Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4) – Review
Pretty much all my life, for as long as I can remember I’ve loved superheroes, I’ve loved being able to read comics and delve into other worlds, taking myself away from whatever is going on around me.
Gaming for me is no exception, I love being able to get lost in a brilliant story and when it’s something that I am passionate about, it kind of makes it extra special for me. So when Spiderman was announced for PS4 and we got to see more and more bits of the game in the lead up to release, I knew that this was going to be a game that would take up a lot of my time.
The first time that you start playing the game, the opening sequence/scenes are basically a tutorial, showing you how to do the various things you can with Spiderman. This starts off with web swinging and goes into other areas such as combat, wall climbing and dodging/defence. It’s a fairly standard tutorial and what I really enjoyed about it is that while it is showing you how to control Spiderman, it made sure that their was enough for you to be able to learn from it and not just have one or two guys which you beat and move on. A lot of games will just show you and move you on, but I really liked how the opening sequence helped you get to grips with everything, while not being pedantic in making you think ‘oh, not a boring tutorial level’.
After you have done this, the game slowly grows on you, it adds a little more each time not to overwhelm you. However, when you get the free roam of the city, it looks absolutely stunning, the detail is second to non and the reflections that you can see in the windows are superb. Even the detail from peering into some of the windows, you can see so much, even at one point finding a room that has a Spiderman and other figurines in, which was cool.
The web swinging is simply fantastic, this was one of the worries for the game that it wouldn’t be as smooth as it maybe should be, but I can honestly say I absolutely love it, it’s so smooth to fly around the city and getting to each point is just a joy, even when you’re going through central park and there’s not many if any high buildings near to swing from, you can still find points from street lights to attach to, to get good movement from one end of the park to the other. There is a fast travel system that opens up but when the web swinging is this much fun, I don’t use it that often. The only times that I have used it have been to get the trophy for it… (Which is to ride the subway 5 times)…. Other than that, I’ve been swinging my way around the city completing things as I’ve gone along. Another thing I really liked with the game was that as soon as you start swinging around the city, the music kicks in and in true Marvel fashion the music is simply stunning and sounds like it has come straight from the MCU.
Speaking of things to do around the city, there is absolutely loads to find and do, and the more you play through the game, the more that opens up through side missions and other various things. You do all the Fisk bases, but as you play through the story other items start to open such as Demon bases, Sable bases, there is a side mission to collect pigeons (!) as well as research bases and a whole lot more. So you’re not going to be stuck for things to do within the city. Yes, the story is 20 hours long, however the rest of the items within the city will keep you occupied. One thing I will say about this, is that there are certain activities that can get a bit tedious after a while. Especially when going for the bases, whether it’s Fisk, Demon or any other base, they are pretty much the same in terms of you just have to go in and clear them out. When you’ve done one, you know what’s to come in the others, but then again, this is pretty standard in most open world games.
Other things to do within the game include little puzzles when Peter is trying to work something out in the lab or from one of the research stations, These I found to be very good, very simple, but very good. It was either finding a pattern, or connecting pipes from one end to the other. These would be mixed up with different things, such as double lines to maybe put together in the patterns, or voltage use in the pipes. I found these to be very child friendly, so anyone whose children would play the game, wouldn’t really have much difficulty in completing them.
In regards to the story, I’m not going to say anything more than what may have been said above, but I will say that I am happy that this wasn’t an origin story, I know how Peter became Spiderman, I know about his family, what happened to Uncle Ben etc, so being able to play fresh of all that was such a relief and it also gave the story that little bit extra.
One last thing that I want to say about the game is that I absolutely adored how the Marvel Universe was integrated into the game, from Alias Investigations to Sanctum Sanctorum, it was wonderful to see all these different landmarks and how it showed how the Marvel world was all one and the same.
Final thoughts – If you have a PS4 and love the Marvel world (or any superheroes really) then this for me is a must play. The game is simply excellent and I can’t really fault it, it’s so much fun to swing around the city and while things can get a little repetitive this shouldn’t put you off giving it a try.