“Spider-Man” will make players feel like a kid again.
Over the past couple of days, I’ve been playing Marvel’s Spider-Man on my PS4, and oh, boy let me tell you something, this game is spectacular. Growing up in the 2000’s, I watched the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies almost religiously.
I mean if you asked me to quote the whole second movie, I could probably get pretty close to doing it. I also am one of the few people who actually enjoyed the Andrew Garfield movies, so I think it’s safe to say I am a pretty big Spidey fan.
Going into this game, I was a little hesitant because I didn’t want to be disappointed by anything and my expectations for this game were set pretty high.
This game not only reached those lofty expectations, they swung past them on a web and said, “Hey Kolby, this is going to be one of your favorite games forever okay?”
You might be saying to yourself, “Alright, cool, you like Spider-Man, but why would someone who isn’t as into the hero, as I am, like this game?”
Well, if you somehow don’t like Peter Parker you’ll be impressed by the game because they made this a very fun and easy to play experience for anyone, casual gamer to hardcore PC gamers.
Firstly, the movement around the city is phenomenal. They instituted the swinging mechanics found in the highly acclaimed Spider-Man 2 game from 2004.
Every one of Peter’s webs need to connect to something to be able work, just like they would in real life, and once you get going, there’s nothing that can stop you. You move so fast and fluid, that you might just find yourself swinging around the entire beautifully rendered version of New York City that makes up the game’s map.
Secondly, the combat is basically copy and pasted from the highly praised Batman Arkham video game series; so if you liked that combat system filled with combos and hyped finishing moves, you’ll be happy with this game.
Along with the punching and kicking style of fighting, there comes a smarter version, involving stealth, gadgets, and the environment. Using all of these tools is what sets you apart and helps you save New York from certain doom in this gripping and tense story of growing up and becoming an adult in a rapidly quickening world.
Speaking of the story, all the familiar faces make appearances, like Mary Jane Watson, Peter’s longtime (and now ex) girlfriend, and Aunt May, who is Peter’s primary caregiver. Some newer faces appear as well, but I don’t want to spoil that here, as it’s pretty cool what they do with the story.
This version of Peter is closest to the Tom Holland Spidey, if he maybe grew up a little. He struggles to make rent, keep a social life, and be a freaking superhero, so he was pretty relatable to most college kids.
Well, except for that last part.
Towards the end of the game, you can’t help but hope that everything will go well for Peter, which is always a good thing for a main character.
If you pull anything away from this review, let it be that this game is definitely worth buying and playing because not only are all of its components satisfying, it also should take some time to finish.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go swing to the Avengers Tower and fly off it again.
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