I went into The Amazing Spider-man Game with high hopes. I was sold on the features they kept praising, Web Rush, Open World Gameplay, Spider-man’s amazing acrobatics, but I left with the feeling of wanting more.
Story: The game actually takes place after the movie so if you haven’t seen the movie don’t make the same mistake I did and wander into it thinking it might take place before or tie into the movie. Although not much was spoiled thus far I still worry that some people might not be familiar with Spider-man’s history with Dr. Curt Connors. With that said I have to let a small bit go to explain the story. With Dr. Connors behind bars at a mental institution Oscorp has found a new brilliant scientist, Allistaire Smythe, to run their R&D division however he has to first clean up the mess left behind by Dr. Connors. That is what he says he is doing anyway. He’s actually continuing the experiments in secret to develop his own Nanotechnology that will hunt “Cross-Species” creatures. Unfortunately for Spider-man that includes him. Things explode in the first few minutes of the game with all of Dr. Connors’ experiments going into a frenzy when Peter is in close proximity on an impromptu tour of the facility he supposedly broke into previously and obtained his superhuman powers from. The serum Dr. Connors developed has mutated into a virus that is for the most part deadly to humans, but can turn them into creatures like the Lizard that the good doctor turned into. As usual Spider-man has to clean up the mess and try to save the girl who has contracted this deadly\mutating virus while saving the rest of the city from it as well.
Gameplay: They basically tried to channel Batman: Arkham Asylum\City with the combat and in my opinion failed. Things tend to be more chaotic since you aren’t quite sure which direction Spider-man is swinging his fists\feet in. They tried to utilize the same “spider-sense” mechanic that Batman has, but it appears too small over his head and the attacks that are unavoidable have a red symbol which gets lost in the chaos as your screen turns red from taking too many punches. They do however have a quick escape button that lets you web-zip to the far away location in hopes of recovering a bit of health and figuring out how best to tackle the situation. It’s basically just a button mashing event and the occasional dodge. The web swinging is equally disappointing as you don’t have very much control over the entire experience. I preferred Spider-man 2’s ability to control when you detached from your web. Also you can’t speed up your swinging in any way it’s always one speed and it’s pretty automatic. You don’t even have to be near a building to swing. There is one slight glimmer in this department: Web Rush. It’s a nifty little feature that lets you slow down time and view the world through Spider-man’s eyes to look for points throughout the world that will let him automatically maneuver to a location a distances away from you. I found myself only using the feature to scour the city for comic book pages of which there are 500 to collect. So while it is a neat feature it’s ultimately useless in combat and web slinging.
Achievements: Nothing too exciting to see here. Just like every other movie game: “Kill 100\500\1000 Enemies”, “Collect 50\100\500 Thingamajigs”, “Beat The Game”, and “Beat The Game on a Harder Difficulty”.
Visuals: I was actually quite surprised by how good the game looked up close. Truthfully it’s not amazing or anything, but it looks much better than expected with lots of detail on Spider-man’s suit and the damage that comes from combat ala Batman. The city itself is pretty unremarkable, but the interior environments are pretty good looking.
Sound: Nothing about the audio in the game jumped out at me except for the fact that none of the cast from the movie voiced any of the characters. Spider-man has a tendency not to shut up which can be quite annoying. Not much else to say. It’s typical game audio for this one. Nothing spectacular.
Conclusion: If you love or even just like Spider-man don’t spend $60 on this games. Don’t even spend $40 on it. Wait until it hits the bargain bin for less than $30. It’s fun, but it is nothing like the feeling you got from playing Spider-man 2 for the first time. Go watch the movie instead and enjoy Andrew Garfield’s version of Peter Parker instead of this mess of a game.
Final Score: 5
P.S. I lay no claim to anything discussed in this review. Any mention of Spider-man, Batman, Peter Parker, Lizard, Dr. Curt Connors, Allistaire Smythe, Web Rush or any other characters or mechanics used in this game are all property of their rightful owners. This is merely my opinion of their product.