Written by Nick Farinola // Edited by Andrew Busch // Images courtesy of Insomniac
That’s right webheads, with almost 90 critic reviews logged into metacritic, Insomniac’s rendition of Marvel’s beloved web-slinger sits at an amazing 87 score. As of September 5th, exactly two days from its scheduled September 7th launch (or a little over one if you plan on picking up the game early at Gamestop), there are 83 positive reviews standing against a meager five mixed and zero negative reviews. Spectacular? You bet! Impulsegamer.com reviewer, Callum McAvan, scored the game a whopping 100 writing, “A joy from start to finish. It is not only one of the best games to be released this year, it is one of the defining games of a generation.” Here I am thinking that no other game this year could possibly outshine Santa Monica Studios’ near perfect God of War sequel. The praise doesn’t stop there. Andrew Reiner of GameInformer.com gave the game a 9.5 out of 10 writing, “Excitement is delivered consistently from the outside of play right up to the last story frame, which is a real shocker that contains a reveal that will make the wait for the sequel almost unbearable.” I wasn’t exactly expecting a great narrative from this game, but IGN reviewer Jonathon Dornbush seems to agree, “But what I didn’t expect from Spider-Man was to come away feeling just as fulfilled to have inhabited the life of Peter Parker.” Game Rant summarizes the final product perfectly, “Spider-Man is a great superhero game, a great PS4 exclusive, but most importantly a great game all its own.”
All of you optimistic skeptics can now take a breath, Insomniac’s Spider-Man is another hit for Playstation 4 users. From the fast and fluid nature of combat and web-slinging to the surprisingly emotional narrative to the endless upgrade system that’ll keep you busy until the three-part DLC chapters titled “The City That Never Sleeps” arrive in October (The Heist – a black cat-centered story), November (Turf Wars), and December (Silver Lining), this game seemingly transcends the typical superhero game. Just for fun, and because I enjoy playing the Devil’s advocate, let’s take a look at some of the more mixed reviews.
Rick Lane of The Guardian gave the game a three out of five stars, which somehow translates to a 60 on metacritic. Serving as the lowest score so far for the game, I’m curious as to what aspect(s) bothered him. Metacritic used this line from his review to represent his score, “This game shows tremendous love for all things Spider-Man, and the ending packs a punch he would be proud of. But Insomniac relies too much on its hero to elevate the world built around him, with the result that the game wears thin some time before its powerful conclusion.” Seems a bit vague, wouldn’t you say? Diving into his actual review on the website, I found that there are some pacing issues in the game’s narrative. Although Lane praises the story as “surprisingly rich,” he thought the second act felt stilted, and the third to be downright rushed. What really seemed to be the icing on the disappointment cake was the confusing absences of Spidey’s supervillains. He writes, “Aside from the last two encounters, the superhero-versus-supervillain set-piece fights are confused, messy and ultimately disappointing.” Luckily (or unluckily depending on your view) the boss battles are few and far between.
There you have it folks, Insomniac Games (known for their awesome and somewhat underrated Xbox exclusive Sunset Overdrive in 2014) has created a fresh Spider-Man game that is as awesome as Spider-Man 2. Are you picking up Spider-Man for your PS4 this weekend? Let me know why or why not in the comments, and have fun swinging around New York City!
Insomniac’s Spider-Man releases on September 7th for the Playstation 4 console exclusively.
“The City That Never Sleeps” DLC is priced at $24.99 (or $9.99 each), but you could also get it in the Digital Deluxe edition (including the game and the season pass) for $79.99.