The Amazing Spider

Not so amazing

Spider-Man games used lớn rule the roost when it came to licensed comic book properties. Spidey led the way in fact on the NES, & continued his streak into the SNES with classic brawlers like Separation AnxietyandMaximum Carnage, & one of my personal favorites — the 1995 cartoon adaptation.

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But ever since 2004’sSpider-Man 2, developers have struggled khổng lồ recapture the magic of what it means khổng lồ swing about in 3D. While I saw a lot of hope in the first Amazing Spider-Man game, there’s been an unfortunate drop in unique the second time around.

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It’s tough to lớn really call The Amazing Spider-Man 2a current-generation game — because it’s not. While the aforementioned consistent framerate is definitely a plus on the PS4, the trò chơi doesn’t look all that great, or detailed for that matter. The city feels relatively lifeless, and the UI and menus feel cluttered & a little too retro for their own good. A lack of polish isn’t doing Amazing2any favors.

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Peter’s old friend “Stan” returns from the first game, & this time we get khổng lồ see him in the flesh operating his comic shop. It’s here that you’ll be able khổng lồ access all of the game’s extras, including a training simulation, figurine collectibles, and real comic books that you can collect throughout the city. You can also opt to change out your costume in Peter’s room (pre-order bonuses range from the Venom Suit to Spider-Man’s Cosmic outfiit.

While it’s more than a lot of other open-world games offer, nothing is compelling enough lớn collect or pursue unless you reallywant khổng lồ read those comic books. The sidequests in general (fighting petty criminals & taking pictures) are simply a bore, only rewarding you with a generic 10-second video of the Daily Bugle heralding Spidey’s heroic actions. Whereas games like inFamous: Second Son, Saints Row IV, và Prototypeoffer up quality objectives và rewards to lớn entice you into completing them (as well as a fun sandbox to romp in), Beenox dropped the ball here.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2isn’t a complete disaster, và I can easily see fans of Spidey enjoying it at a deep discount. It’s just a shame that Beenox somehow got worseat making Spider-Man games over time, and that the powers that be insist on rushing them as movie tie-ins. Somehow, someway — we will get our Arkhamof Spider-Man games again. Until then, you can just pick up a used copy of 2004’sSpider-Man 2.