Spider-Man and Venom - Maximum Carnage

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I really thought I was going to like Maximum Carnage a lot. The print ads looked incredible, and the commercial made my jaw drop to the floor. Acclaim came out with stellar versions of Mortal Kombat II for all of the systems, so the new Spidey game was going to just rock my little behind.

Try again. Maximum Carnage is almost as bad as it gets for a video, game.

Tons of hype, ending with a half-assed attempt at coming out with a good game. This one is going to rip a lot of people off; the control is bad, the graphics suck and the sound is weak at best, but a lot of people will be asking for it just because they've been taken in by the hype.

Don't be fooled! Rent it first just to see for yourself. I don't care how cool the "limited edition red cartridge" is.

Graphics

This is definitely not Todd McFarlane's interpretation of Spidey. Lame graphics abound in this sucker.

Sound/Music

Sure, the music was done by Green Jelly, but it doesn't mean a thing if it isn't got that swing. Less than average. Sad, in fact

Playability

Final Fight style, but I'd rather play Final Fight than this sad excuse for a game. If only it lived up to the hype. The secret moves are a joke.

Lowdown

Imagine yourself playing the best Spider-Man game in the world, with guest appearances by all your favorite Marvel characters. It's a great game isn't it? Well, keep thinking about it, because imagination is free.

Continue: McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure (arcade/action)

"Dang", you're probably thinking to yourself, "this guy sure is ragging on Maximum Carnage! What's his problem? Can it really be that bad?"

Well, I am not done ragging yet, folks. This game sucks, and it makes me kind of upset that I had to waste precious moments of my altogether too-short life playing, thinking, and writing about Maximum Carnage. It just goes to show that a lot of hype can go a long way in this business.

I just have to wonder if there wasn't some kind of quality control. Did everybody just go to sleep on the job or something? Haven't they even checked out what a comic book looks like? Does anybody know what it sounds like when somebody gets hit? Whoever designed this atrocity should have gone to same kickboxing tournaments and visited the comic shop.

Graphics

Just as good as the Super NES, but that isn't saying a whole helluva lot

Sound/Music

Green Jelly should have asked to see the game before they put their talent to use on this lame-o.

Playability

Compared to the Super Nintendo, there's better control, but they should have tried out some of the better side-scrolling fighters for hints.

Lowdown

I know there's going to be a lot of people out Mere rushing to get the "Limited Edition" red cartridges, but just remember that gimmicks are used to trick you. Don't be fooled by this piece, rent it and see how bad it is.

Who's the greatest vermin of them all? Put Spider-Man and Venom to the test in Acclaim's Maximum Carnage. At key points in this Action/Adventure, you choose to fight the nefarious Carnage's crew playing as one superhero or the other—chunks of the story line turn on your decision. You also tap into the powers of a pantheon of comic-book heroes like Morbius and Deathlok. Other than that, it's just your routine side-scrolling punch-and-kick-fest, with a few extra swinging and slinging moves. Marvel Comics freaks will love the large sprites, but the game play falls short.

Hot Hints

Hints:

  1. Thrown objects usually inflict more damage than your fists can.
  2. Grab health power-ups quickly. They fade away if you don't snatch them.
  3. When harassed by multiple bad guys, consider a scissor kick. Be warned, though: It drains your energy.

If you like Spider-Man and Venom - Maximum Carnage, try other games: Spiderman and Venom in Separation Anxiety, Spiderman - The Animated Series.

Spider-Man and Venom - Maximum Carnage rating

Spider-Man and Venom - Maximum Carnage system requirements:SystemP-200.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game modes: Spider-Man and Venom - Maximum Carnage supports single modeSingle game mode

2006-05-09 Spider-Man and Venom - Maximum Carnage springs Spider-Man, Venom, Carnage and numerous other Marvel Comics characters into life!

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