How Insomniac Games Perfected Spider-Man
Written by Jarrett Crepeau
It’s been about two weeks since Insomniac Games and Sony released Spider-Man exclusively for the Playstation 4, leading to raving reviews and record-breaking sales records for the web slinger. Over the past 20 years, Spider-Man games have been relatively hit or miss, making their way to almost every console after debuting on the Atari 2600. But in 2018, Peter Parker is an older, more refined hero ready to share a new story with fans.
The story really is what I think makes this game shine. Without getting into spoiler territory, the game exists in its own canon and doesn’t follow a movie or a comic book. It brings a refreshing and original take to Peter Parker by starting us with an older Peter who has been a hero for eight years. While the game features nods to the Marvel universe like the Avengers Tower and Wakandan Embassy, it’s still a new look at some of our favorite characters like Mary Jane and Miles Morales. Insomniac wanted fans to know that this was their Spider-Man, which is why they created the white spider suit pictured above. Overall, this game oozes charm, and it's easy to see all the love that was put into it.
But we can’t talk Spider-Man without talking about the villains, and they have redesigns too, my favorite being Electro’s new costume. It's sleek and modern yet still has aspects of his original design. All of these characters look and sound amazing with great voice actors. Yuri Lowenthal almost eclipses Tom Holland for me as Peter Parker. This version of Peter Parker cares about everyone and tries to do the right thing. There’s one side mission where Spider-Man has to track down pigeons all over New York for a homeless man. Because Peter cares and is so enthusiastic, the player also cares and turns what would be a bland fetch quest into something that’s exciting. The game rewards you for being the friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man and fans wouldn’t want it any other way.
Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man is easily the best superhero game I have played in a long time, and I was left wanting more. With three expansions coming this year, as well as major hints at a sequel, I’m excited to see where the story goes next and what characters we will get to see. The first will explore Peter’s relationship with Black Cat before the events of the main story, and hopefully the next two will show us more characters (I’m personally hoping Tony Stark will make an appearance). If you have a PS4, pick up this game; it's the perfect Spider-Man experience and a good way to get your Marvel fix while waiting for the next couple movies.