If you know anything about me you'll know that I'm a huge Spider-Man fan. In fact one could label me as a fanboy. My room is littered with Spider-Man action figures, posters and I'm proud to say his comics. As both a Spider-Man fan and a video-game enthusiast I'm no stranger to his video games- my Xbox Live Gamer-Score attests to the fact that I've played them all. So like everyone else I was not surprised that a new game was announced to go with the new movie. And you know what? It's actually the best Spider-Man game ever made.
Beenox, the developer, recently released other Spider-Man titles like Shattered Dimensions and the extremely disappointing Edge of Time. Luckily for us, Beenox decided to return to Spider-Man's roots and have a free-roaming New York to explore. This is where The Amazing Spider-Man absolutely shines. The outdoor battles are incredibly engaging and web-slinging through the Big Apple has never been more fun. I really enjoyed how they adjusted the camera. Instead of having the hero barely in the frame, Beenox pulled the camera in closer so you can get a better sense of speed.
Nothing is better than free-falling off a skyscraper then launching a web right before you hit the streets, letting the momentum sling shot you off. Also, this game features a new mechanic called "Web Rush": basically you hold down one of the shoulder buttons and it slows down time to show you different options on where to zip to. It's a nifty feature and it more than once saved me in a scuffle. It's certainly a welcome tool to help you find those pesky Comic Book pages hidden around the city.
Now that we've covered the Free-Roam gameplay, let's talk about the combat and indoor portions. If you've played the recent Batman game you'll instantly be familiar with the combat in The Amazing Spider-Man. It's not as polished but it's just as fun. I never got bored achieving blisteringly fast 50 hit combos with Spider-Man's agility-based fighting style. If you're more into stealth gameplay, Beenox has you covered in this area as well. You can hang from a ceiling and paint your target and you'll instantly web the poor sap up. To me, this wasn't the way I played the game. With the stealth portions it seemed too easy to just web a guy up and zip away from detection. I found it more challenging to get inside the fray and go toe-to-toe with the bad guys. Spider-Man isn't made to take a lot of punches so if you're not fast with your Spider-Sense you'll find yourself in a heap of trouble.
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