Marvel’s Spider-Man Review

Ladies and gents it’s Shadowjin here and welcome back to another review here on Kumazoku! Today we’re swinging into the brand-new Spider-Man game and let me tell you, this game is ridiculously amazing! They did not let us down not one bit at all! As a big Marvel fan is super happy that this game exists right now. Everything from the story, to the combat mechanics, to the missions, to the swinging mechanics, to the…… We’re just going to talk about all of it! There’s just so much to love about this game that there was I barely anything things that I didn’t like. First thing I want to talk about is the story. Of course, without spoiling for those who haven’t gotten through this spectacular story that Insomniac Games put together.

This story unlike most is not directly tied to any specific events that have already happened during the comics or movies, which means it’s a whole new take on Spider-Man’s universe. Peter Parker is 23 in this story and has been Spider-Man for quite some time. So, it’s safe to say he’s a well-seasoned hero in this story. At first, it starts off with you dealing with Wilson Fisk Aka Kingpin who is having his henchmen try and stop you from reaching in his office. Which leads to a nice throwdown between Kingpin and Spidey. After Kingpin gets locked up, another group has randomly started stirring things up in the city of New York and Spider-Man gets word of these guys who call themselves Demons.

No one knows who they are or where they came from but, they’re ruthless and help bring a certain dark and grittiness to the story that makes it hard to put down. There’s a bunch of supporting characters and even a bunch of random surprise characters that show up here or there. Villains such as Electro, Scorpion, Rhino, Mr. Negative, and Vulture all show their ugly faces. There’s more that shows up but, I’ll let you the fans be shocked and awed by the ones that show up and how they’re reimagined in this story. Miles and Mary Jane also play huge parts in the story as well as helping Spidey keep the city safe. You also get to play a few missions here and there as Miles and Mary Jane too.

The game does have a few varieties of missions that you’ll have to play. Throughout the game, you’ll have plenty of missions that include you having to be stealthy with Spider-Man, Mary Jane and then wait… You guessed it and Miles too. Yeah, there’s even stealth side missions too for those who want to master the art of being sneaky. It’s not that I had a problem with it or anything but, damn there are some stressful stealth missions. Don’t worry though the game has you doing a ton of ass kicking as well. You’ll be dodging bullets while handspring kicking enemies off buildings, into walls, cars or just anywhere. No one actually dies when they fall off buildings though. They just get hilariously webbed to the side of the building. There are some missions that will also have you chasing down bad guys trying to dip out in cars. When it gets to the combat part, that’s when it gets really fun and crafty.

For those of you who are familiar with the Batman Arkham series, the combat is almost identical to each other. Of course with their own unique taste and style. Whereas Batman uses counters against enemies, Spider-Man uses his dodging skill which can be upgraded to the point where time slows down when you successfully do a perfect dodge. That gives you more than enough time to pick apart a group of foes. Spider-Man also has a ton of gadgets that help him get out of some sticky situations. Things like electric webbing, Spider Drones, and web bombs. All of these come into play in how you want to deal with the situation. There’s also upgrades that you can do on all of his gadgets and his moves. Another thing that comes in handy is picking the right suit powers for the right kind of mission. Each suit has its own unique powers but, what’s even more interesting and super cool is that you can mix and match suits with powers. If you’re really digging the power of the Iron Spider suit from Avengers Infinity War but, like the look of the 2099 Spider-Man suit, you can mix it together. This is probably one of the biggest things about this game and I couldn’t agree any more with it. One of the other big parts is the swinging controls.

The swinging controls for Spider-Man have never felt this good before. I mean you can dive and carry that momentum as you continue to swing throughout all of New York. Even when you hit a building you can continue to run up it and web zip from point to point. It feels so fluid and consistent. Especially when you’re in mid-air and press L2 to aim where you want to redirect him. The mobility just feels very free and smooth. That’s what’s needed when navigating Insomniac’s New York.

Now even though this is New York, this is Insomniac’s version of Marvel New York. And may I say they did a damn fine job. Everything is where it’s supposed to be. As well as tons of easter eggs and certain infamous places in the comic such as The Avengers tower, the Wakanda Embassy, Bar with no name(well-known bar for villains in the comic) and Doctor Strange’s Sanctum sanctorum and many other places. Believe it or not, the city feels lively at times. You can interact with civilians and sometimes high five them. See he is a friendly neighborhood Spider-man.

The only thing I kind of wasn’t too big of a fan of was playing as Mary Jane. At times it was thrilling but, the way they used her to further the story was to have her be a little fill into what happened 15 minutes earlier or earlier in the day. Other than that I had no problem with game at all. By the way the graphics have not been downgraded. The puddle looks nice in the trailer but, let’s be honest with ourselves…. Who the hell cares about the damn puddle? The game also has replay value to it for those who have finished the story but, have not 100% complete the game. There are tons of side missions, challenges, landmarks to take photos of and a bunch more. Like the game is packed to the brim with content. For those who have finished it completely, there’s a new game plus update patch in the works. This means you can start off with everything you ended the game with. There’s also 3 DLC coming out the have stories in themselves as well 2 costumes per DLC. Like I said before words cannot express how amazing this game is. I give Marvel’s Spider-Man a 5 out of 5 hands down! Thank you for tuning in and I hope you guys enjoyed the read. Do yourself a favor and pick up this game up.

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ShadowJin

My name is Ceeja but, I also go by ShadowJin. I compete in fighting games all over the country. When I'm not doing that I'm either at work, writing a juicy article to share with you or chilling with my girlfriend the family. Side note I'm a huge marvel fan, and I also collect Pop figures.
Favorite games: Devil May Cry Series, Killer Instinct, Street Fighter series, Mortal Kombat series, Tekken(1-7), Marvel vs Capcom series and a few more
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