Video Game Review: ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’

Insomniac’s new game swings into acclaim


Marcus Realing

Spider-Man traversing the concrete jungle of New York City

by Marcus Realing, Staff Writer

After seven years of nothing but two mediocre movie tie-in games, Spider-Man fans have been waiting for a definitive Spider-Man experience. In June of 2016, Sony announced that a new Playstation exclusive Spider-Man game was being developed by Insomniac Games. Since then, Spidey fans have eagerly awaited the game’s release on September 7. Now that it’s here, the game mostly delivers the experience fans have longed for, landing the game a score of 4.5/5.

The game follows the 23-year-old Lab Assistant Peter Parker, who leads a double life as Spider-Man. After taking down Wilson Fisk (The Kingpin), various gangs start attempting to take control of the city. Throughout the game, the player has to deal with these gangs, along with the many superpowered villains leading them.

The story is well written and paced nicely, and demonstrates a very intimate understanding of Spider-Man’s character. Insomniac also offers faithful yet unique interpretations of Peter’s allies and foes. There are many twists and turns throughout the story, and it has quite a few surprises in store for the player.

The gameplay is definitely the most prominent highlight of the game, with extremely satisfying traversal and combat. The traversal is properly weighted and makes good use of the controller’s vibration capabilities, making Spider-Man feel like an actual human being who’s flying through the air. The combat is extremely diverse, offering many different ways to take out your opponents, and it especially shines in boss fights.

There’s quite a bit of side content for the player to do, ranging from collecting backpacks that contain items from Peter’s past to taking down gang bases. While these activities are fun, they can get a bit repetitive as the player progresses through the game. However, the enticing gameplay helps to alleviate that sense of repetition.

‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ is a great game. Players will be hooked on the exceptional story from start to finish, and will keep coming back to the game due to the amazing gameplay. Simply swinging around the city is one of the most fun gaming experiences offered today. The game is available at various retailers for $60.