Spider-Man Swings its Way to the Top

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Joey Gentile

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Joey Gentile, Co-Editor-in-Chief

On September 7, the long-awaited PS4-exclusive Spider-Man video game was released. It became Sony’s fastest selling video game of 2018, selling 3.3 million copies in just three days.

With the emergence of a new supervillain, Mr. Negative (Stephen Oyoung), Peter Parker (Yuri Lowenthal) must balance his time between his daily responsibilities and being New York’s Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Throughout the game players face Mr. Negative and take on other challenges that appear as the plot progresses.

One of my favorite games of all time is Batman: Arkham Knight — the supposed final installment of the Arkham trilogy. There has not been a game since its release in 2015 that I have been so obsessed with and so driven to finish — until now. There is an indescribable quality of Spider-Man that makes you want to play and not stop until you finish.

There is a plethora of activities you can do other than follow the main plotline of the story, and they are what make the game so special. These things include, but are not limited to, stopping a variety of crimes, finding Peter’s old backpacks that he has had to leave behind throughout New York, and exercising Peter Parker’s photography skills by taking pictures of landmarks around the city. My personal favorite was finding the backpacks because inside would be old things from Spider-Man’s mythos. For example, a business card was found for Nelson & Murdock: Attorneys at Law. (This is a nod to the other popular character, Matt Murdock, better known as Daredevil, and when Spider-Man needed his skill as a lawyer when he was framed for a crime.)

Photo mode is a popular feature in the game. Sure, people use it for Landmark Quests, but most use it to take selfies. That’s right, you can stop whatever you are doing and take a selfie as the web slinger even during an intense fight with a supervillain.

Another aspect of the game that I loved was unlocking different suits for Spider-Man to wear. The 28 different outfits (DLCs not included) are either original to the game or from the comics and movies. For example, you can equip Peter with the Iron Spider from Avengers: Infinity War. Almost every ensemble has its own “suit power” — an ability that you can use in combat after a certain amount of time. With the Iron Spider, the “Iron Arms” can be summoned, in which the four mechanical arms from the movie appear and help you fight whatever bad guys you are currently facing.

My personal favorite is the Dark Suit: it is all black except for the red spider emblem and red lenses. You only receive it after completing all of the Black Cat missions, in which you track down the Spider-Man villain of the same name. It is original to the game and does not have its own power, however, they are interchangeable, so I could use a power from a different suit.

The plot is amazing, the animation is spectacular, and the side quests are superior to any other game that I have ever played.

Whether you want to spend hours just marveling (pun intended) at the realistic animation of swinging around New York City, fighting bad guys, or doing research for your friend Harry Osborn (Scott Porter), Spider-Man is sure to keep you entertained for hours upon hours.

Spider-Man is a PlayStation 4 exclusive game and can be bought on the PlayStation Network shop or at your local GameStop for $59.99 (Season Pass not included).