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: 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
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...
Conclusion: The story’s fairly competent and ties into the film well, but the lack of Andrew Garfield or even a remote sound-alike ruins its chances of feeling like the movie it’s supposed to tie in to. It’s more like a cartoon, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but the No. 1 goal of a movie tie-in is to at least feel like you’re part of the movie. I never did, despite having the entire plot of the movie spoiled.
Excerpt: Nine months after the release of Spider-Man: The Edge of Time and Beenox has already developed the latest in a long line of Activision published Spider-Man games. This quick turnaround and the justified animosity surrounding movie tie-ins leaves The Amazing Spider-Man little hope of avoiding apprehension and a glut of disdain for what should be another forgettable entry in the superhero franchise.
Excerpt: I’ve never played a Spider-Man game before so it was with much excitement and anticipation that I embarked on his latest interactive adventure. The game is set a few months after the blockbuster film that is currently doing the rounds in cinemas worldwide and it sees Spider-Man working alongside the Lizard (a.k.a. Dr. Connors) to save Manhattan, as well as Spidey’s love interest Gwen Stacy, from the Cross-Species Virus.
Summary: Despite the fact that he’s the ideal focus for a video game, Spider-Man has yet to receive a title to genuinely catapult him into the gaming stratosphere. Shattered Dimensions (2010) and Edge of Time (2011) were most definitely steps in the right direction, but they were based on the comic book universe created around the character, as opposed to Mark Webb’s brand new big-screen universe, created for stars Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans and Emma Stone.