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This is yet another game that will be added to the list of many Spider-man games that have come out over the years, but how does it compare to the others? The Amazing Spider-man is a third person adventure video game that is based on the movie of the same name. However, the game takes place after the events of the movie and for the most part serves as an epilogue to the film.
The plot of the game is very interesting, which is to be expected since the game was written and scripted by Seamus Kevin Fahey of Battlestar Galactica. The plot of the game is that Alistair Smythe, the new Oscorp executive, decides to continue Dr. Connor’s research and create more cross-species (a human and animal hybrid), but they soon escape into Manhattan. To fight against the cross-species, which unfortunately includes Spider-man as well, Smythe creates robots to take them out.
The robots soon begin to make everything worse, and Spider-man is forced to fight against both cross-species and robots if he wants to save the city. The characters are great and memorable. Even though they didn’t get any of the actors from the movie, they did get great and accomplished voice actors such as Steve Blum, Sam Riegel, Claudia Black, and even Bruce Campbell. The characters you have are, of course, the cheesy-joke spewing Spidey, the deeply troubled Dr. Connors, the brave and determined Whitney Chang and even more interesting characters.
One thing that must be said before you play this game is that if you have not seen “The Amazing Spider-man” then this game will contain heavy spoilers, and in the first few levels, too. This would be fine if the game came out on the same day as the movie, but it came out June 26th and the movie came out July 3rd. While annoying (especially if you haven’t seen the movie) it won’t ruin the game for you, though, especially when it comes to the graphics.
The graphics look great especially when you are in the city it can look quite beautiful. What’s more important is that the gameplay feels great. Web-swinging, wall-crawling, and combat are all very simple to learn and soon you’ll feel like you’re Spider-man himself! One of the most useful gameplay mechanics the game has employed is the “Web Rush” system, which helps you easily pinpoint an area you want to get to.
By using the “Web Rush” mode you go into a viewpoint where time is stopped and you can pick which area you want to web-swing to or which enemy you want to attack. This gives you time to plot your strategy and figure out where you have the ability to web-swing to. Despite the fact that you have the ability to stop time, it does not make this game a walk in the park because of it. In fact, if you are in the “Web Rush” mode too long, time will return to normal.
The enemies you face will range from regular human enemies, to mutated humans, and robots. The combat is very smooth and there are two different ways you can take on enemies; you can either just attack all of them at once or you can take the stealth route and take out each of them one at a time. In regular combat you will be punching and kicking a whole group of people and if someone is about to attack, your Spider Sense will go off and you will be able to dodge their attack. Once you figure this out, the regular combat becomes simple and you will be able to get through ten enemies without taking any damage.
However, when your enemies are heavily armed, this sort of approach does not work, mainly because even Spider-man can’t easily dodge multiple bullets flying at his head. In this sort of situation it is better to sneak around and take them out one at a time. Even this isn’t easy, because once your enemies find out you have taken out one of their comrades they start searching for you!
They don’t just yell threats at you either; instead they start actively searching for you with flashlights and not just on the ground or in front of themselves, but on the ceiling and in the air vents. If you don’t keep moving they will find you and kill you! Then there are the boss battles which include giant robots, Rhino, Vermin, Iguana, Black Cat, Iguana, Scorpion, and the Lizard.
They all have their own way of attacking and fighting and you will have to employ different strategies to beat each of them. One example is when you are fighting Rhino; you can’t just attack him head on because his armor protects him. In order to beat him, you have to stand in front of a large van and wait for Rhino to charge at you and at the last second leap out of the way and he will be lodged in the van and you can then attack him.
However, there are critiques I have to make about this game and one of them is that the game is pretty easy when you get a handle of the controls. Even though you can increase the difficulty on the game, it doesn’t get that much harder, and besides maybe the bosses, you’ll find yourself breezing past your enemies. Another problem is that many of the side missions are very repetitive, basically all being the same except for a few exceptions.
Overall, this is a fun and enjoyable game and you will feel like Spider-man playing it, which is ultimately the most important expectation out of a Spider-man game. If you like Spider-man the character, the other Spider-man games, or if you just like feeling like a superhero you should take a look at it.