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The Amazing Spider-Man: Part-Prototype, part-Arkham City

Your friendly open world Spider-Man...

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Throwing yourself off skyscrapers never looked this good. Spidey's delicate animation, the way he twists as he tumbles and the way the camera zooms in behind him as he web-slings make for a superb gravitational gut-wrench.

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For the first time in three games, the Amazing Spider-Man film tie-in is returning to an open world. As such you can once more swing through New York urban canyon, listening to snatches of New York voices barking "It's Spidey!" as you speed above them, and join in on the police chases that are barrelling along the Big Apple's thoroughfares. Land on the offending vehicle's bonnet and a quick-time event will play out while goons try to shoot you off - proving that a windscreen full of web does wonders when it comes to crime-fighting...

Spidey's big new ability is Web Rush - a vision mode that let's you pinpoint somewhere you'd like to stick, and then automatically has our arachnid friend sprint, swing and bounce off cars until he gets there. When you enter the storyline's more directed interior missions it's also the system that highlights patrolling bad guys and shows you the positions that'll be good for stealth-webbing.

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It's at this point that The Amazing Spider-Man becomes extraordinarily reminiscent of the action in Rocksteady's Arkham City - with you dancing around the ceiling as worried AI foes pad around beneath you, encouraging you to take them out one by one. The similarities don't end when you leap down to duke it out either, with Spidey having to time attacks, counters and multi-goon takedowns as the hoodlums crowd around him. Of course, it's natural that every superhero game will now be compared to the ace Batman games.

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It's rare that being a film tie-in genuinely frees up a game but The Amazing Spider-Man (set during the aftermath of the film's rebooted origin story) looks to be a neat blend of open world and mission-by-mission narrative. Whether this version of Manhattan has enough content to rival the likes of Prototype 2 is unlikely, but it certainly looks a fine companion piece to the origin story so good they filmed it twice.

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