Spider-Man: Edge Of Time
Spidey Tackles a Mind-Bending, Time Traveling Adventure in this non-stop Action Game
What It Is
Spider-Man: Edge Of Time is like a perfect mash-up of two songs that once you have heard them combined, you can’t imagine listening to either alone again. The game is a time-traveling, alternate universe adventure where the villains of the year 2099 have figured out a way to travel back in time to get rid of Spider-Man, creating an alternate universe where the villains run the world. There is only one problem with this evil plan... the villains forgot about Spider-Man, and he has found a way to work with alternate universe Spider-Man to restore the past and save the future.
Players take on the roles of both 2099 Spider-Man and alternate universe Spider-Man (who looks like the classic red and blue, The Amazing Spider-Man) as they play through settings and environments in the two different times and universes. Throughout the game, players jump back and forth from Spider-Man 2099 and alternate universe Spider-Man as they tackle a series of obstacles and enemies that have direct effects on both universes.
Why It’s Fun
Wow! Edge Of Time has one of the raddest openings that I have played in a long time. After hitting the start button, the game instantly begins with Spider-Man (Peter Parker) in the middle of an epic battle with Anti-Venom. What appears to be the game’s training mode, is in fact a huge cinematic fight sequence that gets the player accustomed to the controls and also introduces the time-bending story of the game.
This is a fast-paced, action game with huge fight sequences that vary from seemingly unending armies of enemies to giant boss battles. Between fights the game maintains its quick pace but also adds in puzzle elements that require the player to pull off a series of objectives in order to advance.
Edge of Time features giant, visually stunning environments and crisp, highly detailed graphics.
Who’s Going To Love It
The game is rated T for Teen but I haven’t come across anything yet that would prevent me from letting a kid as young as ten play this game. The language and violence are no worse than anything on primetime network TV.
As for the game’s difficulty, it also seems perfectly suitable for young gamers, ages 10 and up. Older teens and adults might find the game a little too easy.
It’s a Spider-Man game, so fans of the web-slinger are probably going to enjoy this more than non-fans. That doesn’t mean that non-fans won’t love it. They just might not love it as much as fans.
What To Be Aware Of
The gameplay starts to get a little repetitive after a while as it frequently requires players to perform some sort of task three times, then fight enemies and do something else three times again. I’m not sure what the obsession with the number 3 is, but it makes the game feel predictable after a while.
The graphics in this game are best when played on Xbox and PS3 consoles. Other game systems probably won’t have as vibrant and crisp graphics.
We generally don’t go against ESRB ratings, but as noted above the language and violence are about the same as primetime network TV. We know that’s too much for some parents, but you’ll be the best judge of your kids’—and your own—thresholds for this type of entertainment.
There really isn’t any reason to play this game once it is completed. An experienced gamer can probably play through the game in around eight hours.
3 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Spider-Man: Edge Of Time
Rated: T for Teen
SRP: $29.99 (DS), $39.99 (3DS), $49.99 (Wii), $59.99 (PS3, Xbox 360)
Launch Date: October 4, 2011
Date of Review: November 16, 2011