|The Amazing Spider-Man|
|Developed by:|| Beenox (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, 3DS, Wii U)|
Other Ocean Interactive (DS)
Gameloft (Android, iOS, Mobile)
| Xbox 360|
|The Amazing Spider-Man 2|
The Amazing Spider-Man is a video game based on the film of the same name. The game is developed by Beenox, the development team behind the previous two Spider-Man games, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: Edge of Time.
The game was released on June 26, 2012 and is compatible with the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS. A Wii U version was released on March 5, 2013, and the PlayStation Vita version was released in November 2013 for a late launch.
Set a couple of months after the events of the film of the same name, Doctor Curt Connors has been incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital due to his actions as the Lizard. Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man then comes in and tells Connors about a really bad thing that happened at Oscorp.
In Peter's recollection of the events, he and his girlfriend Gwen Stacy were sightseeing at Oscorp, and discover that the company is continuing Connors' Cross-Species experiments. After they almost get attacked by a Cross-Species, Alistair Smythe, the new director of Oscorp discovers them, and starts showing their work around. Afterwards, Peter, Gwen and some other scientists are tasked to deliver a scorpion Cross-Species back to it's holding cell, only for it to wake up and get free along with the rest of the Cross-Species, due to sensing Peter's blood. Realizing he IS a Cross-Species himself, Gwen tries to get him out of the building, only for her, Smythe, and the others to get infected with the Cross-Species virus by the creatures. Fed up, Peter suits up as Spider-Man and attempts to get Gwen to quarantine, only to be attacked by Smythe's nanobots that were built to kill Cross-Species. After getting Gwen, the scientists, and Smythe to quarantine, Spidey takes the "Osphone" on Gwen's suggestion and leaves to capture the escaped Cross-Species, only to be attacked by a giant robot built by-you guessed it- Smythe.
After ending his flashback, Spidey tells Connors that he came to the hospital to bust him out so they can make a cure. Connors agrees to help, but orders Peter to take him back to the hospital after everything is over. However, while attempting to free Connors, Spidey accidentally frees all the inmates, including cat burglar Felicia Hardy (whom Spidey had presumably incarcerated in the hospital before the events of the game), thus causing them all to wreak havoc in the hospital and attack Connors. Luckily, the two manage to escape and take shelter at an apartment owned by Stan Lee (who is one of Peter's friends) before the cops arrive. Unfortunately, Spider-Man is now seen as a criminal by the media for helping Connors.
Knowing they need Connors' data files, Peter goes to the Oscorp Archives Facility, and teaming up with reporter Whitney Chang, the two manage to get Connors' files before they're incinerated. Making it back home, Peter is shocked to discover Connors used Stan's credit card to buy resources and set up a lab until it didn't work anymore. Smythe then calls Spidey and tells him he invented his own "cure" and says that it has poisonous nanobots that kill anyone infected with the virus. Spidey hates the idea, but Smythe could care less.
Connors then says that all they need to manufacture an antidote now is to get a Cross-Species blood sample and tells Peter that Cross-Species hide in the sewers away from society. Peter does so, and finds the same rat Cross-Species that infected Gwen and tries to fight it to get the blood sample, but during the fight, various robots appear and fight Peter, forcing the vermin to escape. After a wild and rough chase through the streets and the sewers, Peter finally gets the blood sample, only to end up having to fight "Hunter" bots, created by Smythe (again). After destroying the robots and getting back home, Connors manages to make an antidote and says that while he didn't test it, he ran a computer simulation and that should do the trick.
Rushing to the Oscorp building, Spidey manages to get Gwen the antidote. However, Smythe is skeptical of Connors' ambitions, and tests the antidote, only to end up losing the use of his legs. Furious, Smythe orders his robots and the guards to kill Spidey, and calls in a giant robot (once again built by Smythe himself) to do so. Unfortunately for him, Spidey manages to kill the giant robot, and makes it back to Stan's apartment.
Inside the apartment, Peter angrily snaps at Connors over the antidote not working, before going to sleep. After he wakes up, he discovers from Connors that when the spider bit him, it should have turned him into a monster, yet somehow it didn't, making Spidey the perfect Cross-Species. As a result, Connors took a blood sample of Peter while he slept and managed to make a perfect antidote, which delights Spidey, so he goes to another facility to give the antidote to Gwen and the scientists, before Smythe could inject (and kill) them with his cocktail. Afterwards, New York is put in quarantine, while Spidey and Connors plan to mass-produce the antidote.
Smythe, now fired from Oscorp because of his actions, angrily plots a scheme to take back the company for himself. Afterwards, he somehow discovers that Peter Parker and Spider-Man are one and the same and angry, he destroys Stan's apatment, kidnaps Connors, and sends more hunters to kill Peter. After Spidey defeats all of them, Smythe dares him to come to the Oscorp Robotics Facility to save Connors, and sends the coordinates. Obviously not having it, Peter breaks into the facility, kills all the robots, and saves Connors, but before they can escape, Peter is pinned down by Smythe and his robots, while Connors (on Peter's advice) flees to his old underground lab. Smythe then takes away Spidey's web shooters and phone, and injects him with his cocktail, thus robbing him of his powers.Ouch.
With his powers gone, his Spider-suit ravaged, and his health fading, Peter manages to take back his web shooters and phone, and manages to narrowly escape the facility, while Smythe prepares to launch his latest robot to spread his cocktail all over the city. As a result, the city is thrown into chaos, and Spidey is forced to run for his life to reach the underground lab, where he reunites with Gwen and Connors, only for Smythe's cocktail to slowly kill him. With no choice, Connors turns himself back into the Lizard and goes to stop Smythe, while Gwen revives Peter.
Reaching Smythe's robot with help from Whitney Chang, Spidey discovers that he must electrocute himself to remove the nanobots in his blood. After doing so, Peter regains his powers and working together with Connors, the two manage to finally defeat Smythe for good. Unfortunately, Connors succumbs to the Lizard's conciousness and escapes to the sewers. Leaving Smythe to be arrested and admit his mistakes, Spidey manages to cure Connors, and together with Gwen, they mass-produce the antidote, saving the city.
The next day, Peter and Gwen discover on the news that Spider-Man took all the credit for mass-producing the antidote, much to Gwen's annoyance. They also discover that Smythe escaped confinement, but Peter decides to deal with him tomorrow on Gwen's suggestion.
In a post-credits scene, Smythe regains the use of his legs due to being in the final stages of his infection, and makes it back to his lab. Not wanting to become a Cross-Species himself, he activates one of his robots and commits suicide, rather than getting a cure.
A new feature called Web Rush, which players can use to perform a series of incredible acrobatic feats to reach a single destination with the press of a button.
Combat in the game is similar to Batman: Arkham City with a freeflow system and dodge counters. Players can also use Web Rush to silently take down opponents by Rushing behind them and wrapping them up in a cocoon of webbing. If players are spotted, they can use the named Web Rush Back to escape and hide.
Side missions will play a large role in the game. One, Police Deadlock, features the NYPD chasing a group of criminals in a car. Spider-Man must Web Rush to the top of the car and web up the windscreen to stop the crooks.
Spidey's suit is also degradable. It will take damage over time and will not repair automatically. Players must visit Peter's apartment to have it repaired.
FeaturesThe game is capable with Sony's Playstation Move for the Playstation 3 version.
By finding and taking pictures of spider-symbols throughout the city (symbols will appear during a specific month) you will unlock alternate costumes that Spider-Man can wear, Spider-Man 3's symbiote suit, vigilante Spider-Man among others.
Once only available as a pre-order, the "Classic Suit" is the suit worn by Tobey Maguire in the first three Spider-Man films.
All together there are currently 11 costumes that can be unlocked in the video game with two being DLC, as shown in the picture above. These include:
- Default Suit (Original Amazing Spider-Man red and blue costume)
- Cross Species costume
- All black costume
- Sam Raimi symbiote costume
- Vilgilante costume (DLC)
- Sam Raimi trilogy costume (DLC)
- 2012 Scarlet Spider costume
- Big Time costume
- Future Foundation costume
- Negative Zone costume
The Amazing Spider-Man received mixed to positive reviews from critics. GameInformer was very critical of the game, saying it, "not only fails to deliver, it may also diminish my enjoyment of this summer's film." They scored it 6.75 out of 10. Metacritic gave the game a 76 out of 100 rating, signifying "generally favorable reviews". GameSpot praised its controls, giving it a 7.5 out of 10. They did, however, criticize the game's easiness. The game received 4 out of 5 stars from G4.
Many critics praised the game's new features such as the 'Web Rush' ability, as well as the voice actors. However, the game was stated to have 'repetitive gameplay' by some reviewers.