By Grae Miroballi ‘19
Spider-Man has always been my favorite superhero, but unfortunately he hasn’t gotten any above average video games worth mentioning since Spider-Man 2 on the Playstation 2. Fortunately, Sony’s latest exclusive, Marvel’s Spider-Man on the Playstation 4, has not only matched Spider-Man 2, but surpassed it as the best Spider-Man game to date.
The graphics run beautifully,with very realistic and detailed models for the buildings and main characters; however, random citizens you find on the street are a bit less detailed.
Another great thing about this game is the web swinging. New York City is a ton of fun to swing around in due to the lively environment and the smooth controls. Spider-Man moves even more fluidly than any Spider-Man game before it.
The combat in the game is very easy to learn, and the game constantly keeps things interesting by adding new enemies to fight and new abilities to unlock.
The boss fights in this game are also pretty creative. Two of them involve fighting two supervillains at once! My personal favorite was the Electro and Vulture boss battle. You could really feel the intensity, as the game puts you out of your comfort zone by making you fight not one, but two flying supervillains midair!
One really fun feature is the different Spider-Man suits you can unlock. When you unlock a suit, you get its special suit ability too; however, you can also equip the suit ability without wearing its corresponding suit. This feature is nice in the sense that you aren’t forced to switch to a suit in order to use its ability, but it also destroys the point of having a suit ability. I feel as if the suit abilities could have easily just been a power you can unlock without the suit.
The puzzles were another weak point of the game. I felt as if they were just there in the gameplay sections where you play as Peter Parker instead of Spider-Man. Luckily, you have the option to skip puzzles, so it didn’t damper my experience too much.
Another aspect of the game I didn’t like were the sections where you play as Mary Jane Watson and Miles Morales (before getting his superpowers). While these sections can be intense because they are mostly stealth missions, I much prefer not being forced to play as a character without superpowers when I could have easily played stealth missions as Spider-man.
The voice acting in Spider-Man is definitely a strong point. Yuri Lowenthal as Spider-Man and William Salyers as Otto Octavius give the best performances.
One of the best aspects of Spider-Man is the story. Spider-man’s character is very comic accurate and likable in this game, capturing the heart of his character.
By far my favorite part of the story is the main villain Otto Octavius, also known as Doctor Octopus. This game’s portrayal of “Doc Ock” is very sympathetic, having a very strong father-son relationship with Peter Parker. Otto’s likable personality and bond with Peter make it very heart wrenching to watch his downfall, and the buildup to it is very well executed, making it one of my personal favorite renditions of the character.
Overall, Spider-Man PS4 has a few unnecessary aspects; however, it does not damper the experience of the game. This game plays very fluidly, has great graphics, and has a well written story. I personally would give it an 8.5/10. Without a doubt, this is the best Spider-Man game to date and well worth the buy.