Swinging in with the review of Sony’s entry into the Spider-Man universe on PS4.
I haven’t played a proper Spider-Man game since Spiderman 2 on Playstation becuase, well that is the last relevant one worth playing.
But, after neglecting it for so long, I checked out the PS4 entry. A long line of single player entries have come before it on Playstion (God of War, Last of Us, Uncharted just to name a few). So I was eager to see what this game had in store.
I just want to start with how glorious this game is to look at. In general quality flows throughout this game. Almost every aspect is at a high quality of production and is seamless.
Most of my time was spent swinging around, taking in Manhattan Island. The only time i’ve spent as much time exploring in a video game was Assassins Creed Odyssey.
“…every aspect is at a high quality”
The voice acting for characters is stellar, the collectables are interesting and the combat is super fun in a arcade style kinda way.
After I visited all of Manhattan, on the closest thing i’ll have to a holiday during this Pandemic, I thought, best start playing this game. Probably the greatest compliment I can give the creative team.
I will admit, I was expecting an all out Spider-Man adventure. I had just taken down Fisk to leave a criminal size hole in New York.
And, well, the brakes were truly put on. I started to collect your typical ‘open world’ collectables, earn experience and skill points (everything you expect from an open world rpg). I was saddened that each collectable told me abit about what Spidey had already done before I got there. I had already taken down Rhino, Electro, Scorpion etc.
The story centers around a New York being taken over by a ‘Demon’ gang hell bent on letting loose a bio weapon made at Oscorp. In the meantime Peter is juggling helping Otto and getting back MJ. Every Spider-Man thing you would expect shoved onto a disc or digital downlaod (preference right?).
“Insomniac definitely left it late but got it right.”
The story is unbalanced as I found out when I eventually got to the final 25%. This part, my god, it fucking killed it. Insomniac definitely left it late but got it right. I, however, had kind of got to a ‘is this finished yet’ feeling.
Combat had started to get tedious (gadgets, skills and suits keep it fresh until about the 75% mark). The story and villian (as shown above) were not that interesting until this stage and I had constantly cleared the map.
If the final 25% made up more of the game I would say this is a top 3 Playstation exclusive but alas Spider is still trying to figure out how to crawl past Ellie, Joel, Nathan and Kratos.
Better than the movies/ 10.