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Will Activision Blizzard Defy the Odds With This Video Game?

Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI  ) may have a tough time defying the odds with its game tied to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

Why? Video game tie-ins to comic book movies have a checkered history. There are exceptions, of course, such as the Batman titles inspired and informed by the various movies over the years. More often, though, you get a dud like the 2008 tie-in with Iron Man. Gamers didn't take to the title in the way that moviegoers took to the film.

If there's good news with ASM 2, for which Activision Blizzard and studio partner Beenox released a teaser trailer at New York Comic Con, it's that the first game received generally positive reviews. GameSpot gave it 7.5 out of 10 while Game Informer came in at 6.75.

Should investors care? We won't know till May, when both the game and the movie finally reach the public. In the meantime, Tim says it's important to remember that Activision Blizzard's major franchises are home cooked (i.e., World of Warcraft, Call of Duty). Any success with Spidey will be a bonus.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Do you plan to pick up the Amazing Spider-Man 2 game? Will you see the film?  Please watch the video to get Tim's full take, and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand.

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  • Report this Comment On October 20, 2013, at 1:28 AM, spydi wrote:

    It can't be easy to develop a game based on a movie, based on a comic. It's like making a copy of a copy. How do you do anything original or unexpected? That is why video games based on movies do not succeed, everyone already knows what's going to happen. There is no story development that is going to surprise or engage the player.

  • Report this Comment On October 21, 2013, at 10:37 PM, Gamer4Life wrote:

    What is driving of fans is customer support. GM's and Admins that troll customers. I actually had a GM in online chat tell me "This is our playground that you're playing in, remember that!" They are all arrogant punks that were given too much power by the poor management at Blizz. Since the release of Cata, it really got bad. I opened tickets and every ticket from that time on, I was completely unsatisfied with the outcome. I was banned at least twice a month for whispering to another member asking if they would like to join a guild. They said it was spam since it was an unsolicited whisper! On top of that I was banned at least once a month for cursing. Someone would complain that I used the "S" word yet WoW has an explicit language filter that is turned on by default and the user would have to turn it off. They also developed the game with explicit language in the built in quests. I think their motive by banning aggressively after the Cataclysm release was to free band width and milk subscribers from money. They continued to take subscribers money while they were banned.

    There will probably be a massive class action lawsuit if that is continuing. I play Diablo III even though it is boring and repetitive and am starting to see the exact downfall there. My son was planning to Intern at Blizzard HQ but has since decided to seek a smarter company.

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