Top 100 Games of All-Time: #37

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Release Date: September 7, 2018

Platform Played On: PS4

2018 Placement: Unranked

What It Is:

Insomniac got carte blanche from Marvel to make a AAA game for whatever superhero they wanted: they chose Spider-Man. And what a good choice it was. The game takes place in an open-world-ish Manhattan and the tone and fun of the game is right up Insomniac’s alley. The combat is cribbed from Rocksteady’s Arkham but feels more fluid and Spider-Man-like. They nail the web-swinging and include plenty of characters from the Spider-Rogue’s-Gallery like Kingpin, Shocker, Rhino, and more. It also has an amazing photo mode worthy of the Amazing Spider-Man.

It is, in my opinion, one of the most definitive Spider-Man experiences out there. The story includes sections for both MJ and Miles, and while the sections where you don’t play as Peter/Spider-Man tend to drag a little bit the character moments still make them worth it. And I really respect Insomniac for writing a Spider-Man story that doesn’t rely on big “twists” – it’s just a good use of all the characters involved in the universe.

Why It’s Important To Me:

I know I’m not special when I say Spider-Man was my favorite superhero growing up. He’s always been one of the more wildly popular comic book characters, even outside of people who read comics regularly. But getting to play as Spider-Man, having a game where the web-swinging really makes you feel like Spider-Man, having a story that feels authentically Spider-Man…all of it was a dream come true for my inner child that has been waiting for this game since they played Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage on the Super Nintendo.

It’s one of the few open-world games where I never used fast travel – it was too much of a joy to swing across the city from one objective to the next. The humor moments in the game were fantastic. The boss fights were good to great, and the emotional payoff of the final boss was well worth it. This game is a Spider-Man fan’s dream come true and I can’t gush about it enough.

My Strongest Memory:

There’s a lot of strong character moments that really stood out to me. There’s a sequence in the middle of the game where Peter has a text message conversation with MJ and it was perfectly executed. Peter’s relationship with Aunt May was also well done, the quiet moments where you return to the FEAST shelter and talk with her and others are fantastic.

On the other side, finding Taskmaster and fighting him made me geek out (because he’s one of my favorite villains/characters). Fighting Electro and Vulture at the same time was the combat highlight of the entire game as it was an aerial battle that just felt authentically Spider-Man. Yeah, it’s fun to be on the ground and beat up criminals and dodge attacks, but being in the air, swinging around trying to take out two supervillains at the same time was just…chef’s kiss. I’m running out of adjectives to describe my feelings about everything in this game.

Why It’s #37:

This game is exactly what I wanted out of a Spider-Man game. I got a Spider-Man PS4 Pro, I got the limited edition with statue version of the game, and I Platinumed it pretty easily. After also playing Miles Morales, I can’t wait for Spider-Man 2. Insomniac has created a definitive Spider-Man world in video games and I’m looking forward to playing more games within it.

Episode 40 – Don’t Be A Pickle Rick

It’s episode 40 of Make Me A Gamer! That’s 10 away from 50!!! (I can do math!) Another Friday episode because T-Man has been ultra tired and maybe playing games instead of editing podcasts! Enjoy!

This Week on Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies vs. All other Spider-Man movies

Main Course: Washington Justice’s win streak in Overwatch League, and the history of Fire Emblem

TMan’s Game of the Week: Fire Emblem: Three Houses

(This episode was recorded on August 8, 2019.)

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Episode 20 – The “Stick It To The Man” Episode

We’ve made it to a full twenty episodes of Make Me A Gamer! To celebrate, this week TMan and HarveyZ are sticking it to the corporate overlords of gaming! First they gush over the new Spider-Man trailer and Into The Spider-Verse, but then they get into discussion about the Gearbox CEO’s problems with porn, Activision and Bungie’s split and why TMan hates Activision’s CEO, and how Ubisoft’s management bungled their inclusive message with the latest DLC for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Enjoy! (This episode was recorded January 15th, 2019.)

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Traversal Problem

My play timer on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey sits at around 25 hours right now. It’s not entirely accurate – I have a short attention span and will often be doing things on my computer at the same time – or sometimes I will leave the game running and forget about it until the PS4 auto-sleep modes after an hour. But I’ve definitely been playing for somewhere between 20 and 25 hours, which I estimate is about how long it took me to 100% Spider-Man on the PS4. Meanwhile in AC: Odyssey I’ve explored maybe a fourth of the map at most, the main plot of the game is only barely beginning to come into focus and I’m only level 20 out of a soft level cap of 50. (Spider-Man’s soft level cap was also 50 – in both games you can level past 50 but the rewards are minimal.)

Both are considered “open-world action” games that have an RPG element to them. Both have skill trees that you can upgrade and customize your play-style through. Assassin’s Creed has loot-drops and equipment to upgrade, along with a system of tracking mercenaries out to kill you and the ability to recruit people for your ship crew, while Spider-Man has gadgets to acquire and special suits and powers to unlock and upgrade. Spider-Man, however is a very story-focused game with a smaller overall map that allows for a high density of things to do in the playground you’re given, while AC: Odyssey gives you an extremely large map that is still dense with things to do, but is more focused on letting you explore and find those quests at your leisure.

So why is it that, even though the map is clearly larger and encouraging you to explore everywhere, getting anywhere in Assassin’s Creed is a chore? But in the smaller map of Spider-Man I had the most fun I’ve ever had getting from point A to point B?

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Review: Marvel’s Spider-Man

Earlier in April of this year I posted this article – and on September 7th, I was finally able to get my hands on Spider-Man to play it. I got the Collector’s Edition and also upgraded my PS4 to the limited edition Spider-Man PS4 Pro. It is an understatement to say that I was excited to play the game. And a little over a week later I’ve completed the game – I earned the Platinum trophy (only one of five that I’ve earned, the others being Horizon: Zero Dawn, Day of the Tentacle Remastered, and two Telltale games which basically only require you to play the entire game to get them).

Spider-Man was an amazing game that I loved almost every minute of – it will almost assuredly be between it and God of War for what I consider my personal game of the year, unless something coming in the next three months manage to impress me more (here’s looking at you Super Smash Bros). It wasn’t a perfect game, though – in fact it actually had a few glaring problems. But considering how Insomniac absolutely nailed everything else, the highs totally outweighed the lows.

So as someone who’s pretty much done everything the base game has to offer, it’s time for my review. There will be mild spoilers for certain parts of the game, but nothing regarding the major plot points that Insomniac wanted to keep secret.

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So a lot of times on here I talk about current issues in gaming or try to write a thinkpiece on something relevant that’s happened within the last week or so. Today I’m going to take a slight deviation from that norm and instead use my writing time to do things a little bit differently. Instead of a long-form piece on a recent event or game release, I’m going to geek out for a bit over something I’m really, really excited for.

Spider-Man is coming to the PS4 on September 7th this year.

And holy bananaballs it looks amazing – no pun intended – okay, pun kinda intended.

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