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Edge of Time needed more time,
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This review is from: Spider-man: The Edge of Time - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
When Edge of Time was announced I was excited because I really enjoyed Shattered Dimensions despite its flaws. However, I was somewhat concerned with the release date of Edge of Time being just a little over a year after Shattered Dimensions. After finishing the game, I can say with certainty that the short development window shows.
The entire game takes place in a single building and the visuals do not vary much. In fact, they vary so little that I could hardly tell a difference between the two time periods. There are very few villains in Edge of Time and there is very little interaction with them. An overwhelming amount of the dialogue is between the two Spider-men and the villains have very little to say (one in particular says nothing at all). I don't want to give away any spoilers but I have to say that one of the final bosses is not very imaginative. I groaned a bit when he revealed himself.
I found the challenges to be boring and repetitive. Almost all of them are "collect X number of orbs in Y seconds", "get a X-hit combo in Y seconds", or "don't get hit while you accomplish some objective". Worst of all, the game is very short. I was able to beat the game and unlock all the alternate costumes in a few hours.
It should be noted that there are several improvements over Shattered Dimensions. Combat overall feels more polished and there is greater distinction between the fighting styles of Amazing Spider-man and Spider-man 2099. Edge of Time no longer has a button for evading melee attacks. Instead, Amazing has an ability to temporarily move extremely fast thereby avoiding enemy attacks and 2099 has an ability to create a decoy of himself that draws enemy attacks to it. This is a great improvement over the Shattered Dimensions' method of just holding down the dodge button for the entire game. Spider-man's spider sense has also been revamped so that it only stays on for a brief time, showing the way to the next objective. In Shattered Dimensions, I found myself leaving spider sense on most of the time simply because there was no reason not to. Finally, wall crawling is greatly improved. The camera is much more stable when wall crawling however going in the direction that you intend is still a bit troublesome though manageable. It only really becomes a problem when you try to complete a timed challenge that requires wall crawling.
There are other things to like about Edge of Time. The voice acting for the two Spider-men is top notch. After all, both voice actors are Spider-man veterans in TV and video games. The rest of the cast does an ok job but none of them have enough lines to really stand out. I also liked that you could complete challenges without having to replay the entire level over and over. And if you have a Shattered Dimensions save file on your PS3 or XBOX then it will unlock many alternate costumes from Shattered Dimensions - a nice touch for loyal fans.
Beenox has a lot of Spider-man experience under their belt and I think they could make a truly exceptional Spider-man game given the proper time and resources. However, Edge of Time is just not that game. Overall, it was an enjoyable ride but just far too short. I would recommend it as a rental or when it comes down in price.