While The Amazing Spider-Man hit the movie screens for the first time after five years, it has been busy on video game consoles. Since 2007, the wall crawler has been featured in four games and made guest appearances in at least four more games. But none of them have been received well by the gaming public.
Fans have been hoping that the new movie can also help revitalize the video-game franchise. Quebec-based developer Beenox came out with The Amazing Spider-Man for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but it was not that impressive.
The Amazing Spider-Man game takes place after the events of the latest film. This means that it spoils some of the major plot points. It features more human-animal hybrids that have escaped from the labs of Oscorp Industries, including the movie’s villain the Lizard.
Robotics genius Alistaire Smythe shifted the company’s focus towards making an army of mechanical giants that can take down the mutants. Spider-Man is somehow stuck in the middle. He has to fight against Smythe’s robots as well as comic-book villains the Rhino, the Iguana, and the Scorpion.
Spider-Man must infiltrate several Oscorp facilities and he must take out the guards one by one. The gameplay is similar to that of Batman: Arkham Asylum but it has awkward camera angles that make it difficult to see all the enemies before you are spotted by them.
On the other hand, Batman fans have something to keep themselves busy before The Dark Knight Rises comes out. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is a family friendly game. Those familiar with the first Lego Batman game will find new elements to the sequel, such as the first rate voice acting. The game world is also more open than the usual and allows the player to explore freely Gotham City in between story missions.