|The Amazing Spider-Man 2.|
Platforms: PC, 3DS, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Android
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: NA: April 29th 2014, EU: May 2nd 2014, AUS: April 30th 2014
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is an upcoming open world action adventure video game featuring the famous Marvel Comics Super Hero, Spider-Man [August 1962 - present day] (The Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Edge of Time) set to be published by the game series publisher Activision.
The game is serving as a movie tie in title that is set to launch alongside the film. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be launching on multiple systems spanning three developers. Series veteran developer Beenox [ a subsidiary of Activision] (Monsters vs Aliens and Guitar Hero Smash Hit) that previously worked on Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions will be leading development with High Voltage Software (Mortal Kombat [PC]) leading development on the 3DS port and developers GameLoft ( Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction [iOS/Android] and Rayman Raving Rabbids) handling a iOS and Android port of the game.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently slated to launch on Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, iOS and Android. The iOS and Android port will launch on April 17th of 2014, whereas the console and PC port will launch on April 29th in North America, May 2nd in Europe and April 30th in Australia.
The Xbox One version is currently on hold.
Little is known about the development cycle of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, most likely due to the multi platform nature of the game and its connection to the official movie. The game was first announced to the public at the NYCC (New York Comic Con) in October of 2013 alongside the news that the game would be developed by Spider-Man veteran developers Beenox who have worked on multiple Spidey titles with an expected spring 2014 release date.
This reveal was accompanied by a teaser trailer showing the in game cityscape and iconic inverted hanging Spider-Man. The first full publicly released trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was shown in January of 2014. This was followed up on in early March when the consoles received their official release dates alongside a walkthrough trailer that came on the 27th. Gameloft (the development team handling the iOS and Android port) are going to be releasing their version of the game on April 17th. Gameloft are a well known and established mobile games developer bringing award winning performance to what is usually the weakest aspect of mobile gaming having won 7 mobile gaming awards in 2013 alone.
Publisher Activision also has a history of creating Spider-Man games, having published all of the Spider-Man movie related games since 2002, including the fan favourite that is often considered the definitive Spider-Man game, Spider-Man 2: The Game. Also expected to come alongside the game is a variety of bonus outfits, including 4 that are exclusive pre-orders from GameStop (Iron Spider, Noir Symbiote and Cosmic Spider-Man). These extra outfits can be found in Peter Parker’s wardrobe and when equipped will imbue Spidey with different statistical bonuses.
An emphasis on improved control over Spider-Man is apparent in the newest entry into the movie tie in series of games, with players given a new level of control when web swinging through the new open world environment thanks to a newly implemented dual trigger mechanic. The “grid-like” Manhattan area allows this new web swinging system to flow well thanks to the “conveniently parallel buildings”.
Like the previous Spider-man games in the current franchise of movie related games, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will take place in a large open world environment set primarily in the Manhattan borough of New York. Despite Manhattan being the most densely populated of the five New York boroughs, the environment, while expansive, has been designed around spacious streets with constantly running parallel buildings to aid in navigation.
The new gameplay mechanic this time around is a dual trigger web swinging system. In past Spider-Man titles players often had control taken out of their hands and placed in a sort of “snap to” mechanic wherein Spidey would web sling in the general direction that the player wanted to go. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, players can operate our friendly neighborhood with a unprecedented level of control thanks the ability to independently sling web from each hand. Meaning the left trigger will control the left hands web slinging and the right trigger controls the right hand conversely.
This coupled with the Manhattan urban jungle will allow Spidey to swiftly and more importantly accurately navigate his surroundings, which is essential in terms of general gameplay and combat. Combat will remain largely unchanged at a fundamental level with Spider-Man relying on his agility and sense rather than brute force and strength. As the player advances further into the game, new abilities will be unlocked that enhance combat abilities such as being able to strip armoured guards of their protective carapace. The player also has stealth options such as visible vision cones that allow for sneaking and stealth take downs.
There is a also a new Hero or Menace system in place that will depend on the players action in the open world sandbox. NPCs may need help and it’s up to the player decide whether they want to support them or not. The system is pretty similar to Sucker Punch studios’ inFamous series.
New gameplay features include:
- Given Parker’s background as a photographer, this is the first time players will make use of the camera to make sense of suspicious situations.
- Despite their best efforts, the police service of New York can’t quite handle the criminality of the streets, this is where the player will aid police in their battles against crime.
- While travelling through the Manhattan area, Spidey will encounter citizens in need of help.
- In Hideouts, Spidey must infiltrate and recover Oscorp technology to keep it out of criminal hands.
The plot of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is loosely tied to that of the movie of the same name following Peter Parker’s (Spider-Man) search for the person responsible for killing his uncle Ben.
While on his search for the murderer, Peter will encounter a multitude of iconic super villains from the Marvel universe such as:
- Kraven The Hunter
- Black Cat
- Green Goblin
- Herman Schultz (Shocker).
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game.