The fragile, bustling city of New York has had an arachnid-based protector for about eight years now. Spider-Man has taken the mantle as the city’s guardian and will stop at nothing to ensure that the citizens, and his loved ones, are safe from harm. However, our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man must take on his biggest challenge yet - his personal life.
Insomniac’s vision for Spider-Man takes an incredibly bold direction from any other Spider-Man release, as it hones in on the human nature of Peter Parker and the characters around him.
Peter has had a full eight years of being the webhead, and would appear that he just can’t grasp the concept of being a functioning member of society. Spider-Man removes itself from the traditional narrative of a Spider-Man game that established its name in the first place. Instead, developer Insomniac has chosen to tell a more personal story, emphasizing Peter’s difficult life choices, keeping his secret safe, and concentrating on the chemistry between Peter and his loved ones.
While the story doesn’t shy away from the action associated with the web-crawler, the narrative pays more attention to the various characters’ arcs throughout the game. Peter Parker is constantly thrown into situations in which he has to walk a moral tightrope, balancing choices between enriching his personal life, or protecting the city. This beautifully told narrative reflects on his relationship with others, as it is depicted in an accurate, yet wonderfully imagined, true-to-life manner, leaving you with tugged heartstrings through almost every encounter. Leaving a mission and swinging around the city often leaves you with food for thought, and sometimes, smiling at just how heart-warming some interactions can be. No matter how many action sequences I went through, I often found myself in awe of just how humanized the characters were, and how beautifully they came across in their personalities. There is not a single character throughout the game that I couldn't relate to, and every relationship felt just as important as the others. Insomniac did a wonderful job at developing the side characters throughout the game, leaving you caring for them just as much as you would for Peter Parker.
There is not a single character throughout the game that I couldn't relate to, and every relationship felt just as important as the others.
The combat really feels fluid, and even after 20 hours in, I never felt fatigued when fighting the great variety of enemies.
It really comes to life when played on a PS4 Pro, as the visuals on the higher resolution breathe life into the city and truly showcases the staggering attention to detail.
Will defend anything Dragon Ball. Occasionally has two-way conversations with himself. Has sleepless nights about Half-Life 3 confirmed.
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Sony Interactive Entertainment
7 September 2018
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