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Marvel's Spider-Man review
by bgsmith3

So far as Spider-Man games go, Spider-Man 2 (based on Sam Raimi’s film of the same name) is generally hailed as being one of if not THE best Spider-man game, and arguably superhero video game. The game did a lot of things right and at the end of the day, while it is an adaptation or tie in to the film, it still stands on its own feet as a solid narrative and fun gameplay experience. Insomniac has presented a challenger to the title of “Best Spider-Man game ever” with this game. The game isn’t an origin story, instead the game takes a lot of inspiration from the Batman Arkham series and really drops the player into a familiar universe that is already fleshed out and can be further understood by prior comic lore, but much like the Arkham games this game does withhold major villains and story beats and presents them in the game in a fresh and new way that we haven’t necessarily seen before. The story starts of f with a Peter Parker and Spider-Man that is a little older, he’s graduated high school and college and is trying to balance his life amidst a changing world. The story begins when Spider-Man successfully takes down Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of crime. But Fisk leaves behind a power vaccum that other criminals, both normal and super powered seek to fill. The story continues to escalate as things get personal and frantic for Peter and later New York. This is a fantastic game narratively and how the gameplay and rising stakes and conditions are reflected across the city both physically and visually as well as in the writing and story. There are fantastic performances from all of the actors and the writers create new spins and twists on so many of these characters and even faced some struggles with Marvel on some story decisions. But at the end of the day, I admire that these developers were given a voice and Marvel ultimately respected that voice and allowed them to make the game they wanted to make. I feel that in art and entertainment, the big studios and executives tend to stifle creativity just for the sake of spectacle and appeasing fans. The game takes a lot of inspiration from the Batman Arkham games and this is reflected in how they approach their story, but also in the gameplay. The gameplay is so smooth and beautiful to command and behold. Visually the game is wonderful with amazing graphics and wonderful designs, I would say that Spider-Man hasn’t looked better in a video game. It is a free roam game so there are plenty of familiar free roam mechanics like side missions and collectibles. But with the places that this story goes to and with the scale and scope of this story and game, I worry about how and where Insomniac can keep taking this series to maintain an air of freshness and to ensure that they don’t repeat what they have already done. The combat , acrobatics and web swinging is probably the best in ANY Spider-Man game. There are a variety of villains and supervillains who keep you on your toes as you go toe to toe with bosses and various grunts. The world feels so dynamic and active, much like the Batman Arkham games, and is even impacted by the story, much like the Batman Arkham games. I will say that the AI is kind of lacking. When you have enemies that shoot RPGS and they shoot them at point blank range at you……that becomes annoying and ridiculous after the first time. Hopefully, AI will improve going forward but I hope that it definitely improves in this game. Overall, Spider-Man hopefully is a wake-up call to Disney-Marvel. They have always had excellent material to make video games with and have made amazing video games in the past (X-Men Legends, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Spider-Man Edge of Time, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man 2). Stop marrying your comics and your video games/movies. Focus on good narratives and developers and create quality content that stands on its own. Because I guarantee that this game will be looked at by so many people as inspiration for future comic book video games and future Spider-Man stories. Hands down the best super hero video game since Batman Arkham City.

Rating: 4.5/5
«Can’t stop playing»
«Beaten more than once»

Other reviews33

«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
Amazing game. 
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
Alright people let’s do this one last time. My name is ReidxLoveLive and for an entire week I was the one and only Spider-Man... on PS4. I saved the city, fell in love with the game, saved the city again, and again, and even 100% completed the game! After everything, no matter how many times I died, no matter how many MJ sections I had to play through, I loved Spider-Man for the PS4. Who wouldn’t?
Pretty dang good swingin around
«Sit back and relax»
This is the Spider-Man game I've wanted for a long time. Combat is the best aspect and web-swinging is a lot of fun. The story is pretty good, though there are moments that I thought were overly cheesy. For example (spoiler), the Ying Yang puzzle when you're finding Mr. Negative's secret room is a bit on the nose and I laughed hysterically when you find the same family picture that was on his desk but with the negative filter.
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
«Beaten more than once»
Okay there are so many good things about this game and one minor negative. First the good.

The map traversal is easily the best that’s ever been done. Just swinging around the map is fun for so long. I never do collectables in games. I do challenges but not collectables because I don’t think they are fun just finding hidden areas by aimlessly walking around. But in Spider-Man because the web slinging is so damn good I found every one just so that I could swing around for a bit longer. I completed every challenge in this game except the normal street crime because it takes too long to come up. The combat and unexpected stealth aspect is so good as well. The suits are cool in concept and there are some good ones but one minor complaint is that more than half are pretty dumb. Which leads to the other side of the complaint which is that the story isn’t great and there are not enough epic boss fights. Instead it has some non spider parts that aren’t horrible but they are worse than every other part of the game. So it’s always a low point. It needed one more Boss fight at least and probably 2. The only reason that Batman Arkham Knight is better than this Spider-Man is because the story and atmosphere is much better than Spider-Man.  Everything else is pretty close. Spider-Man is absolutely a top tier game.

Final Score: A

Serious now.

It's a really good game. One of the few I 100%ed. 

The combat, really damn good.
Some said that they ripped of the Arkham series.
They did xD. But if something works, use it. Spider-man and Batman have a really similar fighting style so this didn't came out as a surprise.
The impacts are heavy, and you fell the force of every hit.

Trully, the 2 big critics I have in relation to the combat is how braindead the boss fights were. Is the same logic for all of them. Get out of the way 3 times, hit them 3 times, animation repeat... 3 times.... And the stealth. Is too simple, like... Way to simple. 

The graphics surprised me.
It's incredible how well and quick the game rendered the city as you are zipping though it.

The BIG THING, the swinging.
Its fells amazing. It was a really dumb decision to make fast travel with movement mechanics this good. I never used the metro during my 2 complete playthoughs. 
The animation really helps the felling of speed and grace with Peter moves with.

Relative to story, it's a pretty standed super hero story. But the characters really sell it. From Mary Jane to Doc Oc. Really well rounded people. BTW they are pretty damn funny.

Overall, it make's you fell like spider-man.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
«Blew my mind»
«Sit back and relax»
Making a Spider-Man video game comes with a hefty load of expectations. I want to move like Spider-Man, I want to fight like Spider-Man. I also want action, heart and quips a plenty. But even that’s not enough, I want multiple iconic suits and fun Marvel Easter eggs. It’s a very tall order that Insomniac manages to fill with gorgeous ease. This game is everything I have ever wanted in a Spider-Man video game.
«Blew my mind»
Finished on December 25, 2019 (PS4)

+Characters. (Specially the villains selected and their role in this game).
+Combat flow and mechanism.
+DLC Content.
+Immersive experience.
+Freedom of going anywhere within the New York City map.
+Music. (Same as the Marvel Cinematic Universe).
+Side quests related to the main story (in their majority at least).
+Upgrades, leveling and skill tree repertoire. 

-MJ and Miles Morales chapters.
-Repetitive extra missions.
-Some de-sync conversations.