It’s no surprise that when a comic book is made into a movie, the official game is sure to follow. But what happens when a comic book that’s already made it into a movie gets re-booted? Well procrastinate no-further, because my Spidey Senses have picked up some info which is sure to give some initial thoughts on the up and coming Spiderman re-boot; The Amazing Spider-Man.
Enter Peter Parker, the one-too-many time re-iterated story of a news journalist that gets bitten by a spider, and to his amazement has…you guessed it, spider-like powers.
So what’s new?
Given the dark turn of the upcoming summer blockbuster; ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ movie, the video game follows suit to this darker twist ever since it’s announcement at last years Comic Con.
Departing from the familiar and cartoony graphics that have plagued pretty much all Spiderman games, The Amazing Spider-Man looks more truthful and sincere especially in comparison to the comic books, which some would even argue is the same approach that Rocksteady took with the Arkham games; paying homage to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Re-boot. With that said, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ also possesses a free flow combat system of that also found in the recent Batman games which is used attack as well as counter enemies with ease and elegance. New and refreshing moves such “Web Rush” have been introduced to differentiate the way Spiderman travels between points of interest in the open world city of New York with a simular look to Batman’s grappling hook. This gives the player a cinematic and smooth transition by slowing down time when web swinging from building to building…or lamp-post to lamp-post. However if you choose not to slow down time, the experience is somewhat of that in Just Cause 2 whilst grappling from car to car. This can also be used strategically in combat to depict the perfect vantage point when striking enemies, so it isn’t as button bashing as its predecessors.
Check out this recently released Web Rush trailer which was shown at E3 2012:
It’s very hard to ignore the Arkham titles when talking about ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, but with so many similarities such as the free roaming open city of New York, a combat system taken right out the pages of Rocksteady’s baby, coupled with side missions, challenges as well as mini-games and a darker tone; could this be Spiderman’s “Arkham City”?
No triple AAA title would be complete without pre-order exclusives so laying down your hard earned cash with Game will grant you the famed Marvel writer; Stan Lee Adventure Pack. Rather than just a cheap model swap as with most pre-order extras, Stan Lee voices the exclusive character as you race against time to collect the missing pages of Stan “The Man’s” latest script. Should you prefer Amazon you’re also in luck as Amazon promises an exclusive Rhino Challenge DLC should you place your order with them by Thursday the 28th June, allowing you to wreak havoc on NYC.
Coming to the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and the PC on 29th June, Check back for the review, right here on 16-Bits next month.