Marvel’s Spider-Man Game Review: The Web-Heads Best Interactive Adventure

Jordan Samuel Jordan Samuel
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September 2nd, 2018

Content Editor, Film Critic and Writer for ComiConverse.com, the Founder and co-host of the official Nerdcast Network Podcast


Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On September 2, 2018
Last modified:September 5, 2018

Summary:

Insomniac Games have created the most immersive superhero game in a decade, which lays the groundwork for more Spidey adventures.


Reviewed by:
Rating:

4
On September 2, 2018
Last modified:September 5, 2018

Summary:

Insomniac Games have created the most immersive superhero game in a decade, which lays the groundwork for more Spidey adventures.

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With great power, comes great responsibility - but can the kings of traversal Insomniac Game perfect our famous web-head? The folks at ComiConverse reviews Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PS4 Pro.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Game Review 

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Sony Interactive Entertainment, Insomniac Games, and Marvel have teamed up to create a brand-new and authentic Spider-Man adventure. This isn’t the Spider-Man you’ve met or ever seen before. This is an experienced Peter Parker who’s more masterful at fighting big crime in New York City. At the same time, he’s struggling to balance his chaotic personal life and career while the fate of millions of New Yorkers rest upon his shoulders.

Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a man can - with few terrible boss fights there and maybe a poorly recreated city there. This has been a case for Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man throughout the last several years, with each game failing to capitalise on the web-slingers powers. But all of that changed two years ago when PlayStation revealed an exclusive deal with Marvel to develop a Spider-Man title. That would utilise the power of Sony’s line of consoles, to transport players into the shoes of Peter Parker.

Marvel’s Spider-Man feels like the perfect celebration of the characters rich history in comics, as the developer Insomniac Games perfectly captures the web-heads personality. It delivers the best web-slinging experience ever with swimming around New York City, never getting boring instead rewards players with thrilling stunts. Traversal is fluid and offers some of the best pulse-pounding moments in Sony’s Exclusive library.

Following on from the profoundly offensive Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) video game offering, which lacked any sense of quality control and felt like a massive setback from previous titles. Marvel’s Spider-Man perfects the franchise template of open world exploration while bringing in fresh ideas to the table, with everything in the reacting to player choice. Insomniac Games does a brilliant job in making the world and character come alive, through gameplay with each mission utilising Peter Parker’s moves.

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Gameplay

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You fight bad guys, fix gadgets, discover what it means to be a hero - but most importantly have fun while doing it as the battle system, and web mechanics have needed weight to them. Insomniac Games focus on character is what makes Marvel’s Spider-Man so endearing with audiences, from fast travel mechanics that involving going into the subway to abilities to give high-fives to strangers. All make for an impressive simulation of Peter Parker’s bizarre life in the superhero realm.

New York City is rendered accurately, with everything where it should be - striking the right balance between busy streets and empty rooftops, all bringing the player closer to being more celebrated. Famous landmarks all exist within the universe including The Empire State Building, Central Station and The Museum of Natural History to name a few. Put simply - its a massive and impressive map. A mini-map is always present, making it easier to navigate areas in detail and works as an exploration tool for web-slingers. Helping highlight areas of interest - shops, challenges and mission waypoints. These systems help players from being frustrated while on foot and stop Spider-Man from being lost in the city.

Opening with a great tutorial - which explains the web-slinging mechanics, players are then are introduced to the best cutscene work in the industry as Spider-Man wakes up ready to fight crime. Insomniac Games does slow the pace, instead thrusts you straight into life as Spider-Man and allows players to roam the city looking to do some good. I loved how Marvel’s Spider-Man quick introduction, allowed players to explore surroundings and get used to the rugged web mechanics.

World

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This is where the player will notice, that Marvel’s Spider-Man is not confined to a building or street instead is a fully breathable open-world with actual character. Something that has not been explored in the franchise since the outstanding Spider-Man 2 (2004) video game - everyone at Insomniac Games put effort into making Spidey’s home real and foam with an exploration-heavy glee. The Sandbox is full of side missions, races and things to do for the player - never feeling like an unlivable space.

The freedom to run, jump and glide throughout the air on strings of the web is unlocked from the start - and provides the best fun in Spider-Man’s long video game history. The control scheme is impressively elaborate and rewards players for learning new techniques within the world. Utilizing momentum instead of insane button presses, which can be combined into a devastating blow for the bad guys roaming New York City.

Progression is significant to Marvel’s Spider-Man with audiences, given options in developing new technology and upgrades that aid in all situations from combat to traversal - making for a stronger web-head. Skill points are now earned through story missions and side activities, allowing for more in-depth customisation (not a far cry away from the Batman Arkham games). These options allow for different playstyles to be explored, with stealth being a significant factor in specific story missions and allows for more variety in level design.

Story

Fans of Spider-Man will be happy from a story point of view as the game takes its approach to his iconic day to day life, turning away from the strict adaptation seen before in prior titles. Including new takes on villains including Rhino, Shocker and Scorpion all wanting a piece of the action. Insomniac Games put a lot of time into voice-acting - with the brilliant cast making sure to immerse players into the best Interactive Spider-Man story told yet. The 20-hour campaign in Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018) is filled with shocking reveals, but stays true to the characters rich history and offers a serious bang for the buck.

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Verdict

Insomniac Games nailed Marvel’s Spider-Man, perfecting web-slinging and brought the right amount of originality to a famous superhero - while being most importantly fun. Each element of the game is detailed and put audiences in full control of Marvel’s mascot, enticing fans into the world of Spider-Man. Story beats hit all the right notes, with so much effort going into the highly directed cutscenes. The weighty controls allow for a fantastic simulation of Spider life. Side content is plentiful and offers players extra doses of fun after completing the 20-hour campaign.

In the end, Marvel’s Spider-Man is the perfect celebration of the character and marks the beginning of serious titles with the character. Insomniac Games have created the most immersive superhero game in a decade, which lays the groundwork for more Spidey adventures. The game needs to be commended for attention to detail and just plain old fun. Swinging around New York City has never felt so good on a console and needs to be played on the biggest screen. ComiConverse is so pumped for the future games in a hopeful trilogy.

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Jordan is the Content Editor at ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @JordanESamuel

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