It’s been awhile since I’ve put up one of these review compilation (as always, thanks to OpenCritic) and we had a weekend release of a hyped PS4 exclusive. So it was obvious what needed to be done.
Marvel’s Spiderman follows the popular Spiderman: The Movie for PS2. While there have been other Spiderman games, the PS2 game is notable for its “open world” web slinging action, which was quite novel for the time. This newest iteration has promised to modernize some of those original concepts.
With Sony’s ownership of the Spiderman brand, the game is only out on PS4. Given that fact, I highly doubt we will ever see it make its way onto other consoles.
In any event, lets see how critics are feeling about about the newest superhero game:
It will, without a doubt, stand for some time as the definitive Spider-Man video game.
Spider-Man combines elements from plenty of other games to deliver a game with expansive combat, exciting traversal, and a solid, authentic story.
An immensely enjoyable and fun to play superhero adventure.
As a playground for one of the most idiosyncratic superheroes of all time, Marvel’s Spider-Man is sheer bliss. It’s a sandbox platformer first and foremost, and a damn good one. Throughout playing the game I was constantly hounded by the question of whether this—sublime superhero traversal in a gorgeous, idealized version of New York—were enough. After countless hours later spent cleaning up every last icon on the map, I’m convinced they are.
Spider-Man isn’t just a great superhero game, it’s a proof of concept for Insomniac as a company. This project shows that they can basically handle pretty much any universe, because if you can accurately recreate Peter Parker’s nimbleness and gentle heart you can do anything: and with multiple teasers at the end, I think they’ll get that chance.
A spectacular cinematic presentation and sensational core mechanics help Insomniac’s take on a Spider-Man game shine, in spite of some unimaginative open-world activities.
The story shines as brightly as the gameplay – both deliver heart-pounding excitement
A rare harmony of developer and licence makes Insomniac’s open-worlder a total treat.
I wanted Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4 to make me feel like Spider-Man: To sail between the highrises of New York City, to nimbly web up hordes of enemies, and tussle with familiar, animal-themed villains. Insomniac Games’ first foray into the world of Marvel handily delivers on all of that. But what I didn’t expect from Spider-Man was to come away feeling just as fulfilled to have inhabited the life of Peter Parker. Aside from a few odd pacing issues, which momentarily took me out of the experience of being a superhero, and a world of optional missions that don’t always quite live up to the heft of the main story, Insomniac has delivered a Spider-Man story that both surprised and delighted me, coupled with gameplay that made me feel like Spider-Man nearly every step of the way. The Wall Crawler’s open world doesn’t consistently deliver the thrilling moments of its main campaign, but the foundation laid here is undoubtedly a spectacular one.
Filled with heart-pounding, high-flying action, Spider-Man is a polished, fun and sometimes frustrating PS4 exclusive