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Monday, May 5, 2014

Review: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Let's Play Dress Up

I'm not going to make this a very long review. To be honest, it could honestly be no longer than this opening paragraph. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn't a good game. Outside of the web slinging and the hunt for the next unlockable costume, it doesn't have a lot going for it. '

The thing is, it's still really fun. For some odd reason I found myself playing through the entire thing in one playthrough (roughly ten hours). I really can't tell you why either. The combat doesn't work more often than it does, the constant monologue is more annoying than Dragon's Dogma, and any movement outside of web-slinging will leave you screaming with frustration.

Yet I played the entire thing and really enjoyed it. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that no games have been released recently and I'm simply craving a new experience. It might be that despite its severe drawbacks, web-slinging around Manhattan is an absolute blast. Though to be fair, I'd be willing to bet it had a lot to do with the quest to find the next unlockable costume.

As completely ridiculous as the majority of them might have been.

If you're a fan of Spider-Man - comics, movies, etc. - then for $39.99 I can't recommend this enough. The villains are portrayed well and the story moves at a constant pace. You'll see a ton of references from Spider-Man lore throughout, and encounter some of the most notable villains to date. For a game created as a tie-in with the movie release, it's not that bad. It just lacks in a few categories that titles deserving of a higher score are proficient in.

With that said, it's a Spider-Man game. If you come in expecting more than web-slinging greatness, then you're expecting too much. Flying around the city helping citizens and collecting comic book pages is all you really need to do, and it's done brilliantly. Right trigger for right web, left for left, and pulling both to speed you up through the down phase of your swings lends itself to a thrilling experience.

That is of course until you have to climb a building, or move on the ground, which again will only make you wish you were back in the air as it's relatively broken. For you Spider-Man fans out there, this is a must buy. If you're not a fan of either the comic series or past games, I recommend staying away. The game itself isn't solid enough to be this great on its own.

Now to find that last costume...

All scores are out of 100. This review is based off a complete playthrough on the PC using an Xbox 360 controller.
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