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Great movie-tie in
on July 11, 2012
The story takes place after the movie, so you may want to avoid playing if you haven't seen the movie yet.
The story telling is my least favorite thing about the game. It starts off with some first person story telling. (you as Spiderman) Which is lame in my opinion, because it limited the camera work. Making the VERY long intro scene rather annoying. And after that it shifts to what you'd expect 3rd person, but it's pretty stiff and boring to watch. The actual story is pretty interesting though, it's just that the way it's told isn't as good as it could be.
The voice actors aren't the same as the actors in the movie, but they do a great job in their roles. The graphics are great, animations are fluid for Spiderman and all the major enemies in the game. Some of the human characters animation isn't that great.
Sound is nice, lots of sound cues for things. Like hearing when you're near a collectible. Lots of dialog cues as well, letting you know without looking that human enemies are searching for you.
Combat is a lot like Batman Arkham Aslyum/City, just not quite as refined. It's fun despite this. If you've not played those, then basically you hit the attack button (square) and little prompts (spider sense) will pop up over Spiderman's head indicating that you're going to be attacked. So you hit dodge (triangle) to counterattack before they do. Sometimes it'll be red instead of white, which means you need to either web retreat (L1) or manually dodge out of the way (triangle).
There's stealth, and it's done a lot like Batman too. Only instead of needing to stand on things, you can just crawl along the ceiling. There are still a lot of bars and things to climb on. Spiderman makes it a lot easier to stealth kill enemies. The issue with this is that without an upgrade, you just fall down on them and stick them to the ground. With the upgrade, you come down on a web like a spider (duh!) and wrap them up (an additional upgrade will let you do 2 at a time). After wrapping them up you drag them up and put them on ceiling. It's just so slow going, unless you do it off the wall. Which switches it to a quick jump off the wall to them, and pull up to the ceiling.
There's an open world, and it uses web slinging to get around (R2). You can also web sling inside, which is much faster than walking/running and much better than jumping (a little tip from me to you). This game doesn't require you to actually have anything near you to do it in the open world. However, the fewer tall buildings around the lower you have to be to do it. For instance, by a tall building you can basically fly around in the sky. In a park, you'll have to fall all the way down, almost touching the ground, before it will bring you back up.
The story sections go into buildings and sewers. Usually bringing you outside for a variety of reasons. (boss battle, following someone, etc) So you can use a chapter select in your Aunt May's friend (Stan ;3) apartment, which acts as a hub to pick your costumes as well. (unlocked by finding emblems or beating the game)
Of course with the open world comes side missions. Rescuing people (I'd describe better, but it'd spoil the plot), stopping random muggings/acts of violence, race challenges, and taking pictures. As well as infiltrating labs to get some upgrades.
There's a TON of pop-culture references and I really liked that. Especially the TMNT references. <3
There are a lot of comic book pages in the open world city to collect, which seem to be randomly generated. They unlock some comic books in the extras. Which is nice, there's also a trophy for getting all 700. The trophies are doable in my opinion, so if you care about that. It's not impossible by any means. Just annoying at times due to the comic book pages.
While not perfect, I had a lot of fun with this game.