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'Our Spider-Man Games Have Sucked for the Last Five Years,' Admits Activision CEO

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Not one to mince words, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has admitted his belief that the gaming juggernaut isn't doing your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man justice.

"Our Spider-Man games have sucked for the last five years," states Kotick in the February 2010 issue of print magazine Game Informer. "They are bad games. They were poorly rated because they were bad games. We went away from what is Spider-Man. It's about web-slinging. If you don't do web-slinging right, what is the fantasy of Spider-Man?"


Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (2007) and Web of Shadows (2008)

Among Activision's Spider-Man games across the last five years: Spider-Man 2, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man & Friends, Spider-Man Print Studio, Spider-Man: Battle for New York, Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows.

The admission came about as Kotick was discussing whether or not kids and movie games suffer from a critical bias, explaining that he had "one of those wake-up calls" a few years back, after Blizzard executives asked why Activision was hoping an unspecified "kids game" would get an aggregate Metacritic review score of 80.

"The producers said, 'Well, it's a kid's game, you don't get the best ratings on a kid's game because reviews aren't going to review them as favorably, so if you look at them objectively an 80 is actually a good rating for a kid's game or movie game,'" explained Kotick.

"I remember walking out of the meeting saying, 'Why would we make an 80-rated game?' Even adjusting for genre," he continued. "I was thinking that when we did the great Spider-Man PlayStation game, we got a 95 rating. You can make a great game."

Meanwhile, Activision has yet to announce its next Spider-Man game--the latest being 2008's Spider-Man: Web of Shadows--though the same rumor that accurately claimed High Moon was working on a new Transformers game (now known to be Transformers: War for Cybertron) also indicated that Radical, responsible for the 79-rated super-powered action game Prototype, is crafting a new Spider-Man.

From The Chatty

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    January 19, 2010 9:54 AM

    was web of shadows that bad? was gonna pick it up on the cheap eventually

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      January 19, 2010 9:58 AM

      no it wasnt, they skimped on the voice acting but it's a very good spiderman game.

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      January 19, 2010 10:00 AM

      i thought it was pretty good. problem was that most of the missions/quests were super-repetitive.

      they weren't so bad if you did them while you were swinging around the city looking for power-up orbs (a la crackdown), but if you just wanted to get through the mission and went out looking to beat up five of a certain enemy type....

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        January 19, 2010 10:08 AM

        cool so it's worth it if i find it for 20 bucks one day

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          January 19, 2010 10:36 AM

          sure. if you get it on xbox 360, install it to the hdd. the final portions of the game had some framerate problems, that could help if they were caused by disc seeking.

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      January 19, 2010 10:02 AM

      it really wasn't that bad. i had a ton of fun with it, but it was just a rental and i didn't complete it. i think i put a good 8 hours into it and it started to feel a bit repetitive. i bet you could pick it up pretty cheap by now... at least give it a rent and have some fun swinging around the city and bouncing around from bad guy to bad guy. the aerial combat was quite a bit of fun.

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      January 19, 2010 10:08 AM

      Web of Shadows was super fun.

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        January 19, 2010 10:13 AM

        now i'm having second thoughts

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          January 19, 2010 10:25 AM

          It was very similar in feeling to Ultimate Destruction or Prototype, but with web-swinging and somewhat repetitive missions. Probably the best part of the game was just going around the city, collecting all the tokens. If you like sandbox games you'll enjoy it.

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            January 19, 2010 12:04 PM

            prototype was made in the same engine they designed for web of shadows, that's why it feels the same.

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      January 19, 2010 10:13 AM

      It was good. Apparently this idiot doesn't want people to buy his own games.

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      January 19, 2010 10:26 AM

      I'm playing it right now (got it from Amazon for $15), and it's easily worth that. Other than the really poor voice acting, it may be my favorite Spider-man game (finally doing the combat system some justice in the series).

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        January 19, 2010 11:45 AM

        totally agreed here. Sev, i skipped ninja gaiden 2, was this a bad decision? Also should i play it on 360 or ps3?

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          January 19, 2010 1:39 PM

          PS3 got gimped hardcore. No good carnage. If you can choose go 360 (as with just about any mulitiplat)

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      January 19, 2010 10:31 AM

      I enjoyed it, I mean sure it was repetitive at times but I think they did a good job of capturing what it would be like to swing through the city.

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      January 20, 2010 3:39 AM

      Web of Shadows is fucking AWESOME on DS.