Martin Sheen narrated “NFL: America’s Game – The Super Bowl Champions, 1999 St. Louis Rams – Super Bowl XXXIV”. Sheen just so happens to star in the upcoming movie “The Amazing Spider-Man”, which comes out in theaters on July 3. Speaking of that movie, the video game of the same name has already come out.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” was released on June 26, 2012 in the U.S. for the 360, PS3, 3DS, DS and Wii (The iOS/Android versions will be released on June 28; the PC version on August 10.). “Spider-Man” was published by Activision and developed by Beenox for the 360, PS3, 3DS and Wii (The DS version by Other Ocean Interactive and the iOS/Android versions by Gameloft).
It is rated T (Teen) for mild language, mild suggestive themes and violence (The DS version is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and up) for cartoon violence.). The genres of “Spider-Man are third-person open world, action-adventure and platform. Single-player is the major game mode.
December 2011 was the month in which the world premiere trailer was released at the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards. PlayStation Move is supported on the PS3 version. For the 360/PS3 versions, there were pre-order bonuses. Amazon.com let users play as Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, and GameStop let users play a bonus challenge that included the Rhino (Fahey).
“The Amazing Spider-Man” is approximately the thirtieth installment in the “Spider-Man” series. “Spider-Man: Edge of Time” (2011) is the prequel to “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man” (1982) is the first in the series. It is unknown if a sequel to “Spider-Man” will be made, but judging on the generally favorable reviews of the newest game and the length of the series, it is likely.
Gameplay for “Spider-Man” has events that occur after the plot of the new movie and gameplay controls are similar to “Batman: Arkham Asylum/City”. What is really cool about the game is that comic book pages can be collected throughout gameplay and unlocked pages can be read anytime. Taking pictures of spider symbols unlocks costumes that Spider-Man can wear. XP is rewarded, which in turn is used for upgrades. ‘Web Rush’ is used to slow time in order to better see locations that Spider-Man can get to.
Positives for “Spider-Man” include fun gameplay, Web Rush power, voice acting, great camera placement when swinging through Manhattan, decent story, upgrades/XP and Spider-Man’s graphics. The lasting appeal should last more than ten hours and the 700 comic book pages that can be collected keep the user playing for a long time.
Negatives for “Spider-Man” include its repetitiveness, including voiceovers, very easy on normal difficulties, villains, worse animations than “Arkham Asylum/City”, okay graphics, load times, Twitter aspect, forgettable soundtrack and neutral boss fights. Metacritic gave it a Metascore of 73 out of 100 for the 360 and PS3 (No other versions have received a score.).
Even though “Spider-Man” has a few upsides, it is still not worth buying, unless you are a fan of the “Spider Man” series or “Batman: Arkham Asylum/City”. For those who fit those qualifications, this game is perfect for you and can be purchased here in St. Louis.
“Spider-Man” is about $60 for the 360/PS3, $50 for the Wii and $30 for the 3DS/DS at Target, Walmart, Kmart ($25 for the DS), Best Buy, Toys “R” Us, Hastings and GameStop. The official strategy guide is $20 at GameStop and the pre-owned game there and at Amazon.com will be coming in the near future.
Official website: http://www.theamazingspidermangame.com/
Wiki website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Spider-Man_(2012_video_game)
IMDb website: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2249079/
Facebook website: https://www.facebook.com/#!/TheAmazingSpiderManGame
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