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POSTED 21/5/14


THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

Actlvision



Rush...

Not prog rock.

Not either of two Australian TV seriesí, one a period drama, the other a cop show.

Not the Big Audio Dynamite song.

Not a movie about F1 drivers.

Not a fwoosh of exhilaration.

No meaning of the word other than hurry.

Thatís what The Amazing Spider-Man 2 smells of Ė hurriedness.

It takes much that featured in The Amazing Spider-Man without the Ď2í sticky-taped upon its tuckus, which was a kinda Spidey-themed remix of Prototype, and tweaks the recipe.

Youíve an open world NYC full of shit to do. Youíve main missions, and help-save-people-from-bag-snatchers or from getting torched side missions. You collect comics, upgrades, art, costumes and other assorted bric-a-brac. You wait ages for stuff to load Ė often. You visit Stan Lee in his comic shop. You jam quarters into his arcade machine. You clonk baddies in schnozzes and other places. Ultimately though, youíre avenging the murder of your Uncle Ben.

As a movie tie-in, the apron strings are quite loose. It takes some story then goes its own way. But the controls! Many will rejoice that webs canít magically adhere to the sky anymore. But in practice it gives you the shits quicker than a dodgy curry. R2 shares functionality with running and web-splooging. Run up a building and youíll ejaculate random webs everywhere as you go. Those Spidey suits arenít cheap to dry clean you know...

Itís serviceable, albeit about as next-gen as faxing. Still, those undemanding types who really dug the last one will dig this one. But, frankly, Spidey deserves more than something blurted out to coincide with a movie release.

Hey Activision! Thereíll always be Spider-Man games. Why not take a leaf out of Schroederís book and keep a cupboard full of pre-prepared good Spidey outings ready for the next movie tie-in? Just slap on the film title and Benís your dead uncle.

take me back to the start...

 



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