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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Out Today on PS3, PS4

Stan Lee's Avatar + Posted by Stan Lee on Apr 29, 2014 //

Salutations, PlayStation community! First of all, I just want to say how grateful I am to the people who run PlayStation.Blog for giving me this space to speak to you today. It’s a real busy week for Spider-Man, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game out today on PS3 and PS4, and the movie coming out this Friday. I think there are certain timeless qualities to ol’ Spidey that have made him so enduringly popular, and I was happy to see those traits on display as I worked on my scenes for the game.

I love the story Beenox is delivering this time around, and the fact that it’s able to cover some of the same narrative and emotional ground as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 film, while still going in its own unique direction (meaning you can experience one without spoiling the other). They’ve got Electro, Kingpin, Kraven, Black Cat, the Green Goblin… and I really enjoyed what they did with the characters who don’t appear in the movie. Kingpin and Kraven are treated as more than just adversaries for Spider-Man — they’re foils to his very philosophy, challenging everything he believes in. That level of characterization — for the good guys and the bad guys — is what makes Marvel stories so different.

But like I said in the video, I’m most excited about Peter Parker himself being in the game and having an important part to play. I’ll admit a lot of that is because I get to act opposite him… but there’s more to it than that!

When I first pitched the idea of a teenage superhero who has to deal with problems in his personal life, people told me I was crazy. Times have changed since then, but Spider-Man has always been who he is because of the person beneath the mask, and I appreciate that the developers recognized that you can’t tell a proper story with half a character.

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Naturally, I’ve played the game, too, and Manhattan is a lot of fun to swing around (there’s the occasional aerial assault drone from Kingpin’s Task Force trying to swat you out of the sky, but it’s still easier than getting across Midtown at rush hour). It has all the feeling of being a great open playground.

But there’s a balance to it, and that comes in the form of The Amazing Spider-Man 2′s “Hero or Menace” feature. Spider-Man has never been a guy who just beats up thugs. He has responsibilities, at home and around the city, and as crimes and disasters pop up, you have to make the same kind of choices Spidey has to. Do you help people in need, or just go about your business? Forcing you to choose between doing right by your neighbors or yourself is such a clever way to get you into the mindset that Peter Parker must occupy everyday.

It’s great that we can have two major Spidey adventures launching side-by-side, each with something distinct to offer. After all, Spider-Man was never the work of just one mind; it’s thanks to the hard work of countless artists — creative and technical — that we have so many stories with these characters to visit. For me, the best thing about Spidey has always been that anybody with enough imagination can pretend to be Spider-Man — you look at that suit and just can’t help picturing yourself underneath it. And I’m so glad that we’ve got such a far-reaching range of comics, TV shows, movies, and games like these to make it all a little easier to imagine.

You can pick up The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on PS4 and PS3 today. And to all you aspiring web-heads out there — welcome to the neighborhood!

Excelsior!

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24 Comments

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+ starhope39 on April 29th, 2014 at 11:09 am said:

I’m so buying this game!. Sadly i’ll have to wait one more week. The game looks awesome and amazing little the title says haha.


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+ mtk93 on April 29th, 2014 at 11:12 am said:

Thanks Stan. That’s awesome that you can come here to talk about the game. If this game is anything like Spider-Man 2 on the the PS2, you”ve sold me.


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+ CrusaderForever on April 29th, 2014 at 11:20 am said:

Bought my PS4 copy today and got my 4 Spidey Suits and 2 free movie tickets ($20 value) for this weekend! Cannot wait to play this when my son gets home!


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+ Junguler on April 29th, 2014 at 11:22 am said:

i’m sorry, but this is just a game to promote the movie, i’ll pass, make a decent game next time (i doubt we ever get a decent superhero game ever)


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+ jawara on April 29th, 2014 at 11:25 am said:

Will you please make a PS Vita version? I loved the first one on my vita and that’s the only way i’ll play this one.


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+ caio_loco on April 29th, 2014 at 11:32 am said:

I loved the Spider Man games on PSOne era. But I think they lost some bright during the years. Personally, it will be better if the games were made with a complete different story from the movies. Something like the Arkham games.


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+ chrisgomez3030 on April 29th, 2014 at 11:40 am said:

no love for the vita :(


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+ Rezolution77 on April 29th, 2014 at 11:41 am said:

I am not a Spiderman fanatic, but being a longtime fan can simlply say that the newest definately portrayed him as the closest to what I always envisioned him to be.

I however, will not be digitally buying these games unless they go at a price I would be insane not to.

Activision though beloved for past generation games, is not amoung my favorite for some time.


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+ davidxraw on April 29th, 2014 at 11:42 am said:

Don’t forget to provide us gamers with a demo and a free trial for PlayStation Plus users.


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+ stlthriot on April 29th, 2014 at 11:46 am said:

Loved the first one, hope this one is just as fun! :)


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+ Thwip on April 29th, 2014 at 12:00 pm said:

“With great power there must also come … great responsibility!”


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+ alexroedor on April 29th, 2014 at 12:26 pm said:

Vita version? NO! Why? Beacause the Vita is DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ Ryumoau on April 29th, 2014 at 12:39 pm said:

i was interested in trying this game on ps4 but i think its a huge mistake to charge a full $60 for a movie tie-in game. I’ll wait till it eventually drops $25-30, which is the price it should have released at.


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+ Rodny1024 on April 29th, 2014 at 1:19 pm said:

Hi Stan Lee!!!


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+ Mando44646 on April 29th, 2014 at 1:55 pm said:

just bought! The two free movie tickets at Gamestop were just too good to pas up


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+ Ryumoau on April 29th, 2014 at 2:11 pm said:

Btw, none of you people actually believe Stan Lee took the time to actually write this article himself do you? lol


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+ Kishnabe on April 29th, 2014 at 2:21 pm said:

More interested in the movie than anything else. Haven’t played a Spiderman game since the PS1 era.

+alexroder…..lol the Vita is uprising. I have a Vita….I buy many Vita games. Where as my 3DS, PS3 don’t get much love.

It going to go up and up…..and developers are starting to see that the people who buy a Vita tend to buy more games as well. Just like the PSP…it will be JRPG force….


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+ cool_trainer on April 29th, 2014 at 2:31 pm said:

Hi Stan.


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+ Dr-Jones104 on April 29th, 2014 at 2:40 pm said:

Come on lets be honest Stan Lee didn’t write that I am sure he is a really busy guy and someone else who is pretending to be Stan Lee to promote the game wrote the above post. Honestly I am surprised we still have not seen any reviews for this game yet. That only means one thing it sucks. I would hope it wouldn’t but lets be honest the last good spiderman video game would have to be Spiderman 2 for the PS2.


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+ Figboy on April 29th, 2014 at 3:08 pm said:

Downloaded the PS4 version this morning before work, and played about an hour of it. It’s…an Activision game, that’s for sure. The Spider-Man fanatic in me is enjoying it, but I’d love to see what a Spider-Man game with the time and budget it deserves would turn out like.

I’m looking forward to playing more of it when I get home, but I’m enjoying it more than the first ASM game so far.


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+ israelpacheco89 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:29 pm said:

I’m still on the fence about this game but I might pick it up down the line when it goes on sale. Always enjoy seeing and hearing Stan Lee talk about Spidey. He’s always energetic and passionate about the character.


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+ tusunami on April 30th, 2014 at 6:12 am said:

@Junguler but you do know that this won’t be a movie game because a lot of people have gotten confused about this. If it was another movie based superhero game I would pass as wel but since it is not you should give it another look.


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+ Welmosca on April 30th, 2014 at 12:27 pm said:

I don’t believe that is Stan Lee,here in the Blog….just wanna say that you’re THE GUY.I’m your fan Mr.Lee.

Now about the game…well I will be waiting for a sale even though the game looks good.Although I know this game has way more things and villains than the movie.. but its a movie game so will wait on a sale.Didn’t even played the 1st game.LOL


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+ Welmosca on April 30th, 2014 at 12:52 pm said:

@ 4 Junguler – Hey what did you just said?….how about Batman Arkham Asylum and City?…not only the best superhero game EVER but one of the best multiplat games ever too.


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