Game: Spider-Man Edge of Time
Year Released: 2011
Gameplay: The gameplay is pretty mononteous. You can upgrade your attacks, but you usually just use one button, it's like a version of the God Of War engine, just not as deep. There are a ton of new attacks though, and if you are one that likes to unlock everything you could really just spend time unlocking attacks, and the deeper you get into the game the better the attacks get. The game is very very fluid, but there are times like in all Spider-Man games where the camera gets in the way when it comes to wall-crawling, web swinging, and at times the web zip camera doesn't really respond at times. It also has the God Of War falling, and dodging things. These parts I hated, but after a couple of times you get the handle of it, and I may go back and play just these parts, because they are quite impressive. You collect golden Spiders to unlock newspapers, it shows the how the timeline is changing, you unlock different Spidey suits which are really well done, and a gallery. There are also challenges that you can accomplish. It adds to the game, and you may want to go back, and do them all, but you may not want to either.
Graphics & Audio: The game shines when it comes to graphics and audio. They brought back previous Spider-Man actors from Shattered Dimensions, and Val Kilmer does the bad guy. This is a video game where you really can't listen to anything else, because the banter between the two Spider-Mans is constant, and you could miss something in the story if you do not listen to the audio. It works seemless, and the music works well with what you are doing too. During tense times in the game play the music really kicks into gear, and you feel almost panicked, because you need to finish the section of the game.
The graphics are just as good. All the Spidey costumes are really really well done. The environments look good, but they do repeat, because you are basically staying in one building the whole game. You don't really get to free swing where you want, but the detail in the environments are nice, but with how quick the game plays you will not notice it too much. If you took time to look at the graphics you would be impressed. The detail in the villains is very nice.
Story: This is a continuation of Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions and you are using the regular Spider-Man 616 and the Spiderman 2099. Basically the game opens up where Anti-Venom is about to kill Spider-Man 616 and 2099 ends up coming in for the save. For the rest of the game you are basically doing tasks to help each other out.
Pros: The graphics are nice, and the game is very easy to get into. This is a game where maybe you just finished a game that was a 100 hours long, and you just want a real quick game to get in and play. It doesn't take much of your time, and everything is really well done. The story is actually quite good as it was written by Peter David a real avid comic book writer who wrote memorable Hulk and Daredevil stories. There is only one part where it looks they got lazy, and all of a sudden you just ended up where you needed to be.
Cons: The camera the camera the camera. It can be a bothersome sometimes, and the Black Cat fight is annoying. It's a short game, and it does have some replay value, but once you beat the game I doubt you will go back and get the extras.
Brief Summary (1-2 Sentences): This game is getting a lot of negative reviews, but it's actually a very nice and gorgeous game. It's probably a rental, and it's just a fun game to go play, and then be done with it. It's not worth 60 bucks, so rent it or get it when it hits the value bin, but this game is fun, fast paced, and just at times really beautiful. Play it just to play it I think you will enjoy it!