Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. 70
    ASM2 is still a good game at its core, with some improvements over the original, but they really botched the Hero/Menace element.
  2. May 19, 2014
    67
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is fun, but flawed. It doesn’t deliver a very unique experience, nor does it at all deliver a faithful adaptation of the film it’s supposed to be based on. But as a longtime Spider-Man fan, I still had a really good time with it.
  3. May 30, 2014
    65
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 adds too many half-baked ideas to the original game's elegant framework. The result is a game that is half good, half frustrating, and all tedious. Just about every good idea in this game is held back by something that isn't quite finished or just plain doesn't work.
  4. Combat can be summed up as: press Y until your head goes red, then press X. [Aug 2014, p.74]
  5. May 12, 2014
    40
    Beenox sure is trying to do well by the character, but it's becoming evident that the studio needs a rest from being the only one churning out Spider-Man titles on a sort-of-annual basis.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 7, 2014
    8
    Is this game as good as the last one? Unfortunately, no, and I can say why for a number of reasons. Firstly, while the graphics are good, the pop-in is dreadful and frequent (though buildings thankfully remain untextured for only a fraction of a second). I have mixed feelings about the Hero or Menace system. On paper, it sounds unique but it falls just short in the fact that there is no real incentive to stay in the Hero bar unless you just want the in-game Task Forces off your back. It would have been far more innovative to create multiple endings and tie it in with this system, say getting a bad ending if you're too far into the Menace bar.

    The story, while interesting, is sadly convoluted for the same reason people say Spider-Man 3 is: there's too many villains. There's Shocker, Kingpin, Black Cat, Kraven, the Green Goblin, Electro, and Carnage. Had they removed Electro and Green Goblin by perhaps making this game take place after the film, there would be more time to focus on the other villains and develop them better (maybe even have multiple battles with them). However, there is still much to enjoy in this game. Despite what I just said about there being too many villains, it was still nice to see them all, Kraven and Carnage in particular (as well as another brilliant cameo from Stan Lee himself). Like most Spider-Man games, there's a lot to unlock from audio recordings to readable comics to (best of all) alternate costumes. These new games based on the new films can also be credited for combining two elements from Shattered Dimensions: stylish combat and interesting stealth segments.

    There's always something else for you to do in the game, and while I would give the game more like a 7.5 if the rating system let you give decimal scores, I still think this game is worth playing at some point. Maybe after a price drop or if you find a used copy. Just don't go into it expecting the next Arkham City.
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