Spider-Man is dead. That’s how Activision’s latest Spidey game begins – a scene that is designed to shock the player.
Spider-Man: Edge of Time combines the story of the futuristic Spider-Man 2099 with the original 1999 Spidey, where players must prevent a disastrous future and the death of Peter Parker. It’s a novel approach to the superhero who was created almost 50 years ago by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Following last year’s well-received Shattered Dimensions with its Metacritic score of 76, developer Beenox has introduced new features in Edge of Time. These include a deeper narrative, improved fighting abilities and revised challenge system.
Spider-Man has a colossal global following with millions of potential buyers for the game. Hundreds of millions of comics have been sold worldwide, with toys, films, TV shows and even theme park rides bearing his name.
Gamers can take control of both 1999’s Peter Parker and 2099’s Miguel O’Hara – two different Spider-Man characters with their own individual moves. For example, future Spidey has gravity-defying acrobatics while Parker has his classic web-swinging skills.
The game uses a picture-in-picture display to show how the actions of one Spider-Man affect the other.
Web of Challenges notifies players of new tasks which unlock new costumes and moves. Gamers can complete them right away or go back to them later via the menu.
There are plenty of villains to defeat, too, including Black Cat 2099 and Anti-Venom.
With the creativity of Beenox and the publishing powerhouse of Activision, along with two Spider-Man characters in the game, both new and old Spidey fans are well catered for with this release.
Val Kilmer and co
A host of well-known actors have lent their voices to Edge of Time, including Val Kilmer as Walker Sloan, Smallville star Laura Vandervoort as Mary Jane and Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff as the Black Cat. Spidey voice actors Christopher Daniel Barnes and Josh Keaton also return.
Activision is promoting Spider-Man: Edge of Time across a range of channels including its own Hero HQ page on Facebook, which keeps fans up-to-date with the latest news on Marvel video games. It has over 142,000 followers.