It's September already and things are about to heat up with all the upcoming releases. Today is a big day as we have a special guest to welcome, the super hero you've all been waiting for on PS4 since E3 2016. As you'll understand when reading our verdict, we haven't been fully convinced by Insomniac's take on the super hero genre, but Spider-Man remains a very solid game you will undoubtedly enjoy if you love the Web Slinger in the first place. Just don't expect it to be anything else than a Batman Arkham lookalike.
Spider-Man is without a doubt a good game which is both very effective and perfectly polished in terms of visuals and animations. That being said, after completing the game at 100%, we cannot say it is truly one to remember, contrary to most exclusives on Sony's console. Don't get us wrong, we enjoyed our time on the game, but in the end, it is just another super hero game set in an open world that is more often than not quite unimaginative in terms of content. By the end of the main story, you'll have kept repeating the same actions over and over again which is made even worse because the upgrade and crafting systems require you to play those optional activities to earn the necessary tokens (of which there are too many by the way). The more is not always the merrier, something developer Insomniac Games seems to have forgotten. There are different categories of crimes (thugs, demons, prisoners, mercenaries), different categories of bases to clean up (demons, prisoners, mercenaries, Fisk guys), timed challenges based on (again) combat, stealth or traversal, backpacks to collect, towers to hack to reveal all the surrounding activities, pigeons to catch, etc. It's all been done before and although each of those side mission can be fun when taken separately, there is bound to be a moment when you've just had enough of them but you still need to complete a bunch more to unlock something cool. It is also unfortunate that none of the sidequests have anything interesting to offer in terms of story. They are all very generic and the only point we've found in doing them is that they give you XP and you need to complete them all to get the last suit (provided you've also completed the main story and done everything that needs to be done in each district). We may sound a bit harsh, but we expected a bit more, at least in terms of variety. That being said, there is still a lot of fun to be had when playing Spider-Man, whether you're a fan or not. The characters are well-written, the plot, though not surprising at all for the most part, is engaging, and we also liked the fact that the city evolves through time because of the events that occur. The main problem is that we were more motivated to follow the main storyline than to take our time wandering in the open world and it's a bit of a let-down for us. Let's hope some more varied content will be added to New York City, or that the upcoming DLC will offer new exciting gameplay sequences - and more interesting boss fights. As it is, Spider-Man is a very entertaining game, but it sets no milestone for the super hero genre, at least in our book. In the movies, DC Comics tries to follow in Marvel's footsteps but remains behind, in video games it is almost the exact opposite, which is a real tangled web if you ask us.