Welcome to the second part of the Spider-Man birthday celebration! The first part kicked off with a look back on the classic “Spider-Man and the X-men in Arcade’s Revenge” for the Super Nintendo. Now we get to move into the present day and believe me, a lot has changed since the days of Super Nintendo. You wanna see what Spider-Man sees when he’s swinging from building to building through New York City? Now you can in the Amazing Spider-Man for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
This game is based on and continues the new Amazing Spider-Man movie that was released this Summer. It follows Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy as they stumble upon the continued cross breeding program that was supposedly shut down at Oscorp. Alistair Smythe is the new exec in charge of Oscorp post Dr. Connor’s lizard problems which were shown in the movie. Smythe is leading up development on nanorobotic technology while overseeing the dismantling of the cross breeding program which includes destroying all of the half breed creatures bred from it.
As you may have guessed, the creatures escape from Oscorp and it’s up to Spider-Man to stop them. Alistair Smythe tries to help as well by unleashing robots that are designed to hunt down and kill the cross bred creatures but Smythe loses control of them and they also become Spider-Man’s responsibility. The game starts out with the initial break out and your beloved Gwen Stacy getting bit by one of the cross bred creatures. These creatures carry a virus for which there is no cure that rapidly infects it’s victims and either turns them into a half breed or kills them. So, here’s the list: Kill the half-breeds, destroy the robots, find a cure for Gwen and the rest of the city’s population that gets infected after the breakout.
This game is a third-person brawler like Batman Arkham Asylum or Prototype. You fight large groups of enemies as you use an almost identical combo fighting system to the one in the Batman games. It’s open world so you can move anywhere while inside buildings and once your outside on the city streets, it’s a free for all. You can use your webbing to swing yourself anywhere in the city and it’s easy to do, hold Right Trigger to swing from EVERYTHING! Swinging through New York in the game was like a breath of fresh air after playing Arcade’s Revenge on the Super Nintendo. In this game, Spider-Man acrobatically flies through the air as you get a real sense of momentum and speed as he swings around. Holding down Right Trigger will also make Spider-Man run up the sides of buildings. So basically, you can’t fall. You can shoot individual bursts of webbing to slow down enemies as well. There’s also Spider Vision similar to detective mode in Arkham City. This can be used to zoom in on specific spots or to rapidly swing to a target or get through a tight spot.
The Amazing Spider-Man Game Play for the Xbox 360
This game also features an upgrade system for Spider-Man’s spider abilities, attacks, and tech (his gear). You can use Peter Parker’s apartment as a home base where you can change outfits that you unlock in the game and to check your game progress. There’s a map of the city in the pause menu which allows for marking waypoints as well as a mini map that’s displayed in the lower right hand corner of the screen while you play. There’s tons of collectibles you can get while you swing through the city like comic book pages to classic Spider-Man comic books. Collecting enough pages will unlock items in the game. The comics can also be viewed separately when you’re not playing the game, a nice touch. There’s also Spider-Man symbols hidden throughout the city. Photographing these symbols will also unlock in-game items. Basically, this is Arkham City with Spider-Man Control-V’d over everything and that’s not a bad thing.
That being said though, I do have a few minor issues with the game as it’s not quite the perfect movie to video game adaptation. First, it’s almost too easy. There’s three difficulty levels to choose from and if had I known beforehand just how easy this game is, I would’ve played it on the hardest difficulty. You really only use two buttons in this entire game, X and Right Trigger. X to fight and Right Trigger to move through the city. When you get into the combat of the game, all you have to do is press X to destroy anything in your path. There are some special attacks and combos that can be performed if you want to get creative but basically, just press X. At one point, I let go of the X button and Spider-Man was still performing attacks. At one point, I wasn’t even sure if I was controlling anything. Mixing up your attacks helps keep the combat fresh and helps you feel more in control of what’s happening on the screen.
My only other gripe about this game is the camera that follows you. It’s all over the place and can be a little annoying to position right during the game. There is an option to turn down the camera sensitivity but finding the perfect speed and movement for the camera can take some getting used to.
C’mon, Do I have even have to tell you, the game looks amazing. It’s highly detailed and with very smooth movements throughout. There isn’t one part of this game that looks bad….except Gwen, does she have blonde hair? or does she have red hair and she colored it? Either way, I’d bang her and by her I mean Emma Stone, not the high school student she plays in the movie and game.
Overall, I’m gonna say this is a must play game especially for big Spider-Man fans. It has everything a die hard fan could want including appearances by some classic Spider-Man characters like The Iguana, Felicia Hardy, Vermin, and Scorpion. There’s even a new character that was created just for this game called Nattie who is a Piranha cross breed.
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