The Amazing Spider-Man
Publisher: Activision
Released: 2012
Genre: Action-Adventure
Platform: PC, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOs, Android, Mobile
Followed by: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man is a third-person open world Action-adventure video game tie-in to the film of the same name featuring the Marvel Comics superhero, Peter Parker. It was developed by Beenox, developer of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: Edge of Time, and published by Activision. It was released June 26, 2012 in North America and June 29, 2012 in Europe, on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, Mobile, iOS, Android, and PC. The game was directed by Gerard Lehiany and written by Seamus Kevin Fahey, Benjamin Schirtz and Gérard Lehiany. The game serves as an epilogue to The Amazing Spider-Man film.


The game is set some months after the events of the film.

Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy sneak into the restricted areas of Oscorp Industries after hours, where Gwen reveals her suspicions that they may be continuing Dr. Curt Connors' cross-species experiments. In the process, they are caught by Alistair Smythe, the new director, who explains that some scientists were indeed secretly continuing Connors' cross-species experiments by injecting animals with human DNA; the cross-species carry a powerful virus and are currently being shipped to a bio-lab for disposal. At that moment, the cross-species all react to Peter's presence and escape, infecting all of the scientists, including Smythe and Gwen, in the process. Alistair unleashes his security robots, which are programmed to defend them from cross-species. However, they end up attacking Peter, as he technically is a cross-species too. Peter quickly dons his Spider-Man suit and gets the infected to quarantine, fighting off the robots in the process, but is unable to stop the cross-species from escaping into the city.

Spider-Man tries to fight off the cross-species in the city, but they all escape, and a giant security robot attacks him too, causing great damage to the city. Spider-Man goes to the Beloit Psychiatric Hospital, where Dr. Connors has been incarcerated since his Lizard rampage, and informs him of the incident. Connors agrees to escape from the institution and help Spider-Man develop a cure for the outbreak, but only if he is returned to the asylum when the crisis is resolved. After breaking out Connors, Spider-Man returns to his Aunt May's friend Stan's apartment (which he has been house sitting) with Connors, where they immediately set up a laboratory to begin development of the antidote, which soon becomes a race against time when it is discovered that Smythe is developing his own "cure" which involves nanobots destroying the host from the inside out. Along the way, Spider-Man hacks into police and Oscorp transmissions with his Spider-Tracers and forms an alliance with Whitney Chang, an investigative reporter who believes Oscorp's facelift operation is a scam.

Eventually, Connors manages to create an antidote, and Spider-Man rushes it to Gwen and the others at Oscorp; however, Smythe is skeptical that the antidote really works and impulsively uses it on himself. Unexpectedly, Smythe loses the use of his legs as well as his mind, and, in a fit of rage, programs his robots to attack Spider-Man. After narrowly escaping Oscorp and returning to the apartment, Spider-Man blasts Connors for the imperfect antidote before passing out from his injuries. While he is unconscious, Connors uses his blood to perfect the antidote, realizing that, since Spider-Man is a cross-species himself but retains his humanity, he was the key to the cure all along. Upon his recovery, Spider-Man immediately travels to the Oscorp biological labs, where Gwen and the others have been taken to be used as test subjects for Smythe's nanobot "cure," and successfully administers the antidote to Gwen and the others.

With the public at large believing Spider-Man to be responsible for the outbreak, Gwen makes her way to the police station to inform them of the truth, while the CDC quarantines the city with the advancement of the virus, now known as the "cross-species virus." Smythe, having been fired from Oscorp, somehow discovers both Spider-Man's secret identity and where he and Dr. Connors have been staying, subsequently kidnapping Connors and daring Spider-Man to come save him.

Spider-Man breaks into the Oscorp robotics facility and manages to free Connors, only to be subdued by the robots. While Connors escapes and returns to his old lab in the sewers, Smythe restrains Spider-Man and injects him with his completed nanobot serum, which strips him of his powers. With his powers gone and health fading fast, Peter narrowly escapes from the facility as Smythe activates his latest S-Bot called the S-03, which is designed to spread his nanobot serum all over the city.

Peter emerges on the streets to discover that the entire city is in chaos as a result of the outbreak and Smythe's robots. He makes his way to Connors' sewer lab to discover both Connors and Gwen there. The nanobot "cure" attacking every cell in his body, Peter passes out. Deciding that there is no other way to stop Smythe, Dr. Connors becomes the Lizard again despite Gwen's objections, believing that he will be able to control himself long enough to stop the robots.

Gwen manages to revive Peter with an AED, who immediately rushes out to help Connors despite the loss of his powers. Making his way to the S-Bot with the aid of Whitney, Peter, with Gwen's help, comes to realize that electricity will short circuit the nanobots within him as had happened with the AED prior. He enters the robot and electrocutes himself destroying the nanobots in his system and regaining his powers. With the aid of the Lizard, Spider-Man successfully disables the S-03 and subdues Smythe in his EXO-01 exo-suit. Unfortunately, Dr. Connors loses control of himself to the Lizard's mind in the process. Smythe finally regains his sanity and is left horrified by his actions as he is taken away by the police while Spider-Man pursues the Lizard into the sewers.

While tracking the Lizard, Spider-Man ends up fighting the last cross-species creature called Nattie and defeats it alongside its Pygos minions. With the aid of a reprogrammed Hunter Bot, Spider-Man tracks down Lizard and manages to transform him back into Dr. Connors, proceeding to take him back to the asylum, as promised. Sometime later, Peter and Gwen watch a news report from Whitney Chang, who reveals the "cross-species virus" outbreak has been cured and Spider-Man is now revered by the city for his role in stopping the virus. Whitney subsequently receives news that Smythe has escaped police custody, but Gwen convinces Peter to deal with it later.

In a post-credits scene, Alistair Smythe, having regained the use of his legs and in the final stages of cross-species infection, makes his way back to his lab. With nothing left to live for and the realization that the virus will soon take over his body, Smythe decides to commit suicide rather than become a cross-species himself and activates one of his Hunter robots to do just that, as the screen goes to black.


The game has an open world free roam concept. The combat system is reminiscent of the Rocksteady Studios developed games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, using a freeflow design and counterattacks. Players can collect full, vintage comic books, such as Amazing Fantasy #15, as they collect comic covers throughout the game.

By finding different spider symbols and taking photos of them, alternate costumes can be unlocked, such as "Big Time" Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider, a color-inverted version of the Future Foundation costume, the Sam Raimi trilogy red and blue suit when you get the Stan Lee pre-order DLC or Rhino pre-order DLC, the Spider-Man 3 black suit, a new version of the black suit and a party hat for Spider-Man's 50th anniversary, which can be changed when the player goes to Peter Parker's apartment.



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Webb Film Series
Films: The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Characters: Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Gwen Stacy | Harry Osborn | Mary Jane Watson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Flash Thompson | Norman Osborn | Ashley Kafka | Rajit Ratha | Donald Menken | Felica Hardy | Alistair Smythe | Richard Parker | Mary Parker | Kari
Enemies: The Lizard | Electro | The Green Goblin | Rhino | The Black Cat | Ultimate Goblin | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief
Locations: The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Industries | Oscorp Tower | Midtown Science High School | Beloit Psychiatric Hospital | Ravencroft Institute
Video Games: The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2