Harness Spider-Man’s powers with Manhattan as your playground!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (954 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 25, 2012

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Includes 5 items: The Amazing Spider-Man™, The Amazing Spider-Man™ - Lizard Rampage Pack, The Amazing Spider-Man™ - Oscorp Search and Destroy Pack, The Amazing Spider-Man™ - Rhino Challenge, The Amazing Spider-Man™ - Stan Lee Adventure Pack

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Includes 12 items: The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ - Black Suit, The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ - Cosmic Spider-Man Suit, The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ - Electro-Proof Suit, The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ - Ends of the Earth Suit, The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ - Iron Spider Suit, The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ - Spider-Man Noir Suit, The Amazing Spider-Man™, The Amazing Spider-Man™ - Lizard Rampage Pack, The Amazing Spider-Man™ - Oscorp Search and Destroy Pack, The Amazing Spider-Man™ - Rhino Challenge, The Amazing Spider-Man™ - Stan Lee Adventure Pack

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Includes 4 items: The Amazing Spider-Man™ - Lizard Rampage Pack, The Amazing Spider-Man™ - Oscorp Search and Destroy Pack, The Amazing Spider-Man™ - Rhino Challenge, The Amazing Spider-Man™ - Stan Lee Adventure Pack

 

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"Do you like shooting webs across new york city? This game is so fun a classic from my teenage years."

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About This Game

Harness Spider-Man’s powers with Manhattan as your playground!

Set shortly after the events of Columbia Pictures' new film, The Amazing Spider-Man throws New York City's brand new hero back into free-roaming, web-slinging action, as he protects the Big Apple from a deluge of unimaginable threats.

Key Features

  • Spider-Man’s triumphant return to New York – Everybody’s favorite web-head is back in Manhattan with the return of the fan-favorite, free-roaming, web-slinging gameplay.
  • Web Rush: player choice evolved – Players use real-time navigational and combat choices to fight crime and pull off Spidey’s signature acrobatic moves like never before.
  • Find out what happens next – Uncover the rest of Peter Parker’s untold story in the all-new epilogue story to the Columbia Pictures' 2012 blockbuster theatrical release.
  • Push Spider-Man’s abilities to the limit – Battle all new versions of classic Super Villains as well as original, larger than life enemies while racing to save Manhattan.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7/XP (SP 3)/Vista (SP 2)
    • Processor: Intel Core® 2 Duo 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce 7600GT / AMD ATI Radeon X1800 GTO
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 7500 MB HD space
    • Sound: Any DirectX 9.0 compliant Sound Card
    • Additional: Internet connection required for installation and authentification.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® 7/XP (SP 3)/Vista (SP 2)
    • Processor: Intel Core® 2 Quad 2.4 Ghz or AMD Athlon II X4 2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia 8800GT / AMD ATI Radeon HD4830
    • DirectX®: 10
    • Hard Drive: 8000 MB HD space
    • Sound: Any DirectX 9.0 compliant Sound Card
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional: Internet connection required for installation and authentification.
Helpful customer reviews
65 of 80 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
I love Spiderman. He was the first superhero comic I ever picked up as a kid. I own more Spiderman comic books than any other series in my collection and have been reading them for eighteen years (5 yrs-23 yrs). I've also played every single Spiderman video game since back in the early 90's and i'm here to tell you...

I went out on launch day to buy this game for PS3. I beat it with my brother in law after only two sessions of playing - about 8 hours total. Mind you I was playing around a lot of that time and just exploring the city. I thought maybe I was just too hype on the game and it didn't meet my expectations...So I decided to give it another go on the PC.

Now keep in mind this is an open world game, but there is little to nothing to do! The city just doesn't feel like a real complete city. I still play the older titles and compared to this they all have way more to do and a lot more diversity in their levels, which is sad considering you're supposed to progress. Almost every single main mission takes place somewhere underground. Which at first is real cool...until you realize all of the missed potential that's just sitting there above you. Laughing at you. Mocking you. There are a few missions above ground but they are seldom.

There are plenty of side missions - Like crimes to solve which are inanely repetitive and overtly mundane, nothing like they used to be. I'm not even trying to be that guy that's just stuck on the past nostalgia, but if i'm still playing those games today (which I am) over the new titles they're dishing out...somethin' ain't right. Sure the missions in those games were all repetitive too, but at least more diverse and way more fun than "Stop that car!" "Catch that runner!" "Stop that gang!" "Now stop that getaway car!" "Catch that mugger!" "There's a gang on the loose!"

No matter how you clothe a sheep it is still a sheep.

"Oh, i'm sure that guys being dramatic. I heard there are little collectibles to 100% the game."

Yes, you can collect comic book pages to read comics on the game...which is such an awesome concept and to be honest one of the things I spent most time doing, but there are only a few issues and the time it takes to do this isn't really worth the end result. You could cut the time out completely and look up those issues online. However, there are tons of costumes...which are really cool and groovy...but also purely cosmetic, which is like building a really really nice car and never installing an engine. Cool car, bro...but...does it do anything?

Definitely not worth 39.99 OR the sale price of 27.49 that I am currently writing this review during. If the 27.49 price tag included all DLC and you're a hardcore Spidey fan THEN i'd say it is worth it.

In other words, do yourself a big favor and pick up any of these Spiderman titles for the PC instead:

Spiderman Web of Shadows (Best Open World Spiderman Game Hands-Down & the Darkest)
Ultimate Spiderman (Best Open World Spiderman Game That Emulates A Live Comic Book)
Spiderman Shattered Dimensions (Linear Level Design with Refreshing Changes in Gameplay)
Spiderman 3 (Best Open World of the Movie-Themed)

YE BE WARNED. WASTE YOUR MONEY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

4.5/10
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I'd like to begin with a little song.

♫ Crash again, Crash again,
It crashes to desktop whenever it can.
Loads a cutscene, or just a level part.
Doesn't like it, it's too hard
Look Out!
Here comes a crash again. ♫

At its best, Amazing 1 is a game that reminds me a lot of the Arkham games. Spider-man controls smoothly and combat can feel very satisfying with striking from behind, retreating to the ceiling, and then quickly moving to a new spot to strike again.
The open world (Manhattan) is nicely detailed and is filled with collectables so you always have something to do while web-slinging from mission to next mission or random crime event.

Unfortunately there are a lot of points where Amazing 1 stops being fun. Despite Spider-Man's strengths lying in jumping away and being able to use high ceilings to his advantage a lot of the missions put you in a tiny, enclosed space where this is not possible so you have to rely on the combat. The combat tries to be Arkham with combos and smooth flowing from one enemy to the next, but this doesn't always work.

The web-slinging isn't as nice as it could be either, which I think is mainly due to the game's locked FOV. You simply lose track of where you are headed. When I first started playing this and got to Manhattan, I actually got a bit nauseous at first until I got more used to it. Fortunately there is an alternative by web-rushing using the R2 bumper everywhere, which basically automatically picks a good spot to get to.

And then there's the absolute biggest issue... the game is horribly optimised. It crashes at least once each half hour for no good reason, and while the game does autosave, you can get unlucky enough to have this occur during a boss fight so you have to redo a part of the level and the fight again.

Voice acting is okay, not good but not cringe-worthy either, and graphics are passable.

If you can pick this up for less than €/$ 10, I'd recommend it. Skip the DLC though, that's all based on more combat and therefore not really fun.
It does NOT get a recommendation at its current full price of %/$ 30 or even the 50% discount which is still up as I write this.
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26 of 39 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
I have been a HUGE spidey fan since i was a young boy. This game is one of my top favorite ones to play, if you are a spidey fan even in the slightest i recommend buying this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
The Amazing Spider-Man - (PC)
Final Grade: C+
(Decent, but has significant flaws)

The Need To Know
  • Graphics options cover the basics, but not much more than that. You can adjust them in a launcher that opens prior to the game starting up.
  • It took me about 20 hours to complete the game (With All Side Missions done and most of the collectibles found If you're powering through the story missions, you're likely looking at around 8 hours of gameplay or so.
  • This is a movie tie-in game with The Amazing Spider-Man reboot movie that came out in 2012. It will spoil signficant plot elements of the first movie if you haven't seen it. However, it does NOT tie-in to the events of the second movie.
  • Reportedly crashes often; Check out this thread for more information.
  • Capped at 60 FPS.
  • Not optimized for ATI or AMD Radeon cards. Expect significant stuttering if you have one.
  • Has a Stan Lee cameo and optional Stan Lee DLC
So, The Amazing Spider-Man tie-in game is a decent little action-adventure that's fun to play, especially if you haven't had a Spider-Man fix in a while. There's a lot to it, and most of it is handled pretty competently, but in my opinion, it's still not quite as good as the now famous Spider-Man 2 tie-in video game. Still, it's a decent amount of fun, and worth the 10 dollars I spent on it.

Narrative

The video game follows almost immediately after the events of the first movie, throwing you in the role of the titular Peter Parker, helping Gwen Stacy inside of Oscorp and watching as teams are dismantling and disposing of Curt Connors' cross-species research. Unfortunately, the mere prescence of Peter causes the mutated cross-species monsters to react extremely violently, eventually breaking out of containment and spreading a lethal, contagious virus among the scientists, and eventually New York.

It's not a bad premise, and I like the idea of building up on the premise of the previous movie and using it to fuel new ideas. The cross species contamination has resulted into familiar animal-themed villains, such as Scorpion, Rhino, Vermin, Nattie, and a few more familiar faces show themselves as well. The development for a cure even ties into Peter Parker's own nature as Spider-Man, which I found to be pretty clever.

The characters are all reasonably well-rounded and interesting. Gwen Stacy is a major player in this one, although those who saw her in the movie may be disappointed that Emma Stone does not reprise her role in the game, instead opting to use... well, some other girl. In fact, none of the movie actors show up here, and the voice actors they chose aren't really trying to act like their movie counter-parts. (Oh, well. I understand. Have to save money somewhere.)
The characters themselves are probably the best part of the story. Connor's is a man striving for redemption by destroying the monsters he has created. Smythe is egotistical, but not unsympathetic. Even Peter himself seems exhausted by the constant weight concomitant with being a superhero.

Some minor complaints; the introduction of uber-powerful robots and Mass Effect levels of technology, stretches my suspension of disbelief to the breaking point. Apparently Oscorp's idea of dealing with the beginning stages of a viral outbreak is to send out a Reaper. I'm not kidding, it's a Mass Effect Reaper. It's like the first boss, too. I don't mind some science fiction, but given the relatively grounded first movie, I think it's silly that we can go from "Modern Day New York" to "Giant Robots" without even a pause for breath. And they never stop coming, either. I don't know of ANY corporation that has the budget to mass produce a robot army. It may seem like a petty complaint, but it's something I kept noticing and it bugged me.

Overall, the story is above-average. I think it's actually signficantly stronger than both the movie and video game sequel that come later, and could've been made into a movie sequel in it's own right.

Mechanical

The game is primarily an open world sandbox that has third person stealth action levels for the main story missions, like the Spider-Man games that came before (that is to say, the good ones). The web swinging itself is alright, but leaves a lot to be desired, since it doesn't appear that webs actually connect to anything, but your swinging ability is just arbitrarily determined by height. There is some momentum control, which puts it ahead of some other Spider-Man games, but the addition of a more in-depth swinging mechanic would not have been unwelcome.

Racing challenges, petty crimes, and other side quests litter the map, but they do tend to grind on a bit, especially later on when you have to pick up infected civilians, one at a time, and drop them off at a medical care center, one at a time. The side missions feel more like a chore, but they're not mandatory. The game's sole collectible is comic book pages, of which there are a ridiculous number of them, but, to the game's credit, the pages actually unlock comic-books, most of which are interesting reads. Good luck if you decide to collect all 700, because they aren't marked on your mini-map, and quite a few of them don't even stay in the same place.

Inside the story missions, the game decides to turn into the batman arkham games. Each segment has really two paths: Fighting or Stealth. When it comes to stealth, you can do stealth take downs from anywhere, even from the ceiling, and the upgrade allows you to do two people at once. However, some animations for the takedowns take way, way too long, (sometimes as long as 6 seconds), maximizing the chances that a patrolling enemy will turn around and see you. Also, there's no delay between an enemy gaining line of sight and an enemy sounding the alarm, so get used to suddenly changing your stealth plans into all-out war plans.

When it comes to fighting the game emulates the Arkham games again. You can dodge, attack, and counter, and you have access to a couple of cool combos and moves that let you get a little tactical. It's competent and a little fun, but doesn't do it as well as the Arkham games. My biggest complaint is that each enemy requires different strategies to beat, but they aren't immediately visually distinct from each other. That means a lot of hitting a robot's forcefield, or a Heavy's block by accident, and messing up your beautiful combo streak.

Environment design is a little drab as well, mostly the same assortment of Secret Labs and Underground Sewers, with only a few locations breaking the monotony of science fiction brown and grey.

Overall, the game is competent and relatively well-structured, but it's strengths are mostly lifted from the Arkham games. Not a bad foundation for building upon, but it could've been a lot better.

Technical

There's some serious technical issues with this title on PC. On my machine, (i5 2.8 GHZ Processor, GTX 970) I regularly ran into crashes and freezing, although setting the City Life Density to medium seemed to fix the issue. I also had framerate drops frequently to below 20 for apparently no reason during story missions. Even lowering the graphics options to their lowest didn't even make a dent.

I've also heard of issues where AMD card owners had even worse frame-rates. But I haven't experienced this issues first hand.

I wouldn't go expecting a patch this late into the game, so if you do buy this one, be aware of the possible technical issues you may have.
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28 of 52 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Kind of interesting game, but optimization ruins all fun you can get from it. Regular crashes approximately every 30 minutes make game almost impossible to play. Typical for Activision, try to sell a game without even testing it. "Of course, why should we fix our game? Let's make more DLC. And then we will make an Amazing Spider Man 2! And then we will make even more DLC. We need more money! That's all that matters!". I've bought it with 75% sale and still it's too much for this crap.
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