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The Amazing Spider-Man
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2012
To say something about myself... I'm a Spider-man fan. I play Spider-man games, watch the movies quite often, enjoy art of Spider-man. If it has "Spider-man" labeled on the package, I'll probably like it a lot.
I just got the game today. I must say that if I could do it over, I might have waited to play it until after seeing the movie. I'm only a couple levels into it, which took a couple of hours, and I now know some major plot points to the movie. If you want the movie to be more exciting, hold off on this until you see it. There are many spoilers. So, besides that, here are my main points about the game.

First, the pros:

1. I feel like Spider-man. I've played Spider-man 1, 2, 3, Ultimate Spider-man, and Spider-man: Web of Shadows. So far, The Amazing Spider-man captures the feeling that you really are Spider-man. You can move around the city with amazing speed. The animations of Spidey swinging around are great. The new Web-Rush feature is really cool too. You even go to Peter's apartment where you select portions of the room for level selection, story updates, and costumes (yes, you can eventually get the Sam Raimi Spider-man costume).
2. The controls are easy. Even though the combat gets somewhat challenging, the controls overall are really easy to remember. The controls are not a distracting factor.
3. The game is very story-driven. The game has a fairly interesting story so far, which I thought seemed to be lacking in other games. The voices are okay: they're not done by the movie's cast, but it's still good.
4. Swinging is fun. The animations of Spider-man jumping, diving, swinging, and wall-running are very well done. I can feel the sense of speed and energy when moving through the city.
5. The look: Everything looks very realistic. When swinging low to the cars on the streets below, I can see a bit of motion blur on the cars, which adds a sense of motion. The costume looks great.
6. Camera: You can now take pictures and save them for later! This is probably the best addition I've seen in a Spider-man game so far. Like in Spider-man 3, you can pull out the camera and zoom in, snap a shot of anything you want, and decide whether to save or discard it. You can even pull the camera out when standing on top of lampposts.

Now for the cons:

1. Swinging: Most, if not all of the time, Spidey's webs never attach to buildings when swinging. The animations of him doing twists and turns are great, but he never really strikes a building side to swing from it. This takes away from a core element of past Spider-man/free-roaming games out there - the need to look before you leap. There's no need to be afraid of diving off a skyscraper towards the ground, because even if you were to fall straight down, Spider-man will save himself. No more splattering against walls anymore (which was sometimes fun to do in other games). On the other side, Spidey almost takes over the swinging completely. You don't really need to do much more than run forward and hold the web-swing button. He automatically lets go of the web at the top of his swing, which means there's no more doing loops in a circle over and over.
2. Web Rush: Even the web rush doesn't attach to objects all the time. While standing on the ground, you can look straight up and launch yourself into the air. But the web just attaches to invisible anchor-points. It's still quite fun, but it takes away from the overall challenging aspect that it could have.
3. Combat: The game feels like a button-masher. The combat is similar to Batman: Arkham City/Arkham Asylum, but it's not exactly the same. I think the Batman games are much more fluid. Spider-man tends to do the same moves repeatedly over and over again, which looks kind of annoying to me. Some variety would be nice, but I guess I can't complain since that's been pretty much the same for almost every other Spider-man game out there. It's a different combat system from other games I've seen, and it still looks good, but it doesn't feel like you're in complete control. Spidey will sometimes web up enemies without your pushing the web button. The combat is pretty challenging though once you get into the game a bit. The counter-attack is a good addition to the combat system too, but it does eventually start to feel frustrating when pushing so many buttons all the time and not knowing exactly what you're making Spidey accomplish.
4. Repetitive animations: While swinging, Spider-man's poses become quite repetitive. They are much more fluid than any other game, but unlike Spider-man 3 or Web of Shadows, there is no difference when first swinging left or right. This is because the web is always shot straight up above and out front. It still looks great, but something starts to feel a bit artificial after awhile.

This is all I have to say about the game so far. Even though it can get a little frustrating, I'm excited to see what happens next. The look of the game overall drew me in, and now the story is keeping me there. It's fun to play, but if you want a challenging experience, go get a used copy of Spider-man 2 if you don't already have it. I would recommend The Amazing Spider-man game to really anyone who is a Spider-man fan. You'll enjoy it very much. But if you consider yourself a gamer first, and Spidey fan second, then maybe this game isn't really for you. It's a hard choice. Maybe just waiting for the price to drop from $59.99 would be the better choice. This is my first Spider-man experience from Beenox, and I must say I have enjoyed the new flavor they present. It feels different from other Spidey games out there, but I hope they make the swinging more challenging in the future. If there's a sequel to the movie, hopefully they will make a second game too. In the words of Stan Lee... Excelsior!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2012
I'm gonna try to cut the fat and get to it!

Should you play it?

Yes - if you're a Spider-Man fan.

I can't recommend this game for everyone, but for those who enjoy the wall-crawler or Spidey games in general, this is a real treat for you. the Open ended city is yours to explore again and it couldn't feel better (I acknowledge most people will complain how the webs don't stick to buildings, but you can always choose to play the game restricting yourself to swing off of ONLY nearby buildings.. until you give in and enjoy breaking the laws of physics for yourself). The indoor levels feel reminiscent to the PS1 Spider-Man games, being all sneaky-like and crawling on the ceilings always fun when not fighting the camera.

Is it better than Spider-Man 2?

That's a big ole MAYBE, but I think it's unfair to compare this game to that one. They're the same in many aspects, but also different games in their own respectful ways. To me, each one has what the other doesn't and that's not really a bad thing to me.

Fighting feels like Batman Arkham series?

Having played both titles now, Spider-man does borrow a few mechanics from the Gotham Knight, but that's not to say there's an identity crisis here; Spidey makes full use of his webs and acrobatics to show off his agility and such which always have that flare you want. There's also the stealth approach of dispatching your enemies which again, reminds of batman to a degree, except Batman can't stick to ceilings. The only gripe with me on this is that the fighting in general feels lacking in polish, but due to time limits on having to release the game on time with the movie, it's understandable why it is so.

Web-Rush?

Here's the kicker. The new web-rush system is like your new way to web-zip. There's always a cursor on screen pointing to where you'll head to and - with a simple tap of a button - you'll speed along the air and stick/land whatever it was you were pointing to. It works great in both combat AND traveling! You can even hold the button down to slow time to a crawl and think about your choices then. It makes things work smoothly, effortlessly and it's a great way to speed the game up; especially outdoors where you'll reach your destination running on top of buses, kicking off walls, etc. It's fun to watch and experience.

Story?

The story takes places after the events of the movie, so spoiler warning on that one. I suck at telling whether a story is good or not, so I can't really judge here. It did a nice job keeping me buckled in from beginning to end and interested by some of the cut-scenes will blow you away, if not spider-man literally. Some bosses look amazing, but are simple in gerneal. They're fun all in all and that's what counts.. except for the in-door bosses.

In closing

The Amazing Spider-Man is a great game for fans of the web-slinger and most likely an "okay" game for everyone else. If you're not sure whether to buy it or not, try to rent it, strap on your web-shooters and give this title a spin.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2012
Let's start with the negative since that's always easier.

First thing I noticed was the lack of character likeness and voices. If you are going to make an officially licensed tie-in with the movie, why not go that extra mile and get the actors to do the voices and make their on-screen sprites actually look like the characters they are supposed to be portraying.
There are no spoiler warnings for this game. The game takes place sometime after the movie ends so playing it before you see the movie will reveal plot points, both major and minor, about the upcoming film to include characters that die in the movie.

While there is an over-world that Spiderman can freely swing around, outside of finding collectables and stopping the occasional crime there is very little to do besides swing around as most of the action that drives the story takes place inside buildings. Manhattan itself is poorly represented and if not for a few landmarks like the Empire State building or the Statue of Liberty off in the distance, you could very well be in any generic city. The island is woefully small and it feels like all the life and vibrancy that makes Manhattan wonderful has been sucked out leaving it grey, boring and suspiciously empty. I feel like there is a missed opportunity here to make a living city like that of Liberty City in GTA IV but instead falls victim to the rush to push the game out to coincide with the release of the movie.

As long as we are discussing the open world let's talk about the web swinging. Spiderman 2 for Xbox/PS2/Gamecube was the first time we were able to take to the New York Skyline and web-swing to our hearts content. Sure the rest of the game was really rough around the edges but it was the ability to go anywhere and have the Spiderman experience that kept us playing. In The Amazing Spider-Man the web-swinging is back but its not as tight or refined as Spiderman 2. Whereas in Spiderman 2 we had the options to chose a simplified or more manual form of web-swinging which gave to player a greater feeling of control, in The Amazing Spider-Man one size fits all. Pull the right trigger and away you go. It's easy to lose control and find yourself swinging into the sides of buildings or right past the objective you were trying to get to.

Another reviewer likened the combat to Batman: Arkham City. While Spiderman does pull off an impressive array of tricks during combat, you rarely feel like you are in the driver's seat. You are reduced to mashing X until prompted on screen to push another button to either dodge or do a special move while Spiderman flips around and does his thing. This is only applicable to the standard bad guy of course as some strategy is needed for boss fights.
The last thing that bothered me (and this may be petty but it's my review) is that when you start up the game you have to sit thru or skip thru at least 6 different companies splash screens before you can even get to start the game.

Okay, let's talk about the good stuff.

For its faults the web swinging is a lot of fun and probably the reason a lot of people (myself included) bought the game. It works well as a spiritual successor to Spiderman 2 in this respect. Spiderman's new ability, the "Web Rush" , allows Spiderman to slow down time and shows you all the options for web swinging at that moment, be it landing or a flag pole, launching off a water tower, slingshotting thru the streets of scooping up a nearby collectible.

The combat has an upgrade system so it never gets to stale. You have to ability to put points that you earn by leveling into different aspects of Spiderman's combat tree much like in Spiderman 2 that give you new or stronger attacks. There is also a Tech Tree that allows you to level things like Spiderman's webs or his Spider-Tracers.

I also appreciated the inclusion of some new blood into Spiderman's stable with Smythe's giant robots. Yes I know technically they are just Spider Slayers but after so many times fighting the same villains over and over its nice to come across something different.

For all my complaints I find the game to be a solid experience. Is it a genre changer? No. Is it super deep and refined? No. it's a movie game but it's a fun movie game which in itself can be a rare experience. For those looking for a next-gen answer to the Spiderman 2 game, this is for you. For those looking for a rewarding experience akin to Arkham Asylum/City, you probably won't find it here. Don't let the 3-star rating dissuade you if you were thinking about getting the game. It's an average game, but for all the feeling of missed potential here it is still a solid, good game.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2012
The Amazing Spider Man is what it is, just Amazing! There is free roam in this one, just like spider man 2 & 3 games that had came out a while back. You have the whole city of Manhattan to explore, in which you can do the main story, or do some (side quest) crime fighting. The story to this game is really good, but the downside is the crime fighting you can choose to do, a lot of what happens gets kind of repetitive, kind of like the Spider man 2 & 3 games, you have petty thefts, car chases, etc. The fighting style feels just right, a huge improvement from the previous games, and feels like the same fighting style of Batman Arkham Asylum/City. Throughout the city you will find comic pages, which will create a comic book for you to read, there are a total of 500 comic pages to find, which will keep everyone occupied through completing the game. The Amazing Spider Man game can get repetitive at times, but the fun that you experience through the story and the free roam helps it to be a must play game for this year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you've played the previous Spider-man games or some others like Web Of Shadows and the like then the gameplay shouldn't come as to much of a surprise. The one thing I really like about these games is the free roaming experience allowing you to web-swing around the city doing mini-missions as well as doing the main objective. The graphics and effects are incredible and the voice cast picked for the roles fit nicely,the one thing that may annoy some of the more people though I really don't know why is that when you web swing you don't actually have to be near a building anymore to do it,meaning if you're in the middle of the park you can web swing as if you were swinging from between buildings which was actually more helpful then not.So for any Spider-Man fan or just those who like action or super hero games here's a nice one to add to your gaming library....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
I like how you were able to swing around Manhattan in free play and fight crooks and villains. But it gets a little boring after you beat everything and the eXtreme challenges are almost impossible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
Our Son loved this game Thank you It was a wonderful surprise and we recommend for all those kids who like spiderman
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
this was an amazing game i ended up beating the game but i still had to do the final battle i got confused trying to find him. i like running and swinging around for fun. it was a great game but i didn't like when you had to find where the enemies were hiding and you spend twenty minutes not knowing to go backwards. it is worth every single penny i hope this review helps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2012
The game is actually really good for a movie licensed game as it is the best at retail stores. All marvel games that were from Sega were really bad so marvel stopped partnership. After completing the story side missions as in police pursuit and saving civiliians get boring as they are the ssame thing over again. As for the web-slinging was amazing but it needed more mechanism into it. If you are a fan you need this game. If not just stay with the Batman Arkham franchise by Rocksteady.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2012
game got here in great condition and shipped very quickly. As far as the game goes, its is pretty good. Its no Spider-Man 2, but is still a lot of fun
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