Spider-Man 3

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Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3 cover
Windows Beenox Shift
Release dates
Windows May 4, 2007
Spider-Man 3 on MobyGames
Spider-Man 3 on Wikipedia


SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
Subseries of Marvel
Spider-Man (1986) 1986
The Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America in Dr. Doom's Revenge! 1989
The Amazing Spider-Man 1990
Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety 1995
Spider-Man: The Sinister Six 1996
Spider-Man 2001
Spider-Man: The Movie 2002
Spider-Man 2: The Game 2004
Ultimate Spider-Man 2005
Spider-Man 3 2007
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe 2007
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows 2008
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions 2010
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014
Spider-Man: Homecoming - Virtual Reality Experience 2017
Spider-Man: Far From Home Virtual Reality 2019

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS. See High frame rate.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Activision\Spider-Man 3
Configuration file can't be edited.

Save game data location[edit]

Characters can be switched from the start via hex editing the save data. Find ch_[character] and renamed to CH_[CHARACTER].
However, some characters won't be playable in certain missions, change playable characters or enter Daily Bugle during gameplay:
  • CH_SPIDERMAN (Spider-Man):
    • Photo Missions (Black Suit; Lizard 1 included), All Arsenic Candy Missions, Movie 1 and 3 (Black Suit Part 3), Black Suit exclusive Missions
  • CH_BLACKSUIT (Symbiote Spider-Man):
    • Photo Missions (Regular Suit; Lizard 1 included), All Arsenic Candy Missions, Movie 1 and 3 (Regular Suit Part 3)
  • CH_PETER (Peter Parker):
    • Photo Missions (Lizard 1 included), All Arsenic Candy Missions, Movie 3 (Part 3), Black Suit exclusive Missions
    • NOTE: Lizard Mission 2 & Movie Mission 1, as well as getting out of Daily Bugle will have him revert to one of default Spider-Man’s suits
    • Characters won't be speaking outside Photo Mission 2, Movie Mission 1 and Kingpin Mission 1. Safe for cutscenes, though facial animations won't move during gameplay and cutscenes
  • CH_PLAYERGOBLIN (New Goblin):
    • Same Crime Fighting Gameplay as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, except no challenges
    • Not recommended for use during missions, as his abilities aren't the same and can prevent game progression
System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Activision\Spider-Man 3\

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
See High frame rate.
120+ FPS
See High frame rate.

High frame rate[edit]

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.
Uncap FPS[citation needed]
  1. Back up <path-to-game>\Game.exe.
  2. Open <path-to-game>\Game.exe with a hex editor such as HxD
  3. Search for 88 88 08 3d
  4. Replace it with 00 00 00 00


This fix causes some minor graphical issues with buildings that are far away and Z-fighting effects on some objects. It also causes some moves like Multi Launcher to not work, as well as issues with disarming bombs: unscrewing the front plate with the controller's right stick becomes difficult, but you can use the mouse as a workaround.
It is important to keep the backup as this fix breaks a couple of missions. You will need to use the capped backup for these missions:
  • Mad Bomber mission 3 - Kicking bombs into the ocean doesn't work because they explode in mid-air.
  • Dragon Tail mission 2 - Stopping the helicopter from dropping doesn't work because it drops too quickly to stop.
  • Dr. Connors mission 1 (after removing the black suit) - When all 3 serum ingredients are collected, the game will crash.
  • A random side mission involving the Dragon Tails and bombs inside a bank - The bombs will become too sensitive to movement to be taken outside for disposal.

Fix glitched skybox on modern hardware[edit]

Disable Fullscreen Effects[3]
  1. Enter the Video Options menu
  2. Set Fullscreen Effects to Off
  3. Apply the changes

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Some minor mouse acceleration is present. Can't be disabled.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
No mouse acceleration in menus.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Mouse and controller y-axis inversion use the same option.
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Mouse and controller y-axis inversion use the same option.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Extreme audio echo effect[edit]

In some areas, the game may have a heavy echo effect on the audio, where music and/or sound effects will echo and become extremely loud, while voices will become difficult to hear. This seems most common in indoor and underground areas, such as the MechaBioCon facility, the subways, and the sewers.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

New Game Plus[edit]

While the game offers the option to replay most of the missions using the black suit, there is no actual New Game Plus option. If you want to play the game with all upgrades, you can use a modified save file.

Use modified save file for New Game Plus
  1. Open the folder %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Activision\Spider-Man 3.
  2. Rename or back up the main_save_data file in that folder.
  3. Download one of the save files from here, either the "normal" one for a playthrough with both costumes, or "black suit" for a playthrough entirely in the Black Suit.
  4. Place the downloaded file in that folder and name it main_save_data.
  5. Start the game and the game should start from the beginning with all upgrades already unlocked, including all completed crime fighting maps.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2800+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7300
ATI Radeon X1300
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]