Out of all the Spider-Man games that were released on consoles, Spider-Man 2 still remains as the fan favorite. Last year’s Edge of Time was a pretty disappointing game due to its linear gameplay, shallow combos and a mediocre story. With fans losing faith on Beenox’s Spider-Man creation, the developer wants to prove themselves this time with by creating a more unique experience with The Amazing Spider-Man.
Incorporating features that were seen previously on Spider-Man 2 such as the free roam gameplay, has Beenox done a good job this time? Let’s take a look on what’s HOT and what’s NOT in our review of the Amazing Spider-Man.
Epilogue to the Movie
If you haven’t watched the movie, the following may contain spoilers as the story of the videogame version of the Amazing Spider-Man takes place after the events of the movie.
In the Amazing Spider-Man, players will once again take the role of Peter Parker as he saves the city of Manhattan from the cross-species creatures that break out from the Oscorp’s Lab. Taking place a few months after the capture of Dr. Connor, someone in the Oscorp Lab has been continued working on the cross-species project that Connor was doing before, thus creating more of the Lizard-like creatures break loose in the city of Manhattan. With no one to turn to except the man who started the project, Spider-Man must break Dr. Connor out of prison and find a cure with the help of Spider-Man’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. Throughout the game, players will be swinging across the city in this seven to eight hour adventure.
Arguably, the story in the game is much more unpredictable and engaging than the movie itself. Most people may already know of Spider-Man’s origin which kind of made the first half of the movie redundant. There is no familiar territory tread in the video game as the story is all unique and features material that could have been made as a sequel to the movie itself. If you’ve watched the movie before playing the game, you will have a better understanding of the story and characters from the game.
Free-Roam is Back
One of the most requested things for Beenox to bring back in Spider-Man game in a free-roam element. In the Amazing Spider-Man, players can now explore the city and do missions for the people needing help as you web swing through Manhattan. Within the city themselves, there will be mini-quests that you can do such as the ability to save people from criminals, take a photography job, and a lot more. With this feature being back in Beenox’s latest game, players will once again have the option to stroll around the city to have more of a replay value to it. If you’ve been disappointed on how linear and limited with the Edge of Time, you will feel somewhat different about this game when you play it.
New Combos & Upgrades
One of the most disappointing things that fans had with the Edge of Time is the simplicity of Spider-Man’s attack and the upgrades This time in the Amazing Spider-Man, players who have played Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham games will notice some similarities when it comes to how Spider-Man executes his attacks, especially with him giving him the power to dodge an attack like Batman does in Arkham City and Asylum. For upgrades, there are pretty decent ones that will really help Spider-Man in his quest to save the city. For every little things you do in the game such as performing a combo or collecting a magazine for collectible purposes, you will gain experience points that you can use to level up.
Can Get Repetitive
The addition of sidequests in the game sounds fun but in all reality, the quests that you do can get pretty tedious after doing one or two of them. When fighting crime in the city, players will be doing the same thing over and over again; fight two-three thugs, go find the other marker on the map where criminal are, and repeat. As for the other sidequests, it will be the same. The way the sidequests are done in the game are flawed and it can get as tiring as the ones in the Edge of Time where you’ll realize that you’re doing the same thing.