Marvel’s Spider-Man is the best Spider-Man ever made, but that doesn’t mean this game is perfect. I definitely enjoyed my time with Marvel’s Spider-Man, and I would recommend it to any Spider-Man fan who is looking for a solid, good game, but this game as a whole did have a lot of major issues that brought down the game for me. Spider-Man definitely falls short compared to other PlayStation exclusives this year like God of War or Shadow of the Colossus, but still a game that should be in any PS4 owners library.
A Gorgeous Game
Spider-Man is a gorgeous game, and it’s definitely one of the best looking games on the PlayStation 4. Insomniac nailed New York, the city is full of life and is filled with a lot of non-playable characters. Everywhere I went in the game there would be characters everywhere saying Spider-Man’s name. It was great; it’s what I wanted from a Spider-Man game. The cutscenes were beautiful and they also completely nailed the art style too which is impressive. I’m not surprised considering Ratchet and Clank is still one of the best looking games to date but still, Insomniac deserve praise for the visuals and technical work. It’s an achievement.
The music wasn’t amazing, far from it. If you’re used to watching Super Hero movies like I am then the tracks in this game aren’t special. Now if you’re a big fan of the cinematic, super-hero music, then you’ll definitely like the soundtrack in this game. Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan, but I can still appreciate the soundtrack for what it is. The soundtrack in this game was definitely good and solid enough, and nothing turned me away or made me mute the TV. Spider-Man has a good soundtrack but not one that will be remembered in years to come.
The actual gameplay was probably the best thing about Marvel’s Spider-Man. It’s excellent, but only when you are playing as Spider-Man. I’ll talk about Miles and Mary Jane later on in this review, but these two characters definitely made me enjoy this game a lot less.
First, let’s talk about the Web Swinging. It’s ridiculously good. Moreover, I think those two words best summarise how I felt about the web swinging in this game. Spider-Man 2 is a fan favourite for many, but I don’t think there has ever been a Spider-Man game with excellent web swinging and that includes Spider-Man 2. Web Swinging was really the make or break for most people, and thankfully, Insomniac smashed it. The web swinging was flawless, the reason why I say this is because I found myself swinging around New York for countless hours, purposely avoiding missions, looking for backpacks or doing lame side-missions. I just felt free exploring New York, I felt like I could do anything and that alone is a huge plus for a Spider-Man game.
I spent much time going to different locations and taking different pictures with the brilliant photo mode (this is secretly the best thing about this game). But, really, the photo mode is crazy, and you can spend countless hours in that mode. Every game should have a photo.
The actual combat system was great. I don’t want to say this but at times, when I was playing this game I just thought of Devil May Cry because of how wacky the combat was in this game, and believe it or not, the combat system has a bit of depth to it, so it isn’t just some kind of mindless button masher. In Spider-Man you can upgrade your combat and unlock new skills and make new gadgets. The gadgets in this game reminded me of Ratchet and Clank, and it was nice to see Insomniac use their Ratchet magic in this game. The combat overall was good fun.
With all that being said, I did find the combat system to be a little repetitive at times; the game also wasn’t very challenging so that could be why. Overall, you’ll have fun with this game.
Needs More Content
Even though I enjoyed my time swinging around New York, finding backpacks and looking for different costumes, I felt like this game needed more content. The main story was quite short, and I was disappointed by it’s length, and you can only swing around New York for so long before calling it quits. The side missions were awful (I’ll talk more about this later), and extra little things like looking for backpacks or Research missions or getting Crime Tokens got repetitive and boring after a while.
The biggest problem I had with this game was with the missions. Both the side and story-based missions. Almost all of the side missions were terrible and going forward I hope Insomniac improves on that in the next game. Then there is the story missions, and surprisingly, I was disappointed with a lot of them. A lot of the missions were quite dull, especially during the first half of the game. Some of them felt like poorly made side quests or were just a pain, not in a problematic way but just a slog to get through like the lab missions or some of the stealth missions. The mission design and structure was outdated and really have to be improved in the next game.
Mary Jane’s and Miles missions were atrocious and I’d rather if neither of them was playable. These characters weren’t handled too well, their missions were awful, and all felt like filler.
The boss fights were incredible though, then again I’m not surprised since Insomniac have always been good with boss fights
A Solid Game With Some Issues
Overall, Marvel’s Spider-Man is a great game. Personally it’s not a game of the year contender for me. I felt the game had too many issues for me to consider it a game of the year contender but I definitely did enjoy my time with it and I’m looking forward to the potential sequel and hopefully when this sequel comes out, it irons out some of the problems I had with this game.