The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Clunky action game does disservice to Marvel's wall-crawler.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Traditional Spider-Man themes and concepts are present throughout, including being responsible for your actions, selflessly striving to help those who can't help themselves, and protecting family and friends. Player-controlled violence is sensationalized but is only employed to bring criminals to justice and is never taken to excess.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Spider-Man is a genuinely good guy. He cares about his family and friends, feels a deep sense of responsibility to help and protect people, and maintains a good sense of humor. He instigates and gets into a lot of fights but only to stop crime and always with the intent to capture rather than kill.  

Ease of Play

Combat is pretty straightforward, requiring only a few buttons for attacking, dodging, and web-slinging. Traversing the environment is a little more awkward and can be confusing. Three difficulty levels let struggling players adjust the level of challenge to meet their abilities. 

Violence

Players spend much of their time as Spider-Man beating up bad guys, mostly by punching, kicking, and spraying webs on them. Spider-Man doesn't kill his enemies but instead knocks them out and ties them up, leaving them for the police. An important character dies early in the game, and players may later see his tombstone in an unlockable comic book.     

Sex

Spider-Man engages in mildly suggestive banter with a female character. The words "hooked up" are mentioned.

Language
Consumerism

This game is a spin-off of the hugely popular Spider-Man comics and films and likely will increase kids' interest in Spider-Man media and paraphernalia. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is an open-world action game with frequent brawling combat. Spider-Man punches and kicks his enemies, knocking them out and tying them up with webs so the police can arrest them. There's no blood, and no one dies in the fighting, but an important character is killed in a non-combat sequence. As in the comics, Spider-Man/Peter Parker is a genuinely good -- and good-humored -- guy who tries to protect those he loves while helping the people of New York. He only fights when it's necessary to stop or prevent crimes, and he doesn't kill bad guys.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJEDI micah September 7, 2014

Never buy a game based directly from a movie!

This game could've been a lot better. The graphics are disappointing, the story is confusing and all over the place, the gameplay is clunky, and the voice... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 21, 2014

good spiderman game

this spider man game is just like any other teen game like super smash bros and others it is good the costumes are good you rescue people your being good every... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpider-Man 2099 October 21, 2015

What's it about?

Not based on the film of the same name so much as it is a sequel to the previous Amazing Spider-Man game, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 picks up with Peter Parker still searching for the man who killed his Uncle Ben. He swings through a New York City open-world environment, tracking down notorious gangsters before encountering bigger plots with several famous villains from the Spider-Man universe, including Kraven the Hunter and Electro. Plenty of petty criminals are lurking around Manhattan, too, and Spider-Man needs to track them down and put a stop to their law-breaking activities if he wants to generate positive news stories to keep up his do-gooder public image. Peter also can put his photojournalist skills to use by snapping pictures, searching out lead-generating audio logs, and tracking down a variety of collectibles lurking around the city, including comic book pages.

Is it any good?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 feels like a hurriedly cobbled together cash grab of a game. Swinging and crawling around a free-to-roam New York ought to be exciting and liberating, but awkward controls keep players from ever getting comfortable moving about. Combat is more palatable, if only because it's less frustrating. But the brawling action -- tap one button to attack and another to dodge when you see Spider-Man's spidey sense tingling -- is derivative of other superhero action games (most notably Warner Bros.' recent Batman games) and dissatisfying in its simplicity.

The best parts of the game are those that don't involve any fighting or web-slinging. Stan Lee's turn as a sage comic book store proprietor offering Peter advice in place of his uncle is terrific, as are the full-length, classic Spider-Man comics that players can read in his shop. But such treats don't make up for the thoroughly lackluster action. You know there's a problem when you'd rather spend your time with a comic book superhero game reading its unlockable graphic novels than stepping into the spandex of its titular character.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in games such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Unlike some heroes, Spider-Man doesn't use weapons or kill his enemies. How does this make you feel about him? Does he have strong character for showing mercy and restraint, or is he weak-willed because he lacks the conviction to put a permanent end to threats?

  • Discuss the famous axiom that with great power comes great responsibility. If you had superpowers, would you devote yourself to helping others, or would you simply use your powers for your own benefit?

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