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There’s A New Spider-Man Game and We’re Not Sure What To Make of It

New games have been rolling out this E3 2016 and Sony dropped an unexpected trailer for its Playstation-exclusive Spider-Man game.

While fans have been waiting for a decent Spidey film since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, we’ve long given up hope for a good Spider-Man game since the dawn of video games. We’ve seen a fair share of near-misses and poor movie tie-ins for many years in the past.

For years, Spidey games have been helmed by Activision, but it now appears that Sony has taken back those rights and are producing a PS4-only version (rightly so), with developer Insomniac Games, best known for Resistance and Ratchet & Clank. Insomniac confirmed that the upcoming game will not be based on the upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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“Spider-Man is one of the most iconic and well-known characters in the world, and we’re thrilled to be given the responsibility to create a brand new, authentic Spider-Man story,” wrote Bryan Intizar, Creative Director of Insomniac Games on PlayStation Blog.

“This is a more seasoned Peter Parker who’s more masterful at fighting big crime in New York City,” Insomniac said. “At the same time, he’s struggling to balance his absurdly chaotic personal life and career.”

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After watching the trailer, I’m slightly unsure on how we feel about the game. Don’t get me wrong, the trailer is decent (or at least better than some of Spidey’s previous outings on the gaming front). Gameplay looks smooth, the graphics and visuals are rendered well but there’s a huge sense of expectation on this game, and I’m afraid at what high expectations can do.

Spider-Man is arguably Marvel’s most valuable property, sitting on par with DC’s Superman and Batman as  the world’s most ubiquitous and most iconic superheroes of all time. I personally regard Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man as the best two superhero movies of all time. There’s way too much riding on this game that anything short of 10/10 may make it seem lacklustre and disappointing.

And then there’s the look & feel. His costume alone looks like a mishmash of many different version of the character. We have Ben Reilly’s massive symbol at the front, his emotive eyes from the Civil War movie with the back drop of New York that is reminiscent of the Tobey Maguire movies and a cover logo similar to that of Andrew Garfield’s.

There are many ways that Spider-Man games have gone wrong, from clunky and unresponsive controls to lack of depth and shallow story-lines but I’m ready to give Sony and Insomniac Games the benefit of the doubt.

 

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