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In the past years, there have been a plethora of Spider-Man games released mostly on Sony’s PlayStation console, this ranges from standalone game to movie tie-ins. The resulting games have never been up to par as the movies, and all these years the fans have been waiting for the one Spider-Man game that would truly let you be in the shoes of the famed Marvel superhero.
Marvel’s Spider-Man may just have done that. Insomniac Games’ take on the web-slinging superhero finally gives a glimpse of what we want in a Spider-Man game: swing around the city and beat bad guys in a signature Spidey fashion.
By this time nearly everyone is familiar with Spider-Man’s origin, so the game immediately starts where Peter Parker is already saving New York as Spider-Man. You’re immediately put into action minutes after you start the game, letting you swing through the skyscrapers of Manhattan and then taking out enemies in different combat mechanics that take advantages of Spider-Man’s skills.
Speaking of skills, you can level up your skillset as you progress through the game where you can also choose three different skill paths: Innovator, Defender, and Webslinger. These skill sets give different abilities that you can use on different levels or when fighting on boss fights.
Along with that, you can also choose from different suits that get unlocked as you progress through the game. Everything from the classic suits to the recent Iron Spider suit used in Avengers: Infinity War is available for you to unlock and try out. Each suit has various tech built into it, which you can use to your advantage.
The combat mechanics also improved the way you fight enemies. You can swing objects, use your web to shoot and tackle, or simply engage in an old-fashioned fist fight. Spidey Sense is also present of course, giving you a head’s up if someone is about to attack. The fighting mechanics feel similar to the Batman Arkham games, which ends enemies with a satisfying slow-motion knockout. It’s the first time I’ve had fun fighting bad guys in a Spider-Man game.
The open-world style of Spider-Man means you will spend a lot of time swinging through the streets of New York, and in the hours I’ve spent playing there’s always something new to discover. Aside from main missions, there are countless side missions and mini puzzles for you to do.
The game also never runs out of villains. If you’re familiar with Spider-Man’s rogue adversaries then you’d be pleased to hear that almost all of them makes an appearance here and in spectacular fashion. There’s also a bunch of Easter Eggs littered throughout the game that die-hard fans will immediately notice.
We also have to give credit to the developers for making a near-perfect recreation of the Big Apple in the game. People familiar with New York City may find familiar buildings faithfully recreated in the game, and every character, suit, and villain are rendered in excellent quality. Aside from being the best Spider-Man game, we can also say it’s the best-looking one.
Insomniac Games have hit a high mark in this version of Spider-Man, and it’s currently now one of our favorite PlayStation 4 exclusives.
+ Excellent combat mechanics
+ Engaging gameplay
+ Offers a different take on the Spider-Man story without changing too much
Final Rating: 5/5