Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety

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This article is about the video game. For the comic series, see Venom: Separation Anxiety.
Venom • Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety
Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety
Venom • Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety cover (North American Sega Genesis version)
Developer(s) Software Creations
Publisher(s) Acclaim Entertainment
Series Spider-Man
Platform(s) SNES, Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis, PC
Release date(s)
  • NA November 1995
  • EU 1995
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player, cooperative

Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety is a side-scrolling beat 'em up video game and sequel to Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage, released for Sega Genesis and Super NES and then ported to PC. One or two players team up as Spider-Man and Venom to defeat the evil symbiote Carnage. The game boasts a large number of thugs that the player has to defeat: heavily armed Jury and Venom's symbiote children. There is also cameo assistance from Captain America, Ghost Rider, Hawkeye, and Daredevil.

Plot[edit]

Though the game is titled after the comic book series Venom: Separation Anxiety, the story more closely follows the events of Venom's first limited series, Venom: Lethal Protector. The game's plot loosely follows Lethal Protector in the following ways:

  • Appearance of Spider-Man (in Lethal Protector #1.)
  • Confronting the digger in San Francisco (as seen in Lethal Protector #1.)
  • Discovering the underground city (as seen in Lethal Protector #1.)
  • Appearance of The Jury (as seen in Lethal Protector #2.)
  • Removal of five symbiote seeds to create five new symbiotes (as seen in Lethal Protector #4.)
  • Spider-Man and Venom's escape from the Life Foundation (as seen in Lethal Protector #5.)
  • Confronting the five symbiotes at the Life Foundation Headquarters (as seen in Lethal Protector #5.)

Reception[edit]

The game received mixed to positive reviews. GamePro Magazine gave the Genesis version an 8/10, stating "With all it's faults, Separation Anxiety still delivers rock 'em-sock 'em action. It's well worth playing through the next time your spider sense begins to tingle."[1] However, Electronic Gaming Monthly only gave the Genesis port a 4.75/10, while Sega-16 rated it 4/10.[2] The SNES port has an overall rating of 61.50% on Game Rankings.com, while Nintendo Power gave the SNES version 3.25/5.[3] Average gamers have generally rated the game higher, with the game holding a rank of 8/10 on GameSpot.[4]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Venom • Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety for Sega Genesis". Moby Games. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Venom - Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety for Genesis". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Venom - Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety for SNES". Game Rankings. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  4. ^ "Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety for Genesis, SNES, PC". Game Spot. Retrieved 2015-11-19.