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Spider-Man - PlayStation 4 Standard Edition
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- Starring the world's most iconic Super Hero, Spider-Man features the acrobatic abilities, improvisation and web-slinging that the wall-crawler is famous for, while also introducing elements never-before-seen in a Spider-Man game. From traversing with parkour and utilizing the environment, to new combat and blockbuster set pieces, it's Spider-Man unlike any you've played before
- Marvel and Insomniac Games have teamed up to create a brand-new and authentic Spider-Man story. This isn't the Spider-Man you've met before, or seen in a movie. 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 nine million New Yorkers rests upon his shoulders
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Starring one of the world’s most iconic Super Heroes, Spider-Man features the acrobatic abilities, improvisation and web-slinging that the wall-crawler is famous for, while also introducing elements never-before-seen in a Spider-Man game. From traversing with parkour and unique environmental interactions, to new combat and cinematic blockbuster set pieces, it’s Spider-Man unlike any you’ve played before. 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 before, or seen in a movie. 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.
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The game does carry a few negatives but they're not too problematic personally. First the crimes are very fun but they do get a little repetitive. Car-jackings; kidnapping; armed robberies; and the like are fun to stop but eventually they do get a little boring given that each type is generally structured the same. There are also only a few dialogue options that go with these events, so you will likely hear repeating dialogue if you stop several of these events quickly. The collectibles and towers are quite easy, as you just spam R3, locate, and complete. Another drawback is the length; maybe 15-20hrs of main campaign. It can be longer if you go for 100% but you can knock this out rather quickly. There is a New Game+ mode which I have yet to play but that should give you more hours of gameplay. Lastly, as of writing this, there are still a few minor bugs such as glitches when initiating wall-runs or swinging but it's not that noticeable.
The combat is extremely polished and fun; it's clearly based on the mob style fighting the Batman Arkham games popularized but Insomniac add their own tweaks. First there's the addition of significant air combat which is both enjoyable and a strategic way of forcing 1 v 1 combat situations. Gadgets, and takedowns are very similar to the Arkham series but all of the moves are appropriately adapted to Spider-Man. The story is engaging and gets you to care about both Spider-Man, and Peter Parker. The graphics as stated before are fantastic and I hear particularly amazing on the PS4 Pro. One surprising but very useful addition is actually to the audio/video settings, specifically the listening modes. The audio can be shifted to Midnight mode which is useful for playing late at night; it preserves audio details but takes out the sound peaks so you don't have a surprise explosion of noise.
I stand by the must-own statement however it's still worth waiting for a sale if you're not a huge superhero fan or if you're the only one who's going to be playing the game. If there are 2 or more people in your household who might enjoy this game, it's worth the MSRP of $80+tax.
Revealed a few years back as a PS4 exclusive title, Marvel's Spider-Man is finally available for purchase. The wait for this game seemed longer than the wait for Uncharted 4. I have been a Spidey fan since I was a little girl (back in the 90s/early 00s, when it was considered weird for little girls to like superheroes) and the character had a huge influence on my life and the directions I have taken. My short review of this would be.... this is a very good game. It's the best game we have had in many many many years. I have not played a Spiderman game from start to finish since Web of Shadows about ten years ago. If you're a Spiderman fan, you will have so much fun here and you should buy it. That said, that doesn't make it perfect or immune to flaws.
I'm not going to touch on the story much because I want to avoid spoilers. I'll just say that this is as much a Spiderman story, as it is a Peter Parker story. I really liked it. I was concerned it wouldn't be that great, but it was pretty darn good. You have your typical Spiderman stuff where he's out fighting bad guys, but you also have moments as Peter where he's just trying to make his own life work and there's the question of if a relationship with MJ could even work etc.
Gameplay is..... awesome. And I mean, it's really great. Swinging feels fantastic, and that is what most people are probably here for. It's not a one-to-one recreation of Spiderman 2's swinging, but it's close-ish and I think that's the best thing I can compare it to. You have to attach to buildings etc. but in this game, there is more of an emphasis on speed and going fast and being stylish and to keep moving. It definitely has the Insomniac DNA in the sense that it borrows the whole speedy traversal concept from Sunset Overdrive and it takes it a step further.
Which leads me into talking about combat. Batman Arkham's influence is undeniable, and I think that says a lot about what those games did for action games in general. I think it's fair to say that because of those games, we are able to finally get another great Spiderman game. But if you go into this game trying to play it like Batman Arkham, you will get your butt kicked. Spiderman cannot take nearly as many hits as Batman, and plays differently. Batman is more of a slow tank-like character who hits like a truck, whereas Spiderman is more springy and fast. Keep that in mind. In the early phases of the game, you stronger in the air. You can uppercut and launch bad guys into the air and that's where you want to do most of your beat downs to start. You will take so much damage getting rushed by guys if you stay on the ground. So combat is familiar, but it's different enough to feel like something new.
The fact that this is an open world game is pretty exciting. Just swinging around New York is a joy. But this game doesn't escape the open world tropes when it comes to just doing stuff. Anyone that has played an open world game in the last several years will know what I'm talking about. You're going to be climbing towers, unblurring the map, clearing out strongholds/bases, collecting little items to help you improve your equipment, doing the same half-a-dozen random missions over and over and over again. I'll be totally honest here, I don't like doing those things anymore. I don't know anyone who actually thinks doing those things is as fun as it was back in Far Cry 3. But I will say, in this game, I found myself wanting to collect every backpack because there are some cool little Easter Eggs and items Peter will narrate about for a minute.
For every backpack you find, every stronghold you beat, every random crime you stop, every picture you take of a landmark..... you get tokens. You use these tokens to upgrade your gear and craft new suits. And some of the suits are pretty cool. All of them have different perks, you can mix and match these perks with other suits once you've unlocked them. It's fairly neat. You can wear the regular suit and have a power from another suit attached to it, I thought that was a nice touch.
But there's another aspect of the gameplay we need to talk about. Every now and then you take control of characters other than Spiderman/Peter. Cool enough in concept, but I found that this is a little disorienting and it kind of takes you out of the experience you were just having. It's not that I don't like it, I just thought it was... odd.
Graphics wise, I'll be honest, it's not the BEST looking PS4 game ever made. but it still looks really good. It's not Uncharted 4, Uncharted Lost Legacy or God of War. I'd say it's on par with what we have seen this gen from your standard blockbuster game. I'm not a graphics snob and I really don't care much, but I feel like I have to talk about this because some people do care. I played it on a regular PS4 model, and it looked and ran just fine. No frame rate drops, no stalling, no freezing, no problems. I don't think screenshots and footage you see online does it justice, and it looks better in person.
New York looks great. It's not a one-to-one recreation, but I was surprised by just how faithful it was. Anyone that has been to New York will know what I mean. There are tons and tons of little Easter Eggs and nods you can find throughout the city, and they'll make you smile.
Overall, I'm going to give it five stars despite taking issue with the old open world laundry list, because I found myself actually doing a lot of those things for once and wanting to find backpacks and whatnot. But if you're tired of doing all that typical open world stuff, I'd say four or four and a half stars. Certainly worth a buy if you're even a casual Spiderman fan, no doubt.
It'll be interesting to see if this game will lead to a high quality Marvel game renaissance in the future, since the company has expressed interest in partnering with the best studios to bring their properties to life. All in all. I'm happy with my purchase.