'The Amazing Spider-Man'
Sony PlayStation 3 (Xbox 360, Wii)
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 3.0 stars
Most people are happy to forget about the disappointing "Spider-Man 3" movie and the horrible game that accompanied it. I hoped that developers of the new movie tie-in, titled "The Amazing Spider-Man," would simply enhance the formula that made "Spider-Man 2" so fun. How was I to know that it would end up as a dumbed-down copy of the popular Batman games?
For starters, this title begins after the events of the movie and teams the wall-crawler up with Kurt Conners, aka The Lizard. I'm sure you're thinking, "what the heck?" Apparently, the mighty Oscorp company has continued Dr. Connors' research, and as a complete shock to everyone, their genetic mutations escape and start rampaging throughout New York.
Bad storylines can ruin an open-world game because the main missions focus on the story. Fortunately, the fun side missions and optional activities are the only things that kept me from wanting to squash "The Amazing Spider-Man" underfoot! I especially enjoy the photography mini-game, but I can do without collecting hundreds of comic book pages.
Fighting enemies is not very fun at all, especially because players have no control over the random combos they unleash. The only variety comes from initiating cool web moves in between mashing the attack button and occasionally hitting the dodge button. Even the stealth game play is a simplistic copy of the far superior stealth found in "Batman: Arkham City."
Web-swinging is unbelievably boring because of the fact that all players have to do is hold down one button instead of actually participating. This results in watching the same animations repeatedly as well as occasionally smashing into buildings and slamming into the ground. The new Web Rush ability that lets players slow down time and accurately direct Spidey to certain areas is cool, but I still want more control over web-swinging.
In the end, "The Amazing Spider-Man" is overly simplistic and uninspired.