Back in the hallowed 90s, Marvel Comics decided that one era of heroes wasn’t good enough, so they decided to take readers to the future, the year 2099 to be precise. Punisher, Doctor Doom, The Hulk, Ghost Rider, The X-Men, all had doppelgangers 100 years after the existence of the present day Marvel Universe, but naturally, the most popular was Spider-Man 2099. And because everything old is new again, we’re going to revisit the world of 2099 when Peter David brings the 2099 Spidey, and his alter ego Miguel O’Hara, to the present day in the all-new Spider-Man 2099. (more…)
Two Spider-Men, one video game. Sounds like a really geeky threesome, but it’s the newest Spider-Man game coming out this fall. With the success(?) of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions it looks like it’s time for another time traveling romp, thankfully without that awful Spider-ham. Spider-Man: Edge of Time was one of the things most talked about on the floor of WonderCon 2011 and it’s time for a first look in trailer form. When classic Peter Parker Spider-Man teams up with with Miquel O’Hara, the Spider-Man of 2099, it takes two heroes to save the same universe.
Does Webbing go 88 miles per hour?
Developed by Beenox, creators of Shattered Dimension, this sequel (if you want to call it that) has the two Spider-Men racing to restore the proper course of their history.
According to Joystiq, the game mechanics of Spider-Man: Edge of Time are quite unique, as playing one character will affect gameplay to the other. A nice feature of the game is that the cast of Shattered Dimensions will return to voice their respected characters. Also, various story devices dictate when and where you switch characters, who have their own unique strengths and weaknessesto deal with. Another great feature: no matter what Spider-Man you are you’ll be able to see the progress of the other via picture-in-picture type effects at the bottom of the screen. For example, when Spider-Man 2099 finds himself in battle with a giant robot, the Spider-Man of today can cause damage to the lab in which that robot’s technology was developed, causing a ripple through the timeline that results in that enemy becoming far less dangerous to Spider-Man 2099.
It’ll be very interesting to see how all this plays out when Spider-man: Edge of Time is released this fall for all systems. Here’s hoping the repetitive 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, is cut and some new gameplay format is put in its place.
Via: Comics Alliance
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.