Not so amazing

Spider-Man games used to lớn rule the roost when it came khổng lồ licensed comic book properties. Spidey led the way in fact on the NES, & continued his streak into the SNES with classic brawlers lượt thích Separation AnxietyandMaximum Carnage, & one of my personal favorites — the 1995 cartoon adaptation.

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But ever since 2004’sSpider-Man 2, developers have struggled khổng lồ recapture the magic of what it means khổng lồ swing about in 3D. While I saw a lot of hope in the first Amazing Spider-Man game, there’s been an unfortunate drop in unique the second time around.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2(3DS, PC, PS3, PS4 , Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: BeenoxPublisher:ActivisionMSRP: $59.99Released: April 29, 2014

First things first: The Amazing Spider-Man 2manages to bởi vì web slinging right — something practically no other 3d Spider trò chơi has in years. The idea is simple in that the left & right triggers control left và right webs respectively, forcing you lớn actually seea physical anchor point before swinging around. Yep, that’s right, invisible air swinging is no longer an option for the most part. This allows Spidey to lớn maneuver about with grace, since you can let go of the button early lớn fling yourself to và fro with the new physics engine.

It actually feels pretty great & achieves a sense of tốc độ very close to the films — và that’s not even mentioning the slingshot move that can shoot you forward at high speed, or the returning slow-mo move that lets you pinpoint certain jump points. So while movement around the game’s open world is great, everything else is kind of a mixed bag.

Combat in particular is part of that mixture, as it takes cues from counter-based systems like the Assassin’s Creedand Arkhamfranchises, but a lot less inspired & clean. Hits as a whole lack an impact, & despite the fact that the framerate remains fairly consistent, Spidey’s animations are incredibly poor, and on top of that you’ll have to lớn watch the same few combos over and over. All you really need to vị to win is mash the attack button và occasionally press the counter button khổng lồ dodge and counterstike — there isn’t much khổng lồ it.

Stealth scenes also return, & again, especially considering the Detective Vision-like Spidey Sense, heavily evoke feelings of the Predator scenes from Arkham. Having said that, I actually enjoy these scenes as Spider-Man a little more-so than the caped crusader, because he can crawl on walls, slither down a web lượt thích a spider stalking his prey, and so on — which gives these portions a unique and interesting feel.Pace-killing Peter Parker scenes occur a little too often though, and while they don’t last all that long they vì chưng feel pointlessly injected.

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Speaking of pacing, the script is kind of all over the place for the roughly 10-hour affair. What starts off as a decent thiết lập and film tie-in becomes its own mess entirely. Spider-Man begins chasing Uncle Ben’s killer (which is a simple enough premise), và quickly finds himself in the middle of an attack on Oscorp. From there, it feels like the writers found any & every excuse to just pack in every villain they could find (of which there are seven) regardless of how well they worked.

Having said that, there is a good amount of fun to lớn be had here, especially since new villains are introduced every half hour or so, và in-between them, exploring the thành phố is quite fun. It all feels lượt thích a mess, but a funmess nonetheless if all you want lớn see is Spider-Man beat up & web-up some bad guys.

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It’s tough khổng lồ really điện thoại tư vấn The Amazing Spider-Man 2a current-generation trò chơi — because it’s not. While the aforementioned consistent framerate is definitely a plus on the PS4, the trò chơi doesn’t look all that great, or detailed for that matter. The city feels relatively lifeless, & the UI and menus feel cluttered và a little too retro for their own good. A lack of polish isn’t doing Amazing2any favors.

Peter’s old friend “Stan” returns from the first game, & this time we get to lớn see him in the flesh operating his comic shop. It’s here that you’ll be able khổng lồ access all of the game’s extras, including a training simulation, figurine collectibles, and real comic books that you can collect throughout the city. You can also opt khổng lồ change out your costume in Peter’s room (pre-order bonuses range from the Venom Suit to Spider-Man’s Cosmic outfiit.

While it’s more than a lot of other open-world games offer, nothing is compelling enough to collect or pursue unless you reallywant khổng lồ read those comic books. The sidequests in general (fighting petty criminals & taking pictures) are simply a bore, only rewarding you with a generic 10-second clip of the Daily Bugle heralding Spidey’s heroic actions. Whereas games like inFamous: Second Son, Saints Row IV, và Prototypeoffer up unique objectives và rewards lớn entice you into completing them (as well as a fun sandbox to lớn romp in), Beenox dropped the ball here.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2isn’t a complete disaster, and I can easily see fans of Spidey enjoying it at a deep discount. It’s just a shame that Beenox somehow got worseat making Spider-Man games over time, and that the powers that be insist on rushing them as movie tie-ins. Somehow, someway — we will get our Arkhamof Spider-Man games again. Until then, you can just pick up a used copy of 2004’sSpider-Man 2.