Bruce Campbell Gets Extreme For Amazing Spider-Man

Bruce Campbell Gets Extreme For Amazing Spider-Man

Bruce Campbell may be out of the Spider-Man films, but he's still in the new Spider-Man game.

Because of his tight connection to Sam Raimi - and for more insight on that, I heartily recommend his most excellent autobiography If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor - Bruce Campbell has appeared in all three of the "original" Spider-Man films. In 2002, he played the ring announcer who actually gave Spider-Man his name; in 2004 he was the "Snooty Usher"; and in 2007, he did a turn as the Maître d'. Naturally, he also loaned his voice to the videogame tie-ins to all three movies. Yet while he's not going to appear in the upcoming reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, he's still going to turn up in the videogame.

Why? Because he's Bruce Campbell, I guess. The man has a great voice and the sort of vocal enthusiasm that's ideal for that sort of work, and he's got a lot of experience in the field, but I suspect that what it really comes down to is that everything - I mean everything - is better with Bruce.

Will the game itself be any good? Probably not; I don't mean to inject my own bias into the conversation but games based on movies have a well-established record of suck, and while I've heard that previous Spider-Man games haven't been entirely terrible, that's a pretty thin basis for optimism. Then again, where there's Bruce, there's hope.

The Amazing Spider-Man comes out on June 26 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS and 3DS.

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Actually, you ought to check out Spider-Man 2. I played it for GameCube.

It remains one of the best superhero games I've ever played.

Basics: Yeah, the plot of the movie is in there... for about half. The other half is a sandbox Manhattan Island full of collectibles and random crimes and yadda yadda, standard stuff. But Treyarch absolutely nailed the web-swinging mechanics. It has never been so fun to travel around.

Then they did a ton of depressingly-linear games with Spider-Man. But to hear it told, this one is a return to the open-world form (for PS3 and 360, at least). I'm excited about this prospect.

Spider-Man 2 got it right by remembering why people play superhero games. It's the same reason they see superhero movies and read superhero comics. It's not the story. It's the hero. I don't want to play a Spider-Man game to "live the movie." I play a Spider-Man game so that I can be Spider-Man for awhile.

And that's what the game does. Here's Manhattan. Go be Spider-Man.

Dastardly:

And that's what the game does. Here's Manhattan. Go be Spider-Man.

And, of course, go be Spider Man while Bruce Campbells' voice taunts him on...!

Which makes me happy, in so many ways...

Who is this schmuck? He reminds me of that guy who plays Sam Axe on Burn Notice.
I honestly don't think I've heard of this guy so I'm not excited at all to hear that he's a voice actor in this game.

I'm actually tempted to buy this game just because he's a voice actor in it.

Probably won't though, there hasn't been a good Spiderman game since Spiderman 2.

Andy Chalk:
I don't mean to inject my own bias into the conversation but games based on movies have a well-established record of suck, and while I've heard that previous Spider-Man games haven't been entirely terrible, that's a pretty thin basis for optimism.

While I don't like much of what Activision has done with the franchise since, referring to the likes of Spider-Man 2 and Ultimate Spider-Man as not being entirely terrible should be criminal. Seriously, those are great games period. I'd say they're two of the best superhero games but there aren't enough good superhero games for that to mean anything.

Two reasons I am interested in this game:

Bruce Campbell
STAN FRAKKING LEE as a playable character

I seriously want this Spider man game to return to the standards of Spidey 2

I really enjoyed the tutorial level of the first spider man game and that was entirely due to Bruce Campbell.

Played the demo of the new spiderman game on the 3DS.. they're going for an Arkham City type of gameplay, but the controls felt pretty damned sloppy, and the camera isn't very well tuned to keep you aware of the action. However, both of those may be issues strictly with the 3DS, or perhaps even just with my level of skill with it. If a demo comes out on the Xbox or PC, I may give that a whirl to find out.

Dastardly:
Actually, you ought to check out Spider-Man 2. I played it for GameCube.

It remains one of the best superhero games I've ever played.

Basics: Yeah, the plot of the movie is in there... for about half. The other half is a sandbox Manhattan Island full of collectibles and random crimes and yadda yadda, standard stuff. But Treyarch absolutely nailed the web-swinging mechanics. It has never been so fun to travel around.

Then they did a ton of depressingly-linear games with Spider-Man. But to hear it told, this one is a return to the open-world form (for PS3 and 360, at least). I'm excited about this prospect.

Spider-Man 2 got it right by remembering why people play superhero games. It's the same reason they see superhero movies and read superhero comics. It's not the story. It's the hero. I don't want to play a Spider-Man game to "live the movie." I play a Spider-Man game so that I can be Spider-Man for awhile.

And that's what the game does. Here's Manhattan. Go be Spider-Man.

Spider-Man 2 is a great game. We feel like we ARE Spider-man. And, as a little bonus, we hear, for much of the game, the soothing voice of Bruce THE FREAKING MAN Campbell :)

Rednog:
Who is this schmuck? He reminds me of that guy who plays Sam Axe on Burn Notice.
I honestly don't think I've heard of this guy so I'm not excited at all to hear that he's a voice actor in this game.

Funny :) love your avatar by the way ;)

Interesting point: when my friends and I sat down to watch Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, we were delighted to see Bruce Campbell. Jokingly, one friend said, "Wow, if Bruce is in this film it will be amazing. Of course if he gets killed off right away it will suck."

Well, he died a minute later and the film is atrocious. Bruce Campbell is a legend, simple as.

Rednog:
Who is this schmuck? He reminds me of that guy who plays Sam Axe on Burn Notice.
I honestly don't think I've heard of this guy so I'm not excited at all to hear that he's a voice actor in this game.

Uh . . he's like the king of B-movies. Ever heard of Evil Dead series? Or, Army of Darkness? He's the lead.

Spider-man games have had a pretty good track record so far with Spider-Man 2, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. And this one is looking to be as good as Spider-Man 2, which was pretty spectacular.

And as for video-game tie-ins, there are a few worth note games that did deliver like the previously mentioned movie games, Captain America: Super Soldier and more.

Akalabeth:

Rednog:
Who is this schmuck? He reminds me of that guy who plays Sam Axe on Burn Notice.
I honestly don't think I've heard of this guy so I'm not excited at all to hear that he's a voice actor in this game.

Uh . . he's like the king of B-movies. Ever heard of Evil Dead series? Or, Army of Darkness? He's the lead.

go back, and look at his avatar

Sam Axe vs. Spider Man, gogogo.

In all seriousness though, I never realized he was in any of the Spider Man movies at all. Learn something new every day, I guess.

FogHornG36:

Akalabeth:

Rednog:
Who is this schmuck? He reminds me of that guy who plays Sam Axe on Burn Notice.
I honestly don't think I've heard of this guy so I'm not excited at all to hear that he's a voice actor in this game.

Uh . . he's like the king of B-movies. Ever heard of Evil Dead series? Or, Army of Darkness? He's the lead.

go back, and look at his avatar

Oh yeah. I never pay attention to people's avatars or aliases. :)

Dude, you forgot the exception to the rule.

Spiderman 2 (with tutorial voiced by Bruce Campbell I believe) is one of the few great film to game adaptations. This has a chance at least of being good

Will the game itself be any good? Probably not

NAO! (denial). No nononononono! D:

Please no. I'm really hoping for another Spiderman 2.

As i've said in another thread, if this game sucks, I will kill someone.

If the movie sucks, I will drown 3 baby hamsters >:(

BrotherRool:
Dude, you forgot the exception to the rule.

Spiderman 2 (with tutorial voiced by Bruce Campbell I believe) is one of the few great film to game adaptations. This has a chance at least of being good

See the sad part for me when people talk about the Spider-man 2 game, is I was an idiot and picked it up on PC. My god the controls were HIDEOUS.

Logie--bear:

BrotherRool:
Dude, you forgot the exception to the rule.

Spiderman 2 (with tutorial voiced by Bruce Campbell I believe) is one of the few great film to game adaptations. This has a chance at least of being good

See the sad part for me when people talk about the Spider-man 2 game, is I was an idiot and picked it up on PC. My god the controls were HIDEOUS.

Oh :( I have to admit, I think Spiderman is the type of game that really needs a controller. You don't need the high accuracy of the mouse, but have better directions than the 8 wasd is important

Andy Chalk:
Bruce Campbell Gets Extreme For Amazing Spider-Man

I heartily recommend his most excellent autobiography If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor

I really want to read this, and also the wonderfully titled Make Love!* *The Bruce Campbell Way
If only it was available as an audio book.

Rednog:
Who is this schmuck? He reminds me of that guy who plays Sam Axe on Burn Notice.
I honestly don't think I've heard of this guy so I'm not excited at all to hear that he's a voice actor in this game.

Man, don't fuck with Chuck. I hear all sorts of things about that guy, and they're all bad. ;)

I love Bruce Campbell.

BrotherRool:

Logie--bear:

BrotherRool:
Dude, you forgot the exception to the rule.

Spiderman 2 (with tutorial voiced by Bruce Campbell I believe) is one of the few great film to game adaptations. This has a chance at least of being good

See the sad part for me when people talk about the Spider-man 2 game, is I was an idiot and picked it up on PC. My god the controls were HIDEOUS.

Oh :( I have to admit, I think Spiderman is the type of game that really needs a controller. You don't need the high accuracy of the mouse, but have better directions than the 8 wasd is important

Yeah and I'm pretty sure it was a different game to the console versions because there was no free-roaming either, just terrible linear crappy missions. Very Excited to pick up Amazing Spider-man on 360 :D

Rednog:
Who is this schmuck? He reminds me of that guy who plays Sam Axe on Burn Notice.
I honestly don't think I've heard of this guy so I'm not excited at all to hear that he's a voice actor in this game.

HA HA! You had me going there for a brief moment. When you said "honestly" I thought you really meant you were being honest.

OT: Sweet, but I probably won't play it. I don't trust super hero games. Batman Arkham Asylum is probably the first one I enjoyed enough to complete. If it gets enough raving reviews like Spiderman 2 did, I might give it a try.

 

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