Summary: The Spider-Man game franchise has long been a series that gamers have always thought should work, but it rarely has. The third attempt from Beenox, but first attempt at an open world version, shows some promise, but it has a lot of cracks along the way.
Pros: Sound sound sound, Swinging, while restricted can still be fun, Batman style combat
Cons: Restrictions on swinging in the city, All stealth action, The sheer amount of collectables
Excerpt: Sometimes, when reviewing a new game, I have to think long and hard about why a particular title doesn’t work. Other times the answer is quite obvious. The latter case applies to The Amazing Spider-man for the Nintendo 3DS. While it’s built around solid mechanics and incorporates enough new ideas to make an appealing game in theory, I can sum up the biggest problem with the game in one word: agoraphobia.
Excerpt: It’s hard to put a license to good use, and The Amazing Spider-Man is no exception. There’s nothing done here that isn’t done better somewhere else for a lower price. If you’re a die-hard Spider-Man fan, then this is certainly the game for you. Everybody else should be playing other superhero games with better combat and better mission variety.
Pros: Combat looks good, chasing getaway cars is fun
Cons: Combat is too shallow, stealth is poorly thought out, collectibles are annoying to collect
Summary: " The Amazing Spider-Man " is more like the ‘just above-average Spiderman’. It has some interesting ideas, but this is mostly a lick of 2012 paint on the old PS2 games, coupled with a combat system nicked straight from Batman’s Arkham games, and some bullet time for jumps. It’s short, not very original, and too focused on indoor areas for a supposed free roaming game.
Excerpt: No, I'm not a huge Spider-Man fan. Call me casual. However, when I start a Spider-Man game, I go instantly into comic nerd mode. That's when I keep my phone handy so I can Google various character names and pretend to be an expert, like I've been with Spider-Man since the beginning--never mind that Spidey predates my birth by about eighteen years.
Excerpt: Much like the Spider-Man films needed a transfusion of fresh blood to revitalize the franchise, Activision's Spider-Man games were ready for a renewal. After a couple of stiflingly linear (and thoroughly average) adventures, The Amazing Spider-Man (based off the movie of the same name) should have been Spidey’s triumphant homecoming – the first Spider-Man game in years to feature an open-world version of New York City.
Pros: Manhattan is back for the first time in years, Web Rush mode is a feature Spidey has needed for years, The simple fun of web swinging
Cons: Tries very little new, Boss fights incredibly bland, Will spoil the plot of the film
Conclusion: With the tight deadline that comes with video games scheduled for same week cinema releases, a lot can go wrong. And it'd be very easy to use Batman's Arkham adventures as template for a solid superhero adventure. And there's no denying there's a little bit of the Dark Knight DNA injected into our Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man; anyone recently returned from Arkham City will get to grips immediately with the multi-enemy combat system, stealth takedowns and wealth of...
Pros: + swinging round NYC diverting in its own right. + new story means no movie retread. + good fusion of Spidey's abilities.
Cons: - NYC is still rather empty. - camera can be dodgy, especially in confined spaces. - Not all upgrades seem beneficial. - visually in need of a tune up.