It’s hard to start an article when you have one thought that keeps popping up as soon as you put finger to key. I’d love to start with how I loved Spiderman as a kid or a bit of history about the game, but unfortunately, this article isn’t like the others in that I’m going to start this article by telling you that this game isn’t very good and that in all likelihood, unless you are a die-hard Spiderman fan, you won’t enjoy it very much.

The main selling point of the game is the fact that it’s based on Spiderman, which judging by the success of the Batman Arkham series, could be a potential hit. Unfortunately, this game is not like the Batman series.

I’m not sure how to explain exactly how I feel about this game, except that it didn’t draw me in at any point during the entire game. From start to finish it was more of a chore than an enjoyable experience. When you find yourself feeling bored after the first twenty minutes of a game then something isn’t right.

Let’s talk specifics. The customization options are limited. You have a couple different abilities that can be upgraded twice and different coloured suits that give you different stat boosts. And that’s it. No stats points to help you decide how you haven’t to upgrade your character and no individual suit upgrades. I understand that it’s Spiderman, how much customisation can there really be for someone that shoots spider webs? But then again, it’s a genetically mutated person that can climb on walls and shoot spider webs.

You have 15 main quests, that’s it, and although they do take some time to accomplish, all you are really doing is repeating the same thing over and over in a different location. The same goes for the side quests and objectives. They’re all just repeats of previous side quests in different locations.

Now in the graphics department, does anyone own a PS2? Because, that’s how the game looks most of the time. Spidey and his costumes got a little bit more attention as he seems to be the only really detailed character in the game. Apart from him though, well you’re better off looking at one of your older games for a more visually stimulating experience.

By now you’re probably thinking, are there any positive points to this game? Does the fact that you get to play as Spiderman count? Because if it doesn’t, then not really.

Seeing as this is based on a movie we have to address whether the developers stuck to the storyline of the movie or whether they deviated. The answer to that is: I don’t know, I haven’t seen the movie yet. I would assume it sticks pretty tightly to the story portrayed in the movie as a lot of the characters bear some resemblance to the actors that play them. Apart from that I can’t say.

When I initially got given this game I didn’t expect much. It’s a game based on a movie, meaning that in all likelihood it would be rubbish. But even with my expectations low I was disappointed. The map was tiny, the fights and missions repetitive and the customisation options lacked in every respect. If this isn’t enough to deter you from the game then nothing I say will.

The Amazing Spiderman 2 Rating: 2/10

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Xavier Bezuidenhoudt – Our resident Frenchman; we discovered Xavier in the back streets of Paris selling bootleg Mighty Mouse action figures. His Parisian occupation paired with his checkered past as a mime in the Moulin Rouge gave him the necessary skill required to become an excellent PC games reviewer. We immediately offered him a job. Take away from the fast paced world of action figure bootlegging, Xavier settled in Johannesburg, living on a diet of Merlot, Foie Gras and your tears when he owns you at Starcraft
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