Top 10 Spider-Man video games ranked from worst to best

Marvel's Spider-Man. Image courtesy Sony Interactive Entertainment, PlayStation, and Insomniac Games
Marvel's Spider-Man. Image courtesy Sony Interactive Entertainment, PlayStation, and Insomniac Games /
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6. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Spider-Man stories that see multiple versions of the wall-crawler across the universe team up to defeat a common evil are pretty popular nowadays. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was the cherry on top of an awesome cake of multiversal stories conformed by Spider-Man: No Way Home, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the Spider-Geddon comic book run and the Spider-Verse run as well.

However, one of the very first times an event like that was done in such magnitude was in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, a pretty underrated videogame that’s great across all universes. In it, Peter Parker had to team up with three alternate versions of himself to stop Mysterio from tearing reality itself apart. That allowed different gameplay mechanics depending on which Spider-Men players were controlling.

Spider-Man 2099 had fast-paced levels filled with multiple persecutions and rapid free-falling segments. Spider-Man Noir needed to rely on his stealth to take enemies down since hand-to-hand combat wasn’t the most viable option. Ultimate Spider-Man, on the other hand, did rely on combat enhanced by his symbiote abilities to tear many goons down at the same time. Finally, there was also Amazing Spider-Man who used web-based attacks to clear rooms filled with enemies.

Every level in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions concluded with an epic boss fight against supervillains such as the Vulture, Doctor Octopus, and Kraven, or even heroes like Deadpool. Besides, each Spider-Men had five selectable suits suited to their own unique abilities and levels. All of that made for an amazing game that can’t be faulted for doing anything bad. Instead, its negatives reside in the things that weren’t present for players to experience.

While most Spider-Man games have open-world maps filled with many side activities, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is an exception to that rule. That’s not to say breaking the mold is anything bad by any means. However, that made the game short, devoid of side activities, and with almost no replay value. Imagine for a moment getting the same experience with four different semi-open world maps, one for each Spidey and each filled with unique secondary missions. I know it’s a lot to ask, but it would’ve made for a perfect superhero game.

Finally, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions had a straightforward story that lacked any sort of development. Unfortunately, those aspects restrain it from getting a higher spot on this list. But even with its smaller scope, this multiversal adventure truly shattered expectations.