Game Review: The Amazing Spider-Man
This video game is perfect for the Spider-Man lovers out there. Thanks to Activision, I got the chance to check it out first hand. The game was developed by Beenox, who also developed the previous Spider-Man series. They’ve really beefed up unforeseen graphic work in the gaming industry. There were four main goals to this investment: the story, being Spider-Man, web-rush, and being back in Manhattan.
This story is set after the film, The Amazing Spider-Man, where the new Oscorp executive, Alistair Smythe, plans to create more cross-species experiments. While the facility is very advanced, they manage to escape and terrorize New York City. To combat the these cross-species (including Spider-Man), Smythe develops a large group of robots, but they cause more harm than good. Now it’s up to Spider-Man, ahem… YOU to save the city from both the cross-species and robots. You can look forward to a rendezvous with villians Lizard, Rhino, Iguana, Felicia Hardy, Vermin and Scorpion. Beenox also introduced a new piranha-like boss, Nattie, created specifically for this game.
The developers really wanted players to feel like they’re Spider-Man and a part of the city. Unlike other third-person video games, they maintain a large close up of the character, keeping the screen clear of visual distractions. Small things such as the health bar are replaced by the wear and tear of the suit and heaviness of breath. The graphic blurriness of the passing landscape gives you a sense of the city’s depths. While swinging from rooftop to rooftop, you really get the sense of free-falling and feeling like the wind is slapping your cheeks to your ears. You’ll see.
There’s a new mechanism called the “web-rush.” This is an advanced way of getting around from a lamp post to a billboard, to a rooftop, to a vehicle, and on and on until you want to stop. This provides you with incredible control over the character, allowing you to perform acrobatics and change directions in mid-air.
For kicks and giggles, Beenox included an extra ability where you can whip out your Spider-Man DSLR camera and take photos during the game.
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The Amazing Spider-Man official video game trailer:
Rhino reveal official trailer:
The official movie trailer: