Marvel Spider-Man - PS4

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Adventure: Free Roaming
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Insomniac Soft. Co.: Sony
Publishers: SIEE (GB)
Released: 7 Sept 2018 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Accessories: DualShock 4 Vibration function
Features: 1080p


If ever there was a spot-on marriage of developer and (excuse the term) intellectual property, it's Insomniac Games working on Spider-Man. The studio that built its name on the fast and fun Ratchet & Clank series and Sunset Overdrive, working on one of the few superheroes who gets real moments of enjoyment out of flinging himself around the city and saving lives.

It all starts with... well, let's just say there's a supervillain, and an incarceration, and then things get big, fun and weird. The specifics of the plot, however much fun they may be, aren't really the point of Insomniac's Spider-Man. This is a somewhat mature version of Peter, working a graduate science job and doing his best to make his way in a tough city. One of the standout missions, for example, isn't about a runaway train or a ferry splitting in half or the Rhino going on a rampage - it's about trying to track down a bin bag full of Pete's possessions after he's evicted from his flat for non-payment of rent.

It's narrative details such as these; or the attention to detail in how webs actually stick to buildings; or the way that yes, combat is about rhythm and timing a la the Batman: Arkham games, but in a way that's much more springy and mobile than other games. There's a focus to the game that you don't often see in an open world, and it's the way this allows you to really inhabit Spider-Man's world that's the true pleasure of this game.

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