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'Spider-Man' is 'Amazing'

July 19, 2012

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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The Amazing Spider-ManPromises. Promises.

At the conclusion of 'The Amazing Spider-Man' movie, Peter Parker assures Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary) that he will stay away from his daughter Gwen but we all know that ain't gonna happen.

Captain Stacy's fears are confirmed in 'The Amazing Spider-Man' game by Beenox and Activision. Continuing where the movie left off, Peter has no choice but to get close to Gwen when she is infected with the cross-species virus, the virus that changed the mild-mannered Doctor Connors into the blood-thirsty Lizard. Making matters worse, her boss - Dr. Alistaire Smythe - launches his own robotic vendetta against Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man With Gwen under quarantine at Oscorp and the virus spreading into the general populace, it is up to Aunt May's favourite nephew to save the day.

Retooling the highly tuned and highly successful mechanics on display in what has now become Beenox's series of Spider-Man games for Activision, ('Shattered Dimensions' and 'Edge of Time' being the first two), the developer has simplified things even more, some would say maybe a little too much. Web-slinging, climbing, running and dashing are all executed with the press of a trigger or a button. Instead of pressing the trigger over and over again to swing, you just hold down the trigger and let go when you want Spidey to stop.

The Amazing Spider-Man For the most part, the new mechanics work well except when it comes web dashing ahead, leaping or performing speciality manuevers when pressing RB. It doesn't always work properly and the prompts don't always appear correctly, which can be very irritating when time is of the essence or if you are engaged in a fierce battle. Having Spidey leap instead of dash attack or vice versa will definitely have your spider sense tingling for all the wrong reasons. For instance, during a Rhino boss battle where you must dodge his charges while spraying web across numerous electrical towers for him to crash into, getting the prompt to line-up quickly while Rhino is barreling at you is very…ummm…challenging, to say the least.

Like Sega and 'Captain America: Super Soldier', Beenox has admitted that Rocksteady Studios' 'Arkham City' and 'Arkham Asylum' inspired their 'Amazing Spider-Man' gameplay. As in those Batman titles, there is a focus on stealth attacks from above in 'Spider-Man' and stringing attacks together during those close quarters, hand-to-hand combat segments, all things which are so much a part of Spidey's arsenal that the mirrored mechanics really fit well. They don't stand out as derivitive in any way.

The Amazing Spider-Man Besides the main campaign, you can explore the open world environment of New York City. You can transport sick citizens to the hospital, stop petty street crimes, complete photo assignments for the Daily Bugle and foil criminal escapes.

There are a few side missions as well including purifying the city's water supply, rescuing a kidnapped city official and stopping a bank robbery commited by Black Cat and her crew. If there was a complaint to be made about these missions it is that too many of them take place in the sewers of New York City and they don't feature heavy-hitters from Spider-Man's rogue gallery. With most of the campaign taking place there or Oscorp, the slimy, dark, rat-infested tunnels all begin to look the same.

The Amazing Spider-Man 'Spider-Man' has some uncommon collectibles that will gratify fans. All througout the city are comic book covers that open up full, vintage comic books once enough are collected. There are also alternate Spider-Man costumes that can be collected once players have a camera in their possession and can be used anytime in the game. There is the black costume, Spidey's Future Foundation get-up and even the new slick Scarlet Spider outfit.

Like the movie of the same name, 'The Amazing Spider-Man' does have its distinct, undeniable flaws. However, just like its cinematic counterpart, the good far outweighs the bad. Swinging through the streets of New York, acrobatically beating the stuffing out of punks, crawling through air ducts and webbing up foes is entertaining, especially for any comic book fan. 'The Amazing Spider-Man' isn't perfect but it is still thrills.


The Amazing Spider-Man The Amazing Spider-Man
Format: Xbox 360
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Beenox
ESRB Rating: T for Teen
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Rating: 7 / 10

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