A Real Web Gem
Swinging through the streets of New York has been done numerous times since the turn of the millennium, all the way back to 2000’s Spider-Man on the original Playstation. While various studios have had major success translating Spidey’s powers to the digital realm, Insomniac studios latest effort is a clear step above the rest. The result is a one of the best superhero games of all time and lays an amazing foundation not only for future Spider-Man games but for the Marvel gaming universe as a whole.
Spider-Man on PS4 excels in so many ways, but its greatest strength is its ability to be more than just a story about Spider-Man. This is a game about Peter Parker, the man under the suit, and how he balances his personal life with saving the city from multiple disasters. It doesn’t take long for the story to get going and once it does you’ll be faced with some big stakes. But throughout your battles with Rhino, Scorpion, Electro and more, Peter is also tasked with mending a broken relationship with Mary Jane, helping out Aunt May, working as a lab assistant for one Otto Octavius and mentoring a young man by the name of Miles Morales.
While this may sound mundane compared to playing as Spidey, it’s not. Insomniac Games absolutely nails the balance of the story and not only delivers a compelling narrative but one that makes the Peter Parker moments just as interesting and important as the superhero ones. There’s a lot to love about Spider-Man on PS4 but the story it delivers is front and center.
Insomniac also did a masterful job of making you feel like you’re in total control of the web slinger no matter how chaotic the battles get, even if it might borrow a bit heavily from the Batman: Arkham games. The combat is very similar. You’ll have heavy and light attacks with dodge and evade buttons that will have to be used accordingly depending on the enemy types. You’re average baddie will go down with a few button mashes but enemies with shields/heavy armor may need to be attacked from behind or disposed of with Spider-gadgets.
And you’ll have plenty of gadgets. Web-Bombs, Spider-Bots, Shock-Webs and Trip Mines are just a sample of the tools at your disposal with almost all of them having a satisfying and useful effect in battle.
But the fan service doesn’t stop there. New York is littered with Marvel Universe Easter eggs from Dr. Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum to Avengers Tower. But the best nod to Spidey’s storied history are the multitude of Spider costumes, all with unique effects! By completing various tasks you’ll be able to don such favorites as Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Punk and more. This game is dripping with fan service and it clear to see this was a game made for fans, by fans.
Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 is the start of something special. This is one of the best superhero games of all time and it’s hard not to get excited after hearing Marvel’s recent comments that this could be the beginning of a shared, Marvel universe going forward. Insomniac studios also revealed that Marvel came to them with the option of creating a game for any superhero of their choosing and they chose Spider-Man. As the old adage goes – With great power comes great responsibility. With Spider-Man for PS4, it’s clear that Insomniac Studios is ready to shoulder that responsibility for years to come.
Available for PlayStation 4
Spider-Man is a showcase game for the PS4 and one no superhero fan should miss.