Marvel Reaches New Heights for Superhero Games: Marvel’s “Spider-Man” Became One of the Fastest-Selling Games of All Time

spider-man-webBy Vanessa Rupertus

Elm Staff Writer

Marvel’s “Spider-Man,” the most recent addition to the “Spider-Man” video game franchise, quickly became a favorite for comic fans, video gamers, and critics alike with its fluid combat and web-slinging mechanics.

Officially released for PlayStation 4 on Sept. 7 and developed by Insomniac Games, the newest entry in the franchise stands apart from all existing iterations of “Spider-Man.”

It depicts New York City in danger of a new criminal group after the titular Spider-Man, voiced by voice-acting veteran Yuri Lowenthal, finally defeats his arch nemesis, Wilson Fisk — otherwise known as the Kingpin.

Fisk’s arrest results in a crime vacuum that allows a group called the Demons to gain a foothold, presenting a new challenge for Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man) and his ex-girlfriend, the reporter Mary Jane, who is voiced by Laura Bailey.

The city comes to life beneath you as you swing around at break-neck speeds and perform acrobatic techniques to gain even more speed. “Spider-Man” features crisp graphics and cinematic combat finishers for you to enjoy, as well as a more interactive experience.

In the new game, you can evolve your suit with new gadgets, a skill tree system, and collectables strewn throughout the open world city that can unlock new oufits to feed your need for fashion.

You can even interact with citizens roaming the streets, whether that interaction involves saving them from common thugs or greeting them with Peter Parker’s ever-cheerful personality.

Many familiar characters make appearances in the game, much to comic fans’ delight, such as Peter’s Aunt May (Nancy Linari), Miles Morales (Nadji Jeter), Dr. Otto Octavius (William Salyers), and NYPD Captain Yuri Watanabe (Tara Platt).

Naturally, a plethora of super-villains join the cast as well, such as the Kingpin (Travis Willingham), Electro (Josh Keaton), Shocker (Dave B. Mitchell), and many others. Other characters from the comics also appear in small cameos, and the game makes occasional nods to the Marvel Comics universe by including landmarks such as the Avengers Tower and the Sanctum Santorum.

Critics praised the 2018 “Spider-Man” for the gameplay, graphics, and narrative, and it overall received favorable reviews.

The game does suffer from repetitive open-world tropes and a lack of innovation, but the pure joy of swinging around New York with spider-webs is too fun to resist, and the game effortlessly balances combat, stealth, and puzzle solving segments well.

The player can also play as Mary Jane, Miles Morales, and Peter Parker out of his Spider-Suit at certain points of the game, which is where most of the stealth and puzzle segments come into play.

“Spider-Man” earned a respectable score of 87/100 from Metacritic. Critics noted that the storyline of the game is one of its greatest aspects, and have gone as far as to say that it’s one of if not the best superhero video games to date.

If you pick up a copy, odds are you’ll be agreeing with them.

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