Is 'The Amazing Spider-Man' the new 'Batman: Arkham Asylum'?
In a perfect world, Sony Pictures would've failed to put a new Spider-Man movie together, with the movie rights to my favorite web-slinger reverting back to Marvel, where they belong. Sadly this was not the case, and so though we won't be seeing Spidey making a cameo in the wildly-anticipated Avengers flick, as least we can watch that one pretty kid from The Social Network swing around in a skin-tight costume.
I bet Marvel would've had the balls to use Donald Glover...
Point is, though I have no love in my heart for this hastily-constructed attempt to keep Spider-Man in Sony's pocket, the video game tie-in is looking damn good, the first official trailer debuting at Spike's Video Game Awards.
The Amazing Spider-Man video game is apparently an epilogue of sorts to the film, which strikes me as very good news. This frees up the developers to construct their own original elements, rather than forcing them to adhere to the movie's plot where many sequences likely aren't a right fit for video game treatment. I'm especially pleased to note that these “original elements” include some giant Oscorp robots gone nuts, as swinging around and beating the crap out of robots sounds like a damn good time. Not to mention that developers Beemox have some solid history with the franchise, having most recently produced the well-received Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. The game, though solid, was unfortunately swept aside by this year's ridiculous roster of triple A titles (Gears of War, Skyrim, Zelda, Modern Warfare, Battlefield, Batman, etc) though if they can learn from their first outing and deliver an Arkham City-level of franchised fun, I'll be all for it.
What has me most excited however, is the boss fight seen in the trailer. After a giant robot burrows up through the ground, Spider-Man swings into action. The gameplay showcased that looks truly incredible, with Spider-Man fluidly attaching webs to the giant machine and swinging around in close-range. After ripping out some vital circuitry, the game then seems to task players with knocking loose the robot's giant joints, helping to bring Osborne's vile creation crashing to the ground. Interactive elements like this are a giant step up from the plodding combat we've seen in other franchised titles, and The Amazing Spider-Man could prove to be a hit.
Wait, if it's an epilogue does that mean I'll need to see the movie to really enjoy it? Damn.