Marvel Spider-Man Review PlayStation 4 Exclusive Title
Spider-Man is a single player PlayStation 4 exclusive title. It is an action adventure game that is filled with RPG open world side quests. If you have played any of the four Batman Arkham games (Asylum, City, Origins, Knight) or the Middle Earth Mordor series then Spider-Man could be a game you want to try because it is in the same style. Peter Parker is an adult. Gone are the teenage high school issues of trying to make curfew or getting a term paper done on time. He is a college graduate he lives on his own and at this point in time he has been Spider-Man for eight years now. He works for Dr. Otto Octavius attempting to create artificial limbs but his problems with Fisk and the other Villains are still a constant issues. But a new group called The Demons has starting taking over the city.
Spider-Man has so many great things going for it. We are so grateful that we finally get an adult Spider-Man with real adult problems. Now there is nothing to stop him from being Spider-Man but that also means there is nothing stopping him from being Peter Parker either. Mary Jane knows Peter is Spider-Man now and that has created problems in their relationship. MJ knows and trusts him but also is now aware how hard it is to be with him. Peter is aware how hard it is for her to see him beaten over and over again and that he can’t make their relationship a priority a lot. We all know where Spider-Man started, what his origins are but know we finally get to see where he goes and who he decides to be.
The game is filled with side quest that have an advantage over most games. Here you are finding more about the backgrounds of other characters that are part of the Spider-Man universe. What are these environmental stations all around the city that Harry Osborne has created? If Wilson Fisk is no longer in charge why is there so much activity going on is his construction sites? And our favorite what is the Black Cat up to and why is she leaving clues all over the city for Spider-Man to find? These already developed characters had us wanting to find out more. Even the optional side missions from unknown people were interesting to. The side quest stuff has a great variety to them, it never felt pointless.
Spider-Man also keeps you interest by breaking up parts of the gameplay that might feel repetitive. As you are exploring New York police scanners are telling you about crimes going on that are close to you. J Jonah Jameson is no longer with the Daily Bugle and now has his own call in podcast and he always has something to say. So if you try to stop a crime and fail you will hear a caller complain on the podcast that Spider-Man did nothing. Sometimes only a few minutes after it happens. This also works if you save the day. But the games storyline makes how you explore the city change. There are also times where you have to play as Mary Jane and Miles Morales. They are almost all stealth mission but you get to find out how MJ go that story or how Miles got into and out of a situation.
Spider-Man took us 20 hours to get through the main storyline and about 50 hours or so to get a 100% game completion rate. The combat is really smooth but Batman Arkham Knight and the Middle Earth Mordor series combat is better. The only things we did not like is there are times where we wish we could just make Spider-Man stop moving for second while trying to pick up items things. This constant movement made a small camera issue a lot worse. And the last 25% of the games story felt a bit rushed. It was something that was really good but it should have been a story on its own that was flushed out more.
Spider-Man is an easy buy at a new game price. It is fun it has a high replay value even before the New Game+ mode and we wanted more when we were done. At $30 it is a MUST BUY PRICE!