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POSTED 31/7/12


THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Activision
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC, Wii, DS, 3DS)

I like big bots and I cannot lie...
 
So the ample amount here is pleasing. But hey, even if you prefer more petite things of robotic persuasion you’ll be a happy camper with this tie-in to the latest Spidey flick, which, like said motion picture extravaganzacular attraction, is simply titled The Amazing Spider-Man. But you know that.

It’s an epilogue to the fillum, so we may get spoilerific. We’ve NFI as we haven’t seen it, but if you’re paranoid about such stuff we suggest going away.

So, corporational mob Oscorp’s let half-man, half-biscui... erm, animal experiment thingies loose – accidentally, natch - and they’ve caused untold havoc. Consequently, in a way that the old lady who swallowed a fly would likely give a hearty thumbs-up to, they go crazy with nanotech to create robotic thingies to eleteday the utantsmay. Need we mention that it goes rather pear-shaped?

So, cue your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man to get shit sorted. Resplendent in a funktacular new nipply rubber suit that looks like it’s constructed of chopped up red and blue basketballs, you do more swinging than a militia of Austin Powerses, in-between outbreaks of actual mission doing (complete with gradual power-ups, collectibles, stealth or kamikaze options – the usual stuff).
 
Yep, if you like classic Spidey swingmation, this here’s your ticket. We’re sure you won’t mind that webs seem to stick to stuff like clouds and raindrops, as you just hold down R2 and go for it. It’s a humongous improvement on his last outing, where he was so cramped it was akin to smushing an albatross into an egg carton, sticky-taping it shut and imploring it to “Fly my pretty!” (sorry, we’ve no idea what flavour.)

Kinda an unpolished, dumbed-down InFamous, it may drool a bit, cause occasional motion upchucks and murmur the odd “Duh!”, but TAS is fun. Spidey got back!

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