10 Hidden Playable Video Game Characters You Totally Missed

9. Green Goblin - Spider-Man (2002)

Also unofficially known as Spider-Man: The Movie - The Game, Treyarch's Spider-Man in 2002 was one of the first good games to be licensed from a movie and the first Spider-Man game to really do the wall crawler justice. For one, it was the first Spidey game to introduce physics-based web slinging in an open world, which became the basis for just about every Spider-Man game since. It also included one of the most fleshed out hidden characters that barely anyone experienced.

By either finishing the game on the hardest difficulty (a controller-smashingly frustrating task) or entering a convoluted series of cheat codes, players could unlock Green Goblin Mode. But this was no mere simple swap of the playable character - the ability to play as Green Goblin came with his own unique play style and story.

Picking up after the events of the movie, players were cast as Harry Osborne taking on his villainous father Norman Osborne's iconic armor and gadgets, becoming a sort of violent anti-hero. Utilizing the Goblin's glider and unique arsenal of bombs, guns and blades, you got to zip around the city, taking out the trash. Permanently.


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