As far as I can remember the only good Spider-Man video game of the last 10 years was the one based on the first movie. Or, maybe it was the second. I don’t remember. Whichever one allowed you to freely swing across Manhattan to your hearts desire. Regardless, I think most will agree ole’ Web Head never seems to breach the barrier of mediocrity. Take ‘Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions’ for example -the latest SM game title. You got to play as four different versions of Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man (the “normal” one), Noir Spider-Man (from a pulp-inspired retro universe), Spider-Man 2099 (a future Spidey, duh), and Ultimate Spider-Man (from the comic of the same name). And, each version had different game styles. 2099 was focused on aerial battles, while Noir was stealth-based. Altogether it had the potential to be awesome! However, the gameplay, much like all SM titles, was boring and repetitive as fuck! In SD, it followed the pattern of introduction, initial villain fight, pursue escaping villain, fight minions, catch up with villain, pursue some more, deal with more minions, and then battle the villain as the boss of that level. Yawn!
Point is, we deserve a better Spider-Man game. Heck, Spider-Man deserves a better game. One of the most iconic heroes of all time and he can’t get a good game for the life of him? Bullshit.
Will ‘Spider-Man: Edge of Time‘ be any better than it’s predecessors? What the hell is that? Oh, well let me explain.
Marvel and Activision have announced a new video game called Spider-Man: The Edge of Time.
The story of the game challenges the player to take on the roles of both classic Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 to correct a timestream gone awry and prevent a catastrophic future brought on by the early and untimely death of Peter Parker.
According to the press release, “The game features all-new “cause-and-effect” gameplay, where players will see how the immediate and sometimes unexpected effects of their actions as one Spider-Man changes the timeline of the other Spider-Man.”
Eh, so their you have it. Another Spider-Man title. Everyone loves decision-based games and everyone has a thing for Spider-Man 2099. Here’s hoping it will actually have a high playability factor. I’m gonna go back to playing Spider-Man 2 on my dusty Gamecube.
I’m not sure when ‘Edge of Time’ is planned to be released, but you can read more about it in the press release below.
Here’s the full press release:
Activision Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Entertainment, LLC today announced Spider-Man™: Edge of Time, where Spider-Man faces one of his greatest challenges ever – saving Spider-Man. Developed by Activision-owned studio Beenox, Spider-Man: Edge of Time challenges the player to take on the roles of both classic Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 to correct a timestream gone awry and prevent a catastrophic future brought on by the early and untimely death of Peter Parker.
“The first Spider-Man entry by Beenox, Spider-Man™: Shattered Dimensions, was touted as one of the wall-crawler’s best Spider-Man games to date from both critics and fans,” said Vicharin Vadakan, Director, Global Brand Management. “Beenox is once again taking a fresh and different approach to bring a fast-paced and high-octane adventure and unexpected story to life in Spider-Man: Edge of Time.”
“At Beenox, we are constantly listening to the fans and looking for new and creative ways to innovate the gameplay experience for them,” said Dee Brown, Studio Head, Beenox. “We want to create a totally distinct experience in Spider-Man: Edge of Time by working with Peter David on the story and creating this urgent, high-stakes experience where time is working against you and the fate of Spider-Man hangs in the balance.”
Spider-Man: Edge of Time is a focused, action-packed adventure set in two connected and evolving timelines, from the contemporary times of the Amazing Spider-Man to the corrupted future world of Spider-Man 2099, against the backdrop of a rich, tightly crafted narrative by acclaimed Marvel veteran Peter David (co-creator of the comic book series Spider-Man 2099). The game features all-new “cause-and-effect” gameplay, where players will see how the immediate and sometimes unexpected effects of their actions as one Spider-Man changes the timeline of the other Spider-Man. Spider-Man: Edge of Time is slated for release this fall.
Attendees at WonderCon 2011 in San Francisco, CA, can get a sneak peek and learn more about the game on the Activision/Spider-Man panel on Saturday, April 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 103.
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