The Amazing Spider-Man

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Web-slinging comic book adventure has some violence.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value
The Amazing Spider-Man video game wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

 

Positive Messages

You're a crime fighter, so that does have a positive message, of course -- but Spider-Man does use violence as part of his skill set, so you have to factor that in as well. Overall, however, you are attempting to stop bad guys in Manhattan and protect innocent people.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Generally speaking, Peter Parker/Spider-Man has admirable qualities: he's trying to protect the innocent from harm, clean up the city, and put an end to gangs and villains. But he uses violence to stop them -- along with web-slinging, acrobatic moves and stealth. But hey, he is the "friendly neighborhood Spider-Man."

Ease of Play

The game is surprisingly easy to control, especially given the many moves at your fingertips. Developer Beenox cleverly layers on the difficulty at a slow pace, so you more or less master one move before learning another. Things do get tougher after a few chapters, however. And unfortunately, the checkpoint slots are far and few between, so if you die you might need to repeat a large portion of the level.

Violence

While there is no blood or gore, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN does contain a lot of violence. As Spidey, you must punch, kick, and use web-based combo attacks to defeat villains -- including humans, mutants, and robots. Close-up camera angles and slow-motion effects dramatize and sensationalize the comic book violence. Some cut-scene sequences might be disturbing to young kids, including a screaming person being injected with a needle and scientists being attacked by creatures.

Sex

Some subtle suggestive language can be heard from women characters in tight-fitting outfits, including lines like "Well, good to know you like to be on top." "I don't usually go this far on a first date."

Language

The game contains some mild profanity including words like "ass," "bastard" and "hell" heard in dialogue sequences.

Consumerism

This game is tied to the motion picture of the same name, debuting in movie theaters at the same time. In fact, the game serves as an epilogue to the Columbia Pictures feature film, but it's part of the same world and marketing strategy, no doubt.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know The Amazing Spider-Man is a "Teen"-rated comic book-themed game. If you're not OK with your kids reading Spider-Man comics or watching Spider-Man movies, then you won't want them playing the game, as there is a lot of violence -- though no blood or gore. Spider-Man engages in melee brawls with enemies and uses web-slinging moves, too. The game also has some mild suggestive themes and mild profanity.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bySuperdjb123 March 21, 2014

Ok..

Once when I grabbed a dude with a web he said oh f--- but I stopped him from saying it he just said it up to u
Adult Written byJEDI micah December 7, 2012

This is a real treat for Spidey fans!!!

WOW, is this game fun! It makes you see what Spider-Man sees when he's saving New York City! The graphics are awesome, the ability to roam free around Manh... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySpiderfan99 May 27, 2014

Pretty good game

Pretty good game. Some language: what the hell (said twice), a--, (said once) Bas---- (said once), crap (said once). Sex: Black Cat's suit is a little skim... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byIlikeDINOS October 28, 2012

AMAZING spiderman is AMAZING

This game is a bit jumpy, any kid who would freak out if you sneaked up on them would get scared. But although tbere are some cuss words you can barely hear the... Continue reading

What's it about?

Penned by Hollywood writer Seamus Kevin Fahey (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Battlestar Galactica), THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is a single-player action game. It serves as an epilogue, of sorts, to The Amazing Spider-Man movie with the story taking place after the events of the movie. As you'd expect from a Spider-Man game, players experience free-roaming web-slinging all over a crime-ridden Manhattan, as well as acrobatic fighting with criminals in, above, and even underneath the city. In fact, the game's new Web Rush mechanic allows the young Peter Parker to pull off a wide number of moves never before possible in a Spider-Man video game -- and with unprecedented speed and fluidity.

Is it any good?

If your Spidey sense is tingling, then trust your instinct. The Amazing Spider-Man isn't a flawless adventure, but fans of the superhero from comic books and movies will no doubt enjoy swinging, fighting, and crawling through this game. You really do feel like you can swing around New York, anywhere you want, as opposed to being kept on a tight leash while tackling various missions. The combat, while on the easy side, heats up with memorable boss battles, plus gamers will like the balance between combat and stealth. Classic villains have been re-imagined for this game, including Scorpion, Rhino, Felicia Hardy, and Iguana.

The writing is smart and funny, the controls are easy to pick up, and there are many collectible comic pages to snag while swinging through the air and while running on rooftops. The game's indoor missions aren't as fun as the freeform outdoor ones, however, and after you play the game through there's little reason to do it again. Overall this game is fun, funny, frantic, and faithful to the Spider-Man universe.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Activision was smart not to mirror the exact storyline of the film. On one hand, this looks and plays like it's a unique adventure that serves as an epilogue to the film, but on the flipside, some teens might want a similar storyline as the feature film. What's better?

  • What is the impact of media violence?

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