July 28, 2007 - Be honest, gamers. How many times have you been playing a Spider-Man game or watching a Spider-Man movie and thought "Hey. Why can't these dudes just get along and go get a milkshake?" Prepare to live the dream.
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Iron Fist isn't afraid to use pink.
After showing its trailer for a few days, [Register or Login to view links] strutted its gameplay today in the Marvel booth on the San Diego Comic-Con floor. A representative was on hand to take Spidey through a handful of levels and pimp the superpowers of the web slinger.
Friend or Foe's storyline revolves around some jerk getting a hold of a symbiote and creating an army of the suckers that spreads across the world. As Spidey, you have history with these things and Nick Fury recruits you to go around the globe (Tokyo, Nepal, Egypt, etc.) to best these "Phantoms" and save your enemies.
Hold on! Save your enemies? Has the world gone mad?
Yes. Yes, it has. See, these symbiotes have captured your rouges gallery and put mind-controlling amulets on them. Folks like Sandman and the Green Goblin don't mind being bad and trying to kill you in general, but when someone forces them to attempt ridiculous schemes, they get pissed. So, you run into these guys, break their amulets and let them join your team.
Once you've begun unlocking the more than 12 playable characters, you'll be able to select a sidekick before leaving the SHIELD Helicarrier to kick some symbiote butt. If you get into a mission with Spider-Man and Iron Fist and find yourself overwhelmed, you can go back and grab a better choice from the three classes of characters. Big hulking guys such as Venom and Sandman are tanks, weapon-based guys such as Green Goblin are gadgeteers and quick little guys like Iron Fist are Scrappers.
You go into battle with these partners and can switch between them at any time (if you have a second controller, your friend can drop in and out whenever). One of the levels we saw this morning had Spider-Man and Venom roughing up some slimy foes in Tokyo. The level starts, the screen fills with baddies, you beat'em, and the team moves on.
Now, there are two interesting things to combat in Friend or Foe. First, you can't die -- well, you can die, but you're just going to come back to life wherever you fell -- and second, there's no super-power meter. You can use each character's three abilities as much as you want without having to worry about looking for tokens or whatever.
This means that Spidey can web line, web shoot and web stun the bad guys as much as he wants to while Venom can shoot pieces of his symbiote, pull off an aerial pound and let loose a symbiote stab -- which is a nifty looking move where Eddie does his impression of a blowfish and generates all these enemy-gouging spikes.