Spider-Man: Edge of Time Review
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Spider-Man: Edge of Time Box Art
System: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS, DS
Dev: Beenox
Pub: Activision
Release: October 04, 2011
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Violence

The big difference in Edge of Time is a timey-whimey paradox fluctuation. Playing in the past as one of the Spider-Men will allow you to change situations in the future. For example, one part has Spider-Man 2099 fighting a giant robot and losing. It is then up to Peter in the past to dismantle the robot as quickly as possible to prevent this from happening. These are great little segments, but the addition of a time clock can be anxiety-inducing. Time clock aside, this is definitely a cool feature that I would love to see implemented in a different, more "open world" kind of way.

Spider-Man: Edge of Time Screenshot

Much like last year's title, Edge of Time continues to bring a more realistic visual approach to the Spider-Man universe. Whereas last year's in-game graphics were cel-shaded and cutscenes were a solid realism, here we have full-on realism in both the game and the cutscenes. The scene with Peter Parker and Miguel O'Hara unmasked alone will show fans of the series just how thankful they should be that Beenox in in charge of the Spider-Man games for the foreseeable future.

In addition to the game's wonderful visual presentation, I love how much nostalgia I feel when past Spider-Man voice actors are present in the games. For example, Josh Keaton (recently the voice of Ultimate Spider-Man in Shattered Dimensions and The Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon) is in the role of Peter Parker. Christopher Daniel Barnes (the voice of Spider-Man in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and the Noir Spider-Man in Shattered Dimensions) is the voice of Miguel O'Hara. Not to be outdone, Val Kilmer steps into the shoes of the main villain, Walker Sloan, and somehow he doesn't chew every scene into abysmal travesty like he did with Batman Forever. Rounding out the voice acting in the game we have Laura Vandervoort voicing Mary Jane Watson and Katee Sackhoff voicing Black Cat.

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Spider-Man: Edge of Time may not bring any brand new elements to Spider-Man games, but it definitely solidifies what's already there. Creating a sense of continuity between games is also a welcome change. Much like what Batman: Arkham City is doing with the storyline established in Arkham Asylum; Edge of Time does retread and only continues to grow this "universe's" reality. Beenox once again proves Spider-Man is still a viable character in the industry, and, with the help of the voice actors and Peter David, they prove this is a game that Spider-Fans would be fools to skip. So swing into your local game store today for this next great Spider-Man adventure.

By Matt Walker
CCC Editor-In-Chief

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
A stunning upgrade from last year's graphically impressive title.
4.2
Control
Even though they are simple, they are also very rewarding.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Past Spider-Men lend their voices to the game, as well as Val Kilmer.
4.0
Play Value
Even though the challenge of the game has not matured, it is ideal for anyone looking for a great Spider-Man experience.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Play as both Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099.
  • Unique combat abilities highlight Amazing's acrobatic agility and 2099's technological improvements.
  • All-new combat moves include evasion maneuvers and accelerated vision.
  • Two timelines evolve in parallel, with story-driven cause and effect moments where the actions of one Spider-Man could have an immediate effect on the world of the other Spider-Man.
  • Visually exciting "picture-in-picture" technology demonstrates in real time the impact upon both universes.
  • Unexpected outcomes upon the future when altering the past keeps gamers on their toes.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    Spider-Man: Edge of Time Debut Trailer - click to enlarge
    Debut Trailer

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