- System: PS4
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Developer: Insomniac Games
- Release Date: Sept 7, 2018
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Action, Adventure
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/marvels-spider-man-ps4/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Spider-Man for the PS4 re-enters the world of Peter Parker who has found himself—as always—struggling to make ends meet and deal with the balance in life. With love problems due to the red-headed Mary Jane Watson and a new gang rising after Wilson Fisk is taken down, Peter is finding life once more getting tangled up in his responsibilities. Right off the bat though the beauty of this set up is that Spider-Man doesn’t play with origin story repeats or the need to recertify Spidey as a hero. Players already are thrown into Peter/Spider-Man’s world without feeling like they need to regain his skills mastered over his lifetime as a vigilante and instead focus on gaining more skills and dealing with their lives in the now. One thing we’re noticing most reviewers commenting on is that the dual lives of both Peter and his masked alter ego are interesting to see unfold, which we also agree with. Right off the bat, Spider-Man is a great story that will keep you invested from the moment you deal with taking down Fisk to the conclusion of dealing with a rather interesting villain.
Gameplay wise is where Spider-Man truly shines stronger than any other title in the franchise. Spider-Man feels great to play from pinpoint accurate web swinging around the city—which once fully learned makes for some almost Zen-like relaxation—to the actual combat. Spider-Man plays it safe gameplay wise by mirroring the Batman: Arkham series in having a simple button fighting system but with a spidey twist. Combat allows for numerous skills to be learned and utilized as you level up and gain more suits—more on the suits briefly—which only create a stronger Spider-Man as you progress through the 10-15-hour story. If Spider-Man had a weakness gameplay wise, it would be that boss battles tend to be very formulaic resulting in the usual do this and then that several times affairs. It doesn’t make for lack luster boss encounters, but it does make you care more for gang hideout fights—which have you fighting dozens of enemies in waves—or random police pursuits more than the story set battles against familiar enemies like Shocker or Rhino.
We mentioned suits by the way, but we wanted to elaborate on this gameplay mechanic a bit more in detail. Suits in Spider-Man are a form of both fangasiming glory and upgrades to your spider hero. In game, players will unlock dozens of different missions that range from collecting backpacks to doing research for Harry Osborn—Peter’s longtime friend—and with the completion of these missions/sub stories, you’ll unlock tokens and various suits. Suits can gain powers that once unlocked can be utilized with any suit of your choice—only one per suit though so you won’t be rocking iron legs and electro fists together, sadly—and makes scouring the city for events more worth your time. Just be prepared to feel almost insanely overpowered once you begin to unlock some upgrades and begin to realize which ones will always make for a quick skirmish.
Finally, we’re going to wrap up this gameplay section with the visuals and sound for Spider-Man. Visually, Spider-Man is second to none, folks…Quite literally, this is the best-looking Spider-Man title to ever hit any console ever. The amount of detail in Manhattan—even though some elements are removed to keep more in tune with the Marvel world—is incredible. Many of the hundreds of buildings have windows that you can legit peer into and see furniture and detail in them or even see pedestrians just living their lives even if they are run on specific codes. As someone who frequents Manhattan, Spider-Man does an incredible job of keeping the feeling of the “city that never sleeps” and it shows in every faucet of design. Though you will tend to notice some strange glitches here and there, but it’s understandable as most open-world games have a plethora of strange bugs.
Sound wise, Spider-Man is a treat to hear in both the OST—that feels like an epic Avengers movie—and voice acting wise. Those who know anime dubs will recognize Peter Parker as Yuri Lowenthal and he is joined by other famous voice actors such as Travis Willingham, Tara Platt and Laura Bailey to name a few. These voice actors/actresses do a terrific job with their characters making each line of narration feel truly immersive. The OST also keeps things moving with epic scores that never get tiring to hear and make everything from casual roaming the city moments to epic fights awesome to hear from a nice speaker set up.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Spectacular visuals with a ton of detail
- Solid fighting mechanics
- Wonderful set of villains and heroes with great voice acting
- Easily the best Peter Parker ever seen
- Tons of collectibles to find and secrets to see
- Numerous suits to unlock
- Some minor glitches here and there
- Boss Battles can be a bit simple