Spider-Man: Edge of Time first-look preview

When we last saw Spider-Man, he and three alternate spider-men had succesfully un-shattered their respective dimensions and saved the world yet again. Apparently everything in the Noir and Ultimate universes wrapped up quite nicely, while both Amazing and 2099 still have some lingering issues to deal with. Namely, the apparent death of Spider-Man and the complete corruption of time as we know it. Oops!

It all starts when a mad scientist travels from 2099 to present day, where he founds the evil Alchemax corporation and starts a chain reaction that, among other things, leads to the death of present-day Spidey. Spider-Man 2099 escapes the effects of the time change (so only he notices the sudden shift in reality), then contacts Spider-Man to warn him of his impending doom. Thing is, for the moment, this alternate timeline is treating Peter Parker very well, so he doesn't believe some screaming Spidey wannabe from the future. Nevertheless, Parker does infiltrate Alchemax to stop any shenanigans, and that's where our demo kicks in.

Above: 2099 asking for help in his timeline; Amazing Spidey destroys this machine to change it in the future

Throughout the game you alternate play as Amazing and 2009 Spider-Men, with one appearing in a picture-in-picture display in the corner every so often to request aid in their timeline. For example, while playing as Amazing, 2099 will say he's pinned down by a giant robot. Your goal as Amazing Spidey is to find the prototype for said robot in present day and dismantle it, which, through the magic of time travel, makes 2099's robot menace transform into a different, less imposing enemy.

This "cause and effect" gameplay is said to be a cornerstone of Edge of Time, where the two Spideys are in constant communication. While playing as Amazing Spider-Man, 2099 will make requests and, once they're handled, his future changes for the better. Conversely, as 2099 you'll see entire walls or enemies disappear or change mid-game, as Amazing is back in the past getting into trouble. We only saw a few basic instances of this gameplay feature (a dead end hallway became a new path etc), but the concept is cool and could lead to some interesting level designs.

Above: The large robot from the last image, thanks to Spider-Man, becomes four smaller robots

Outside of this new premise, the fundamentals looked rather similar to Shattered Dimensions; combat, character animations and the linear, tunnel-like levels were all reminiscent of last year's Spidey title. There are a couple of new wrinkles, such as 2099's holographic decoy power that can distract enemies, but for the most part Edge of Time looks like a tweaked and upgraded sequel instead of brand new idea. But why revisit just ONE of Shattered Dimensions' four playable universes? Well, that's one of the questions I asked in this interview with creative director Gerard Lehiany:

Edge of Time launches this fall, presumably in the same September area as Shattered Dimensions. We'll likely learn more (including which villains made the cut) during June's busy E3 week.

April 4, 2011


  • JBizFoShiz - April 6, 2011 3:23 a.m.

    Shame. Other than those super repetitive 1st-person punching scenes, Noir was my favorite dimension. (I know every dimension had those, but they seemed to last much, much longer in Noir.) Maybe they can bring Fantastic-Four Spidey into the next one (beyond just a costume), and Team Richards may actually be involved in a decent game. Better yet, pull a "Batman: Brave and the Bold" here, and have Spidey team-up and/or battle other Marvel names not necessarily exclusive to the Spidey-verse. Daredevil and Cyclops still need more public respect, as bad-ass as they are/were in the comics. What about Spidey vs. Dr. Doom? or a Sentinel? Come on!
  • batmanboy11 - April 6, 2011 1:45 a.m.

    Sounds interesting. I still need to pick up Shattered Demensions though...
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - April 5, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    Ooohhh... I was hoping for a Spiderman Noir spinoff. Stealth games ftw.
  • MrSinister - April 5, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    Any chance to play as 2099 is a good thing my favorite spidey by far.
  • PanicJester - April 5, 2011 4:05 a.m.

    Shattered Dimensions was allmost a decent game, I even played it all the way through. Hopefully this one is not as repetive as the last one.
  • smashpro1 - April 5, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    I just hope that they bring back Neil Patrick Harris as Amazing Spider-Man.
  • RebornKusabi - April 5, 2011 1:35 a.m.

    For an annual release from Activision, this one actually looks really pretty and the concept is original for its setting so even though I passed on Shattered Dimensions, I might continue to keep an eye on this one.
  • EffinChrys - April 5, 2011 12:45 a.m.

    Look good. I just hope the 2099 world isn't as bright and neon soaked as it was in Shattered Dimensions. Tone it down just a smidge and it should cause a few less headaches. But I love Spider-Man so I know I'll love this game.
  • md1292 - April 5, 2011 12:42 a.m.

    I'm definitely going to be following this game. It looks beautiful, and the darker theme is very interesting. This makes me actually want to play Shattered Dimensions just so I can get the full experience once Edge of Time comes out.

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