GAME NAME: The Amazing Spider-Man
PLATFORM(S): Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, DS
RELEASE DATE(S): 29 June 2012
“With great power, comes great responsibility.” Yes, you have heard this famous quote from Spider-Man over and over again. It is a phrase as synonymous with the character as his webbing. The phrase can just as easily be linked to Beenox, the developers behind the last few Spider-Man games which were a tad…mediocre. In Spider-Man Beenox have one of the most loved superheroes of all time, one that kept the Marvel industry afloat at one point, and because of that, they have a responsibility to deliver to fans and gamers.
The story in The Amazing Spider-Man game serves as an epilogue to the soon-to-be-released movie of the same name, and to avoid any spoilers of the game and movie little detail about the story will be divulged. The basic premise is that an infection is spreading across Manhattan, transferred through genetic cross-breeds, and Old Web-Head needs to stop it while saving the fine citizens of Manhattan in the process.
Beenox have focused on a number of things within the game which work very well. The new camera angle brings players much closer to the character and for the first time in recent memory players will actually feel like they are Spider-Man. This is aided by the seamless web slinging and the fantastic environment found in Manhattan. The city itself returns for the first time in a while and the setting could not be more perfect.
Web slinging feels as natural as it should be and the sound of the wind howling in your ears when diving off buildings mixed with the sense of vertigo from the camera gives players a head rush almost every single time. New to the game and mixed with the web slinging is a web rush mechanism, which allows Spider-Man to zip off to a number of chosen positions seen on the map. Spidey is able to use his ‘spider-sense’ which slows down time and allows players to head to the best vantage point for a situation.
The combat has also been remodelled and follows a similar concept to that in the Batman: Arkham games. The combat is fluid and intuitive and seeing some of Spider-Man’s trademark moves come to life is pure bliss. Stealth takedowns and web attacks are added to the mix also which provides some of the most enjoyable combat you would want.
The action is split into various sections. The main story often sees Spidey heading indoors to take on enemies, secure information, possible cures and also rescue friends. The indoor sections are enjoyable but do take away from some of the enjoyment found from exploring the city. The main boss battles that take place outside are far more enjoyable and leave you begging for more. The game’s side missions include taking care of petty crimes such as muggings, aiding in car chases and aiding the police in taking care of criminals. The side missions add a nice break to the action, and the chance to level up makes them all worthwhile.
There are also some extra challenges which see Spidey racing around Manhattan or doing stunts as set out by none other than Bruce Campbell, as well as taking photos for news reports. Also scattered around the city are comic book pages which you can collect and get full digital comics to read.
The Amazing Spider-Man is the best Spider-Man game in recent years. It brings back everything missing from the last couple of games, and also expands on the more important aspects. Spidey’s quick humour is evident in every scenario and getting to feel as though you are the character is something that was emphasized in the game. It offers plenty of content in terms of missions, characters, cameos and more.
At the end of the day the game delivers on the fun factor. Beenox have used some of the power granted to them, although one feels as though a lot more can be done with the character and his world. If Amazing Spider-Man is the basis of what to come, then every web-head fan should be excited at the prospect of future games.