The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 video game)
|The Amazing Spider-Man|
Other Ocean Interactive (DS)
|Distributor(s)||Columbia Pictures Industries
|Writer(s)||Seamus Kevin Fahey John Zurhellen|
Inon Zur (Additional Music)
|Release date(s)||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Wii
June 28, 2012
August 10, 2012
|Distribution||Optical disc, memory card, DVD, Blu-ray Disc|
The Amazing Spider-Man is a third-person open world action/adventure video game, a tie-in to the film of the same name featuring the Marvel Comics superhero, Spider-Man. It was developed by Beenox, developer of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: Edge of Time, and published by Activision. It was released June 26, 2012 in North America and June 29, 2012 in Europe, on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, Mobile, iOS, Android, and PC. On October 13, 2012, it was confirmed that it will be coming to Wii U, in Spring 2013, this version was released March 5, 2013 in North America and March 8, 2013 in Europe as The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition in both regions. A PlayStation Vita Version was also confirmed to be in development. The game was directed by Gerard Lehiany and written by Seamus Kevin Fahey, of Battlestar Galactica fame, Benjamin Schirtz and Gérard Lehiany. The game serves as an epilogue to The Amazing Spider-Man film.
The Nintendo 3DS and Wii version feature a different, more linear game with the same script and plot. The game is not open world, instead following a style of approach similar to that of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, where the player selects a level from a hub, in this case Stan's apartment, before playing a mostly linear level. It was natively designed for the 3DS, and later ported to the Wii. Beenox also developed this version.
The game is set few months after the events of the film.
Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Sam Riegel) and Gwen Stacy (Kari Wahlgren) sneak into the restricted areas of Oscorp after hours, where Gwen reveals her suspicions that they may be continuing Dr. Connors' (Steven Blum) cross-species experiments. In the process, they are caught by Alistair Smythe (Nolan North), the new director, who explains that some scientists were indeed secretly continuing Connors' cross-species experiments by injecting animals with human DNA; the cross-species carry a powerful virus and are currently being shipped to a bio-lab for disposal. At that moment, the cross-species all react to Peter's presence and escape, infecting all of the scientists, including Smythe and Gwen, in the process. Alistair unleashes his security robots, which are programmed to defend them from cross-species. However, they end up attacking Peter, as he technically is a cross-species too. Peter quickly dons his Spider-Man suit and gets the infected to quarantine, fighting off the robots in the process, but is unable to stop the cross-species from escaping into the city.
Spider-Man tries to fight off the cross-species in the city, but they all escape, and a giant security robot attacks him too, causing great damage to the city. Spider-Man goes to the Beloit Psychiatric Hospital, where Dr. Connors has been incarcerated since the Lizard's rampage, and informs him of the incident. Connors agrees to escape from the institution and help Spider-Man develop a cure for the outbreak, but only if he is returned to the asylum when the crisis is resolved. After breaking out Connors, Spider-Man goes to his Aunt May's friend Stan Lee's apartment (which he has been house sitting) with Connors, where they immediately set up a laboratory to begin development of the antidote, which soon becomes a race against time when it is discovered that Smythe is developing his own "cure" which involves nanobots destroying the host from the inside out. Along the way, Spider-Man hacks into police and Oscorp transmissions with his Spider-Tracers and forms an alliance with Whitney Chang (Claudia Black), an investigative reporter who believes Oscorp's facelift operation is a scam.
Eventually, Connors manages to create an antidote, and Spider-Man rushes it to Gwen and the others at Oscorp; however, Smythe is skeptical that the antidote really works and impulsively uses it on himself. Unexpectedly, Smythe loses the use of his legs as well as his mind, and, in a fit of rage, programs his robots to attack Spider-Man. After narrowly escaping Oscorp and returning to the apartment, Spider-Man blasts Connors for the not perfect antidote before passing out from his injuries. While he is unconscious, Connors uses his blood to perfect the antidote, realizing that, since Spider-Man is a cross-species himself but retains his humanity, he was the key to the cure all along. Upon his recovery, Spider-Man immediately travels to the Oscorp biological labs, where Gwen and the others have been taken to be used as test subjects for Smythe's nanobot "cure," and successfully administers the antidote to Gwen and the others.
With the public at large believing Spider-Man to be responsible for the outbreak, Gwen makes her way to the police station to inform them of the truth, while the CDC quarantines the city with the advancement of the virus, now known as the "cross-species virus." Smythe, having been fired from Oscorp, somehow discovers both Spider-Man's secret identity (possibly from spying on Gwen) and where he and Dr. Connors have been staying, subsequently kidnapping Connors and daring Spider-Man to come save him.
Spider-Man breaks into the Oscorp robotics facility and manages to free Connors, only to be subdued by the robots. While Connors escapes and returns to his old lab in the sewers, Smythe restrains Spider-Man and injects him with his completed nanobot serum, which strips him of his powers. With his powers gone and health fading fast, Peter narrowly escapes from the facility as Smythe activates his latest S-Bot called the S-03, which is designed to spread his nanobot serum all over the city.
Peter emerges on the streets to discover that the entire city is in chaos as a result of the outbreak and Smythe's robots. He makes his way to Connors' sewer lab to discover both Connors and Gwen there. The nanobot "cure" attacking every cell in his body, Peter passes out. Deciding that there is no other way to stop Smythe, Dr. Connors becomes the Lizard again despite Gwen's objections, believing that he will be able to control himself long enough to stop the robots.
Gwen manages to revive Peter with an AED, who immediately rushes out to help Connors despite the loss of his powers. Making his way to the S-Bot with the aid of Whitney Chang, Peter, with Gwen's help, comes to learn that electricity will short circuit the nanobots within him as had happened with the AED prior. He enters the robot and electrocutes himself destroying the nanobots in his system and regaining his powers. With the aid of the Lizard, Spider-Man successfully disables the S-03 and subdues Smythe in his EXO-01 exo-suit. Unfortunately, Dr. Connors loses control of himself to the Lizard's mind in the process. Smythe finally regains his sanity and is left horrified by his actions as he is taken away by the police while Spider-Man pursues the Lizard into the sewers.
While tracking the Lizard, Spider-Man ends up fighting the last cross-species creature called Nattie and defeats it alongside its Pygos minions. With the aid of a reprogrammed Hunter Bot, Spider-Man tracks down Lizard and manages to transform him back into Dr. Connors, proceeding to take him back to the asylum, as promised. Sometime later, Peter and Gwen watch a news report from Whitney Chang, who reveals the "cross-species virus" outbreak has been cured and Spider-Man is now revered by the city for his role in stopping the virus. Whitney subsequently receives news that Smythe has escaped police custody, but Gwen convinces Peter to deal with it later.
In a post-credits scene, Alistair Smythe, having regained the use of his legs and in the final stages of cross-species infection, makes his way back to his lab. With nothing left to live for and the realization that the virus will soon take over his body, Smythe decides to commit suicide rather than become a cross-species himself and activates one of his Hunter robots to do just that, as the screen goes to black.
- Sam Riegel - Peter Parker / Spider-Man (likeness provided by Andrew Garfield)
- Kari Wahlgren - Gwen Stacy (likeness provided by Emma Stone)
- Steven Blum - Dr. Curt Connors / Lizard (likeness provided by Rhys Ifans), Vermin
- Stan Lee - Himself
- Fred Tatasciore - Rhino
- Bruce Campbell - Xtreme Reporter
- Ali Hillis - Felicia Hardy / Black Cat
- David Lodge - District Attorney Anthony Harper
- Nolan North - Alistair Smythe
- Claudia Black - Whitney Chang
Additional Voices by Orion Acaba, Valerie Arem, Troy Baker, Brian Bloom, Larry Cedar, Crispin Freeman, Josh Gilman, Anna Graves, Zach Hanks, Kate Higgins, Ali Hillis, Will Yun Lee, David Lodge, Yuri Lowenthal, Matthew Mercer, Dave B. Mitchell, Nolan North, Liam O'Brien, Tara Platt, Jamieson Price, Derek Stephen Prince, Michelle Ruff, Patrick Seitz, Keith Silverstein, James Patrick Stuart, Keith Szarabajka, Fred Tatasciore, and Kirk Thornton
HD Version (PC, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Wii U)
The game has an open world/free-roaming concept. The combat system is reminiscent of the Rocksteady Studios-developed Batman game series (Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City) using a freeflow design and counterattacks. Beenox took a cue from the Batman games, with Dee Brown (Beenox studio head) stating "I played both Batman games and liked them. For me, the Spider-Man character is very different than Batman. You have to approach both in a different way. I think the Rocksteady guys did a good job at providing what was required to make a great Batman game, and we're doing everything we need to this time to make a great Spider-Man game."
The game uses a unique damage system—the more damage Spider-Man takes, the more his suit is damaged; returning to the 'hub' area repairs the suit. By finding different spider symbols in certain parts of New York and taking photos of them, alternate costumes can be unlocked, such as "Big Time" Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider (Kaine), a color-inverted version of the Future Foundation costume, the Sam Raimi trilogy red and blue suit when you get the Stan Lee pre-order DLC or Rhino pre-order DLC, the Spider-Man 3 black suit, a new version of the black suit and a party hat for Spidey's 50th anniversary, which can be changed when the player goes to Peter Parker's apartment, though, there are some exceptions to the Wii U edition, as you have to COMPLETE the missions.
Many DLC packs have been released for this version. One of these is the "Lizard Rampage pack," where players play as the Lizard and destroying guards. The "Rhino Challenge pack" has players control the Rhino character, destroying cars and thugs. The "Oscorp Search and Destroy pack" has two minigames with similar gameplay to Snake and Space Invaders. The final DLC pack is the "Stan Lee Adventure pack", in which players can play as Stan Lee (with Spider-Man's powers). There are also many in-game references to characters in other franchises (e.g. Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Captain America).
The Wii U version, called "The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition", features all content and is completely alike the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions instead of the Wii and the 3DS ones. It also has all the DLC packs included in the disc, and gives players the option to use the Osphone on the Wii U Gamepad.
Nintendo Version (3DS and Wii)
These versions of the game are a different game, despite also being developed by Beenox, and have different gameplay despite sharing the same plot, voiceovers, and some of the HD's versions level design. Instead of being an Open World game, this version employs a "Force Unleashed" style hub approach, where the player selects a level from a Map screen in Spider-Man's apartment, and can also "talk" to Dr Connors. Once a level is selected, Spider-Man is immediately dropped off at the start of that level. The game also includes some sub-missions that help the player work up their XP.
Instead of photographing spider symbols or discovering comic book pages, Spider-Man is tasked with finding and photographing evidence that links Oscorp to the cross-species conspiracy. This includes photographing villains and Oscorp Logos, and finding special Oscorp items, such as audio files or other files. When he finds this evidence, it can give Spider-Man XP Points, or unlock extra content in the main menu, such as concept art. The photo mode makes use of the 3DS gyroscope, but can also be more easily controlled by the analog slider.
Spider-Man's moves in this game are more based on the previous moveset from the earlier Spider-Man movie based games, and not that of its HD counterpart or Arkham Asylum, although several changes have been made, such as the addition of a "Web Rush" mode, which allows Spider-Man to slow time down while he's looking for targets to aim at.
The 3DS version has an exclusive game mode named "Vigilante", which is a strategy-based RPG-style text game where you are given a map of locations and must complete tasks and missions and collect items needed for certain missions. A meter is shown with a slide moving to either a red or green marker. When Spider-Man successfully completes the mission, the player is awarded Vigilante Points (VP) and Action Points (AP), which are to complete the missions. The higher your skill rank, the more locations and additional content are unlocked. Vigilante is compatible with Street Pass, allowing you to trade items with other players.
Unlike the HD versions, there are only 3 suits to unlock: Basic, Classic, and the Black Suit. The classic suit is unlocked by completing all of the side missions. The Black suit is unlocked by beating the game on Vigilante Mode.
This version features 2.5D side-scrolling action with the same script and plot as the other versions. The game play is similar to the previous title in the series for the same console, Spider-Man: Edge of Time. 2D is the main feature whilst also used to manipulate the touch screen and the buttons.
Development and marketing
A video game based on the film was first announced at the 2011 New York Comic Con. The game was developed by Beenox, the development team behind the previous two Spider-Man games, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: Edge of Time. During New York Comic Con a producer at Activision, Doug Heder stated that the game will take place after the events of the movie. Heder realizing the mixed reviews with the last video game, promising that the video game will find a different fate, thanks to its lengthy development time. The video game has been reported to be in development by Gerard Lehiany, the creative director of Beenox. Dee Brown of Beenox felt that the film was an inspiration of the development of the video game on how the creators wanted it to turn out. "The fact that our game is based on the movie, and the movie is re-approaching the universe in a completely different way — a more grounded, more realistic approach — gives us an incredible setting to play with".
The game released on June 26, 2012. The first concept artwork of the game was released on November 10, 2011. A world premiere trailer debuted during the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards, on December 10, 2011. The game was originally developed for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS. It was later announced that game will be released for PC, however the port was released on August 10, 2012. The game features PlayStation Move support. The game featured pre-order bonuses. Those who pre-ordered the game from Amazon.com will be able to play as Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee (The DLC is available only until Saturday August 4, 2012), whilst those who ordered from GameStop will receive a bonus challenge featuring the Rhino. The pre-order bonuses were only made available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gaming consoles.
The Amazing Spider-Man received generally positive reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 3 version 73.10% and 71/100, the Xbox 360 version 70.87% and 69/100, the Wii U version 68.43% and 66/100, the Wii version 64.33% and 58/100, the 3DS version 56.67% and 55/100 and the DS version 53.33%.
GameSpot gave it a 7.5/10, praising its controls while criticizing its easiness. Game Informer had a more critical view of the game, scoring it 6.75/10, citing failure to live up to potential due to its generic story and repetitive side missions. IGN gave the game a 7.0/10 with Greg Miller of IGN saying "The visuals aren't stunning, the story isn't crazy exciting, and the missions get repetitive. But The Amazing Spider-Man is fun to play."
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