The Amazing Spider-Man Review
The Amazing Spider-Man is a fun and funny romp through a big, colorful city.
- It's a blast to swing about the city
- Clever, laid-back sense of humor
- Some boss fights look very exciting
- Nice mix of combat and stealth.
- Indoor missions aren't as fun as outdoor ones
- Combat and boss fights are too easy.
In The Amazing Spider-Man, the webslinger dispenses quick wit almost as fast as he dispenses justice. More importantly, he gets room to show off his high-flying acrobatics with a freedom his last two outings were lacking. This time, Spidey has the whole of Manhattan as his playground. As you fling yourself above the city, swinging past skyscrapers and vaulting from towers, you get a dizzying sense of what it would be like to slip into the famous red and blue costume.
It's a joy when The Amazing Spider-Man thrusts you into this wide-open world. By holding down a single trigger, you propel webbing from your wrists, swinging in whichever direction you choose. Expectedly, you don't necessarily see the webbing attach to anything nearby, which is fine: the joyous locomotion is all in the name of fun. Yet the game does a great job of providing the illusion that the laws of physics still vaguely apply. When you swish through a park that isn't near tall buildings, you stay near the ground, practically brushing the grass underneath you. When surrounded by stately superstructures, you rise toward the heavens, from where you can look upon the entire city and admire its vibrancy.
Out here in the concrete wilds, The Amazing Spider-Man is at its best, simply because moving around is so much fun. Hundreds of collectible comic pages twinkle on rooftops and flutter in the air. They are simple but nice rewards for the act of locomotion. Come near a page, and you hear and see its telltale glimmer, and note the button prompt inviting you to fling toward it. These signs are enough to have you scanning the screen, searching for the elusive paper. But there's more to the game than webswinging, of course: most of the story-based missions take you off the streets and send you into the sewers and other such interiors. Out in Manhattan, most tasks are optional and involve picking up asylum escapees and returning them to their institution, beating up muggers, and so forth.
With a couple of exceptions, most of these tasks don't evolve in any way, and they become stale if you focus on them for too long. One minigame has you hovering a circle over Spidey as he flies through the air automatically; you're meant to keep him in view of the video camera that follows him. It isn't very challenging or fun, and in fact, on medium (Hero) difficulty, The Amazing Spider-Man is rarely challenging. Other tasks--rescuing sickly citizens and rushing them to a nearby makeshift hospital--are more enjoyable, in part because of the banter between Spider-Man and his poor passengers. ("No drooling on the suit, please!") But eventually, the voice samples repeat, and playing paramedic loses some of its appeal. Nevertheless, there are enough things to do that you'll be thrilled to have the chance to zoom through the air at top speed.
The missions that lead you through the story aren't as delightful as the open-world hijinks, though the story itself is as wonderfully absurd as any Spidey tale to come before it. The game begins (apparently) after the events of the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man film, with a tour of the Oscorp facility, where the corporation is winding down some unusual experiments. Well, not everything is on the up-and-up, and soon a viral outbreak has the city in turmoil. Peter/Spider-Man's response? Break out an asylum inmate who holds the key to a cure. With so many variables, it's no wonder that Spidey's plans don't follow their intended script, though he stays pretty upbeat throughout. Spider-Man is as funny here as he's ever been, cracking wise in even the most stressful situations. The dialogue is a good mix of seriousness and ridiculousness, making it easy to stick with the plot even when it goes so far over the top it spills into bizarre territory.
Story-driven chapters are notably more confining than the free-form gameplay that surrounds them. You investigate dull-looking sewers, where you notice technical drawbacks like heavy aliasing that go overlooked in Manhattan, which is saturated with color and personality. In the indoor spaces, you confront hazards like steam valves (clog them up with your web shots!) and pools of acid (navigate around them!). You must take a more cautious approach, holding down a button to slow down time, choosing a proper perch, and then releasing the button to leap to that spot. You can tap the button should you prefer a more fluid pace, but you risk zipping into the wrong position if you aren't careful.
I think I might get this one. I always enjoyed the open world spidey games, except for Spiderman 3. That game well, was not very enjoyable.
Movie rate it amazing, Game rate it amazing, its just amazing, love it since web of shadows, spider-man makes up for a really great game, also talking about the stunning movie, all i ask is tht actionvision keep up the good and awesome work they developed, īcause itīs truly something you can just forget
Well Spiderman's outfit/graphics are the best i've scene. His head tracks the camera and the view is up close behind him, your along for the ride... Spiderman sticks to walls good but he has such great agility that you'll rarely stay put for long, but even if you do just perch and contemplate or just take a break Spiderman feels like Spiderman even standing still... It's really cool after swinging through the sky to set down in one place, knowing you can take to the skies at any moment and be soaring through the air... Spiderman really feels like a Giant/Human Spider! Contrary to the reviewer when Spiderman is on a ceiling or wall crawling it feels just right the way the camera view gets inverted, you have to get used to "Being Spiderman" It get's natural after a while. If the companies can keep making Superhero games like Spiderman and Batman they have the formula down i think...
Oh and the Web Rush ability really does improve on Spiderman, this goes well with his Spider Sense and seems like a really hard concept to finally realize, it's really good. It's kind of like taking one of Superman's most useless powers like Super Hearing or X-Ray Vision and figuring out how to make them an essential factor of the game.
I give this game an 8.5 because there are a few problems in my opinion. One main problem is that there's absolutely nothing to do after you beat the game. I'd love it to death if you could have random crimes pop up when you finish the game. I love swinging around, but that would get boring extremely fast without a purpose. But the other problem is only in my opinion and has nothing to do with what the game didn't deliver, as it wasn't a purpose of this particular game, and that's the fact that I love being able to choose between being good and evil. But if they continue with this series and happen to add Venom in the next game, and let you choose to put on the black suit, I would buy the game in an instant. Until then, this game was a really good rent. :D
Huge gap between the review of GS and the players reviews. Wonder if this game is as good as players say it is. I'll be picking it up either way.
Not a Spider-Man fan, but I love the look of the web swinging and I love open world games, so I'm in.
That's a fair review. Personally I'd give it an 8 or 8.5 simply because it's just great fun to be Spider-Man again in a good open world setting. Great job Beenox.
The reviews are always fair when is someone else doing the review. But Tom McShea just doesnīt care about the games, and stupidly rates them bad. Donīt trust on that ignorant, people!
Another great review, exactly the review I'd have given if I were blessed with the appropriate skill.
While I whole heartedly agree with the score, I just wanted to point out that Beenox shines best with Spidey indoors than outdoors. Hence why there are even any indoor missions in the first place. If they didnt include any indoor missions, this game would have blown. The city isnt really alive. I feel like im soaring above empty streets instead of a bustling city.
Am surprised. The game is out today and you've already come up with a REVIEW. Big up to GAMESPOT editor, Kev. you've made my day. I've come to love Spiderman games since I first played the game from the first movie. :-D