THE AMAZING SPIDER- MAN 2 RRP: $ 89.95 ( reviewed on PS4)
AT first glance, The Amazing Spider- Man 2 video game is simply a highly buffed, next- gen reboot of 2012’ s Amazing Spider- Man, which could be a good or bad thing, depending on how much you enjoyed the webbed wonder’s previous outing.
I have to say, I was hoping for a little more pizzazz.
The game only loosely follows the plot of its big- screen counterpart, so you can still enjoy the movie without too many spoilers.
This time, the story digs deeper into Spider- Man’s alter ego, Peter Parker, as he struggles with who he really wants to be – a crime- fighting superhero or just a normal guy.
The star of the game is definitely the improved web swinging. This combines the classic feel and controls that earned the series critical acclaim when it first appeared on Play Station 2, together with the visual improvements of the more recent Spider- Man games.
As you playfully cavort high above New York’s skyline, shooting webs at buildings, you have independent control of each of his arms, which are mapped to the left and right triggers on the game controller.
The combat system remains mostly unchanged from the previous game. Attacks and counterattacks have been tweaked slightly, making the action smoother, though, compared to games like the Batman Arkham series, the game mechanics feel dated.
Boss battles do add some variety to the combat, though none are all that challenging.
It was great to see the collectable comic books are back. These are scattered throughout the game, encouraging you to explore every nook and cranny.
While the tweaks and added polish are welcome touches, just don’t expect a major overall from the last Spidey game and you won’t be disappointed.