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Friday 25 July 2014

Boring storyline, annoying glitches and too many supervillians

Published 13/05/2014|05:38

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Surely, there comes a point where enough bad Spider-Man games becomes enough. It has got to the stage now where you have to ask; do the creators of these atrocities ever actually think about reconsidering allowing the title to leave development stage, let alone hit our shelves? I doubt it. Possibly because you could start selling Spider-Man brand cat litter and 11-year-old kids frothing at the mouth would still drag their parents along to queue for it.

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That isn't to say that all the Spider-Man games are bad, just most of them. It seriously must have the worst good/crap ratio of any series of titles ever. At least the Fable series is consistently crap.

Boring storyline, annoying glitches and too many supervillians are just the tip of an undefinable iceberg of general irritation in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. At least we can swing about the city again. God forbid that they take any risks with some new content or fresh gameplay mechanics.

Fortunately, there are some redeeming features. Getting around is actually a tad bit more exciting, as you have to actually attach your rope to buildings now, rather than throwing them up into seemingly thin air.

Adding to that feeling is that things aren't much fun once you slow down. Like the last movie tie-in, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 attempts to be Arkham-lite when it comes to combat, and fails due to its repetitive nature. While Spidey's range for stealth attacks has been increased, that benefit is negated by the guesswork involved in discovering said range, since there is no indicator like in The Amazing Spider-Man.

Missions in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are significantly shorter than its predecessor's, but the running time is roughly the same seven hours due to undesirable padding. The combat lead-up to a boss battle is actually pretty short - more often than not, you have to clear a single (albeit large) room of enemies before progressing to the supervillan.

Yet another desperate cash in on the hype of a blockbuster movie. Money spinners like this should almost always be avoided.

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