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Spy vs. Spy is a great little game which mirrors Mad Magazine characters perfectly. It's not groundbreaking, but it's fun, and that's the main key to remember. For the low price of Spy vs. Spy is retailing for it's definitely worth the few bucks.
This is by no means a deep and involved game. For $20, payers are going to get exactly what they pay for. The combat is solid, and the exaggerated spy look/feel to the game gives it an extra something that sets it apart from other combat games. However, the modes aren’t varied that much, and the single-payer experience is weak at best, resulting in a title that will be a blast for a few days, and then fades to the back of a collection. Worth a rental for those gamers looking for a new and interesting twist on the multiplayer genre, but the lack of depth makes it only a purchase for those Spy vs. Spy fans looking for a new fix.
Ultimately, what makes a great game just isn’t offered within Spy vs. Spy. With a few friends (or online), you may have some fun for a time, but more than likely its clunky controls and limited offerings will quickly become a bore. Definitely being a rental, Spy vs. Spy is best seen as a party game, just as it was on the old NES.
This title seemed to miss its demographic, as the overall look and feel appeared aimed at a slightly younger crowd than would be familiar with the comics and previous game title. This isn't exactly a bad thing, and Spy vs. Spy is, in fact, one of the few entertaining yet children-appropriate Xbox titles that I have played. Priced around $20, this title is worth the money and will keep you entertained while you wait for other games to hit the shelves.
In the end, whether you’ll like Spy vs. Spy comes down to whether or not you are willing to purchase a game completely based on its multiplayer appeal. At $19.99, it’s certainly affordable enough for this to be an option for most gamers. It’s a shame Global Star didn’t spend more energy on the single-player experience, or perhaps even drop the Story mode completely in favor for still more multiplayer modes and/or maps. Either way, if you and your friends are looking for yet another way to go at it via your Xbox console, certainly give this one a try. Who knows, it may even replace Worms 3D as your budget multiplayer game of choice.
For a party of friends – either local or online – Spy vs. Spy would make a great weekend rental, but gamers looking for substance in their action platformers would most likely be disappointed with Spy vs. Spy. While it is an admirable try at reviving the namesake, I don’t think it will be winning any awards.
The saying is that “you get what you pay for” and that applies to Spy vs. Spy perfectly. Sure, there are worse $20 games you can purchase, but the main thing is that this game is very shallow. Instead of being a content-rich $20 game such as Phantom Dust, that’s as deep as an ocean, we get a mediocre action game that’s has the depth of a kiddie pool. The single player is awful and the multiplayer is decent at best. The game becomes very boring and tedious quickly, which is helped by the repetitive and dull music. Sure the game looks decent and controls great, but it plays poorly, making it just another sub-par licensed game doomed to wallow in the bargain bin. Save your $20, because there are countless other better budget games out there, and if you’re a die hard Spy vs. Spy fan, pick up some Mad Magazines instead, it’s a better investment.
MS Xbox World
Spy Verses Spy might appeal to the older gamer for nostalgic reasons more than the younger gamer. However after extended play the novelty may wear off and you are left thinking “hmmm there are simply better games being made these days”. Spy Vs Spy is Very basic, very average and a little fun in small doses.
Spy vs. Spy does some things right, and a lot of things wrong. If a good online community pops up -- folks that don't exploit the game's issues too blatantly -- this budget title could have some legs. But unless that happens, it's barely worth the price of admission.
Spy vs. Spy costs $20, but with that being said I think if you dish out an extra thirty bucks you could get a great shooter that the Xbox is known for. I would have to say unless you have been a Spy vs. Spy fan all of your life, I think you could easily do better with your money then dump it on this game.
Spy Vs Spy aurait pu être très sympa s'il n'était pas aussi linéaire, court et répétitif. Il est aussi très dommage que l'utilisation des pièges soit aussi imposée : on manque de liberté et on est obligé de poser les chausse-trappes aux quelques endroits prévus à cet effet. L'interaction avec les décors n'est donc pas assez poussée. Dernier écueil, le niveau de difficulté est mal réglé ce qui pourra décourager certains joueurs devant des passages très délicats. Au final, on se retrouve en présence d'un jeu pas foncièrement mauvais, mais vraiment trop moyen pour passionner les foules.
Spy vs. Spy is lacking in most areas that make games enjoyable. The controls aren't terrible, but the basic gameplay of story mode is so bland that it is difficult to stay interested in it for more than five minutes. The classic mode is the best reason to play the game, but its not a compelling reason to pay money for it. Fans of the cartoon would be better off sticking with the printed page.
Fans of the original Spy vs. Spy games won't find anything worth playing in this Xbox update. But even if you don't know what the series is about, you aren't really missing anything. It would have been cool to maybe hear a remix of the classic music from the first Spy vs. Spy, and unlockable versions of the old games might have given this one some value to the nostalgist. But as an attempt at a modern third-person action game, Spy vs. Spy has nearly nothing to offer.
Sydney Morning Herald
The lack of humour and pedestrian platform chores are reason enough to stick with the duo's entertaining comic-book adventures.
It's not a huge shock that Spy vs. Spy isn't going to make gaming history; even its $20.00 budget price can't save most of it. There are, however, a few neat things that would allow a casual gamer to have some fun. Just don't expect much more.
But no amount of colourful 3D graphics and soothing jazz can make up for tiresome puzzles, empty levels, unoriginal weapons and endless backtracking. Or make a game worth paying 20 quid for. There are plenty of games with the same price tag out there which do platforming, deathmatches and comedy weapons much, much better, so this one's best avoided.
If you’re thinking of buying this because it’s cheap, don’t bother, as even at its budget price it’s still not worth the money. If you’re thinking of buying this based on fond memories of the original, then you owe it to yourself not to touch this boring, simplistic, lazy cash-in with a seven-foot barge pole. Spies are great. Spy vs. Spy on the C64 is great. However, Spy vs. Spy on the current generation of consoles is a regrettable occurrence that will hopefully blow itself up with its own bombs if we leave it alone long enough.
For classic/retro gamers, a 3D version of the original NES Spy Vs Spy game is included. Even as a discount ($19.99) title, it's hard to recommend Spy Vs Spy except to the most die-hard MAD Magazine fans.
Overall, after playing this game one time through (ugh, tell me about it), I can confidentially say that I will never play this game ever again and never look back. This game is awful, plain and simple.
The Video Game Critic
Spy Vs. Spy feels like every generic 3D platformer rolled up into one miserable package. The multi-player action is bewildering at best and nauseous at worst. The control scheme is ridiculous and the interface for using items is baffling. Planting traps is a pointless exercise because all the rooms look the same. Lousy animation makes it hard to determine what the heck your character is doing, much less if he set a trap successfully. There's no satisfaction to be had when your opponent triggers a trap, because half the time it was his own. Each contest degenerates into an endless wild goose chase with no apparent objectives. The single-player mode throws gasoline on the fire by incorporating a lot of tedious platform jumping. Bad enough to make you physically ill, Spy Vs. Spy is a monumental disappointment. I think I hate it.