The Amazing Spider-Man 3DS User Review
The Amazing Spider-Man breathed big screen life back into everyone's favorite wall-crawler as a reboot that was less gritty than it was creative and clever. Going back before Mary Jane, it was only a matter of time until the film launched a new series of video game titles. With The Amazing Spider-Man on the Nintendo 3DS, players can get back to web slinging and crime fighting with a new, rejuvenated hero, world and even mechanical gameplay package.
What Makes the 3DS Version Different?
If there was ever a hero made for a 3D game mechanic, it's Spider-Man. Taking its cue from previous games featuring the wall crawler, the game allows players to traverse vast environments through web-slinging. Using the most acrobatic moves a handheld game system could support, The Amazing Spider-Man gains depth and perspective from the 3D in ways that many other games that have been featured on the 3DS simply don't. However, with that said, there still aren't many differences between this version of the game and others that have been put onto handheld platforms.
A Rich, Comic Book World
For fans of both the movie and the comics, The Amazing Spider-Man picks up right where the credits left off. Peter Parker has grown into his role as the costumed crime fighter, and his rogues gallery is only getting bigger. What started with the Lizard only grows, featuring such classic villains as The Rhino and The Scorpion, all of whom are out for Spider-Man's blood. Players have to use all of the spider powers, as well as wall-crawling, web-slinging and unique combo moves to bring down the bigger, stronger enemies that are going to come their way. Of course it's all in a days work for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Adjusting to Handheld
While The Amazing Spider-Man was originally put out for full sized console gaming, the Nintendo 3DS version hasn't lost much in the way of gameplay. It does take a little bit of adjustment in controls and settings, but players that use the Nintendo 3DS are used to that by this point in the game (so to speak). Once players adjust to seeing Spidey in 3D, and they re-master all of the slick moves that The Amazing Spider-Man offers, it's just a matter of combinations and timing to get through some of the meanest, toughest streets in a New York positively infested with meta humans.
Worth the Cost of 3DS?
On the one hand, there's nothing wrong with the versions of The Amazing Spider-Man that don't have the 3DS technology. Those games are still fun and functional, and players can have a very good time with them. On the other hand, there's nothing quite like playing The Amazing Spider-Man in 3D. Even with the comic book plots, the epic fight scenes and the great plot, the game is at least partially about spectacle. Because of that, it just isn't the same to soar, dive, punch, kick and super hero your way across New York in 2D.
You'll be amazed.
Super Gamer Dude
As a film, The Amazing Spider-Man breathed life back into the hero and the franchise. With a unique twist on the comic book world that brought fans back to the movies, it was only a matter of time until that version of the wall crawler got his own game. And in The Amazing Spider-Man there are no holds barred.
The video game is meant to act as an epilogue to the film. Peter, so new at being Spider-Man, has a lot to learn after his defeat of the Lizard. However, this is Marvel's New York, and because of that there's a new costumed creep around practically every corner. Whether it's the Rhino going on a rampage, or the Scorpion out for Spider-Man's head, there's plenty of super villain action that players are going to have to throw themselves head first at to keep the city safe. No matter how new Peter is at this, he's going to have to keep on his toes and listen when his Spider Senses start tingling.
Mechanically, The Amazing Spider-Man is a beautiful piece of gaming. In an effort to capture all of the acrobatics and insane web-slinging stunts that Spider-Man is capable of the controls have been simplified to make moving around as organic as possible. Additionally, adopting the free running and wild fighting styles of games like Assassin's Creed, Spider-Man's fighting style is now just as wild as it's been in the comic books. With speed and agility on the player's side, it's important to never be where the next attack is coming from. Otherwise it's very possible that it will be lights out for the fledgling superhero.
The movement and combat styles aren't the only things that feel organic when it comes to The Amazing Spider-Man either. For fans of the comic book, that's exactly what the game feels like. Events progress on a huge scale, and there's always something around the next bend to threaten Peter's regular life and that requires him to put on his mask again. However, perhaps because this game is all about Spider-Man, there's no point where the action breaks the suspension of disbelief. Since New York is the center of most meta-human activity, it only makes sense that there would be so much crime for players to fight. Of course when the interconnecting threads are woven together into a tangled web, it's Peter's job to unravel it and become the hero he needs to be.
Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man might be the best attempt at a Spider-Man game yet. Though attempts have gone back all the way to the Sega Genesis, the technology has finally made it possible for players to do what they want and to do it stylishly when it comes to controlling Peter's movements. Additionally, whether players are fans of the movie or of the comic books, it won't matter when they pick up this game. All they have to worry about is whether they're fans of Spider-Man, and everything that comes with it.