The first Amazing Spider-man game was released for the Xbox 360 in 2012 as a tie-in to the rebooted movie series. When I say tie-in, this is rather loose, as in reality the game has very little in common with the movie.
What the game did have in common with the movie was that, for me at least, it was a lot of fun. It’s a third person action game where you play as the titular character and swing around the vast New York landscape picking up collectables, stopping crime and of course following the story mode. This is the closest game Spidey fans will have to an Arkham City style Spider-man game.
It introduced a lot of villains into the ‘world’ which the movie didn’t, and that is obviously a necessity when limiting your villain count in the movie (something the second movie then went on to do in the OPPOSITE direction). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One is set to continue this and develop the world which it established in the first game.
As mentioned, the game has very little to do with the movie, and Amazing Spider-man 2 is set to be the same. The villains from the movie will be included (Green Goblin, Rhino, Electro) but there will undoubtedly be an array of additional villains in there as well, with the trailers at least confirming that Kingpin, Black Cat and Kraven the Hunter will be joining the fight.
Rather disappointingly, it appears as through graphically, Amazing Spider-man 2 doesn’t improve on the standards set by the first game. The original game looked good on the Xbox 360 and in theory it should look GREAT on Xbox One, but… it doesn’t, which is a huge let down. The team at Beenox haven’t had much time to develop the game following the first, so certain corners may have been cut to compensate. The game engine itself appears to have not been touched, so at least fans of the first game will be able to pick up the sequel and feel right at home.
But with the new generation of gaming here, is this enough? We know Rocksteady are busy with their new Arkham title for Xbox One, and it’s set to be an expansion on the games which proceeded it and not simply a glorified add-on, so why isn’t the Amazing Spider-man 2? In fact, in the run up to Amazing Spider-man 2’s release very little actual gameplay footage was released, which speaks volumes when it comes to the faith they have in their own title.
There has also been a lot of confusion regarding the release of Amazing Spider-man 2. For a while there were even rumors about the game being scrapped completely, but in late April it appeared on the Xbox One online store to purchase and download despite the physical release having been delayed.
There are only so many times we can swing through the streets of New York and be entertained, so it will be interested to see whether Amazing Spider-man 2 has done enough to keep gamers hooked. It is naturally a feature which any Spider-man title can’t avoid (being Spidey’s preferred method of transport!) but if it is the same faux New York setting as the first game then gamers will undoubtedly feel a little short changed.
Let’s just hope that I am completely wrong and Amazing Spider-man 2 blows us all completely away, and if that happens, then it will do what no other Spider-man game has managed to do. For some reason, studios really do seem to struggle with putting together a Spidey game which the masses really get behind.
Perhaps it was too similar to the Arkham games? The city swinging was reminiscent of the gliding in Arkham City and the combat was almost identical in style and control to the entire Arkham series. Beenox had captured this well in the Amazing Spider-man, but it was to the point that it was an unashamed copy. Unfortunately, I can’t see this changing any time soon.
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Article by - Mike Jeavons
Insert Date: 5/2/2014