Has there ever been as good a Spider-Man game as Spider-Man 2 back in 2004? No, there hasn’t.
For some bizarre reason, every Spidey-based game after that has been abysmal. But now, there’s a new competitor entering the fray with a very real chance of overhauling the entire franchise.
Announced during Sony’s E3 2016 Conference, Insomniac Games, the developers behind Sunset Overdrive and this year’s Ratchet & Clank are taking the reins on the webslinger. The company will be working alongside Marvel to bring a new age of superhero video games. That is Marvel’s plan anyway.
The exciting thing about it is that this is an entirely new take on Spider-Man. It’s not tied to a comic book or film, so it can be it’s own entity, revolving around both the Peter Parker and Spider-Man sides of the character. It was very exciting to find out that there won’t be an origin story this time around. So we won’t have to witness Uncle Ben dying for the billionth time. There will be more emphasis on Peter Parker throughout the game, which would be a nice change of pace from swinging around and being a general badass. Could this mean we get a Grand Theft Auto V-style switcheroo mechanic?
To mirror the classic Spider-Man 2 game, we will get an open world New York City to explore. For some reason with previous Spidey games, you couldn’t touch the floor, so you just found yourself to be swinging around aimlessly with the dreadful web swinging mechanics.
From the trailer, we saw some incredibly smooth Spider-Man moves in play. Better yet, Insomniac revealed that all the swinging shots in the reveal were actual gameplay. Not only do we get some enjoyable web-swinging again, but we also get parkour! They also denied the fact that the trailer footage was shot on the upcoming new PS4 console, the Neo. So all the sweet, sweet gameplay we saw is on our quaint lil’current-gen PS4.
On first sight, the graphics look similar in style to Sunset Overdrive. This would suit the general Spider-Man charm, as we’re not looking for realistic graphics with something like this. But something which would have a closer iteration to the comic-book style.
As long as it can beat the dire Amazing Spider-Man series of games from the past few years, with their pointless and irritating mechanics, then even that could be considered a success. The main aim would be to beat the timeless classic that is Spider-Man 2, a 12 year-old game to the crown of best Spidey game.
With no official release date yet and no chance of a demo coming any time soon, it could be a long wait before we get to web swing around the New York City skyline. If the trailer is anything to go by, it’ll be worth the wait.
The new era of Spider-Man is in safe hands. Probably.