“Nice jumpsuit. Slimming!”
“Hi! Is this the flight to Newark?”
“Saving bad guys from other bad guys. Not how I thought today would go”
Recognized these yet?
If yes, you know what this article will be all about. If no, get up to speed, will ya? These are some of the quips made by Spiderman in the upcoming release.
YES, SPIDERMAN! The web slinging hero has made a dramatic return to the gaming world. Marvel’s Spiderman, as the official title of the game goes, was announced at the business end of Sony’s E3 conference. A PlayStation exclusive, the game is slated for release somewhere down the line in 2018. The developers of this game are the Insomniac games, the Sony owned studio behind some critically acclaimed titles like Ratchet and Clank, Spyro the Dragon and the Resistance series.
Insomniac Games has to decided to launch their own brand of Spiderman. The developers have stated that they have created a new universe, strictly in contrast to the Marvel comic books universe. What’s more, they have even given Spidey a visual makeover. The new suit is a mixture of red, blue and white linings. Even the famed spider symbol on the suit is white. There seems to be a reason behind the white spider, as will be revealed once the game is launched.
The gameplay trailer looked absolutely gorgeous. The rendering of the Manhattan skyline looked visually stunning. The graphics were crisp, the shadows and lighting schemes more prominent and overall just drop dead fabulous. The voice acting of Peter Parker is just so realistic, it perfectly suits him. Even the sound effects and background tracks during combat and action sequences were good enough to just immerse you in the trailer.
The combat system looked slick, fast paced and just how you would expect Spiderman to fight. The combat mechanics are almost a mirror copy of Batman’s Arkham games, with emphasis on counters and dynamic fighting. The Spidey Sense tingles when he is about to get hit, giving you enough time to manoeuvre yourself out of harm’s way. Just the way Spidey fights, it looks just perfect, consisting of vaults, leaps, flips, insane stunts and of course, the web.
Spiderman is no Spiderman without his web. And it has been revamped, giving new tactics for him to use in and out of combat. In the trailer, we saw Spidey pinned his enemies to the ground by shooting them with multiple web shots and hung them to construction beams, using them as a pulley. You can pick stuff with the web and bash it into enemies. The game has even got a mechanic where you can fire web on a spot and it shoots itself after a time delay, as was evident in the trailer.
We got a good look of Mr. Negative, who seems to be a vital cog in the story of the game, playing as one of the antagonists. The negative effects and superpowers were surreal. Quick Time Events or QTEs are going to be a big part ofthe game. Since Spiderman is going to be a cinematic experience, it’s better to involve QTEs in action sequences rather than showing a long cutscene. Though most gamers think QTEs to be a downside, the QTEs seem to fit in very well in the gameplay. The entire showing was just fluid and seamless.
Free roam will be available from the start of the game. This comes as a positive and exciting news because who wouldn’t want to swing around the Manhattan as Spiderman? So traversing the entire map will certainly overcome the players with childish delight and glee. The map size is gigantic so there will always be new nooks and crannies to explore.
Overall, the game looks most promising to deliver a rich superhero experience. And superhero games have a bad history in gaming industry save the Batman Arkham games. But Insomniac Games seems to have found the perfect blend of everything to give people everybody’s first childhood superhero. They have captured the very essence of Peter Parker as Spiderman, with his cheeky one-liners and city-saving sprees. This game promises to be a worthy successor of the Spiderman 2, which was released in 2004 and was very well received by critics and gamers alike. Every single Spiderman game venture since then has ended up being a disaster. But this game has given us hopes that this could very well be the game most Spiderman fans were waiting for.
And with PS4 Pro being severely outmatched by the world’s most powerful console Xbox One X, this game could be the game-changing factor in the war of the consoles, since Microsoft didn’t reveal any significant exclusive for the One X.
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