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  • Summary: The Amazing Spider-Man, this all-new third-person action-adventure video game builds on the story of the previous game with an alternative take on the events of the upcoming movie, while also giving players an enhanced, free-roaming web-slinging experience through a greatly expanded New York City.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. May 16, 2014
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 continues to swing with energy, but you can see some of the strain peeking out of his suit. Between the glitches from rushed development and some unnecessary gameplay segments (go…away…Peter!), it's not nearly as good as Beenox's other efforts. Here's to hoping that for the next game, Activision lets this team run wild on something inventive and new. Certainly couldn't hurt this web-slinger's chances.
  2. May 13, 2014
    Essentially picking up where the last game left off, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 does little to push the series forward, instead choosing to play it safe and reheat the same gameplay structure. That said, there's still a fair bit to enjoy here, especially if you missed out on the first Amazing Spider-Man.
  3. May 14, 2014
    The Amazing Spiderman 2 may not do total justice to our hero, but the ride is a good comic book distraction.
  4. May 1, 2014
    The various game crashes, audio glitches, and unceasing loading make up an additional catalog of do-not-want, but it’s really just how diminished Spider-Man is that hurts. The anemic plot and the oft-repeated zingers give us a pencil sketch of the great Spider-Man, when he deserves to be inked and colored.
  5. 50
    But in the end, it becomes hard to recommend The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to anyone but the most devout of webhead fans, because it's a game that squanders all that potential.
  6. Oct 22, 2014
    As usual, swinging through New York City as Spider-Man is an exhilarating and empowering proposition, but repetitive open-world events, unfocused/unrefined story missions, and a surplus of technical hindrances/poor design choices keep The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from being a solid movie tie-in.
  7. Jun 3, 2014
    The biggest question you'll be left asking is why the Amazing Spider-man 2 exists. [Issue#148, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. May 14, 2014
    This Game is damn-near perfect. It hit's spider Nirvana in an all time high. The missions don't seem repetitive as you cut crime. The undercover Peter missions have an underlying campaign that gets you involved so much. I assure, Do not miss this game! Expand
  2. May 13, 2014
    This is definitely the best web stinger game out there .People are going into this looking for flaws. Spider-man never ceases to "Amaze". The swinging is fluent, the combat is great, and the story is sublime Expand
  3. May 9, 2014
    This is the first beenox spiderman game ive actually enjoyed, mainly due to the introduction of the proper webswinging thro new york which i think they totally nailed - in general i really enjoyed it despite its flaws (of which there are many - lazy filler missions - lack of proper dynamic aerial combat), hard to put a rating on it becos of this, but i played it nonstop for 3 days and its probly the most fun ive had with a game this generation (yes i have titanfall) there is a truly amazing game in there somewhere and i think with just a bit more effort the follow up could be awesome- my 2 cents as follows;

    - Add some more depth to ground based combat
    - introduce aerial combat similar to spiderman web of shadows.
    - introduce player on player multilayer races through the city - cmon this would be amazing - SPIDEY v VENOM v CARNAGE RACE!!!!!!
    -put more effort into the filler missions...i accept they are a necessary evil but a wee bit more variety would go a long way!

    Anyways im no game developer but i think those tweaks would go a long way!
  4. May 27, 2014
    Lets start with the bad. The load times are terribly long, and extremely often. All side quests are nearly identical and while "open world", most of it isnt open. The story is short, and not worh the $60 price. The movement is clunky, and did I mention the endless nonstop load times. That being said, it can be fun if you stick to the main missions ONLY. If you are a spiderman fanatic, I would pick this up used and avoid the $60. Everyone else, if someone loans it to you try it out, otherwise save your cash.

    If you get a chance to play it for free sometime down the road though, not a TERRIBLE game. Just not going to be confused for even half as good as the majority of batman games.
  5. Jun 3, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. [Condensed]

    Essentially, there is one interesting gimmick that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has going for it: the hero or menace variable meter. Pretty much as it sounds, if you causes chaos and are a jerk towards most citizens- interpreted in game as not stopping enough crimes, you're dubbed a menace in typical J. Jonah Jameson fashion. However, if you're an angelic guardian and bust some criminal heads together, you're a hero. Yay! Well, that's basically that... Oh, and needless to say the side missions are even less imaginative than the main plot, and pretty much as bad and boring as those of Spider-Man 3 (which means pretty poorly thought out and thrown in numerous amounts of times). I hope you like rescuing people clinging to the side of buildings for whatever reason and stopping car hijackings, because you'll be doing that dozens of times!

    As my final piece of review point here, I want to talk a little bit about console generations and the varying versions of this game. As uninspiring as I've made the game sound, you'd think it would at least look decent graphically. Well, I guess decent is a broad term, so maybe it qualifies as that still... Needless to say, it looks virtually indistinguishable between consoles, with the usual exception of the expected ones looking slightly worse for wear and the "new gen" ones having slightly better framerates as well. So yeah, if you do for some reason decide to waste your money on this game, you may as well get it on whatever console you want, as they all look essentially the same and play the same as well- poorly.

    Concept: Try to do everything that Spider-Man 2 did ten years ago, do it worse, shoe-in a bunch of extra villains for no real reason, say you're a movie tie-in game, and call yourself Amazing. You've done it already probably as well.

    Graphics: The textures are oftentimes muddy and bland, the city looks pretty barren and dull most of the time, and enemy types aren't always that varied. Also, it looks about the same between generations.

    Sound: The sound work is as uninspired and unimaginative as the rest of the game- poor voice acting or at best generic, none of the actual movie actors seem to make appearances, and there isn't really a soundtrack unless you count Spidey's insanely annoying one-liners (of such poor quality that Deadpool should take note).

    Playability: The one "shining" part of the game- combat and action are easy to pick up and handle, but ultimately so repetitive that you'll be bored to tears halfway through the game probably. May the odds be ever in your favor.

    Entertainment: Haha- no really.

    Replay Value: Low.

    Overall Score: 5.0
  6. May 10, 2014
    Terrible writing, outdated menus, frequent load times, repetitive missions, bugs galore, and they MESSED UP the web swinging. the graphics are barely passable. spider man looks cool while everything else looks dull and ugly. this game tries to be an arkham city, but FAILS miserably. in the end, unless you are a VERY devout spider man fan, don't buy this. get the first amazing spider man game, or hell, get spider man 2 on the gamecube, ps2, pc, or xbox. beenox did not even try with this title. Expand
  7. Jun 15, 2014
    This game is so bad. Really. My Watch Dogs profile is: Name:MineHaxx Occupation:Casual Gamer Status:Suckered by Activision Bank Account:-39.99$
    1.Bad story that is 1.5 hours long.
    2.Side missions are all one and the same.
    4.Crashing,freezing and problems.
    I hope that TASM3 will be better.

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