Spider-Man is exclusively only on the PlayStation 4 and while it’s been out now for a few weeks, I’m only now getting a chance to play it. This is mainly because my son had first dibs and now that’s he’s already beaten the main story, it’s my turn.
For starters, I usually try to play on the hardest difficulty setting when playing these single player experiences, so “spectacular mode” is why I kept dying in the beginning. While not quite as hard as something like God of War’s most difficult level, it’s still quite challenging. The main thing here is getting used to the controls and learning the ins-and-outs of combat. It’s not just punching and dodging here. We’re talking about Spider-Man, and that means combat is more than that. Combat is a combination of punches, kicks, dodges, web shooting, swinging through the air, and gadget use. There’s a lot that you have to think about and at the beginning, it can be a bit overwhelming. However, practice makes perfect and as you play, you’ll get much better.
Another aspect of the game I’m really digging so far is the story. I really appreciate the fact that this game skips Spidey’s whole origin story because at this point, everyone should already know it. Instead we’re thrown right into the thick of things with Spidey heading towards a police showdown with Wilson Fisk.
Lastly, can we just say how amazing New York looks in this game, specifically the island of Manhattan. Though it doesn’t show in the video, I’ve spent a ton of time just sight seeing. There were so many landmarks that I recognized and as far as I can tell, it seems pretty accurate, even though there are a few fictitious Marvel landmarks thrown in, like Avengers Tower and Dr. Strange’s New York Sanctum.
With that said, Spider-Man is a wonderful single player experience so far. I think it’s one of the best Spider-Man games ever and deserves to be on the same list as games like God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn as a handful of the best games to be released on PS4.