What do you get when you strip the weapons, balanced gameplay, multiplayer, and varied enemies from Streets of Rage 2?
Maximum Carnage starts out normal enough (if you are playing by yourself). You are Spiderman walking down the street and some thugs try to fight you but you ward them off. No matter how hard you try though you will probably lose at least one life by the end of this level which is a problem seeing as to how the game is fairly long and you have 1 continue and are forced to play by yourself. Also, there are no combo moves. Spidey can punch, make a webshield, and wrap people in webbing (which for some reason sounds like someone was banging on a metal trashcan whenever it's used). The first "boss" is a team-up of Carrion and Doppelganger. It's beatable but by this time you will probably lose your one and only continue. You can't play with a buddy, enemies swarm you from all directions, and there are no moves in your arsenal to even out a fight.
The game follows the comic book story Maximum Carnage (we call that "synergy" in the entertainment biz) that was released around the same time as the game. So if you are looking for a challenge, or just like starting up another marvel game that you can't beat, then I recommend Maximum Carnage to you. Pity those of us who played this game with stars in our eyes.