating games go 360. No point in arguing now pick and be silent my I pick 360 what about you?
  • lymanzaar - January 13, 2009 12:34 a.m.

    in the top 15! awesome. great feature

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