Score: 5 out of 10
I’ve always been a fan of Spiderman. In particular I’ve always liked The Amazing Spiderman. In Spiderman – Edge of Time you play as The Amazing Spiderman as well as the Spiderman from the year 2099. The game can be confusing as can any tale of time travel, but the bigger disappointment comes from the game’s many limitations.
In the story we learn that the mad scientist Walker Sloan travels back in time to the 1970’s to create the Alchemax Corporation. Of course he succeeds and damages the time continuum thus creating an alternate universe (obviously). In the process the original Peter Parker is killed by Anti-Venom. Spider-Man 2099 recruits Peter Parker from the alternate timeline to help him fix time. As far as time travel stories go, you could do worse.
One of the really great things about Spiderman is the freedom he exhibits when web-swinging through cities seemingly floating on air as he glides around buildings. Unfortunately in Spiderman – Edge of Time, you spend way too much of your time either crawling through air vents or plain metallic corridors inside the Alchemax building. Unfortunately this does not really bring out the best of what we know Spidey to be capable of.
In terms of the combat, it seems very limited as well as overly repetitive. The action is, in my mind, marred by the fact that there are way too many special effects in the fight sequences. Bold lines indicating action and giant beams of light describing sweeps of arms and legs are unnecessary and distracting. For beginners this may be just what you’re after but for more seasoned gamers this will seem silly and just way too juvenile.
The biggest plus point of the entire game is the dialog between the two Spidey’s. In fact those who are fans of any one of the Spiderman franchises will be well used to funny quips and witty dialog. In Spiderman – Edge of Time, with both Spidey’s talking to each other in this amusing manner, it really is a big plus point.
In summary, this is certainly not a favourite for me, but perhaps is more suitable to a beginner gamer who does not expect an incredible open game or flexible fight mechanics.
Available on: X360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, DS