The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a 2014 action-adventure video game that will coincide with the release of the film of the same name featuring the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man. It has been developed by Beenox, developer of the previous games Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man: Edge of Time and The Amazing Spider-Man, and published by Activision. A Gameloft version was released on April 17 for iOS, and Android devices.
GameplayThe game will retain its open world gameplay of previous entries in the franchise. The game's free roam area of Manhattan will be more expansive, spacious and detailed than that of the previous game's, and most of the story will take place in the open world. In addition to advanced combat and upgrades, there will be different types of webbing (example, the player can use different webbings to freeze or blow up something on impact), and web-slinging will be similar to that of Spider-Man 2 and its subsequent based games. Unlike the previous game, all versions of this game will have free roam. The PS4 version can be played on the PS Vita using remote play, with optimized controls.
The game re-innovated the web swinging mechanic, allowing for a more interactive and engaging experience swinging through New York City's open world. Unlike The Amazing Spider-Man video game, the player's webs will appear to attach to buildings, altough it still attaches to thin-air allowing the player to swing from anywhere in the city, regardless of whether buildings are present. Now the player is only limited to the space around them in order to swing properly; if there is no object a web can attach to, the player will be unable to web swing and fall. Additionally, the method of web-swinging has also been changed. Players playing on console systems will now web swing using the left and right triggers of the controllers. The left and right triggers take control of Spider-Man's left and right hands, respectively (example, if a building appears on the left, the player is better suited to use the left trigger and if one appears on the right, the player would be better suited to use the right trigger to swing.) Both triggers can be held at the same time which allows players to boost Spider-Man´s swing speed.
Morality is used in a new system known as "Hero or Menace" where players will be rewarded for stopping crimes or punished for not consistently doing so or not responding. The player will be able to upgrade Spider-Man's web shooters. During certain sections of the game, the player will control Spider-Man's alter ego Peter Parker and walk around doing detective work.
Players will have access to Peter Parker's home, and his room allows players to replay previous missions from the main storyline, purchase upgrades and equip the various costumes available.
Additionally, new enemy types have been introduced. Armored guards can be taken down either with a stealth attack or by the Ionic Web upgrade, which allows players to break down armor, thus leaving the guard vulnerable to damage.
Furthermore, the city has been expanded to incorporate unique districts that allow for more open space to the player. The crimes from the first game have been expanded on, but it also includes new crimes such as arson and hostage situations. The crimes also progress dynamically, such as fighting criminals on the street then chasing one that gets away in a vehicle. Unlike the previous game, there will be constant random side activities. Additionally, the use of the Web-Rush system returns and has been expanded on from the previous game, now allowing for critical strikes, dodges and rolls. There are also new upgrades and abilities introduced into the game, some of which have been expanded on from the previous game.
The player will, as before, use their in-game smart phone to access the map, which provides the player with information of activities taking place in the area at the time. Players will use the map to track current activities and missions the player will be able to participate in throughout the game. Missions include
- Photo Investigation: Players must use their camera to take a photo of a suspicious situation
- Task Force
- Police Deadlock: Players must aid the police in defeating the criminals
- Rescue: Players must help civilians in need of assistance
- Hideouts: Players must infiltrate hideouts in order to recover stolen Oscorp technology
Missions have been altered to fit players' play style. Rather than players navigating through a linear level, levels have been redesigned to be more open, allowing players to explore the map and providing them with different ways to approach the mission. Players can now choose between a silent, stealth approach and a combative, open approach to engage their enemies. Additionally, stealth based attacks have been improved since the previous entry, since players are now able to silently take down enemies from a distance. Players are able to silently take down enemies from any surface the player is on, whether it be the ceiling, the wall or the ground. Players are also able to repel from their webs and perform inverted take downs on enemies.
The game will have an alternative storyline that differs from the film. Therefore, the events in the game will be different than those in the film in order to avoid any spoilers.