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Marvel's Spider-Man review
Exceptional
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 reviews50

Loved this game! The swinging and play was so great that the fast travel system was almost not needed as it was too much fun traversing New York! The bosses were perfect yet surprised to see so many. It is a joy to come back to!
«Can’t stop playing»
«Beaten more than once»
"This game makes you feel like Spider-Man" 

But really, this game is awesome. The combat is fast and fluid, the story and characters are well realized, and this game just emphasis FUN. Some of the side content could be a little tedious to complete but other than that it's a must play for any lovers of great single player games. 9/10. 
«Can’t stop playing»
Its great, Marvel showed that they too can make a good superhero game up there with DC's Arkham franchise, now whilst they have taken strong influence by them, I'm glad they did as it works well with the web slinging and the way Spider-Man fights is shown brilliantly here.
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»
The swinging tho, so weighty...

Insomniac has never made a bad game
The music loops so much with the same leitmotif that it'll remind you of Mercenaries, MJ is a total female dog but you're supposed to like her and her terrible mission parts, ALL the good guys seem like they either judgmentally quip or cry like the game is set in Portland, the vast majority of the game feels like you're repeating the same mission which doesn't help when the writing is boring and I learned very quickly to associate Yuri Lowenthal's voice with a sharp pain in my temporal lobe... but it's still fun in short bursts, looks nice and has an easy platinum trophy so, yeah, it's cheap now, why not? If you liked Prototype and think Spider-Man is neat, you'll probably love it. If bad voice acting makes you want to kill yourself and then kill yourself again in the afterlife, mute the TV whenever Screwball shows up. Imagine a mom Karen trying to be funny by dropping air mics and saying "boom" but much, much, much louder.
Platform: PlayStation 4

Playtime: 45h 37m (includes DLCs, 100% complete)

Completion Date: Jul 2, 2020 (mastered on Oct 26, 2020)

Popular Review: "Spider-Man is a splendidly tuned action game with a stunning story, great action and gameplay mechanisms that won’t bore you for a moment. You should not miss out on this trip among comic heroes. It's a bomb!" - LEVEL (Czech Republic)

My Review: Insomniac's first take on a well-known Marvel character was truly magnificent. From the details to the gameplay and even its original storyline. Despite some minor bugs here and there, repetitive side missions, I sincerely commend Insomniac Games for there take of Spider-Man. The story was excellent although there were slight pacing issues which may be personal preference, but the gameplay. Woah! I love the way Peter Parker was implemented into the story and even Spidey's gadgets! Overall, an amazing game and is a must buy for the Spider-Man fans.
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
The game is well paced and has some epic moments, but I didn't enjoy it for a significant chunk of my playthrough because of how slowly the story progressed. Still, everything gameplay vise is made really good and the overall experience is pretty nice.
Probably the best superhero game I've played. Webswinging is on point and the story is actually engaging
«Sit back and relax»
Of course it’s dope. I’ll be playing until I get MM.
An excellent PlayStation exclusive.  Spider-Man takes the Arkham formula, and makes just enough tweaks to really be its own game.  What really makes the game shine is it’s commitment to the characters of both Peter Parker AND Spider-Man, and the fluidity of movement during web-slinging and action.  It just...feels...right.  
«Blew my mind»
Great voice acting, bosses and mechanics are amazing, and it has a compelling story with and an emotional ending.