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Editor’s Choice: Why Marvel’s Spider-Man is one of 2018’s best games

Insomniac Games’ web-slinging masterpiece is one of 2018’s fines - and perhaps the best super hero game ever

Joyful movement can raise a game’s quality to lofty heights. That’s why it’s so impressive for Marvel’s Spider-Man to swing in and make the core act of traversal a constant wonder. The game is one of 2018’s biggest hits because it layers satisfying combat and a sincere story onto the foundation built by Insomniac’s jubilant web-swinging.

Swinging from webs in Marvel’s Spider-Man is intuitive and freeing. Simply holding the R2-button turns every movement into a ballet of blue and red. If you can imagine a complex, death-defying route between skyscrapers or across rooftops, you can execute it with finesse.

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This experience would be entertaining even if Spider-Man were swinging through an empty city, but Marvel’s New York is brimming with colourful characters, engaging activities, and enough hidden collectibles to make Comic-Con’s merch section envious. The city that never sleeps, indeed.

The story the writing team has spun is compelling and authentic. The game stars a full-grown Peter Parker, whose daily battles range from the Super (Kingpin, Rhino, Electro and the rest of the Sinister Gallery) to the human (having a job, paying rent, and maintaining healthy relationships). Parker’s human flaws – including his complicated relationship with Mary Jane – make him a relatable and likeable hero. The overall narrative’s twists and turns are enough to keep even the most casual Spider-Man fans coming back for more.

Dealing justice as the heroic web slinger is a triumph in combat design. Players battle crowds of thugs, juggling deadly targets like musclebound bruisers and punks armed with rocket launchers. It’s a gleeful experience zipping between enemies, webbing them to walls, and flinging objects like manhole lids and mailboxes.

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A suite of gadgets and skill upgrades evolve the crime-fighting experience, offering advantages like sticky Web Bombs and the ability to disarm crooks from afar. Stealth sequences are also liberating, with Spidey’s mobility enabling him to dart through the shadows and satisfyingly web enemies to nearby surfaces.

Marvel’s New York is the ideal playground for fighting crime and free-wheeling exploration. The amount of collectibles, side missions, and emergent vigilante opportunities is plentiful without being overwhelming.

You truly feel like a Super Hero when you’re swinging along the tops of skyscrapers, receive a police radio call, then swoop down to stop a gang of goons from stealing a car or committing a robbery.

Challenge missions like hunting down Black Cat’s calling cards and tackling Taskmaster’s trials also flesh out Spidey’s original universe. Even smaller collection-based objectives, like finding Peter Parker’s many stashed backpacks, provide novel nods to the prolific character’s legacy. Who doesn’t want to discover a fan-made Spider-Man plushie?

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The many strengths of Marvel’s Spider-Man coalesce into one of the best Super Hero games ever. Even better, the adventure continues with worthwhile DLC story chapters that feature the likes of Black Cat, Hammerhead, and more. Whether you’re a devout comic book reader, lover of Marvel’s cinematic blockbusters, or just a fan of amazing video games, don’t miss one of 2018’s masterpieces.

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Carnivius_Prime 26 December, 2018 @ 08:42
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Easily my fave superhero game ever, heck it even gave me my fave version of the Spider-Man character ever too. My 2nd fave game of the year after God of War. :)

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extremely short like 8 hours tops

STFU_i_dont_cair 29 December, 2018 @ 22:06
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you think thats short look at the [DELETED] starwars battlefront 2 story

I’m not a fan of superheroes in general. Movies, games, books, comics… I don’t care. I tried playing a few Spider-Man games in the past but I wasn’t a fan. This gem changed my mind about Spider-Man in general. It was so much fun. The gameplay was great alongside with a great map. The Black Cat DLC and the Sable one was cool. Turf Wars was boring af and to be honest Hammerhead is a boring character, frankenstein lookin’ass.

Not just a headline for this one. I’m not into that superheroes stuff in general either (except for the ever cool Batman ofcourse) and not a fan of Spiderman but, as I expected from seeing the first gameplay, it makes for some really fresh and unique travel and combat.

I was never a fan of Spider-Man, but this game made him my favorite superhero. The web slinging mechanics and witty dialogue make me want to platinum this game! It doesn’t get enough credit. Here we have a game that can be a start to a series that will rival or even surpass the Batman: Arkham games.

Lovely game after all

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to be honest i really felt down after completing the main story coz i wanted more. I think insomniac made the game even better by adding dlc but the turf wars dlc was [DELETED]. Posting on twitter that they will be making a 2nd game made me thinking they should add all of nyc not just manhattan.

don’t think i hate this game coz i think it should be THE best game in 2018 (Apart from god of war) i enjoyed it so much i cant get enough of it %101 addicting

the web slinging physics are really good and you feel like you are really getting around faster than you think you would

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