Sampling Marvel superhero Spider-Man’s strategy has never been more fun, Y Geek Squad’s Alvin Thomas writes.
Times must be tough for Marvel. The rigour with which they’re pushing movies and games at us seems to suggest they are. However, we’re not complaining. Instead, we’re in marvel over (pun intended) Marvel’s latest take on our self-proclaimed ‘friendly neighbourhood’ superhero, Spider-Man.
Released to the masses earlier this September, we gave the game a good two months of testing. And we can safely say that there was no other game out there that we wanted to progress through and complete as quickly; the narrative of the game is that great. It may even stand as the most captivating plotline we’ve ever seen in a Marvel game, to date.
Reprising his superhero stature in 2018, albeit, in a moniker that’s more in line with the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie from 2017 than the original cinema series, cartoons, or even the games; the developers seem to have focused on bringing us a Peter Parker that’s only slowly filling the shoes of a superhero than starting off as an established vigilante.
We may even be right in saying that, at its core, the game intends to put you at the helm of Spider-Man’s abilities. There’s a sense of reward as you slink through the towers of Manhattan seeking and fighting crime.
There’s a learning curve to deal with but the PS4 controls are easy to adapt to, and it should make for a smoother gaming experience as you go along. The mechanics of the game – the engine, the graphics, and the general pace – adds to the sublime 15-hour experience that the game provides.
Moving over to the storyline – you’re now tasked with confronting the troubles of both Spider-Man and Peter Parker. So, apart from the usual web-slinging action, you now must delve into the young superhero’s emotional side to make relationship decisions and face other plot-altering scenarios that’ll engross you into learning more about his backstories.
If that weren’t enough, you’ll also need to control Mary Jane Watson – his love interest, and Miles Morales – an alternate Spider-Man. All of this spins the game into an exciting and stirring adventure that sometimes only loses itself to an otherwise familiar set of villains that include Electro, Rhino, Vulture, Shocker, Taskmaster, Screwball, and Tombstone.
That said, this still sits in a lineup of successful games, only falling short to the best from DC (think, Batman: Arkham City) but otherwise trumping everything else that has made its way from the Marvel stables.
Jump onto the bandwagon before it’s too late. The game ends in a cliffhanger that mustn’t be missed – we promise you. This is, by all means, an instant classic.
Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4