Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 43
  2. Negative: 8 out of 43
  1. Oct 4, 2011
    88
    Whether you're a die-hard Spidey fan or just looking for the next great action-fighting game, Edge of Time excels in every aspect of game design with solid combat, fun navigational puzzles, and one of the best cinematic presentations of any Spider-Man game to date.
  2. 85
    The combat is fluid, tight, rewarding, and entertaining. The only issue I found was having the exact ability to target specific enemies within as group on the fly for either a web ball for distraction or a web assault, and it would sometimes hit the wrong target and potentially ruin combos.
  3. 80
    Even though the challenge of the game has not matured, it is ideal for anyone looking for a great Spider-Man experience.
  4. Oct 11, 2011
    78
    Beenox did a good job with Edge of Time, but they left a lot of room for improvement for their next endeavor.
  5. Oct 31, 2011
    75
    While certainly a good comic book hero gaming adventure, Spider-Man: Edge of Time is just too formulaic and too relatively brief to be anything but middling when compared to the past of Spider-Man gaming titles.
  6. Nov 4, 2011
    73
    I had high hopes with Spider-Man: Edge of Time after last year's Shattered Dimensions. I thought that having two Spider-Man characters instead of four would bring about a more cohesive story and more refined gameplay. While the story was tighter and the effects of making changes in one universe to affect the other were interesting, the gameplay didn't grab me as much as I thought it would.
  7. Nov 7, 2011
    72
    The easily accessible gameplay as well as the strong focus on fights will keep fans of Spidey and Co. captured in it's web for a long time.
  8. Nov 1, 2011
    70
    Spider-Man: Edge of Time is hardly flawless and really could have used more development time to turn a decent game (with an excellent design base) into a great one. It goes back to what 3-D Spider-Man games were like before Spider-Man 2 mandated atmosphere over interactivity, and it comes out a better game than it has any right to be given its abysmal production values. Instead of once again showing you what it feels like to have Spider-Man's responsibilities, Edge of Time goes back to inviting you to feel what it's like to be as powerful as him.
  9. Oct 14, 2011
    70
    While Spider-Man: Edge of Time delivers a slightly better experience than Activision's other similar licensed games this year, it still falls a bit short of the expectations set by last year's Shattered Dimensions.
  10. Oct 10, 2011
    68
    A competent action game with lots of flash and some interesting and contrasting art styles across two time periods. But the repetition of the environment hinders that art style, the triviality of our objectives gets tiring, and the overemphasis on time-shifting stuff in combat gives us an excuse to ignore combos.
  11. Oct 6, 2011
    67
    It's a capable superhero action game that demonstrates that the team is getting better at crafting a Spider-Man game, but like most comic-licensed properties there is still room for improvement.
  12. Nov 29, 2011
    65
    Edge of Time would really benefit from a more varied gameplay and less confined levels. Other than that it's a decent game with a silly but entertaining story that Spider-Man fans should dig. [December 2011, p.62]
  13. Nov 17, 2011
    65
    While Spider-Man: Edge of Time is disappointing, ultimately, the main problem is that thanks to Batman the bar for superhero games has been raised. So unless Spider-Man can send a Terminator back through time to kill the makers of the Arkham games before they ruin it for all the other superhero game developers, then I'm afraid, despite all the web-slinging and wise-cracking, most, including Spider-Man, will fall to Gotham's Dark Knight.
  14. Oct 30, 2011
    65
    Spider-Man: Edge of Time is an interesting game... initially. After having played a few missions, you'll get bored with the environments. Spider-Man doesn't have any freedom in Edge of Time, making the entire experience feel just, well, wrong.
  15. Oct 25, 2011
    65
    Spider-Man: Edge of Time shows some good ideas in terms of gameplay and storyline. Sadly, the combat-system is lame, there's a great lack of variety and the graphics are just decent.
  16. Oct 6, 2011
    65
    Edge of Time is a major step back from the formula that worked.
  17. Oct 30, 2011
    63
    A great, though short story about our friendly neighbourhood superhero is undermined by uninspired and repetitive gameplay elements. It feels like a disappointing expansion to last year's Shattered Dimensions and that is not meant as a compliment.
  18. Oct 17, 2011
    63
    Unfortunately, while Spider-Man: Edge of Time does a few things really well, it does more things wrong than it does right.
  19. The idea of having two synchronous time periods that influence each other is a good one, but there are too many shortcomings that make Edge of Time a frustrating experience. The story is told in a confusing way, the graphics are bland and so is the overall action. [Nov 2011, p.68]
  20. Dec 15, 2011
    60
    While Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions is definitely a step back in the franchise it's not a drastic one per say. If you are a fan of Spiderman then the game can still be fun despite its many flaws. However if you are looking for a game with a lot more polish and then Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions should best be avoided.
  21. Nov 25, 2011
    60
    Edge of Time should have been a far better game than it actually is. It has a great story and presentation, but its gameplay lacks polish and has quite a few flaws in its design.
  22. Nov 9, 2011
    60
    While suffering from a lackluster plot, repetitive fights and, at times, confusing controls, there are also bright spots. The boss fights are challenging and entertaining, as are several of the puzzles. Spider-Man can't compete with Batman this time, but he may still be worth checking out if you're a fan.
  23. Nov 1, 2011
    60
    There is nothing technically wrong with the game; it is just bland, generic and quite simply uninteresting.
  24. Oct 31, 2011
    60
    Spider-Man: Edge of Time is a great game for Spider-Man fans, but a step back from the formula that worked.
  25. Oct 28, 2011
    60
    Spiderman: Edge of Time is just another tie-in without all the things that now a good game needs to have. It's definitely not spectacular, and certainly not amazing. Batman is really lucky for his new game, but it is another universe really far far away.
  26. Oct 26, 2011
    60
    Spider-Man: Edge of Time represents another low in the series, although there are far worse.
  27. Oct 21, 2011
    60
    An honest action game, Spider-Man : Edge of Time demonstrates the ability of Beenox to manage the hero rather well, even though this episode doesn't surpass the previous one. There still a lot to cover before Spidey becomes as much of a videogame must-have as Batman did. It would require better environments, as well as a more ambitious storyline and storytelling with more than simple and usual game mechanics.
  28. Oct 12, 2011
    60
    Spider-Man: Edge of Time is a great game for Spider-Man fans, but if it had varied locales and more engaging combat, it would be a masterpiece. Nevertheless, it paints a very nice picture for the future of Spider-Man games.
  29. Oct 8, 2011
    60
    Spider-Man: Edge of Time tells an enjoyably absurd time-hopping tale, but stepping into the tights of its two heroes doesn't feel as empowering as it should.
  30. Oct 4, 2011
    60
    Don't skip this new Spider-Man game, but just be aware that it's a few strands short of a full web.
  31. Edge of Time aims so low it can't help but manage to be a playable Spider-Man game, but it lacks lasting appeal. [Holiday 2011, p.84]
  32. Nov 1, 2011
    50
    If superhero games such as Batman: Arkham Asylum is a well composed three course dinner in an atmospheric restaurant, this is the equivalent of a greasy, sloppy fast food meal. It satisfies some base instinct for the moment but will not leave a lasting impression. A lesser game than its predecessor, this feels rushed and sloppy. The story and voice acting impresses with its cleverness and realization, but is ultimately dragged down by repetitive and substandard gameplay.
  33. Oct 26, 2011
    50
    Spider-Man: Edge of Time needs to create its own quantum causality to remedy itself from beat em' up boredom.
  34. Oct 25, 2011
    50
    Both Spider-Men deserved better than this, but avid fans might want to consider a weekend rental if only to hear the performances. Everyone else should flush this particular spider away.
  35. Oct 21, 2011
    50
    Beenox falls short to the expectations that were created with Shattered Dimenions. The sequel to last year's decent Spidey game is short and feels extremely rushed.
  36. Dec 1, 2011
    48
    Boring environments, repetitive gameplay and poor combat mean this is considerably worse than its predecessor. [Christmas 2011, p.105]
  37. Oct 6, 2011
    45
    Edge of Time is more a case of the Remarkably Disappointing Spider-Man.
  38. 40
    When you play Arkham City you realize what Edge of Time is NOT. Namely enjoying a varied game which makes you feel like a true superhero. [Dec 2011]
  39. There's nothing amazing about this Spidey. [Christmas 2011, p.115]
  40. Oct 30, 2011
    40
    Spider-Man: Edge of Time is a sloppy game that feels rushed - and with the short amount of time between it and its predecessor, Shattered Dimensions, that's not very surprising. Let's hope Spidey's next outing is better.
  41. Oct 27, 2011
    40
    As it stands, Spider-Man: Edge of Time feels like a quick cash-in on Shattered Dimensions, and not a fully developed game in its own right. This is not the best Spider-Man has to offer.
  42. Oct 17, 2011
    40
    Quotation forthcoming.
  43. Dec 1, 2011
    38
    Not offensively bad, just uninspired and lazy in every way. [Issue#212, p.99]
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 2, 2011
    5
    Everthing good in shattered dimensions got screwed up in this one, the graphics are good, but there's no difference in the scenarys at all, shattered dimensions just did much better. Full Review »
  2. Jan 3, 2012
    8
    I really enjoyed playing this game. It's definitely not a complicated game, mostly a beat-em up type of spider-man, but fun none-the-less. The cut scenes are very pretty, but the in game graphics are kinda of bland---but not bad by any means. I would recommend picking this game when it makes a price drop to about 30 bucks. At the bare bones of it all, the game is definitely just a fun game to play. Full Review »
  3. Oct 10, 2011
    9
    In the moment you press start you can't stop, nice story line,combat and upgrades. a little repetitive but is amazing game.best presentation of Spiderman yet and the challenge of the web is very cool. Full Review »