Spider-Man is an action adventure game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. This is a PlayStation 4 exclusive that follows the life of an older Spider-Man. (Sorry Nintendo and Microsoft) The story was entertaining and full of Spider-Man’s rogue gallery but what stuck out to me the most was the game play. The combat and mobility was what made this game a breath of fresh air coming out of Red Dead Redemption 2 but the puzzles and sneak missions as other characters slow the game down just a little bit.
Combat against enemies can be a breeze in the beginning, but different types of enemies begin to appear as you progress through the game. (So don’t go button mashing to victory) For example, one of the enemies can have a melee weapon and the only way to attack them is by launching them up in the air. Along with melee combat, you can use different gadgets, such as electrical webs or a grenade that can trap multiple enemies in a web. If you want variety in fighting, there are some missions where you can stealthily take down enemies without engaging in combat.
Mobility in this game is fun and easy to do. Swinging around New York from point A to Point B has never been this fun. All you have to do is hold down the R2 trigger on the controller and let Spider-Man do the rest of the tricks. If you accidentally swing into a building, Spider-Man will just run up the walls if you continues to hold R2.
There also some moves that allow Spider-Man to launch from a building to gain some momentum for swinging. Thanks to this simple swinging mechanic, I am willing to collect all the collectibles and do all the side missions scattered in the map. (I barely use the available “Fast Travel” to go to my missions)
Unfortunately, there are some draw backs to this game.The first one issue with this games were the puzzles. It really stops the flow of combat and mobility of the game. Luckily, it’s not forced on the players too much in the story missions.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for the sneaking missions playing as either Mary Jane (Peter Parker’s ex-girlfriend) and Miles Morales (Spider-Man’s biggest fan). Their sneaking missions were boring, a chore and forced onto players who want to finish the story mode.
Luckily, Spider-Man’s combat and mobility heavily outweighs the boring puzzles and sneaking missions. This is why I recommend that everyone gives this game a shot because its well worth it.
*All Screenshot are from PlayStation 4