5 Hits and Misses From Last Week’s Biggest Video Games

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, video game

Last week saw the release of a number of high profile games, ranging from a superhero movie tie-in to a floating pink cream puff. The reviews are in, so let’s take a look at how the games held up under critical scrutiny.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

(PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, PC)

Consensus: Average

Movie tie-in games have a long history of mediocrity, thanks in part to short development cycles designed to get the game out the door in time for the movie’s release. That seems to have been the case with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a title that hit just about every major platform last week — and landed with a thud.

One thing it gets right is the web-swinging mechanic. Or, as Polygon puts it, “Let me first say that the swinging around New York is very, very good.” IGN agrees, saying that, “For all the fun you can have swinging around New York City, it’s canceled out by boring Peter Parker segments, frustratingly dull combat, and annoyingly persistent glitches.”

So if you’re in the market for a game that simulates swinging between skyscrapers, this is it. If you want anything more from a game, however, you’re better off looking elsewhere.