I just completed Spiderman on PS4. What a great game. It really is. Best in it’s genre since Arkham City. No other experience to date has captured being the wall crawler so well.
Except when its not.
As a lifelong Spidey lover, I DO have a few bones to pick with the game. So, before I go any further, let’s get two things out of the way:
- This is a new take on Spiderman, from the studio Insomniac. So while they draw from the Spiderman mythos, they make several changes and updates. Most are good and make sense in the context of the game. Some are horrible. But most importantly I understand that this is not the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko Spiderman.
- There are MASSIVE spoilers ahead. I am covering everything that bugged me. (not a pun, Spiders are arachnids)
So, here is a list of what I think they got wrong:
The Advanced Spidey Suit
Dumb. Looks horrible. The game has fun with the suits. I get it. But I still spent the majority of the game in the classic Spidey suit. I wanted to be Spiderman, not the Insomniac Spiderman. I am sure the devs wanted to put their own stamp on the Spiderman saga, so I don’t really begrudge them..but I hate how it looks and how it fits in the game. The game goes to great lengths to show how down and out Peter is, and how low on cash his place of work is….so being able to create this suit seems shoe horned in….just to have a “new” suit. Peter Parker is a genius, yes. But part of the charm of Spiderman is that he is a “home made hero”….not Tony Stark. And for those wondering, yes, I hate Spiderman:Homecoming because of this.
Mary Jane Watson
The character that get the most radical transformation is Mary Jane. She is nothing like her comic book counterpart. She is now an investigative reporter. Call her “Lois Jane” I guess. The departure of her character is done to fit the narrative, as she assists Spiderman in her own “stealth missions”. These missions are a chore, and really take you out of the game. Not to mention the fact they make MJ seem like a person who makes really bad decisions, gets stuck, and has to be saved by Superm….err…Spiderman. The devs must have known this, because they inserted a subplot in which MJ scolds Peter for always saving her, even though she gets places herself in incredibly dangerous situations throughout the game. It made me hate MJ. I don’t want to hate MJ.
First, let me say he was STILL awesome in the game. I liked how they developed the character, which was again, a departure from the comics. It was how they ended his story arc that got me. After all the relationship building the game did between he and Peter, the ending was just a fist fight. There was so much pathos built up to that moment, to have it turn into Peter just pummeling him…was a let down. And the reveal that he knew that Peter was Spiderman all along seemed forced. There was no build up. No discovery. During a cut scene in the final fight, Doc Ock just reveals that he always knew. For as smart and crafty as they made Doc Oak out to be in the game, this was very much out of character. Doc Ock would have used this to his advantage from the start, to remove the threat of Spiderman. Instead, he forms the “Sinister Six” and uses them to try to take out Spiderman. I get this, they needed an excuse to put classic Spiderman villains in the game…but it was very much out of character.
Well OF COURSE we have to have a Venom reference in the game. He is a popular character and has become one of Spiderman’s biggest foes, but FFS….really? First, let me say that I am a Venom hater. I like CLASSIC, SILVER AGE Spidey villains. I have never really been a fan of Venom. But, like I said, he is popular…so any Spiderman game is going to have him. But his origin is complicated, so over the years, it has been retconned to make it easier on writers. No longer an alien, the symbiote is almost always a created in a lad for nefarious means. This game is no exception, and we are shown that the symbiote was created by Oscorp to save Norman’s son (and Peter’s best friend) Harry. At the end of the game, we see that Harry is in a GREEN fluid, surrounded by a black substance that reaches out to Norman. UGH….
My only hope is they DON’T make Harry Venom, and that Norman still becomes the Green Goblin. Harry Osborn is NOT Venom!!!
Killing Aunt May
I have only one question: Why? What does it really serve to kill off one of the most beloved Spiderman characters, and one that Peter has always so desperately relied on? I know that it serves the story….that Peter had to make the choice….to prove that once again that “…with great power comes responsibility”, but killing Aunt May is unforgivable. And oh yea….she knew he was Spiderman all along, too. DUMB.
Yea, these are nit picky. I am a comic book fan. We are very territorial creatures. This is STILL a great game and I loved practically every minute of play time. I will play it again. For it’s small faults (IMO), it is still the single best Spidey experience.