The Artbook Review #3 - Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions


32 pages.
Edition: Hardcover.
By Insight Editions, 2010

And now for something completely different…

It’s no secret that tons of work goes into creating and designing videogames, even for established properties.  Designing an army of mooks for our hero to fight, building levels around him and his abilities and not unlike many comic artists, adding twists to established characters to make them unique to their story.  In this game the creative
 Carnage (Ultimate).
team at Beenox had to work with four different incarnations of Spidey (Amazing, Noir, Ultimate and 2099) and by extension the very diverse worlds they each inhabit.

Looking at the paintings of the environments you can see how well the team managed to capture the  mood and style of each dimension.  The 2099 spreads depicting sterile metallic architecture laced with neon lighting.  Noir appropriately blanketed in shadows and washed in sepia, turning the streets of New York into a Gothic wonderland.
 Sandman's Level (Amazing).

As for the character designs, unlike the previous game (Web of Shadows) Shattered Dimensions kept its feet firmly planted into its comic roots.  This doesn’t mean we didn’t manage to get a few original gems this time round however.  The Deadpool henchmen (err fanboys) were brilliantly designed and
Doc Ock (2099).
I’m sure got a chuckle out of more than a few players.  Startlingly, we were also introduced to 2099 Doctor Octopus, a completely original take on the character designed solely for this title.  Now that's what I call spectacular!

While it is possible to unlock concept art within the game itself, I find myself lucky to own a physical copy of this collection.  I might just be old school but nothing beats flipping through a good book.
12 Comments
12 Comments
Posted by ARMIV

I am really into that Doc Ock 2099 piece right there. It's fantastic!
Edited by M.S. Feather
@ARMIV: One of the best bosses in the game for sure.  Kind of left you lamenting the fact she was never in the comic. : )
Posted by TenEyedMen

Actually, this art is exclusive to the book. The concept art in the game didn't have those Carnage and Doc Ock picture, for example.

Posted by M.S. Feather
@TenEyedMen:  Thanks for pointing that out.  I might need to pop it back in soon and unlock the rest of my gallery. ^^
Posted by Project_Worm
@M.S. Feather:  
Nice.. though I hated fighting doctor octopus haha
Posted by M.S. Feather
@Project_Worm:  I enjoyed the Ock battle because it was a cool throwback to the fight you had with him in the old PS1/Dreamcast game.  My least favorite battle was probably Carnage, if not simply for the fact that I hate protecting NPC's. :P
Posted by Project_Worm
@M.S. Feather:  
hmm i actually liked fighting carnage... mostly cause it was like the easiest one.
Posted by tonis
@M.S. Feather: this looks like something I'd really enjoy, and a nice write up M.S. , I'm gonna take a look for this. How much did it run you and from where?
Posted by M.S. Feather
@tonis:  The book is an exclusive from Amazon that came packaged with the game.  They still have the art book edition in stock for fifty clams but the standalone game has gone down in price to about thirty bucks. : )
Posted by tonis
@M.S. Feather said:
" @tonis:  The book is an exclusive from Amazon that came packaged with the game.  They still have the art book edition in stock for fifty clams but the standalone game has gone down in price to about thirty bucks. : ) "
hehe, I'm actually more interested in the book myself but I'll give the game to my brother and say it's a early x-mas present or something :) 
Really enjoy game development concepts and art, it's the industry I'd be most prone to play in. Thanks for the link, you're always the big help.
Posted by M.S. Feather
@tonis:  I enjoy game concept art as well.  Maybe after my Jack Cole pin-up review I'll do one for the Dead Rising 2 concept book since you said you were a fan of horror. ^^
Posted by tonis
@M.S. Feather said:
" @tonis:  I enjoy game concept art as well.  Maybe after my Jack Cole pin-up review I'll do one for the Dead Rising 2 concept book since you said you were a fan of horror. ^^ "
that'd be awesome. I'm not just a fan of horror, I'm a FANATIC :)