When it comes to Spider-Man movies, there’s always going to be an endless debate between who played Spider-Man the best. Was it Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, or Tom Holland? In my opinion, it’s Tobey Maguire, now that’s due to nostalgia, but no matter what answer you pick, someone will undoubtedly roast you for it. If we’re talking Spider-Man games though, there is no debate, the GOAT is Spider-Man 2 on the GameCube, Xbox, and PS2. Activision gave us a game that truly made us feel like Spider-Man. We could web swing all over the streets of New York, beat up bad guys in a plethora of awesome Spidey ways, and most importantly, deliver freakin pizzas. For some reason, none of the other subsequent Spider-Man games could capture the magic of the 2004 classic, but Insomniac is bringing a worthy challenger to the fray. One that I believe will snatch the crown from the king.
Recently announced to be released on September 7th, from what Insomniac has shown off, the hype is real to get my hands on ol’ Peter Parker. The graphics look incredible, from the texture of Spidey’s costume, to the realistic rendering of New York City complete with the Avengers Tower and Wakanda Embassy. The combat is as close to the comic book adaptation I’ve seen in gaming. Spider-Man fights just like you’d imagine, swinging enemies around with ease, using a bunch of melee and web attacks, even using parts of the environment and web slinging them into opponents. In addition to that, web swinging through the city is as real as ever, in fact, webs have to actually touch physical building, meaning no more webs just floating in the sky.
The scale of the game is something else I’ve been impressed with. NYC is so massive, Spidey can fast travel through the MTA subway system. The world is said to be living and breathing just like in GTA V. Spider-Man can crash rooftop parties and can even join pickup basketball games.
Apart from the gameplay itself, Insomniac has announced that there will be no microtransactions in the game, so EA, it can be done. Every costume, including the pre-order bonuses, can be unlocked just by playing through the game. A welcome touch considering how obsessive companies have been with pimping out numerous methods of making us spend extra money.
So far, from what I’ve seen of this game, Insomniac has something special on their hands, and may very well change the landscape of the superhero video game genre. If it turns out to be a home run like I think it will, hopefully Marvel will entrust them with other superhero licenses. What would be cooler than a top notch Iron Man, Captain America, or X-Men game? All I know is that September 7th seems like a lightyear away, but I can’t wait to get my hands on Spider-Man. Safe to say, this is easily my most anticipated game of the year, and it’s truly not even close.