Excerpt: As you boot up The Amazing Spider-Man, and begin to explore its world and take on the bad guys, you can’t quite shake that feeling that you’ve played it all before. That’s down to the game’s developer, Beenox, and their love of a certain successful, acclaimed DC Comic video game franchise.
Excerpt: This generation has been a rather rough one for Spidey, especially considering that the prior one brought two fantastic ones in Spider-Man 2 and Ultimate Spider-Man. This gen did have Shattered Dimensions, but outside of that, it’s been full of disappointment, including last year’s restrictive Edge of Time. Many were hoping that Beenox’s first attempt at a more free-roaming Spidey game would succeed where other games failed. Sadly, that doesn’t quite happen here.
Excerpt: The Amazing Spiderman game is an amazing continuation of the movie, but can seem a little too cinematic at times. A third-person open world adventure, the game sees you cavorting through a beautifully rendered New York City as Spiderman, trying to save Oscorp scientists and your lady love, Gwen Stacy, from the cross-species infection that has set into Oscorp labs.
Summary: The Amazing Spider-Man is surprisingly technically sound for an open-world title, and it holds the germs of some interesting additions to the series, but that’s about the highest praise it elicits. Beenox’s previous Spider-Man titles, Shattered Dimensions and Edge of Time , certainly had their problems, but they at least offered an interesting take on the franchise, rather than this, a series of boring, repetitive battles connected by a series of boring, repetitive side...
Excerpt: Spider-Man is back and can once again web sling to his heart’s content, with an entire open city at his fingertips. The plot is an epilogue to the movie of the same name, which finds Spider-Man up against a host of powerful enemies. With a menagerie of genetically enhanced creatures on the loose, his girlfriend infected and in quarantine, and massive robotic creations on his trailer, Spider-Man finds himself in serious trouble. His only option is to break Dr.
Excerpt: Full disclosure: I am an absolutely massive fan of the Spider-Man 2 game on sixth generation consoles. While it was a flawed experience, marred by repetitive missions and slow combat, there has yet to be a Spider-Man game that immersed the player more fully. Every action, from swinging on a web to throwing a punch, carried weight. Nothing was done for you—no over-simplified web swinging and no button mashing to win fights.
Pros: Fluid animations, beautiful cityscapes, excellent boss battles
Cons: Irritating combat, lack of interesting side-activities, uninvolving gameplay
Excerpt: You'll excuse me for damning a game with faint praise, but The Amazing Spider-Man is pretty good for a superhero movie tie-in. This is also the best Spider-Man game to roll off Activision's sturdy assembly line in years, even though that isn't saying very much. This is a perfectly pleasant title, but if you stack The Amazing Spider-Man up against the rest of its genre - such as inFamous, Prototype and Batman: Arkham City - the webslinger's latest outing starts to feel...
Conclusion: A well made, if slightly flawed, adaptation of the friendly neighborhood webhead that is sure to provide far more entertainment than it does boredom. Roaming the city skyline and then zipping down into combat is exhilarating stuff, until the gloss wears off and The Amazing Spider-Man becomes a game where you’ll have seen it all before.