Spider-Man: The Edge Of Time is a single-player action-adventure videogame based on the titular superhero Spider-Man. It was released across multiple platforms, including Nintendo DS and 3DS, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360. It is the direct sequel to the 2010 game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
The game features two Spider-Man existing at different times. One is the original Spider-Man A.K.A Peter Parker, while the other one is 2099 Spider-Man Miguel O’Hara. Both of them get connected when a company CEO decides to travel back in time to establish his company with future tech to outperform all his rivals even before they come to exist.
Critical reception to the Spider-Man: Edge Of Time game was mostly mixed. Most critics highlight and criticize its story overall, with neither of the Spider-Man getting used properly. The game was also criticized for being too similar in gameplay and other design elements to its predecessor, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
The gameplay of Spider-Man: Edge Of Time is based on the “cause and effect” system. Meaning that the actions of one Spider-Man will impact the timeline of the other and vice versa. The game automatically switches between the two Spider-Men. The gameplay is quite similar to the previous game of the installment.
Players can web swing, web zip, crawl walls, and use the ‘spider-sense’ to identify enemies. XP can also be earned by completing various challenges throughout the game. This XP can be used to upgrade moves and unlock several new costumes as well.
One new addition in the game is a unique exclusive ability limited to each Spider-Man. This ability is called the “hyper-sense” in the case of Peter Parker. And by using this ability, Peter gains more speed and is also able to defeat several enemies. In addition, he can also cross a laser-trap by using this ability.
While in the case of Miguel O’Hara, he can project a real-life hologram of himself, causing his enemies to attack the hologram and diverting their attacks to destroy secure areas in the process. He can also use this ability to sneak up on his enemies or change his location as well.
Spider-Man 2099 or Miguel discovers the plan of Alchemax CEO to travel back in time and establish his company way back in time. He plans on eliminating all his rival companies even before they have started.
Unfortunately, Miguel could not stop him from traveling back in time and is trapped in the time portal. When he emerges from the portal, he notices that the timeline has been changed with the CEO being successful in his plans.
He then establishes a mental link with Peter using his DNA from the archives and warns him of Alchemax. But Peter does not listen to him and proceeds to intercept a Venom attack in the Alchemax building. But on his arrival, the CEO, Anti-Venom and Doctor Octopus confront him with Anti-Venom, nearly killing Peter.
Miguel pulls Peter into his time to save him and travels back to defeat Anti-Venom and the CEO. He is successful in breaking the mind-controlling device that the CEO had placed on Anti-Venom.
Furious at this, Anti-Venom pushes all three into the time portal, trapping both the Spider-Men in their alternate times. The rest of the story progresses by them repairing the portals and traveling back to their own timelines.
But once he is back in his own timeline, Peter is attacked by “Atrocity.” It is a creature with Anti-Venom’s body and Otto’s tentacles and is responsible for creating a time-storm. And in the final fight, Peter pushes Atrocity into the portal from his time, disrupting the time-storm. Miguel pushes the CEO in the portal from his time, effectively erasing both of them by destroying the portals.
Their original timelines are restored, with only the Spider-Men retaining the memory of what transpired.
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