So this is actually pretty good. It took me a minute to pick up the controls after having played the older games, but the new thing is great once you get used to it. Basically it's the same as always with the right trigger as web swing and right shoulder as web zip. Except now you can hold the web zip button for a second and it slows time as you line up your shot.
The added precision comes in handy with the new camera perspective. You don't get as much peripheral vision but Spidey looks cool as hell in the closeups. I'm actually liking the new costume more than the original, now that I've had a chance to get used to seeing it move around in 3D.
Its influences are among the things I like the most. The whole thing has a Rocksteady vibe to it. As a matter of fact the opening feels like a tribute to Arkham Asylum. Peter Parker walks through a genetic testing facility instead of a mental hospital, he gets threatened by Rhino instead of Croc, then Scorpion breaks out in a similar fashion to Joker...the whole scene plays out more like an intentional nod than a lazy ripoff. It's rather impressive how well it all lines up when you make a serious comparison of the two.
I'm also picking up a bit of Island of Lost Souls, or as later versions are known, The Island of Dr. Moreau. It's a horror classic about science blurring the line between man and beast, and again the similarities are obvious. Rhino and Scorpion, two of Spidey's oldest adversaries, have had their origins rewritten around the aforementioned themes of genetic testing and cross-species hybridization. What's even more interesting is what they seem to have done with Black Cat. So far she appears to be a modern day version of the Panther Woman from the original film. This pleases me greatly, especially seeing as how she's been left out of most later reinterpretations.
And my favorite so far...the robots. I swear to God, the first twenty minutes of this game feature a better Reaper fight than anything in Mass Effect 3. It's almost ridiculous how well they did this. It looks exactly like a Reaper, makes the same loud noise and everything. For them to have made the similarity so obvious, in a game that came out on the same day as the controversial Extended Cut DLC...now you have to admit, that is truly amazing. It absolutely blows my mind just how genuinely lolzy that is.
Just look at this video, about one minute in. Just. Look. At. It.
I'm tempted to recommend this for the ME3 thing alone, to be honest. But really, I haven't played through enough of the game to tell you that it's worth your sixty bucks. I'm pretty happy with it though. If my writing seems a bit off at the moment, it's because I've been up most of the night swinging about Manhattan. So don't go mistaking this for a professional review. Originally this was meant to be a forum post but...there are so many of these words now! Might as well make a blog of it.
In closing, yes, this game is good. And yes, I decided to write about it rather than foist YET ANOTHER opinion about dem ME3 endings on you poor, poor people. Seriously, you don't know true gamer joy until you web one of those big red lasers right back down the metallic throat it came from.