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Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage

MobyRank MobyScore
Genesis
60
3.1
SNES
65
3.4

Trivia

Cartridge

Both the SNES and Genesis versions of Maximum Carnage were originally issued as a limited-edition red cartridge. Although today, the red "limited" versions appear to be more common than the standard grey/black versions.

Inspiration

This game isn't an original product based on the general Spider-Man comic-book universe as most super-hero games usually are, instead it is based on a specific mini-series of the Marvel universe (like The Death & Return of Super-Man) called Maximum Carnage. Much like the game, the series began with Spider-Man's enemy Carnage escaping jail, who after gathering some equally psychotic "pals", goes out on a killing rampage all over NY. This time not even Spider-Man alone can stop him, so an uneasy alliance of superheroes spearheaded by Spider-Man and his nemesis Venom is formed to try and stop the madness.

Spanning over 14 issues and encompassing all Spider-Man titles at the time, Maximum Carnage was a massive development by Marvel with lots of guest appearances and remains to this day one of Spidey's most ambitious and certainly most violent (a fact sadly toned-down for the game) sagas ever.

For those that care, Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage was published in: The Amazing Spider-Man #378, 379, 380; The Spectacular Spider-Man #201, 202, 203; Spider-Man #35, 36, 37; Spider-Man Unlimited #1, 2; and Web of Spider-Man# 101, 102, 103.

Soundtrack

The musical soundtrack for Maximum Carnage was provided by the American comedy-rock band Green Jell├┐.

Awards

  • VideoGames Magazine
    • March 1995 - named as one of the worst ten games of 1994
Information also contributed by Big John WV and Psionic

Contributed by Zovni (9350) on Oct 24, 2002. [revised by : Alaka (31032)]. -- edit trivia