Marvel's Spider-Man launches September 7. While they all managed to nail something special, they were ultimately marred by how closely they needed to stick to the source material whether it was the Sam Raimi films' plodding tone or an adherence to the comic's symbiote storyline, or even the concept of the Spiderverse leading to a confusing mash of gameplay styles. Well, at least in the video game world.
With Robert Downey Jr's contract ending it seems increasingly likely that Tony will have to trade his life for Spider-Man's and everyone else who died in the Snap.
Insomniac has borrowed so much from other great open world and superhero games as well as past stewards of the character that - new white spider super-suit aside - I'm not sure the American studio has quite managed to put its own definitive stamp on the web-slinger. I'd happily and enthusiastically play a Spider-Man dating sim starring these two. There was a moment where I had Spider-Man standing in the middle of a crowd dancing, but I was disappointed to find out that there was no dancing button. What better way for him to bow out than by dying for those he loves? It does makes sense to have a more limited set of interactions as Spider-Man than as Peter, but the contrast is so great that the Spider-Man segments feel nearly lifeless by comparison.
"One of the first things we did is we said "alright, we've seen the origin story, we know he gets bit by a spider" - we didn't want to do that again, so we decided to make him a little bit more experienced, focus on a time of his life that we haven't seen a lot in the comics or movies or other games".
By the nature of Spider-Man's powers, you spend a lot of time traveling across rooftops. A devastatingly depicted terror attack recalls any number of news stories from the last few years, and retired newspaper editor J. Jonah Jameson's self-promotional, conspiratorial anti-Spider-Man podcasts bring to mind plenty of of alt-right "news" sites and personalities.
The story missions are the meat of the game, and it's where you'll have insane boss battles and intense action sequences.