Game Info
Box Art N/A
Platkhung 360, PS3, Win, Wii U, 3DS, PS4, Xbox One
quảng cáo online Activision
Developer Beenox
Release Date Atruyền thông quảng cáo 29, 2014

It"s the tutorial.

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The most formative sầu moment of one of the planet"s most beloved superheroes plays out as helpful on-screen prompts inkhung me that the left stiông xã will allow me to walk to lớn the mission target, the soon-to-be-lifeless toàn thân of my beloved uncle. This instructive sầu moment is a useful touchstone for the experience of playing Beenox"s and publisher Activision"s lademo attempt at Spider-Man. All the necessary pieces are present. Some of them are beautifully crafted. But they"re rarely assembled in a way that makes any sense.

Swinging around New York is very, very good

Typically, when someone lượt thích myself says they"re a bạn of Spider-Man games, they"re actually saying they lượt thích swinging around Thủ đô New York, so let me first say that the swinging around New York is very, very good.

Beenox"s already-great Web Rush mechanic returns, which lets you piông chồng a point in the world on the fly and watch as Spidey dynamically finds a really cool-looking path to lớn that spot. But Beenox has made some additions to swinging lớn make it really sing.


Unlượt thích 2012"s Amazing Spider-Man and its reality-defying mystery webs that attached to lớn clouds and enigma, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 features actual webs connecting to actual buildings, with one trigger mapped lớn each hvà. Note khổng lồ all those Spider-Man developers who come after: This is the only way to lớn do web-swinging properly. It provides better control than the anh hùng has ever seen in a đoạn phim game, adding a little skill và feeling right. Paired with some beautiful acrobatic animation for Spidey, swinging through even a Manhattung that"s one fifth the form size of actual Manhatchảy is a joy.


Beenox attempts to add to lớn this repertoire with a new slingshot move, where our hero flings himself from webs connected to lớn two adjacent buildings. The problem: a prolonged wind-up and anemic launch make this move sầu markedly slower than just swinging normally. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 lets you waste tech points collected around the đô thị khổng lồ tăng cấp this skill & it"s still slower than swinging.

This isn"t a big khuyến mãi, obviously — you could ignore the move entirely if you lượt thích. But it"s emblematic of the seemingly thoughtless way many of The Amazing Spider-Man 2"s systems have been constructed and interact with one another.

There are a ton of alternate Spider-Man costumes, each with its own phối of bonuses to Spidey"s skills. It"s a cool idea ... except each suit has its own experience level, which increases its specific bonuses. So the longer you use any one suit, the less incentive sầu you have sầu to lớn switch.

The dialog in cutscenes is pretty good, but the rest of Spidey"s mid-combat và city traversal lines (which you hear far more often) are almost uniformly, skin-crawlingly horrific. A real line I was subjected khổng lồ multiple times: "This one time I fought sometoàn thân who was a real loser, but they"re still better than you!"

At the risk of belaboring my point:

A promising story-line that casts Kraven the Hunter as Spidey"s mentor drowns in a torrent of tacked on super-nemeses.

There are dialog options in conversations, but you can select all of them without consequence.

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While dressed as Peter Parker in a cutscene I was insulted for my "bargain-basement suit" (I was wearing a hoodie).

A dramatic scene with Harry Osborne was robbed of much of its potency when his volume màn chơi began lớn shift at random.

I could go on. For a while.

But nowhere is The Amazing Spider-Man 2"s "good idea/bad execution" dynamic more obvious than in the new "Menace" system, which goes down in history as the worst thing that the character has ever been involved with — including emo Peter"s Spider-Man 3 dance number.

Manhattung is littered with crimes for Spider-Man to lớn stop, from police chases to lớn burning buildings. Every time Spidey intercedes in one of these situations, he improves his reputation, filling a "heroic" meter, which provides further bonuses khổng lồ his suit stats. If he waits too long to lớn intervene, the crime will happen and he"ll chiến bại reputation until he"s labeled a "menace." As a menace, Spider-Man is constantly assaulted by gun-toting soldiers and robots. His progress is even impeded by electric netting spread between buildings.

As the game progresses, you"re presented with far more crimes than you could ever stop. So you can either keep grinding repetitious side quests khổng lồ buy yourself enough time to lớn get to your next mission, or just accept that you"re going lớn watch a lot of innocent people die và you"re going to get harrassed.


This system is bad on every conceivable màn chơi. It pushes you inlớn dull sidequests with minimal rewards. It forces you khổng lồ ignore crimes constantly (or get lớn them seconds too late), which feels very unheroic. It makes the idea of cruising around town looking for some of the 300 collectible comic pages or other knick-knacks unpalatable in the extreme. And yes, this horrid system persists even after the game ends.

These bad decisions weigh The Amazing Spider-Man 2 down so badly that even its decent bits can"t rise to the top. Combat is a rhythm-based affair pretty much directly lifted from the Arksay đắm games, but it"s at least serviceable và looks terrific. Stealth sequences where Spidey zips between hiding spots silently taking out enemies are ... well, they"re also an Arkđam mê rip-off, but they"re well done and, as opposed lớn 2012"s Amazing Spider-Man, set in environments that actually seemed designed lớn accommodate them.

Wrap Up: Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings for greatness but falls back lớn earth

I"m 33 years old & at this point I"ve accepted that there"s probably never going to be a truly great Spider-Man game. If the dispiriting The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is any indication, Activision and Beenox may have reached the same conclusion. There have sầu been many worse Spider-Man games than this. But I can"t recall one that"s swung so conceptually cđại bại lớn greatness only to lớn let poor execution drag it bachồng lớn Earth.

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