'The Amazing Spider-Man' First Screenshot Teases Free Roaming

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It seems like Activision is doing things backwards with its superhero properties these days, most evidently noted by how they are handling The Amazing Spider-Man. After delivering a solid first outing in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, and a not so great follow-up in Edge of Time, developer Beenox is now working on a movie tie-in game. Typically it's the movie tie-in game that serves as the trial-by-fire before the developer gets to branch out with the property, but as was said before, things are backwards.

In a similarly backwards fashion, Activision has now released the first screenshot for The Amazing Spider-Man, more than a month after the release of the game's first trailer. Contained within the trailer is a somewhat interesting boss fight and some back-story for the game, whereas this screenshot doesn't even deliver a full Spider-Man.

What it does deliver, however, is a look at the game's art style, which bares a more striking resemblance to traditional Spider-Man games of the past than to what Beenox has been working on previously — something that was brought to our attention when a few concept art pieces for the game appeared online.

Check out the screenshot for yourself below:

Aside from a Mirror's Edge aesthetic there isn't much to glean from the screenshot besides the open-world atmosphere. Fans have been long since clamoring for a return to form for Spider-Man, to a the days of Spider-Man 2's web-slinging around New York and, based on this screenshot, this appears to be it.

However, it's also a movie tie-in game that is just as rushed as its predecessor, Edge of Time, was — two bad signs right off the back. Given Activision's track record last year with superhero titles like X-Men Destiny things aren't looking too good, but we hope that Beenox can turn things around with a new gameplay perspective.

What do you think of this first screenshot for Beenox's The Amazing Spider-Man? What will it take to make this the movie tie-in game to break the mold?

The Amazing Spider-Man releases June 26, 2012, for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS and DS.

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