Spider-Man is a character who at the time managed to have a very funny saga in video games, unfortunately the years passed and the quality was decreasing significantly. The rights belonged to Activision, but after an agreement Sony managed to obtain them and decided to rely on Insomniac Games, to confirm that the studio is in the best moment of its career.
And so began the development of ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’, with a freedom that few imagine. The studio decided to create its own version , without the need to adapt a film or a comic in particular. The level of development has been so great, that Marvel will consider his story as a canon within the character’s multiverse.
We have had the opportunity to enjoy the game in recent days, discovering even the smallest details that are worth recognizing the great exclusive of Sony. We share our free review of spoilers.
Not everything starts from the beginning
Let’s start with the story and to the surprise of many we will not be before the classic origins of the character. We will control Peter Parker for eight years behind the mask , so we will find ourselves before a mature character, with confidence and mastery of his abilities.
As is to be expected, beyond being a superhero, Peter must have a balance with his double life, since in addition to catching villains, he must pay an income. The story seems simple and is nothing that we have not seen in any of the movies, the detail is that at first we will find it strange to adapt, since the plot looks like a sequel and when we make mentions of other characters with whom We lived together at the time, we will feel that something was missing to tell us.
Fortunately the game manages to stabilize with the passage of the hours, where many loose ends are tied and although the sensations with the character are positive, we would have liked to see an evolution of the hand with the character.
The most important characters of Spider-Man appear in the game and most with a good justification, their shares are not so long, so they allow the protagonism to our hero. In addition to controlling Spider-Man, there will be some moments where we will take control of Peter in his daily activities , they serve to tell a little more of the story, but we believe that they break the rhythm, since they could be narrated without problems with a cinema. We will also control other characters at specific moments, but in general they will be things without much relevance and could be considered more as a filling.
A city is key in a great story and the work of Insomniac Games when recreating New York is impressive. When we know the size of the entire city, we recognize the effort of the study, where we will find all the elements of the city such as traffic and giant buildings, although there will also be smaller areas with forests and departments. It is one of the best works we have seen, although we admit that the city does not feel as alive as we would like, we believe that that touch can only currently be offered by Rockstar.
Always see a step forward
Let’s focus on the gameplay, where we will find all the fun of the game. We start with the exploration, our character will be able to use their cobwebs in the buildings to be able to swing, it can also be propelled, but the most important thing will be to catch the necessary speed, for this we can fall into a tailspin and be able to hang up again to go off.
At that point the navigation works wonderfully , in the case that we do not control the movement well and we run into a building, our character in automatic will stick to it, with the possibility of running to reach the highest point. In the case that we do not have buildings on the side we will see that you can not hang up until you find something like a tree or a lamppost, a detail that we appreciate to avoid that we “hang” from the clouds, as in other titles.
It’s a matter of five minutes, to get used to the exploration between buildings. Now comes the important thing, the combat, in his first videos the comparison with the Batman saga was inevitable and although he does maintain some similar elements, he manages to have his own personality.
In stealth we can take advantage of the structures to eliminate the enemies in a silent way, either by hanging them to the ceiling, hitting them to the wall or simply knocking them down with a heavy blow when arriving on their backs. Enemies similar to other titles will have indicators when they suspect something, when they think they see something and when they have already discovered us, that is why we will always have to analyze the whole environment.
This is where the special vision enters that will show us the enemies that exist, the different structures with which we can interact and some outstanding object. For the combat the actions are dynamic, we have a button to hit, another to dodge (our arachnid sense will appear), one to use the cobwebs and get close to our enemies, as well as being able to grab objects from the stage to hit.
In the beginning will be dominated the blows and evasions , but with the passage of the enemies the difficulty will increase, since we will have to be more agile, as expected, there are varieties in the enemies, some are stronger and require different attacks, so we will have to make many quick combinations.
We are not facing a ‘Dark Souls’ or anything, but it will be normal for us to eliminate some groups of enemies that can be very aggressive. Among the variety we also have gadgets that help us to give more variety, from traps, electric webs and other objects that can support us when we are facing a large number of enemies.
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With the special leaders the dynamics will change, since we will have to defend ourselves from the attacks and wait until their weak point, although in their majority they will be very predictable, but with a good challenge. The interesting thing is that not everything will be body to body, there will be times where we will have to chase vehicles by land or by air and for that we will have to learn to move very fast between buildings, there will be quick time events, but there will be few that will only serve to close the moments.
Content up to the air
We are faced with an open world game and it was necessary to have many extra activities . Taking advantage of the fact that the city is gigantic, we will have many points to entertain ourselves, starting with the main and secondary missions that will be marked on the map, but also with those random events where we will listen to the police alert for any problem, with the freedom to go or let it go.
Many alerts will be assaults or robberies, where we have to arrive and defeat everyone, although we liked a kind of robberies where the game looks in a kind of two dimensions that gives a lot of personality to the action. We will also have to analyze some towers to be able to release the signal and to show the map, there will be many backpacks scattered throughout the city with memories of our character.
When we are like Peter we will also have special activities, like a kind of puzzles that will remind us of ‘Bioshock’ where we will have to do a mapping to be able to send the necessary voltage for some experiments that we do.
While we are not in action, it will be normal for us to be in constant phone calls, but we will also listen to a podcast conducted by John Jonah Jameson, where he will tell the stories for which he hates Spider-Man , although some calls from the public say otherwise. They are small audios that will tell the actions that we carry out in some main missions.
A tendency nowadays is to put elements of RPGs to all the titles and here we can see it with the progression, we will have three skill trees, divided into: innovator, defender and cobweb launcher. We can also select different outfits that will have some special abilities, such as improving our gadgets and special abilities, the interesting thing is that we can adapt it directly to our style of play.
Dubbing worthy of an animated series
The work of voice for our region is an element that is worth highlighting, since beyond its good performances, it is important to mention some of the actors that participated. The voice of Peter Parker is by Victor Ugarte, known for beating Harry Potter or Sasuke Uchiha in Naruto. In the case of Aunt May, the voice is on the part of Angela Villanueva, who was commissioned to make the voice of the same character in the first trilogy of Spider-Man.
The characteristic humor of the franchise is maintained at all times, the works with the dialogues are very good and we believe that it is worth giving the game a chance. Although in the case of wanting to listen in another language, it will be necessary to change the language of the console.
Music is another show, when we know that we have an important mission and we move to the place, that epic soundtrack begins to sound, in which it tells us that a very exciting moment will come . Without a doubt, it is our great companion in all history.
An enviable exclusive
We had the opportunity to play the title in a PS4 Pro and in HDR mode, in the graphic aspect the work is remarkable. All the design of the characters, the detail of the city, the work to take advantage of the stage to destroy some elements. Everything is going very well, there are no loading times to be such a big city , only the few points where we have to enter a scenario for a controlled situation, but the load times are minimal, in the case that we eliminate only see the screen with tips a couple of seconds.
At no time we notice problems with the textures, with the artificial intelligence of the enemies, nor falls of pictures when they are battles with many characters. There is no complaint in that regard.
With the passing of the hours, the love and effort of Insomniac Games was seen in all the details, since beyond making a “new” story, the style of the franchise is ideal for them. A game with dynamic controls, many peculiar accessories, sense of humor at all times, there was no other studio that could better understand the character.
The story can be completed in about 18 hours, but it will be impossible for us not to try to do more activities, so without problems we can add another 10 hours. 2018 will be remembered by PlayStation as the year of ‘God of War’ and ‘Spider-Man’, proving that only quality matters and not quantity . Without a doubt one of the best exclusives that the console has.