In an age of countless remasters and remakes, it's incredibly difficult to strike lightning twice. Some developers like Bluepoint Games have proven to be masters of their craft in this particular field with truly phenomenal remakes like Shadow of the Colossus and Demon's Souls, though now that we're officially in the next generation of consoles, we'll see them a bit more frequently. Insomniac Games have been busy lately, not just with the standalone spin-off adventure in Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, but also the upcoming Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. After playing Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered, I have to wonder how these guys managed to pull so many high-profile projects off - because once again, it's a spectacular revisiting.
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Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered is, as the title suggests, a remaster of 2018's Marvel's Spider-Man. The story remains largely unchanged: Peter Parker is a more seasoned crime-fighter in his mid-20s, going through the motions of protecting Manhattan from an onslaught of devious supervillains while also trying to juggle his personal life with Aunt May, Mary Jane, and his pupil/mentor relationship with Dr. Otto Octavius. If you're familiar with the comics, then you know exactly where this is heading - not to mention the Sinister Six also making a big hoorah. However, the Remastered version now extends the story by including all DLCs available in The City That Never Sleeps, and it's integrated perfectly to give the story a bit more weight and drama.
To put it bluntly, I ended up loving the new face and it didn't hurt or hinder the original experience in any way.
Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered, when played in Fidelity, looks and feels truly next-gen.
...fast travel is almost instantaneous, and bouncing in and out of cinematics to gameplay is lightning fast.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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Sony Interactive Entertainment
12 November 2020
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