by Camrin Santchi
reviewed on PC
My Spidey Senses are tingling
In a world of superheroes of all shapes and sizes, one of the most iconic and well known is probably Spider-Man of Marvel fame. This reviewer is someone that loves Spider-Man and has played many of the games that have released, from the movie tie in Spider-Man 2 on the Gamecube to Shattered Dimensions on the Xbox 360 which explored the multiverse, and finally to Marvel's Spider-Man on the Playstation 4 which hits its stride with a Spidey who's been around the block a few times.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Remastered is an updated re-release of the PS4 game on the Playstation 5, and just recently filled a surprising void on the PC gaming market. When licenses ran out for Activision every Spider-Man game that had been on Steam became delisted, such as the movie tie-in Amazing Spider-Man games and Shattered Dimensions as mentioned above. This left a severe lack of thwips and quips on gaming machines, as the only way to see Spider-Man in a Steam game would be Ultimate Alliance (also delisted), or perhaps Lego: Marvel's Avengers. Fortunately, Marvel's Spider-Man: Remastered is continuing a current trend of Sony exclusive games being released on Steam and Epic, like Final Fantasy VII Remake Integrade and God of War.
Swinging where we left off
Marvel's Spider-Man: Remastered picks things up in the eighth year of Spider-Man swinging through the streets of New York City, and jumps immediately into the action with a raid on Wilson Fisk (AKA Kingpin, a famous villain well known for opposing Spider-Man and Daredevil especially) and his base of operations, with the consequences of putting Kingpin behind bars echoing throughout the rest of the game, with a power vacuum forming in New York's crime scene that Peter Parker has to struggle to handle before it consumes the city in all out war.
The first thing players will note when swinging into New York City is the, well, swinging. This is a topic of discussion whenever a Spider-Man game comes out, regarding how natural or good the web-swinging is. Before Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PS4 most fans of the web-head tended to believe that the movie tie in Spider-Man 2 had the best swinging physics and mechanics and that no other game quite captured it. Personally this reviewer enjoyed the way it was done in the Amazing Spider-Man movie tie in games, but like most Spidey fans I feel Marvel's Spider-Man did a fantastic job of capturing the way that Peter can move across the rooftops of New York. The game knows it too, since the very first gameplay segment is a seamless transition from a cutscene straight into the swinging.
The combat is incredibly acrobatic, Spider-Man being able to zip from enemy to enemy at high speeds, leaping over them or through their legs, launching them into the air with uppercuts or using gadgets to incapacitate his foes quickly. And unsurprisingly to any Spider-Man fans, the masked menace seems allergic to being silent, happily launching into quips and tangents about the current happenings.
One flaw with this game is - in this reviewers opinion - the stealth segments. Not the ones where Spidey decides to be sneaky in a way that's very similar to the Batman Arkham series, but the ones where control of Peter is ceded to Mary Jane Watson or Miles Morales. It's very limiting compared to the movement that Spider-Man offers and the segments tend to drag on, though one specific stealth segment involving Miles is quite enjoyable though that has more to do with the set pieces around the stealth rather than the stealth itself.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Remastered is a fantastic game full of classic Spider-Man charm, with fantastic movement and smooth combat that emphasizes the nature of the web-head. With a compelling story and good character moments, this reviewer is going to be very much looking forward to Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales when it comes to Steam, and Marvel's Spider-Man 2 when it finally releases. Here's hoping it will be soon.
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Compelling story and impressively acrobatic combat