THE AMAZING SPIDER

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By Dave Rudden
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game feels lượt thích what would happen if you found a cursed monkey's paw and wished for the best web-slinging experience ever. For all the fun you can have swinging around Thành Phố New York City, it’s canceled out by boring Peter Parker segments, frustratingly dull combat, & annoyingly persistent glitches. Meanwhile, plot is tossed aside in favor of churning out an unsatisfying parade of supervillains.

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Traversal is much-improved from 2012’s Amazing Spider-Man game. Your web lines have sầu lớn actually attach khổng lồ a nearby building or structure, so you're encouraged khổng lồ swing cthảm bại to the ground where taxis & other vehicles honk as you narrowly miss them. It’s much more fun than flying high above sầu them on webs apparently attached to clouds. Having the left and right triggers (or mouse buttons) mapped khổng lồ swinging with their respective arms is a nice addition, too; the ability lớn alternate adds a tad more authentiđô thị lớn Spidey's wild và fast swinging, as does cutting around a corner by using the inside arm. The first time I made a crazy dive sầu from a skyscraper & attached a web khổng lồ a building right before hitting the ground, I could finally relate khổng lồ the common scene that’s played out in just about every Spider-Man movie over the last dozen years. I never wanted lớn stop moving in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Adding lớn that feeling is that things aren't much fun once you slow down. Like the last movie tie-in, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 attempts khổng lồ be Arkham-lite when it comes khổng lồ combat, and fails due to its repetitive sầu nature. While Spidey's range for stealth attacks has been increased, that benefit is negated by the guesswork involved in discovering said range, since there is no indicator lượt thích in The Amazing Spider-Man.

When you're inevitably discovered, there's usually not much lớn winning fights: just button-mash the attachồng button until your Spidey-sense tingles, then dodge or counter. If you need to slow an enemy down, spam them with webbing. It lacks the options that make Batman’s combat interesting.

The sub-par enemy AI comes to light whenever you Web Dash just a few feet away from a thug. That’ll often confound lesser foes, even the ones that accompany bosses. When enemies aren't easily confused, they're straight-up broken; you can expect multiple occurrences of thugs walking inlớn walls or bosses that glitch into lớn game-breaking states. This either renders them completely open to lớn attachồng or indefinitely invincible, requiring a restart.

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Missions in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are sau-79.netificantly shorter than its predecessor’s, but the running time is roughly the same seven hours due to undesirable padding. The combat lead-up khổng lồ a boss battle is actually pretty short – more often than not, you have sầu khổng lồ clear a single (albeit large) room of enemies before progressing to the supervillan. It takes about 15 minutes khổng lồ beat one, but you’ll have spent another 15 during that mission slowly walking around taking photos and searching for items as Peter Parker. The biggest affront in this added time is the “interactive” dialogue sequences. These are consequence-không tính tiền choices that just determine the order in which questions are asked.

Not that it really matters. Where the movies at least make an effort to give sầu you nuanced introductions và chất lượng team-ups, this bl& plot throws just about every single one of the seven supervillans inkhổng lồ the fray individually & without fanfare, particularly at the kết thúc. It certainly doesn’t help that the script is very schizophrenic, jumping from attempted melodrama to lớn hackneyed gags a matter of seconds. You can unlock more backstory via side-missions, but they're rarely worth the effort. Nevertheless, you will have sầu to lớn tackle them on occasion, since there are a few instances where the only requirement to progress in a mission is “explore the city.” The only good ones are the Russian mob hideouts, which are always just the right length & unloông chồng cool new costumes.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is available for all major platforms, but outside of the unflinching framerate, which stays steady no matter how fast Spidey swings, I wasn’t all that impressed by its looks on PC or newer consoles. On the Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, the hardware is able lớn keep pace with a few graphical concessions. The biggest difference is the ground traffic in Thành Phố New York City, where the rush hour of more powerful platforms turns inlớn 3AM Tuesday midtown traffic on the older systems. Across the board, though, there are a few low-budget stylistic choices unbecoming of a blockbuster movie adaptation, lượt thích the laông chồng of lip syncing in the intros & the static news screens that accompany the outros of petty crime side-missions.

In addition lớn Off-TV Play, the Wii U version places the map on the GamePad, but it’s really not much of a boon, as it’s zoomed in và doesn’t respond to lớn touch. If you want lớn see outside the five-to-six block radius or drop a beanhỏ, you’ll have sầu khổng lồ pause & access Spidey’s phone thực đơn as you’d vị in every other version.

Verdict

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is yet another example of what happens when games are rushed out to lớn coincide with a movie release date. It’s especially frustrating because the website swinging really is fun, but developer Beenox wasn’t able khổng lồ keep the momentum going once you hit the ground. The next time there"s an Amazing Spider-Man movie, hopefully combat can be brought up to lớn snuff, since there"s plenty of promise in the air.