Marvel‘s Spider-Man is out on PS4 today, folks, and if you haven’t already considered picking it up, the extremely positive reviews it’s getting might just convince you to do so.
My first impressions of the game from E3 and its most recent preview demo were that it’s kinda like GTA, only instead of hooning around in cars, you get to fang around via web, which absolutely rules. Having spent the last week with the full version of the game, I can confirm this is very much still the case.
Apart from mobility, the combat mechanics of Spider-Man feel incredibly satisfying, whether it’s dodging rockets at the last moment, blasting enemies against walls with web bombs, or uppercutting some jerk into the air before slamming them back to the ground. This combined with the compelling human element of Peter Parker and his pals, it really feels like the whole package when it comes to a superhero game, which I’m usually not a big fan of.
But look, my word only goes so far, given I’m not really into Spider-Man outside of this, so instead of me trying to sell it, I’ll leave that up to the reviews, the vast majority of which have been very good.
DualShockers – 100
Whether you’re just swinging around the city searching for the many landmarks and collectables, or fighting crime by flexing Spidey’s amazing super-powers and gadgets, Marvel’s Spider-Man is a really a pleasure to play at all times. I can say with absolute confidence that this is by far the best superhero game I ever played.
Press-Start Australia – 100
It’s hard to fault Marvel’s Spider-Man in a lot of areas as Insomniac has taken their game to the next level. As a developer, they have gone from strength to strength and Spider-Man is a culmination of their past hits.
If you’re a Marvel die-hard, there’s enough fanfare here to sink a ship as Spider-Man emerges as the new gold standard. Spider-Man is, without question, the best superhero game ever.
Forbes – 95
Spider-Man is a fantastic action game with great movement and combat and a compelling story that’s only dragged down from time to time with boring missions and QTE-based boss fights.
Game Informer – 95
Excitement is delivered consistently from the outside of play right up to the last story frame, which is a real shocker that contains a reveal that will make the wait for the sequel almost unbearable.
Stevivor – 95
While its story may let it down, we’re here for open-world super-heroics and that’s precisely what Spider-Man excels at.
SMH – 90
With a cinematic story filled with personal drama, subversive twists and likeable characters, but set in a fantastical universe much more akin to the one seen in print, this is the best of Spidey’s film and comic book iterations combined. But it’s also a sensational game, blending open world acrobatics with more focused linear areas, and a well-realised protagonist with the freedom of fun upgrades and customisation.
Critical Hit – 90
Marvel’s Spider-Man is charming and energetic, action-packed and surprisingly capable of tugging on your heart strings to deliver a one-two punch to the emotional gut. If you had to sum up Marvel’s Spider-Man in one word, nothing would be more apt than…amazing.
IGN – 87
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.
There you have it, friends. Spidey’s new web-slinging adventure is definitely worth a look, whether you’re a fan of the series or not. It’s another win for PlayStation and its ever-expanding list of exclusive titles which continue to hit the mark.
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