Beenox’s The Amazing Spiderman was a surprise hit. I thoroughly enjoyed most of it, too. Its gameplay and controls were highly praised, but its story and graphics were criticized. Can The Amazing Spiderman 2 be better than its predecessor? Can Beenox fix the issues that dragged down the previous game?
The Amazing Spiderman 2 carries over what its predecessor did so greatly: excellent controls. The controls were very fluid, and controlling Spiderman was done with much ease. The Amazing Spiderman 2 boasts some of the best controls that any game in the past year has had, and that is saying a lot coming from someone who plays his fair share of games in any given year.
Spidy’s swinging… and he goes up… The Amazing Spiderman 2 also has a fun and unique ability in web swinging. While I couldn’t swing around New York for hours on end, I could, and did so for twenty minutes. The swinging capability is a definite plus to the game.
I am somewhat of a stickler when it comes to a games sound. While I found The Amazing Spiderman 2’s sound to be slightly below average, it was still passable – the voice acting was decent, but the sounds made by the AI, and sometimes Spiderman, are, to say the least odd. Essentially, if you are looking for a Spiderman game that sounds like great, then consider that when you purchase the game.
As this is an achievements-based site, the games achievements should be reviewed, and they are slightly above average. There is a perfect mix of story and upgrade-based achievements, but the abundance of collectible-related achievements are definitely a downside to the game, so watch out. The Amazing Spiderman 2 most definitely has better achievements than its predecessor.
Its story is nothing like Bioshock Infinite’s very sublime story, but the story of The Amazing Spiderman 2 is passable, but not great. The story was, at times, hard to follow, and at times, very boring, even with combat intermixed with cut scenes. With all that said, I did enjoy some more Spiderman lore, even it was OK Spiderman lore. Essentially, the games story is OK – it passes for a budget title, but it is certainly no AAA title. You could take or leave it, I guess.
What The Amazing Spiderman did well, is not as done as well in The Amazing Spiderman 2. The gameplay felt almost like the Batman: Arkham series, minus its fluidity, finesse, and polish. It felt like almost a carbon copy of the games gameplay, minus the aforementioned things.
Recent games’ graphics are supposed to passable, but The Amazing Spiderman 2’s are from that. I was stunned when I got close to characters and buildings to see horrible textures and plain BAD graphics.
Overall: 2/5. This game is for the die-hard superhero fans, but still can be a decent experience for about anyone. It’s a title that can be rented, but for those superhero die-hard fans, you should definitely think about picking up a copy.
The reviewer spent around 8 hours guiding Spiderman through the game. A copy was provided as a courtesy for the purpose of this review.