Far From Home

My name is Jon and for my first article I wanted to write something about Spider-Man, he is my favourite superhero and all round good guy. This will be a deep dive into some of the past outings from our friendly neighbourhood crime fighter and also an insight into what I’m personally hoping to see from the new Spider-Man game which is set to release exclusively on PlayStation 4 later this year.

Ever since the early 80’s we have seen the webbed warrior in a whole heap of video games on just about every format imaginable. With every new generation of console there tends to be a number of significant and sometimes genre shaping Spider-Man games that hit the shelves. This also means by proxy there are a lot that unfortunately just don’t live up to the hype often being a huge disappointment.

Spider-Man: The Movie was released in 2002 on the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and we even saw a GameBoy Advance version. This game was based on the movie by Sam Raimi and is very special for me because it marked the start of a new era for Spider-Man games. The game was graphically stunning and technically solid, loosely following the events of the movie, however it did include many scenes and villains that did not appear in the film.

The game that a lot of people consider to be one of Spidey’s best outings is the 2004 Spider-Man 2. Again this was roughly based upon the movie of the same name and developed by the highly praised team Treyarch. I have talked to a good amount of people and they say that this game was the best Spider-Man game of all time! The web swinging mechanic is very good, with a decent sized map and sandbox style gameplay it easily resembles the likes of GTA. I hope the new Spider-Man on PlayStation 4 will draw inspiration from this title.

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Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is another good example of getting things right, for the most part. The game begins with the symbiote invasion already in progress and our hero desperately searching for Venom. What helped to set this apart from the norm was that it contained various check points in-which you, the player, could choose between a good or evil path to take. These took a fair amount of time to complete and the game even has multiple endings which alter depending on how it is played out.

Spider-Man has also made a number of cameo and supporting appearances, notably becoming part of the Marvel vs Capcom crossover brawler series which continues with in editions being released. He has even featured in a number of Lego games and was also spotted helping The Punisher back in 1991 on the GameBoy. Spider-Man beautifully became part of the toys to life range in the now axed Disney Infinity line of games.

Overall my hype levels for Spider-Man on PlayStation 4 are off the charts! having watched all of the previews and development videos since its announcement. I am really excited to play this game on September 7, 2018 and can’t wait to see how Insomniac have treated my all time favourite. Although this game marks Insomniacs first ever licenced title they have a more than solid history with the likes of Spyro, Ratchet and Clank and Resistance to name a few. What is exciting me about this game is that it will tell a new story about Spider-Man that is not tied to an existing comic book, video game, or film. It will cover both the Peter Parker and Spider-Man aspects of the character featuring an older and more experienced superhero which is something I have wanted to experience for a long time. With the story looking pretty solid I just hope that the gameplay, importantly the combat, are up to the high standard we are expecting. There’s not long to wait now so let us know which edition you will be buying in the comments below!

– Jon

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