Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 44 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 44
  2. Negative: 17 out of 44
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  1. May 15, 2014
    The more I play The Amazing Spider-Man 2, however, the more I'm viewing it as a superhero game that just happened to have come out at the same time as a movie wih the same name. Obviously, there's a little more corporate synergy at work than that, but it's a sign of this game's quality that it 100% stands up on its own.
  2. May 1, 2014
    It’s by no means a top tier open world game and can be completed in a very short amount of time, but great gameplay makes The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a solid package that’s worth playing.
  3. Games Master UK
    Jun 29, 2014
    'Amazing' really is such a strong term. How about the fairly acceptable arachnid, instead? [Aug 2014, p.79]
  4. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jun 29, 2014
    Slinging around New York remains a pleasing hoot. [July 2014, p.81]
  5. May 26, 2014
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a typical game, based on a film. Even though there definitely are some good points, like moving through the city and the variety of approaching enemies, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 still feels rushed.
  6. May 22, 2014
    Perhaps the biggest problem with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is that it doesn't stray much from the previous game's formula, and when it does, it actively detracts from the game.
  7. May 19, 2014
    The game never impresses - web-slinging is fun, but that's it, really - but also never really hits rock-bottom. An okay sweetener, while we wait and hope for a Spider-Man game that's finally really good.
  8. May 9, 2014
    It is still fun to swing around the city, and some portions really shine, but a full-fledged, full-price experience Amazing Spider-Man 2 is certainly not.
  9. May 9, 2014
    After four years with the license, Beenox has yet to deliver a truly ground-breaking Spider-Man experience. Yet, despite not having that “Arkham” effect, this latest movie tie-in is still worth a punt. It may be a little rough around the edges and could have done with more substance, but it’s still fun for a good few hours and ideal for younger gamers.
  10. May 9, 2014
    The best tie ins are always the ones not directly connected to a movie release, and here's proof of that. Inexplicably, Beenox takes a step back from mechanics that worked in previous games and releases a rushed game, just to stick to the tight schedule.
  11. May 7, 2014
    For all but the most passionate Spider-Man fans, TAS2 is one you can safely skip or get by with on a rental.
  12. May 5, 2014
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes in a next-gen wrapper, but feels like a last-gen experience. There’s plenty of fun to be had thanks to some fun battles, an entertaining story, and scads of collectibles. Just be prepared for an experience that looks and feels extremely familiar.
  13. May 2, 2014
    If you loved the original ASM, or just want to see the story unfold, then give it a rental – it shouldn’t take more than about ten hours to beat, and you can halve that easily if you don’t mind putting up with a goon squad coming after you between missions.
  14. May 2, 2014
    There have been many worse Spider-Man games than this. But I can't recall one that's swung so conceptually close to greatness only to let poor execution drag it back to Earth.
  15. May 1, 2014
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn't a complete disaster, and I can easily see fans of Spidey enjoying it at a deep discount. It's just a shame that Beenox somehow got worse at making Spider-Man games over time, and that the powers that be insist on rushing them as movie tie-ins. Somehow, someway -- we will get our Arkham of Spider-Man games again. Until then, you can just pick up a used copy of 2004's Spider-Man 2.
  16. May 19, 2014
    The production by Beenox has to deal with competitors of great value that undermine the not so brilliant feature of this new episode. A game with no original ideas , short and with a very bare-bones combat system. Superfluous.
  17. May 12, 2014
    The web swinging's the best it's ever been, but the uninspired story, buggy game world and haphazardly thrown together gameplay elements make for an awkward, ill-structured and often downright unfinished gaming experience. The human spider deserves better.
  18. May 1, 2014
    The combat is dull, the side missions are uninspired, and swinging around New York has been done to death. Activision probably hopes to attract a crowd of Spider-Man fans who are simply happy to squeeze into the hero’s spandex for a stroll through Manhattan, but even they don’t need to bother with this title, because they’ve probably played it several times over the years.
  19. May 1, 2014
    The next time there's an Amazing Spider-Man movie, hopefully combat can be brought up to snuff, since there's plenty of promise in the air.
  20. May 13, 2014
    A Spidey game that falls short of any Batman: Arkham, again. Its open world is empty of interesting interactions and full of repetitive fights with uninspired bands of villains. Its free roaming makes you free as a bird when gliding in the air but clumsy as a silly spider when fighting on the ground. Just another shattered hope since Shattered Dimensions.
  21. Aug 21, 2014
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not as amazing as it sets out to be. Your neighborhood webslinger deserves a better game.
  22. May 20, 2014
    While there’s nothing horribly wrong with the experience, there’s just not enough here to recommend it, especially when there are more engaging and polished experiences readily available.
  23. May 20, 2014
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is an entertaining but flawed experience. Beenox has aced the web swinging, but the controls are unreliable and the camera work is horrific at times. It’s apparent that the game was rushed to be released at the same time as the movie.
  24. 50
    An unlikely mix of the bland, the predictable, and the surprisingly excellent – which only makes the mediocre end result all the more frustrating.
  25. 50
    My biggest disappointment in Spider-Man 2 is not inherently within its flaws or even that it is a licensed game. The problem is that a great game can be seen swimming just beneath the surface of the game that we ultimately got, but a severe lack of polish with the need to rush this out to match the film’s release left what could have been a good game buried under mounds of flaws, issues, and sheer drudgery.
  26. May 5, 2014
    A swing and a miss. The developer has improved the web-swinging mechanic and getting around Spider-Man's Manhattan has never been better. Unfortunately, the rest of the game drags it down. A schizophrenic story, a lifeless New York, and boring villains are what you can expect for the price of entry. The game's Hero/Menace system even takes all the fun out of just randomly swinging around the city.
  27. May 2, 2014
    The biggest failing of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is how familiar it feels. In fact, there have been other open-world games starring Spider-Man that walk a remarkably similar path.
  28. Jun 2, 2014
    Although The Amazing Spider-man 2 isn't a catastrophic disaster by any means, there's also absolutely nothing to recommend it.
  29. May 5, 2014
    While a lot of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fails to impress, there is a decent amount of potential to be had in this Beenox product.
  30. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 8, 2014
    Average at its best.
  31. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jun 16, 2014
    With licensed movie tie-ins comes no responsibility. [July 2014, p79]
  32. May 22, 2014
    Amazing Spider-Man 2 does little to dispel the negative reputation that licensed video games have garnered over the years, coming across like a project that was kicked out of the studio doors to coincide with the movie's release.
  33. May 16, 2014
    To summarize, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a pity. It's a pity because the potential is there. I do not understand why they cannot treat this superhero with more respect and why they always have to wait for a movie to force a simplistic system in the "awesomeness" that is navigating from web to web through New York.
  34. May 10, 2014
    The PS4 version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is simply disappointing. The lack of freshness is just a small part of the problem, clumsy graphics and boring action do the rest.
  35. May 7, 2014
    From any point of view, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a disappointment. If it's cool to play Spider-Man in Manhattan, this game is too similar to its predecessor (some improvement but not for the best) and can't be considered as a good "Spidey" game.
  36. 40
    To be fair, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 nails the web-slinging. But everything else just reeks of a hastily cobbled together licensed game, the kind you had hoped the new consoles wouldn't have to put up with for a while.
  37. May 5, 2014
    It may look like just another sloppy licensed game, but beneath the surface squirms a dissonant yet introspective deconstruction of the genre (probably).
  38. May 4, 2014
    This Spider-Man entry feels rushed, remains largely unchanged from previous Beenox Spider-Man games and the new web slinging mechanic zapped the fun out of arguably the most enjoyable things about Spider-Man games.
  39. Jun 6, 2014
    Everything about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is rushed; nothing is irrevocably broken but the whole package encapsulates the worst of movie tie-ins.
  40. May 20, 2014
    Lackluster battle mechanics, glitchy AI issues, and uninteresting, half-baked narrative passages make the roughly seven-hour initial playtime feel like double the length.
  41. May 8, 2014
    Let me put it to you this way. I actually stopped playing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to do some other work. I’d play a mission, decide I couldn’t take any more and go do something else instead, just to get away from it. Quite frankly, that’s the opposite of what a game should be.
  42. Play UK
    Jun 21, 2014
    A transparent and incompetent attempt to copy the Arkham series, this is a game that excludes the unmistakable stench of a budget title while it fails spectacularly. [Issue#245, p.66]
  43. May 8, 2014
    Easily Beenox’s worst outing with the Spider-Man brand. Nearly every game system is a step backward from the previous three Spidey games—this one isn’t worth your time or effort.
  44. May 7, 2014
    Developer Beenox showed in the past, with Shattered Dimensions, that it not only has fresh ideas for Spidey but the development chops to create a polished and impressive game built around the character. There's none of that inspiration or attention to detail here.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 325 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 325
  1. May 9, 2014
    The developer did a decent job making the game, sadly the only interesting part about the game was The hero or menace" system, which RewardsThe developer did a decent job making the game, sadly the only interesting part about the game was The hero or menace" system, which Rewards Super Hero behavior by rewarding the web-slingers crime fighting efforts, and Includes consequences allowing criminality fester, which eventually falls apart. The game lacks in a variety of ways but some of the experiences keeps the game worth playing. Full Review »
  2. Apr 29, 2014
    If you love your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, you'll love this game! I love the dynamic feel it has. So many surprises as soon as youIf you love your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, you'll love this game! I love the dynamic feel it has. So many surprises as soon as you start to play. Takes a while to get the hang of it, but like anything you'll get the hang(Yes, pun intended) of it. All in all the game is a great adaptation to be the webhead! Full Review »
  3. Apr 29, 2014
    I haven't finished the game (80% done) but it is great ! Sure the graphics suck and the dialogue is cheesy ! But it is fun and never fails toI haven't finished the game (80% done) but it is great ! Sure the graphics suck and the dialogue is cheesy ! But it is fun and never fails to deliver a very varied experience, The missions and combat is much improved from the first game and the Web slinging is much more dynamic, But I was surprised on how the story took me by surprise. The Characters are great as well and the missions are based on how you approach them . The side missions could be better since there is not much variety, The new suites and Hero/Menace system works well . All in all it is a game that people should try out ! especially if your childhood was based on Marvel like mine was ! Full Review »