Amazing Spider Man will borrow some ideas from Arkham City

#1 Posted by BormahAl (68 posts) -

Here is the full article from IGN.

To be honest I have no problem with this. Batman: Arkham City was such a great game with amazing combat and movement that I'm not surprised a Spider Man game would take some ideas from it.

The Amazing Spider-Man game is looking good, and that might have something to do with it looking like Batman: Arkham City. A demo from Spider-Man developer Beenox was going pretty much by the numbers -- open world to websling in, red and blue tights, etc. -- and then it went indoors.

Spider-Man vs. the Iguana

From the ceiling, Spider-Man could hang and use a new power called "web rush" to execute stealth takedowns. Each enemy has a color indicator to specify their awareness of ol' webhead. And if you choose, Spidey can throw himself right into the fray with Arkham City-like attacks (complete with a multiplier counter and similar dodge counters). Heck, if you suck, Spider-Man takes damage and his suit degrades over time. Sound familiar?

My time watching Peter Parker in action was actually my first exposure to the Amazing Spider-Man, a game set in the movie universe after the events of the film and penned by Battlestar Galactica writer Seamus Fahey. As of now, not too many details are known about the premise, other than certain events reveal Peter Parker's "untold story." Oh, and Rhino and the newly announced Iguana are two of the main enemies Spider-Man will face.

I'm excited to see the open world, go anywhere Spider-Man gameplay return, although I couldn't shake how much Time Square reminds me of the version found in Prototype from a couple years ago. Some could argue that they look similar because of the locale, and there's no confirmation regarding if the game is using the same environment as Prototype with a fresh "paint job." Regardless, the city makes for some opportune webslinging moments -- amplified by the new camera position that follows right behind Spidey's movements. It's a cool effect, as long as you aren't prone to motion sickness.

Web rush is another new introduction developer Beenox is touting. It is a mode Spidey enters for the sake of slowing down time to make navigation decisions. With one button press, the game displays a destination Spider-Man can parkour and websling to with a yellow icon. This can come in handy if you quickly want to get to precise locations. A Beenox developer took Spidey from a rooftop to the top of a lamp post without having to manually direct the hero. By continuously mashing the web rush button, Spider-Man quickly maneuvered through Manhattan. Right now, the web rush movements look too jerky and unnatural when used this quickly. I was told that players will have a cool down period in retail version of the game, but the ability is upgradable.

Looking good, Pete.

As players navigate through Manhattan, random opportunities will appear. Aside from Peter Parker being sent on various photo missions, Beenox showcased a "police deadlock." In the demo, the NYPD was chasing a perp, and the only way to stop the bad guy was to web rush on top of the criminal's car and successfully complete a quick-time event. More random missions are in the game, but these are all that I saw.

Sadly, Beenox also didn't let me know who is voicing Spider-Man. Activision has yet to announce the voice actors for the game, but I'm hoping they can nab some notable people preferably from the Amazing Spider-Man film itself.

Curious to see how Batman fans will react once they get their hands on this game? I'm actually eager to try it out for myself, as it looked fun but I won't know until I play it. What do you think of the comparison? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and then check out all our info on the Amazing Spider-Man, including news on the game's new villain, Iguana.

#2 Edited by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

Batman combat spider man style...leaping from baddie to baddie with a single button press..fancy combos.....Finishing a battle with a dude hanging upside down from a lamp post....MAKE IT HAPPEN! 

#3 Posted by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -

who the FUCK is Iguana? are they making up villains for the game? I havent kept up with comics in a while, but Iguana? >_>

#4 Posted by MikkaQ (10288 posts) -

Spiderman is a wasted resource indoors, I hope you're outside like 99% of the time. Also stealth in a spiderman game sounds kinda stupid. Spiderman dances around his foes, sure, but they know he's there, fighting them.

#5 Edited by James_Giant_Peach (751 posts) -

@Rhaknar said:

who the FUCK is Iguana? are they making up villains for the game? I havent kept up with comics in a while, but Iguana? >_>

He is real, very old villain. Don't think he's appeared for decades in the comics. I'm not particularly up to speed on all that, but I think he's basically one of Curt Connors' experiments gone wrong, and he's more or less just like the Lizard... but yeah the details are very hazy.

Anyway, game looks good. Haven't enjoyed a Spidey game since 2 so I don't hold out much hope anymore but maybe this'll be the one.

#6 Posted by MonetaryDread (2031 posts) -

I hope that game is great. I feel that Arkham City was much better than Asylum, and Spider Man 2 is the best Spider Man title. Since Beenox is actually a decent developer (I believe that what they can accomplish under Activisions rule with such limited man-hours between release is something worth touting) this news makes me happy.

#7 Posted by rezin8r (4 posts) -

Really looking forward to this. Haven't played a Spidey game since Web of Shadows. If they had a Midnight release for it I would get it. Otherwise I'll settle for picking it up tomorrow. The movement looks cool, but since they put web rush in I seriously doubt they'll have races like the 2nd game. That was one of my favorite things about the old game.

#8 Posted by Meowshi (2911 posts) -

@MonetaryDread said:

I hope that game is great. I feel that Arkham City was much better than Asylum, and Spider Man 2 is the best Spider Man title. Since Beenox is actually a decent developer (I believe that what they can accomplish under Activisions rule with such limited man-hours between release is something worth touting) this news makes me happy.

Did you play Ultimate Spider-Man?

#9 Posted by believer258 (11907 posts) -

@MikkaQ said:

Spiderman is a wasted resource indoors, I hope you're outside like 99% of the time. Also stealth in a spiderman game sounds kinda stupid. Spiderman dances around his foes, sure, but they know he's there, fighting them.

This. I was going to say this as soon as I read the word "indoors". Spider Man games should be limited to 1 and only 1 indoor sequence per ten hours of gameplay, and said indoor sequence must be a very large place. This is only to allow for crawling on the ceiling antics.

#10 Edited by NTM (7379 posts) -

I loved Arkham Asylum, and thought City was OK, but I won't deny the quality the game has, and I think if there were any other super hero game to be made other than Batman itself, the place to look for inspiration would be the Arkham games for sure. I'm not that into the past Spider Man games, or much of Spider Man at all, but there's been a time, and there can be a time for that again. Hope it turns out good.

Edit - Just started watching the video now, and fuck, not Nolan North again. I really like him when he's acting himself, or just putting his own voice in on a character (Nathan Drake, Desmond) but when he puts any twist on it, I just absolutely think it sounds ridiculous. Also, right off the bat there's something similar with Arkham City. And fuck! He says "wakey wakey" in this too!? Wow...

#11 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

I thought Arkham City combat was horrendous. Why not just borrow some things from Spider Man 2? Namely, everything.

#12 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

Could Batman: Arkham City be a better Spider-Man game?

#13 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

Sounds good, but it's still annoying that you don't swing from buildings anymore.

#14 Posted by MonetaryDread (2031 posts) -

@Meowshi said:

@MonetaryDread said:

I hope that game is great. I feel that Arkham City was much better than Asylum, and Spider Man 2 is the best Spider Man title. Since Beenox is actually a decent developer (I believe that what they can accomplish under Activisions rule with such limited man-hours between release is something worth touting) this news makes me happy.

Did you play Ultimate Spider-Man?

Yup. I was really frustrated with the Venom sections of the game, but I had fun with the game.

#15 Posted by Irvandus (2879 posts) -

Indoor spider-man is not spider-man. If I wanted indoor spider-man I would play a Spader-Man game.

#16 Edited by Sean2206 (264 posts) -

Hey I liked Arkham city, I like Spider-man, in theory this should be amazing, I really hope this game turns out good but it's still a movie tie in so the odds are stacked against it be anything more than average.

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