(CTN News) – It is likely that you are thinking the worst based on the headline. In spite of all the critical praise Spider-Man 2 is receiving, there is a pesky irritant lurking deep within the film.
Your opinion is plain white bread, and you are wrong. While I am not surprised that Screwball is missing from this game, I am pleased that Mysterio continues her legacy.
In Screwball’s quests, he performed stunts and engaged in quick fire combat in order to earn as many points as possible.
A great way to emphasize Spider-Man 2 flair while also providing a challenge to improve your score. Other activities are binary pass/fail endeavors, so it was refreshing to be involved in something you could continually improve upon.
For everyone else, it didn’t land. Although I am a noted Screwball defender, I admit the character herself was a bit annoying. Intentionally irritating, but it is still irritating.
In addition to wanting views for her stream, Untraceable and Nerve also explored the idea years before Spider-Man 2 did. Despite the fact that she wasn’t particularly threatening or original, she was a modern villain.
Usually, Insomniac does a good job of reading the room (although here it did not work). Because Screwball is unpopular, she’s screwed. She has been cut from the roster.
She has been replaced by Mysterio. Bronze, silver, and gold medals are available for his variety of combat challenges, and if you’re looking for a way to constantly tweak your high score, the Mysteriums are the place to go.
Mysterio’s fate is not the same as Screwball’s, oh tasteless wonder. Besides being two seconds off the gold medal, there’s little to annoy you here.
The game requires you to take out a certain number of goons through different challenges. You can target brutes, use finishers only, or shove them off ledges.
These challenges are the most intense you’ll ever encounter, forcing you to use all the tricks up your spandex sleeve. Most other Spider-Man 2 combat scenarios in the game can be handled via stealth, or enemies will pour in in small waves rather than surround you all at once.
In addition to the variety each of these challenges offers, each of them asks you to win in a specific way.
The arenas provide unique opportunities to eviscerate your previous score once you’ve fully upgraded. I managed to lure two brutes onto train tracks and let the locomotive do the rest, despite my struggles to defeat six brutes within the time limit.
Another factor is that Mysteriums use Spider-Man 2 Mysterio’s powers, so you’re not confined to city streets, rather graveyards and fairgrounds.
In my personal favorite (and the most challenging), you are attacked by giant green lasers when the bell chimes. The series’ most creative missions include illusions of Mysterio and floating skulls.
Screwball has been pushed aside, as it was inevitable. Additionally, Taskmaster and Silver Sable are rotated out of the Spider-Man 2 game to keep things fresh.
There is a general consensus that Screwball is the worst villain of all time (even if some people seem to be just following along), so the best I can hope for is that her spirit survives. Mysterio continues to build on her legacy in this way. Let’s see if I can get those times even lower.