Spider-Man: Edge of Time
|Spider-Man: Edge of Time|
Spider-Man: Edge of Time is a 2011 video game developed by Beenox, based on the superhero Spider-Man. The game was directed by Gerard Lehiany. The story, written by Peter David, Ramiro Belanger and Gérard Lehiany, involves both Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, and Miguel O'Hara, Spider-Man 2099. The game is considered the sequel to 2010's Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, although Spider-Man Noir and Ultimate Spider-Man are not featured, yet they are mentioned.
Gameplay contains a "cause-and-effect" system in which one Spider-Man's actions will affect the other and vice versa. It was released on October 4, 2011 in North America and on October 14, 2011 in Europe. Edge of Time is the second Spider-Man title to be developed by Beenox, following Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions of 2010, and the first released since Activision and Marvel's decision to make Beenox their lead developer on future Spider-Man games. Spider-Man: Edge of Time, along with most other games published by Activision that had used the Marvel license, was de-listed and removed from all digital storefronts on January 1, 2014.
Gameplay in the game is very similar to gameplay in Shattered Dimensions. Upgrades are available for both Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099. Upgrades are bought with XP (short for experience points), which can be earned by completing mini-challenges, such as defeating 30 enemies in two minutes. Including the traditional spider-sense, each Spider-Man has his own exclusive new ability. The original Spider-Man (Peter Parker) features a "hyper-sense" mode, which allows him to move quickly, pulverize enemies one at a time or run through elaborate laser defence systems without getting hurt. Spider-Man 2099 can create a fake simulation of himself to divert an enemy, to either attack without them noticing or to move to another area unharmed while their attack destroys something in front of him, such as a highly secure lock.
The game begins with Peter Parker/Spider-Man battling Anti-Venom, who kills him. Rewinding back to the beginning of the event, in the year 2099 Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099 investigates Alchemax scientist Walker Sloan. While spying on him, O'Hara discovers Sloan plans to travel back in time to establish Alchemax years before its time, allowing him to rebuild the company in his own image and dismantle its corporate rivals before they are even established. O'Hara arrives just as Sloan enters his Gateway, but jumps through the portal too late to stop him. Trapped in the portal, he sees visions of the original Spider-Man being killed (though not by who), before being spit back into 2099. O'Hara (unaffected due to being trapped in the portal) discovers Sloan's interference has turned New York City to a horrifying dystopia. O'Hara uses Peter Parker's DNA, stored within the company's archives, to create a chronal link with him, back in the present. (Peter's question if the "other me's" are in his head, suggests this takes place in the same continuity of Shattered Dimensions.) Parker, now working for Alchemax in the genetics department instead of the Daily Bugle, is warned about his death on the 66th floor. However, he refuses to obey O'Hara's orders to flee and travels to the 66th floor to stop the potential killer psycho.
During their conversations, the two Spider-Men discover the wormhole between their timelines has created a 'quantum causality field', with the result being that actions taken in the past automatically change the future; an example being Spider-Man destroying a force field generator resulting in a force field blocking Spider-Man 2099's path in the future being replaced by robot sentries. Traveling to the 66th floor, Spider-Man finds himself confronted by Anti-Venom, Sloan, and Dr. Octavius, the head scientist. Spider-Man battles Anti-Venom, who drains his powers to the point of death. Seconds later, O'Hara pulls Parker through the Gateway in an effort to save him. Leaving him in the future to heal, the future Spider-Man travels to the past and battles Anti-Venom, breaking the chip that allowed Sloan to control him. Furious, Anti-Venom attacks Sloan and Octavius, throwing all 3 villains into the time portal, destabilizing it, and combining them into a monster.
Both Spider-Men are stuck in each other's time periods, with events accruing such as Mary Jane Watson's near-death at Alchemax before Miguel saves her, and a confrontation with Black Cat 2099. Both Spider-Men are hindered by Octavius' tentacles, which appear out of nowhere. While investigating the company's central archives to work out how to repair the portal, Spider-Man learns that he will become the CEO of Alchemax thanks to an anti-aging drug, with his future self having set up the entire crisis for his own ends. With the portal repaired, the Spider-Men return to their proper times, but something follows Parker back to his; a large bloated version of Anti-Venom with Octavius' tentacles, soon dubbed "Atrocity". Spider-Man lures it into a trap and takes a DNA sample from it, allowing Spider-Man 2099 to decipher the readings; the creature is in fact Sloan, Anti-Venom, and Octavius merged.
Just as Spider-Man 2099 theorizes that forcing Atrocity back into the portal would disrupt and end the time storm, he is contacted by the CEO Parker, who reveals that he intends to harness the quantum storm to rewrite his history and undo his past mistakes; remaking the entire universe in his image. After a final battle with Sloan and the CEO, the Spider-Men knock both of them into the gateway; the resulting release of quantum energy collapsing the bridge and ending the time storm, which also reverses the changes brought about by Sloan and the CEO, leaving no one but the Spider-Men with any memory of them. O'Hara then gives Parker a lecture on time travel, ending the game.
Development and marketing
Customers who pre-order the game at GameStop will get early access to bonus downloadable alternate costumes inspired from the Identity Crisis storyline, while pre-orders from Amazon.com will let the customer unlock Spider-Man's Future Foundation costume for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions early in the game. Customers who pre-order the game at Best Buy will get early access to Spider-Man's Big Time costume. The Spider-Man costume worn by Miles Morales, Peter Parker's successor in the Ultimate Universe, will also be available. The Spider-Armor, Cosmic Spider-Man, Cosmic Spider-Man 2099, Iron Spider, Secret War, 1602 Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider and Negative Zone costumes can be unlocked, only if a player has a save game of Shattered Dimensions on their PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or Wii.
Spider-Man: Edge of Time has received mixed reviews. McKinley Noble of GamePro highly criticized the game pointing out it ultimately doesn't live up to Shattered Dimensions, only giving Edge of Time a "fair" rating of 3 out of 5. Joystiq was more critical, giving the game 2.5/5 and criticizing Beenox's misuse of the Spider-Man character. IGN gave the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions a 4.5 out of 10, but gave the Wii version a 6.0 and the Nintendo 3DS version a 5.5. GameSpot gave the game a 6 out of 10, saying that it "tells an enjoyably absurd time-hopping tale, but stepping into the tights of its two heroes doesn't feel as empowering as it should." Game Informer gave it a 6.5, saying "Edge of Time is a major step back from the formula that worked." Destructoid gave the game a 5 out of 10. GameTrailers gave the game a 5.4 out of 10, praising the story and voice acting, but criticizing the repetition of the gameplay.
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