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Fun, but not very challenging.
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!