With Marvel’s Spider-Man swinging into our lives at the beginning of September, there are many reasons for gamers to be excited and buy a one way ticket for the hype train.
Another Superhero Game – In a Good Way!
Superhero movies are at the height of popularity, and don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. However the superhero video game market isn’t quite at rampant or fleshed out, which is a crying shame.
There have been very few good superhero video games over the years. Sure there have been classic gems like Spider-Man 2 (2004) and The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and even some more modern hits like the Batman Arkham Series and Injustice however the genre has certainly got room for more, and it seems as though Spider-Man may just be what we are looking for.
It’s got very Batman: Arkham vibes in the sense of combat and traversal through the city, but with an appropriate Spider-Man twist and flair to stand out on it’s own and cement a legacy as a good superhero video game.
The game will take on average roughly 20 hours to complete the main story, however you can bet your boots that there will be a a lot of side quests, collectables, miscellaneous tasks, and just general over all fun to be had in our time with Spidey.
Spider-Man seems like a breath of fresh air for superhero video games, and a welcome one at that.
Insomniac have had a wonderful and varied history in video gaming. From the wonderful days of Spyro on the PlayStation 1, to the Ratchet and Clank series, Resistance, and Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac have delivered a number of stellar titles combing many different genres.
Sunset Overdrive is the first time Insomniac have developed a game exclusively for Xbox, and what a treat it was. To put it quite simply, Sunset Overdrive is almost like Spider-Man-lite, in the sense that you can jump, flip, grind, twist and navigate your way from one end of the city to the other without ever touching the ground. The protagonist of Sunset Overdrive can pretty much do everything Spidey can with the exception of web slinging, and also uses guns made form everything and anything they can get their hands on.
I image a lot of Spider-Man’s movements and fluidity will be inspired and built upon the foundations of Sunset Overdrive’s development, which is nothing but exciting. Insomniac have proved through Sunset Overdrive that they can build a game in this genre and create a character that mirrors the mannerisms of a superhero like Spider-Man with finesse.
The Rogues Gallery & Supporting Characters
Along side Batman, Spider-Man has one of the most impressive, diverse, and iconic rogues galleries in comic book history. Sure you’ve got your ‘anti-Spider-Man’s’ in Venom, Carnage and the other symbiotes, who are incredible villains in their own right, but you’ve also got incredibly creative bad guys like Mysterio, Rhino, Hydro Man, Scorpion, Shocker and Vulture to name a few. Many of whom have been confirmed or rumoured to be popping up at some point in our adventures with Peter Parker.
Thanks to Screenrant, the villains we know for sure that will make an appearance in some way, shape or form are: The Kingpin, Mister Negative, Scorpion, Rhino, Vulture, Shocker, Taskmaster, Electro, Black Cat, Silver Sable & Norman Osborne.
Now that is one impressive list of villains to be had in your video game. Sure some of these names will be smaller supporting roles, perhaps even cameos to an extent, and others will have a more prominent role. It does appear however that Insomniac are going down a Sinister Six route with the first Spidey game, more than likely orchestrated by Norman Osborne/Green Goblin, should the latter make an appearance.
Even with this impressive list, some other big names are noticeably omitted such as Venom, Carnage, Kraven & Doc Ock, but they’re probably being saved for post credit stingers and future games set in this universe.
It’s Spider-Man, Man
Now I know this one may seem like a bit of a cop out in order to get this article to the desired number, however in this case it’s true. The entry not the cop out thing. Spider-Man is arguably the most iconic superhero ever created, alongside Batman and Superman. No matter where you may go in the world you can bet your web slingers that someone will know the blue and red spandex of Spider-Man, as well as many from his iconic rogues gallery.
Spider-Man is fun, interesting, and a bit of an underdog. He’s young in most incarnations, trying to balance being a superhero with school, or relationships, or branching into adult life, and is something a lot of people can relate to (not the superhero thing). No matter the odds Spider-Man never gives up, gives us a sense of hope and determination, and allows us to believe that anything is possible. He’s smart, witty, with those classic one-liners and just generally a top bloke in the comic book world.
Also it’s just pure fun jumping from the top of the Empire State Building and swinging to safety as close to the ground as possible. You know you done it back in Spider-Man 2.
So there we have it, those are four reasons to be excited for Spider-Man, or at least four reasons I believe you should be excited. Of course there are many more reasons, so I’m curious to what you think.
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Spider-Man will be available exclusively on PlayStation 4 on the 7th September.
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