Now I know it has been a week since I have received Spider-man the game for Ps4, and it’s finally time for me to write a review and the reason why its late is because well I have been playing Spider-Man and didn’t want to stop not really.
Spider-Man is an action-adventure game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4, based on the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man. Released, September 7, 2018, it is the first licensed game developed by Insomniac. The game tells a completely new story about Spider-Man that is not tied to any existing comic book, video game, or film and covers both sides of the web-slinging hero. At the core of the game, Insomniac Games’ new adventure strives to make you feel like Spider-Man. And, thankfully, Marvel’s Spider-Man does not disappoint, as you really do feel like the Spider-man. There is a surprisingly deep tale that mines, the plights of both Spider-Man and Peter Parker to great emotional success.
Underpinning the brilliantly engrossing story is an excellent set of web-swinging mechanics. You even have access to fun gadgets, that really help you through battles and leveling up. The humor in the game really adds another depth to the game with his very funny puns, which makes for thrilling action in both the massive set pieces and in the quiet, confined corridors of tense sequences. Insomniac’s first foray into the realm of Marvel superheroes has been a huge hit and I am really enjoying the game, and even all the collectibles and side quests too, I really don’t want the game to end.
Spider-Man looks graceful in every swing, leap, and lunge. It feels good to find the right mix of jumping, crawling, web zipping, and wall running, to add to your speed and height in the game. Swinging around feels brilliant and I have spent many hours just swinging around to do air tricks and take in the breathtaking views from above. Jumping off the Empire State Building is great, but jumping off the Avenger’s building is something else, one word outstanding!
There is no real building or structure that can really stop Spider-Man. You get to discover how a powerful, and flexible, Spider-Man actually is in this game, as he takes on fire escapes, both vertically and horizontally, or watching him slip through the metal grating of a water tower is endlessly entertaining. You can do what Spider-Man does. He is the king of the concrete jungle.
There are stealth scenarios for you to enjoy which really highlight Spider-Man’s talents, especially his love for designing gadgets and upgrading. There is definitely a thrill to plotting out the order I wanted to web up enemies and working out your main strategy, whether luring enemies out for a spidey stealth takedown, or by firing off a web traps that would stick them to a wall or distract them. There’s is so much enemy variety as some of the enemies reactions are all different. I have always really enjoyed the light bit of strategy these sections demanded, and would happily work my way through a tone more. The stealth element really adds to the game, don’t get me wrong I love just busting the enemies on close range kick-ass mode, but I do love the working out what the best plan of attack really is.
As you unlocked more skills from Spider-Man’s skill trees and gadgets through tokens and skill points, combat then became more of a spontaneity delight for me. After leveling, you can pull an enemy’s gun away from them and smack him with it, while a well-planted web trip mine strung two other enemies together. I love the Spider Bro drone I love as your taking down one set of enemies, your little drone can help take others down or weaken them for you. That balancing act consistently delivers on the powerful and, but yet fun fantasy of being Spider-Man. Spider-Man’s combat does owe a lot to the Batman Arkham franchise, right down to the slow-motion crunch when you take out the last baddie in the wave. However, the template is sped up dramatically in order to take advantage of Spidey’s nimble and speedy nature, compared to Batman.
The variation in Spider-Man’s fighting style and inventive gadget arsenal is astounding, this is also extended to Spider-Man’s wardrobe. His portable closet of unlockable Spidey suits, all come with their own special powers or unique abilities and Mods. Each power can be used independently of the outfit once unlocked, which is a is brilliant, as I may prefer the suit, but a different power up to accompany the suit. I’ve become quite fond of this Spider-Man’s new main suit, another couple favorites of mine are the Stark suit you see in the Spider-Man homecoming movie and the Iron suit from the Avenger’s infinity war movie.
Outside of the main storyline, there are dozens of other side objectives scattered throughout the city that will just pop up on the map or spidey scanner, which adds around another 15-20 hours of exploring and gameplay, though my enjoyment of them varied greatly. I was never bored with any of the tasks.
Spider-Man has introduced a wonderful photo mode to be used to enhance the experience. It feels like the next evolution of photo modes before it, being so bespoke to Spidey himself. You can take selfies in a variety of poses etc, which I found brilliant and so up to date with current times. You’re able to create comic book covers or panels is a delightful twist, and effectively allows you to create your own Spider-Man comic books.
Insomniac’s Spider-Man is one who has a history in this world, and it feels earned thanks to the smart integration of familiar villains, rather than throwing them at the screen for the sake of the fans like previous Spidey games and films, they wanted something believable and also too many cooks and all that can spoil a game. The script allowed time for the central villains, and Peter’s relationship to them as well to actually develop, making for powerful scenes. I love the focus they put on Peter Parker and his relationships even more as its something previous hadn’t done or explored at all and always focused on the Spider-Man ego, not about the man under the suit.
I love how Peter and Mary-Jane’s relationship is portrayed. It’s well-trod territory in the comics, films and the 90’s TV series, but Insomniac injects new life into it. in part thanks to Spidey and MJ voice acting performances in the game. These are two people who have a hell of a lot of history together, and watching them try to figure out what future they have together either romantic or friends, is beautiful to watch and feels like an actual relationship.
I wanted Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4 to make me feel like the Spider-Man, to swing in the concrete jungle that is New York City, to web up hordes of enemies, and full-on battle with familiar villains. Insomniac Games’ first foray into the world of Marvel definitely delivers just on all of that. But what I didn’t expect from Spider-Man was to come away feeling just as fulfilled as playing Peter Parker, due to other games not doing this and always making out Peter Parker was boring and Insomniac definitely don’t make Peter boring at all and enhance him and as well Spider-man too, as they always felt separate in some ways this game brings them both to live and together.
My rating- 10/10