Arachnophilia: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

By Adam Smith on March 27th, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

Kraven tried to concentrate on what the interviewer was saying - he really needed the job - but he knew that Spidey was nearby and probably screwing everything up as usual.

I have to admire the latest video for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game tie-in of the sequel to the reboot of the film trilogy adaptation of the long-running comic book series. For one thing, it claims to be the ‘first gameplay’ footage and that’s exactly what it is. It seems to have been edited by the most haphazard of methods, with combat sequences ending seemingly at random, and the combo-chain combat lacking the fluidity of Arkham’s animations. Spidey has a tendency to jog against enemies just before he kicks them, like a giant spider-dog humping their legs. And then there’s a bit when the music just stops while he’s hanging a bad man from a web. The silence made me think I was watching a murder.

At least it’s real though. I mean, if you buy The Amazing Spider-Man 2 these are things that will almost certainly happen while you’re playing it.

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29 Comments »

  1. Gargenville says:

    All the in-game ads for Uncle Ben’s are kind of a turnoff.

  2. Philomelle says:

    It always disappoints me how weightless Spider-Man’s attacks are in these games. It looks like he simply waves his arms and legs in front of enemies’ faces before finally delivering a punch.

    I understand that making enemies drop in one hit would remove their fancy beat’em up gameplay ideas, but c’mon. Spidey is canonically strong enough to flip over a mini-van. It should be okay to put some oomph into his moves.

    • Gargenville says:

      Spider-Man is canonically both strong enough to take down the Juggernaut and to lose to the Kingpin who’s just a big regular guy with no powers whatsoever.

      edit: granted the Juggernaut is a moron

  3. Chuckleluck says:

    Still waiting on a first-person Spider-Man game.

    • Skeletor68 says:

      Combine that with an Oculus Rift… (Feels slightly nauseous at the thought)

      • Koshinator says:

        There’s the upcoming Energy Hook if you want swinging action with your Rift

  4. Zenicetus says:

    The swinging through the city looks okay, but there’s something odd and lightweight about the combat animations. As an earlier comment said, it lacks physicality and weight. I guess we’re spoiled by the Arkham series, where the animation managed to make melee punches feel more physical.

    It also looks like the animation has too few frames during Spidey’s flips. It’s fast but not very fluid.

    • Jalan says:

      Was going to comment on the same thing re: frames. That segment at the end where he’s facing off against the subway punk woman (?) there’s parts of his attack animation that just look abysmally bad and completely non-fluid compared to the likes of a Batman ass whippin’ in Arkham (insert title).

  5. w0bbl3r says:

    Either a bad marketing team putting together a terrible bunch of god-awful scenes, or a standard marketing team taking the best of a terrible TERRIBLE bunch of scenes to make this terrible trailer.
    Doesn’t matter which, it’s garbage either way. If the best they can do to show off this game is this trailer, then it must be one of the worst movie tie-in games ever made. And that’s saying something

    • Henke says:

      I don’t think a marketing team were anywhere _near_ this video. Even if it was terrible footage they would’ve editied it to fit the music better and thrown in a logo at the end, at the very least. No, what this looks like is someone high-up realizing that they’re spending too much money on marketing, and giving the trailer editing duties to some random programmer instead of hiring a marketing team.

      • Jackablade says:

        In my experience, you should never underestimate the ability of a marketing team to completely fail to do its job.

        • jrodman says:

          s/a marketing team/people/
          s/its/their/

          FIXT! :-D

          (Thought maybe marketing is better at this than most?)

          • Jackablade says:

            My favourite was the Spongebob game where the first screenshot (and only one for months) that our publishers’ marketing team released was a tiny top down image of the character standing on a wooden floor. It was basically just a yellow rectangle on some brown rectangles.

            Then there was the whole underwater pony thing…

  6. Moraven says:

    Dev walkthrough video posted on the Playstation blog.

    • Stardreamer says:

      Much obliged, Moraven. Why they’ve shown the vid above I have no idea – the one you’ve linked to is a thousand times better! And INCREDIBLY EXCITING!

      Sorry. A little bit of squeee came out.

    • AlexV says:

      Oh yeah, thanks for that one. I was about to dismiss the game entirely based on the shockingly poor ‘trailer’ in the main post. This is *much* more interesting, and the game’s back on the list!

    • Jackablade says:

      There’s still very little sense of weight to the combat. I think just slowing it down a smidgen would have a big effect on how solid it all feels.

  7. Turkey says:

    Time for Bruce Banner to don the mask and cowl once again and become Spiderman: defender of Gotham city.

  8. Syphus says:

    And then it just ends…right in the middle of something.

    • Moraven says:

      Yah, its a weird trailer, footage whatever you want to call it.

      Watch the Dev Walkthrough that was posted today (other video is 5 days old). It does a great job of showing off the game.

      Web grabbing from a distance and then webbing them onto the ceiling looks like it will never get old.

  9. Stardreamer says:

    Played the first one a little while ago. LOVED it. Really looking forward to the second iteration, even though they’re giving in to the perpetual moans and making web-swinging a “skill” again. I just hope they’ve not given too much away in that rather lengthy tease up there.

  10. jarowdowsky says:

    This may be the most realistic movie game ever made. They’ve perfectly captured the way stunt men and actors never actually make contact with each other…

  11. SpaceAkers says:

    Wow. I think the devs deserve an award for creating a game w/o an art style at all.

    I’ve never seen anything like it! It’s beyond bland. It’s past generic. It’s too bland to be generic! It’s too generic to be bland!! WOW!!

    Revolutionary. I cant wait to play this sub-Arkham movie tie-in sequel!!! THANKS FOR THIS SICK TRAILER.

  12. Zepp says:

    Where is an option for female spiderman? Why does he have to be male all the time?

    • jrodman says:

      When spider man puts on the costume, he is transformed into a woman. However, this is not visible from the outside, and s/he doesn’t like to talk about it.

  13. strangeloup says:

    I don’t remember Spidey’s costume being quite so… form-fitting in previous outings. Those aren’t half some pert buttocks.