Reviews are out for Insomniac Games’ PlayStation 4-exclusive “Spider-Man” and the verdict is very good. The game has racked up an 87/100 score on Metacritic, that’s not the stellar 94/100 that “God of War” snagged back in April but is still one of the better scores of the year thus far.
It’s also on par with the likes of “Batman: Arkham Knight,” “Fallout 4” and “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus”. Reviewers say the game doesn’t break the mold, borrowing rather obviously from the ‘Arkham’ video game series and previous “Spider-Man” titles, but there’s definitely plenty to enjoy and it’s the best game involving the character to date. Here’s a sampling of reviews so far:
“8.7/10. I was left delighted at nearly every step of its 15-hour adventure thanks to a surprisingly deep tale that mines the plights of both Spider-Man and Peter Parker to great emotional success. Underpinning that engrossing narrative is an excellent set of webswinging mechanics, which — combined with fun gadgets and plenty of puns — makes for thrilling action. Insomniac’s first foray into the realm of Marvel superheroes is a continually exciting adventure whose open world and combat are only occasionally caught up in a web of overly familiar trappings…” IGN
“4/5. Yes, the swinging is sensational. The gorgeous parabolas of our spandex-clad pal are the only sensible place to start with Marvel’s Spider-Man, a thrilling if often familiar video game that finds its success in getting to the heart of its hero. This is something of a magpie, collecting elements from other games before dressing them in red and blue spandex. The most obvious is that Batman series, with Spider-Man’s combat practically demanding comparison with Arkham Asylum’s elegant but brutal brawling…” The Telegraph
“95/100. Marvel’s Spider-Man is the best superhero game since Batman: Arkham Asylum. The swinging, combat, and New York City itself come together to create a Spider-Man experience that is exciting and faithful to the character. If you’ve ever been a fan of Spidey, you need to check out his newest digital adventure. This is now the best Spider-Man game, taking the crown from Spider-Man 2. It is also one of the PlayStation 4’s best exclusives and one of the best super hero games ever…” Venture Beat
“3/5. “Batman: Arkham Asylum” still represents the high-water mark for superhero gaming… Now, though, the caped crusader has a worthy rival from the Marvel camp in the form of Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man. The result is undoubtedly the finest portrayal of a virtual superhero to date. Yet while Spider-Man shines, the world around him struggles to give him exciting ways to exercise his powers…” The Guardian
“4.5/5. Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4 executes traversal better than any Spider-Man game ever made, including the legendary Spider-Man 2. Swinging is smooth and simple, the transition from swinging to sprinting along the side of a building is seamless, and the sheer variety of mechanics at Spider-Man’s disposal as he flies through the city is astounding… For the first time in ages, I can see myself returning to a game over and over again to check every last box it throws at me. Marvel’s Spider-Man is jam-packed with things to do, and few if any of them feel tedious or superfluous…” BGR
“For better and worse, Spider-Man is a meticulously rendered throwback to old Spidey films and games, to the last decade of open-world game design and to an easy style of superhero storytelling we rarely get to see anymore. There aren’t many surprises to the game; despite being an open-world experience, it plays upon a linear story, and the twists that happen feel familiar. The action sequences are breathless and memorable, but after the game’s final act I was left wanting more….” Polygon
“Marvel’s Spider-Man” is released on PS4 this Friday.