Hunt For Uncle Ben’s Killer In The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Releasing alongside the movie, Beenox-developed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will put the player back in the spandex of the red-coloured superhero who swings from building to building, with the aid of a web.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not at all a new game concept, as various other Spider-Man games already exist, three of which have been developed by Beenox and published by Activision. These games include: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, and The Amazing Spider-Man.
Name: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date: 02 May, 2014 (EU)
Price: ~R 630
Seeing as there is a previous game titled “The Amazing Spider-Man”, the question is whether or not this iteration is a sequel that requires a player to have engaged in the aforementioned version. I would assume that the short answer is ‘no’. Instead, the game will once again use the events of the upcoming film as a springboard for its own plot.
This time around the game sees the player search for Uncle Ben’s killer.
While the search for Uncle Ben’s killer is the main objective, the game will feature villains known in the Spider-Man universe. This includes old characters that we have already seen, alongside new additions that could be exciting and dynamic. Prominent villains include Kraven the Hunter, Electro, and Kingpin. Emphasis does, however, seem to be on Kraven–a Russian descendent whose intent is proving himself–acting as Spider-Man’s mentor. Is that not a great twist? Who knows how it will play out.
Akin to previous Spider-Man games, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will have an open-world setting. Players will be able to roam free, in a city that is not only more expansive, but also more detailed than that of the previous title. Open-world is an important aspect of the game, as most of the story will be contingent on this.
The open-world city has been further diversified as well, as unique districts have been included. These districts were created to allow for more open space for the player. Web-slinging is all about space, as you could very well imagine.
To keep things interesting, Beenox has created advanced combat upgrades. These upgrades include new web types–such as webs that can freeze or destroy things on impact–as well as the expected web-slinging action. It has been noted that web shooters can also be upgraded.
Another system aimed at distinguishing between good and bad will also be included in the game. Called “Morality”, players will be judged on how they play. Does the hero stop crimes or simply allow them to take place? Depending on how this is answered, Spider-Man can either become a “Hero” or “Menace”.
Because being a superhero means that one needs to be on high alert, the game will test the player’s vigilance through dynamic crimes that require fighting, and even chase scenes. The types of crimes that can be expected include arson and hostage situations. Furthermore, constant side missions can also be enjoyed.
In an attempt to add further dynamics to the game, Beenox has created scenes where Peter Parker–the boy behind the mask–will need to walk around and conduct investigations through good old-fashioned detective work. The addition of a playable Peter Parker is to try and let the player find out what motivates Spider-Man’s villains. Through this, Peter Parker–as Spider-Man–will be able to overcome his enemies.
Personal concerns about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are quite simple. The idea of a Spider-Man game is not at all new, therefore can one expect the game to be ‘groundbreaking’? It is evident that Beenox is trying to freshen things up with new attacks, the playable Peter Parker, and more dynamic crimes.
This kind of growth is expected. And that may be the very problem. It does not feel as if anything new or groundbreaking has been done, instead the developers are simply making a game that is not exactly the same as the first one, with the only noticeable difference being a new storyline. Is that good enough, and is that what players want? To a point I can imagine it is.
The cautious side of me expects to see the same sort of fights and action found in the first game, whereby new attacks (such as freeze-webs) and features will add a little bit of new fun to the game.
With a fresh set of villains, however, there is a touch of curiosity as to how much Spider-Man will need to deal with to take down Uncle Ben’s killer. Because let us not forget, the idea behind the game is to get the Burglar.
Suspected Selling Points
- New villains;
- Dynamic crimes, as well as new types of crimes;
- The Morality system;
- New and old attacks (such as the Web-Rush system), as well as critical strikes, dodges and rolls; and
- The addition of upgrades and abilities.
- The fourth Spider-Man game by Beenox, and subsequently comes across as a cop-out;
- Could possibly be ‘more of the same';
- Morality system ineffective and a mere marketable gimmick; and
- Too many villains, with the storyline being a ‘second feature’ of the game.
My personal stance on games that are constantly refreshed is, pretty much: be weary. While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a lot of potential, especially with the new changes and additions, there is also a chance that it may fail in the eyes of the fans. By relying too much on new attacks and moves, the Spider-Man character that fans know and love may become something else–however still wearing the red suit. To me, that is the fundamental issue with superhero games that are constantly remade: the character is a mere visual representation of something that it is no longer.
While I do agree that in trying to keep things fresh, the developer should alter the character. Fortunately, though, Beenox seems to have been very subtle with upgrading Spider-Man and that means he may still be true to himself. A few new attacks will, most probably, be welcomed by players whereby the open-world environment that is riddled with dynamic crimes and side missions is destined to add a lot of fun and extra playing hours.
And on the topic of playing, PlayStation 4 users with a Vita can use remote play to enjoy The Amazing Spider-Man 2.