‘Spider-Man’ game loses to ‘Lego Batman’
It’s been five years since Spider-Man’s previous appearance in movie theaters, but Marvel’s webslinger has been plenty busy on video-game consoles. Since 2007, he’s headlined four games and made guest appearances in at least four more. None of them have been particularly outstanding.
Fans have been hoping that a new movie Spidey might reinvigorate the video-game franchise. But while the Quebec-based developer Beenox has given “The Amazing Spider-Man” (Activision, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99) some new tricks, it still feels a little threadbare.
Moviegoers beware: The game takes place after the events of the latest film, and it blithely spoils a couple of major plot points. The upshot is that a few more human-animal hybrids (like the movie’s villain, the Lizard) have escaped from the labs of Oscorp Industries. Meanwhile, robotics whiz Alistaire Smythe has shifted Oscorp’s research focus, creating an army of mechanical behemoths to take down the mutants. Spider-Man, being somewhat of a hybrid himself, is stuck in the middle.
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