Spawn: Armageddon
North American PlayStation 2 cover art
North American PlayStation 2 cover art
Developer(s)Point of View
Publisher(s)Namco
Producer(s)Jon Sieker
Designer(s)Edward Linley
Programmer(s)
  • Steven Lashower
  • Kyle Radue
  • Hari Khalsa
Artist(s)Ivan Enriquez
Composer(s)Rik W. Schaffer
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
GameCube
Xbox
Release
  • NA: November 21, 2003
  • PAL: March 12, 2004
  • JP: June 3, 2004 (PS2)
Genre(s)Action-adventure, hack and slash
Mode(s)Single-player

Spawn: Armageddon is a video game released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube video game consoles. It is inspired by issues 1 through 99 of the Spawn comic book series. Spawn creator Todd McFarlane directed the game's production.

Gameplay

This gameplay focuses on fast and stylish combat (similar to the Devil May Cry and God of War series) gaining high breakable items, Souls, Technique points, comic covers, Time and Ranks. Spawn's main weapon is the Agony Axe (formed by his cape), which can cut through any demon. He is also armed with his trademark chains, which attack with great accuracy and speed. Spawn also finds firearms to use on stronger demons. He is also capable of using various hellish powers, particularly the necroplasm. The game features upgrades; Spawn must collect demon souls in order to buy ammunition, upgrade his weapons and increase his maximum health or necroplasm bar.[1]

Plot

Main article: Spawn (comics)

The game starts off with Spawn on a decrepit rooftop above a forgotten chapel in New York City. He then receives flashbacks of his former life, and his betrayal by Jason Wynn. Suddenly, a brilliant green flash of light tears through the city, signaling the demon's war against the angels in battle known as Armageddon. Knocked off the rooftops, Spawn takes to the street not only to answer the call but maybe even to get revenge.

Various characters from the Spawn comic book are featured in the game:

Marilyn Manson's song "Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth" from his 2003 album The Golden Age of Grotesque is used for the intro video and credits.[2]

Reception

The game received mixed reviews on all platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[21][23][22] The action was criticized for being basic and repetitive, and the combos described as "lame."[8][24][25]

References

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  20. ^ "Spawn: Armageddon". Official Xbox Magazine: 82. January 2004.
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  22. ^ a b "Spawn: Armageddon for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  23. ^ a b "Spawn: Armageddon for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
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