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Spider-Man 2 is arguably the zenith of the wall-crawler’s video game career. Since then we’ve been subjected to more kid friendly fare. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does sometimes make me long for the good ol’ days of web-slinging across the city with abandon. Spider-Man: Friend or Foe doesn’t feature any free form swinging, but it does pack in enough special guests to fill out a 12-issue comic book miniseries.
Friend or Foe is a beat-em-up published by Activision for all consoles. It features a fairly standard story that revolves around the meteor that brought the venom symbiote to earth. The meteor broke into pieces upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Nick Fury sends Spidey on missions to recover the pieces. Tagging along with Spidey on these missions is always a sidekick. As you progress through the game you can unlock new characters to take with you on missions. Also, when you defeat a boss, they can join you in the subsequent missions.
The missions involve beating up wave after wave of henchmen until you reach a boss. Beating the boss usually relies on timed jumps and a lot of punching. Unlocking new attacks is a highlight. Spidey has some great moves at his disposal that are easy to pull off. I won’t spoil the ending, but discovering who is behind brainwashing your friends and foes is a cool little treat.
I played through this game a while back and actually enjoyed it. It’s repetitive and kid-friendly, but that shouldn’t be considered a bad thing. Spider-Man is meant to be a fun character, making humorous comments and generally being his witty self. Being able to play as everyone from the Green Goblin to Blade is a great feature that makes co-op a blast. If you find this game in a bargain bin, pick it up, especially if you have a kid.