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The Amazing Spider-Man

 

 

SCORE: 76

 The Amazing Spider-Man  

 

Activision has been masters at creating movie based games off of the Spider-Man and Transformers franchises. I was blessed to be able to play The Amazing Spider-Man on the Nintendo 3DS. This hand held title is based on the recent Spider-Man movie reboot. I am not really sure we needed another Spider-Man reboot, but its here and so is this 3DS game.

The most memorable thing about The Amazing Spider-Man is it is story driven. Activision went to a lot of effort in The Amazing Spider-Man to make us feel like we are actually there. The dialogue captured my attention and let me know exactly what is going on. My one complaint there is it is all verbal. The text was not going across the screen. Which is not very helpful to our deaf friends and family.

The main reason I believe The Amazing Spider-Man earned the 'T' for Teen rating is the violence. We pummel many of the same looking guys over and over again. Then we get to fight clever bosses. The boss battles in The Amazing Spider-Man are exceptionally well thought out. The Amazing Spider-Man does try to throw some puzzle elements to break up the fighting. But they are too fleeting in my opinion. Web pulling myself through lasers is interesting but over very quickly. Crawling on the ceiling, through ventilation shafts, and more is really cool.

The 3D effects in The Amazing Spider-Man are magnificent. I love to see how good this game looks. There are a few graphical glitches I noticed early on in 3D. For example the eyes of the characters does not look right. The same for a few other things here and there. There some female characters who could dress better. I know they come from the comic books where they look even worse.

The Amazing Spider-Man is stuffed with extras to find, and check out. I was personally interested in the Vigilante mode, and Streetpass. Both of these are neat little additions to this hand held title. All of the collectibles give players a reason to look around the levels. Not just to move from room to room. The Amazing Spider-Man is kind to us in terms of diversity. We get to go all kinds of places.

The fighting in The Amazing Spider-Man takes forever. Plus we are surrounded by guys who take a monster beating before going down for the count. The spider-sense is extremely useful in The Amazing Spider-Man. There is a dodge button we can use, which is awesome. I am amazed at how fluid the fighting is in The Amazing Spider-Man. The downside is we have to see the same animations hundreds of times. Activision did give us a few different things to do like signature moves.

Fighting in The Amazing Spider-Man earns experience. Skills can be leveled up thanks to the experience we earn. So The Amazing Spider-Man includes a little bit of a role playing concept. It helps break the monotony and finish fights quicker. I like how story driven The Amazing Spider-Man is. The story is interesting. Especially having Spider-Man break The Lizard out of a mental institution to help him.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 69%
Sound: 74%
Replay/Extras: 85%
Gameplay: 79%
Family Friendly Factor: 71%
System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Activision
R
ating:  ‘T’ - Teen
{Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence}

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