Is there anything in gaming that feels more exhilarating than web-swinging through the streets of New York as Spider-Man? It doesn’t really matter how many times it’s been done before, it just never gets old. In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, you take control of the webslinger in his efforts to stop a gang war led by Electro and his team of supervillains, including the Green Goblin, Venom, and Kraven the Hunter.
Navigating New York is really simple. Areas of interest that apply to the progression of the story are highlighted in blue, while side quests are highlighted in red. You’re free to choose the missions you like and swing right on over to them. If you feel as though you might still get lost, fear not, because main story quests and side quests are highlighted right on your in-game map. If you’ve ever played a Grand Theft Auto game, or even glanced at one, the map is very effective in getting you to where you need to go.
So if you’re a superhero with speed and agility, what’s one of the best ways you can put those attributes to work? If you said combat, you’re absolutely right. If there’s one thing this game has, it’s a ton of fighting. While mashing on the same three buttons over and over does get a little repetitive, the fights are over so quickly you don’t even really have time to complain.
After knocking a few thugs’ heads together, you’ll accumulate Spider Points, which you can then use to buy items from the in-game shop. These items range from healing serums to special suits that increase your crime-fighting abilities. If that’s not enough for you, these points can also be put into a skill tree, which will allow you to customize the type of Spider-Man that you want to be.
Most items can be purchased with in-game currency, so opening up your wallet isn’t necessary. However, that being said, if you want to purchase all of the in-game suits, you’ll need to shell out 8 bucks for the Symbiote suit and 15 bucks for the Iron Spider-Man suit, which is not exactly cheap. Expensive DLC, along with the fact that the game always needs to be connected online, are enough to be annoying, but not annoying enough to put the damper on an otherwise enjoyable game.
For the price of $4.99, there’s a lot here to keep you occupied for quite a while. Swinging across the New York City skyline looking for the next mission feels great. Despite having to always be online and the expensive DLC, there are a lot of things that The Amazing Spider-Man does well. From the fast-paced combat and simplicity of the controls to just having New York as your playground, it’s a game that moves really well. If you’re a fan of the webslinger, or someone who hasn’t played a good superhero game in a while, do yourself a favor and give this one a try.