On November 21, Activision will release the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance title Spider-Man: Battle for New York. The game allows players to take on the role of their favorite Marvel superhero, Spider-Man, and one of his famed nemeses, Green Goblin, in an original storyline which builds upon their legendary comic book rivalry.
Superhero Hype! caught up with Lead Designer Vaughan Marshall, from Torus Games, to talk about the anticipated game:
Superhero Hype!: What can you tell us about the storyline in “Spider-Man: Battle for New York”?
As well as exploring the obvious conflict between these two characters, we also wanted to focus on the personal stories of both Norman Osborn and Peter Parker.
Peter Parker is coming to terms with his new powers and the role he must inevitably play as a defender of justice within New York City. And whilst Norman Osborn relishes the powers of his alter-ego, he is slowly losing the battle to maintain a grip on his sanity.
SHH!: You will be able to play as Spider-Man and his famed nemesis Green Goblin, how will the gameplay differ depending on which character you’re playing?
As you would expect, Spider-Man is able to crawl on any surface and swing through the air on his web-line. He is also a supreme athlete armed with rapid attacks, gravity-defying moves and superhuman agility. However, being one of the good guys means that Spider-Man must always be ready to save citizens in trouble!
Playing Spider-Man is fun, but some might argue that it is more fun to play the bad guy! As Goblin, the player will use brute strength, classic wrestling moves and fire attacks to defeat the hordes of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents hot on his trail. If Spider-Man is a martial artist, then Goblin is the mighty wrestlerâ€¦armed with a flame thrower!
SHH!: It seems you’re using Green Goblin from the “Ultimate Spider-Man” series, tell us why the choice to go with him instead of the older hover-craft riding version?
SHH!: We know Spider-Man and Green Goblin are in the game, can you tell us if any other Marvel heroes or villains make an appearance?
Additionally, we had great fun introducing new characters to the story and to the long list of enemies desperate to defeat of Spider-Man. These characters have not been revealed yet but I can say that they are dedicated to the destruction of our web-slinging hero and will be tough opponents to beat.
SHH!: How are you using the dual screen set up on the DS to impact gameplay?
Additionally, all mini-games take place on the touch screen and are linked directly to gameplay on the top screen. This means that however well you perform on the touch screen will affect your character’s situation, in real time, on the top screen.
Finally, the dual screen proved to be a fantastic presentation format for our animated comic book cut scenes. Effective use of the two screens allowed us to simulate the 2-page comic book layout.
SHH!: Since the game is called “Battle for New York,” what areas of the city will players see?
Players who manage to complete the game will have visited areas within Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. In the early levels, players can expect to visit Peter Parker’s school in Queens, Chinatown and the streets of Manhattan. Players who persevere further, will be rewarded by near the New York City docks and the exterior of a mighty S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier.
SHH!: Will players be able to upgrade their powers throughout the game? Please include examples.
For example, when playing as Spider-Man, players may find that they rely heavily upon webbing foes before entering the fray. These players will have the opportunity to upgrade the number of web-shots at enemies or the duration of a web-hold.
SHH!: What types of mini-games are included and how do they take advantage of the dual screen?
The Stroke Game is used when Spider-Man is performing a rescue operation. The player must stroke the touch screen in the direction that Spider-Man is pushing, pulling or lifting.
The Arm/Disarm game is used when Spider-Man is hacking into computers or security consoles. This is a timing game based on half and full beat time measurements. Music was the inspiration for this game.
The Web Draw game is available whenever Spider-Man is in a battle room. Hordes of goons enter the room through specially-marked doors. Spider-Man must seal each door using his webbing. The player must draw a pre-set pattern on the touch screen to web-seal the door before the next goon arrives. “Spider-Man: Battle for New York” can be quite challenging!
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Source: Superhero Hype!