FIRST 10 MINUTES | X360, PS3, PC Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Our videos of Spider-Man

Our videos of Spider-Man

Video games adapted from movies usually are to be avoided at all costs, but sometimes we are pleasantly surprised. The Amazing Spider-Man is one of those games, and though it has some flaws, it is also a very fun title to play. Web-swinging around New York is incredibly addictive, even when simply looking for comics pages. Obviously, the side-quests should have been more varied, and there is still room for improvement in the technical department, but overall it's a nice combination of open world gameplay and more straightforward sequences in which Spidey can fight his way to his objective, or decide to lay low and sneak in. Beenox sure borrowed a lot from the Arkham games, but we have enjoyed every single bit of this new Spider-Man adventure.
Note: Activision just announced that the PC version will be released on August 10 in Europe - so most probably on August 7 in North America.

Oscorp
Introduction
The First 10 Minutes
Free Roam
Miscellaneous gameplay
Times Square
Robots

All comments

Commented on 2012-06-27 11:19:31
yhea the crazy assnonsensical webslinging makes sense from a gameplay prespective on the boss, but not on the city. he lays behind the tallest building, and the next webshot is another imaginary tall junction point? makes no sense... never had those in spiderman 2.

technically looks good.
Commented on 2012-06-27 12:36:15
I think it's because that proper web swinging tech is owned by Treyarch (Spiderman 2) and no Beenox spiderman has had it.

I at least like the damage model like in Batman games on his suit. Can you strip him as much as Parasite Eve 3rd birthday? That'd be funny for the fangirls :3
Commented on 2012-06-27 12:41:04 In reply to digi_matrix
Posted by digi_matrix
I think it's because that proper web swinging tech is owned by Treyarch (Spiderman 2) and no Beenox spiderman has had it.

I at least like the damage model like in Batman games on his suit. Can you strip him as much as Parasite Eve 3rd birthday? That'd be funny for the fangirls :3
Treyarch's Web of Shadows clearly did not use the web swinging tech which was featured in Spiderman 2.
Commented on 2012-06-27 13:47:53 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
Treyarch's Web of Shadows clearly did not use the web swinging tech which was featured in Spiderman 2.
The plot thickens...
Commented on 2012-06-27 14:43:56 In reply to digi_matrix
Posted by digi_matrix
The plot thickens...
daa daa daa dummm.....
Commented on 2012-06-27 15:25:13
the lighting looks really awesome in this, the pc version should look great
Commented on 2012-06-27 16:51:05
The"web swinging tech"as you say,lol,is pointless to complain about.That is 100% a non-issue imo,but the stale enemies and boss fights that play themselves are.Way too many context sensitive moves in this game.Really not liking them holding my hand the whole game.Its fun enough to satisfy my spiderman cravings,but way off from being batman.
Commented on 2012-06-27 17:04:43 In reply to jhey
Posted by jhey
daa daa daa dummm.....
damn i was just thinking to type that :p
Commented on 2012-06-27 21:57:46 In reply to OGNeckleather
Posted by OGNeckleather
The"web swinging tech"as you say,lol,is pointless to complain about.That is 100% a non-issue imo,but the stale enemies and boss fights that play themselves are.Way too many context sensitive moves in this game.Really not liking them holding my hand the whole game.Its fun enough to satisfy my spiderman cravings,but way off from being batman.
THE GAME IS PLAYING ITSELF, JON!
Commented on 2012-06-28 03:32:23 In reply to OGNeckleather
Posted by OGNeckleather
The"web swinging tech"as you say,lol,is pointless to complain about.That is 100% a non-issue imo,but the stale enemies and boss fights that play themselves are.Way too many context sensitive moves in this game.Really not liking them holding my hand the whole game.Its fun enough to satisfy my spiderman cravings,but way off from being batman.
Dead on. The lack of webs attaching to anything is pretty annoying (as is the large amounts of tearing and camera issues), but the main thing here is the hand holding.

When I read how simplified the controls have become though, I lost all interest. Holding one button to swing all around the city? Context sensitive combat?(Aka scripted QTE's at specific locations). C'mon developers, I understand streamlining, but games are becoming less and less interactive these days. I loved having to judge my swings and my next move and determine where to land. I actually don't even mind pressing buttons from time to time. Being able to fail occasionally doesn't hurt either, and the ability to upgrade abilities is no longer available.

Now just hold down a button and watch the magic! Bbbbbuuuuutttt it's just like a movie now!!!
Commented on 2012-06-28 17:14:03 In reply to michaelob
Posted by michaelob
Now just hold down a button and watch the magic! Bbbbbuuuuutttt it's just like a movie now!!!
thanks Heavy Sh*t... for making it Rain.
Commented on 2012-06-28 17:50:32
I know this may sound a bit stupid to some but when i look at this footage it makes me very sad to still be a gamer. It's perhaps a bit over the top but just about all games these days are only enjoyable if we allow them to be. The odd flash of brilliance and of course all games can be fun to play even the dire ones- if we do in fact play them only for what they are. This game will will be fine and tick some boxes no doubt but years of playing games has left me quite bored of essentially the same thing time after time. The magic isn't there any more and it's not something a break can solve

I think a certain amount of gamers -those that have likely gamed for a while-unknowingly accept their hobby because they've done it for so long. The thing is it just means you have to be more picky i guess but it amazes me people the world over continue to buy into this when clearly the magic just isn't there any more. Same with films too i guess?

Commented on 2012-06-28 22:45:38 In reply to Adropacrich2
Posted by Adropacrich2
I know this may sound a bit stupid to some but when i look at this footage it makes me very sad to still be a gamer. It's perhaps a bit over the top but just about all games these days are only enjoyable if we allow them to be. The odd flash of brilliance and of course all games can be fun to play even the dire ones- if we do in fact play them only for what they are. This game will will be fine and tick some boxes no doubt but years of playing games has left me quite bored of essentially the same thing time after time. The magic isn't there any more and it's not something a break can solve

I think a certain amount of gamers -those that have likely gamed for a while-unknowingly accept their hobby because they've done it for so long. The thing is it just means you have to be more picky i guess but it amazes me people the world over continue to buy into this when clearly the magic just isn't there any more. Same with films too i guess?
I'm pretty much in the same boat as you Adro. I've been gaming since I was around 6 years old, and I remember the sense of awe that used to be instilled by nearly every new game. Don't get me wrong, I still get awed by games (Skyrim for example), but they are very few and far between.

I don't know if that is more a symptom of myself becoming jaded, or just general lack of innovation in the games industry. I do think this game is a perfect example though. I agree that it could be a fun game, and 10 years ago I probably would have loved it. The problem is, Spiderman 2 did EVERYTHING better than this game (except for visuals), and it was out like 8 years ago. Why would I want to play this now?

I agree that a break can't solve it. Luckily, adult life doesn't leave much time for gaming (what with kids, wives, jobs etc), but it is still a bit sad to lose interest in something you really used to love. I just really wish there was something on the horizon to convince me otherwise, but I'm just not seeing it.

Great graphics are nice and all, but I think I need something more from the next generation. Maybe fully interactive AI with dialog. Insane physics that simulate every action in the environment. Perhaps a full on VR helmet with head tracking. Maybe even smell-o-vision......who knows......just something other than an increase in pixels again....
Commented on 2012-06-29 03:40:28
I agree and i hope next gen steps it up as far as gameplay is concerned.We need less Enslaved and more Demons Souls.Its pretty sad when the best game ive played this year is an arcade title,yes i mean minecraft.
Commented on 2012-06-29 12:16:18
-So Wolverine is still the superhero title to beat?

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