The world is just a few weeks away from one of the most anticipated games of the year, Spider-Man. Insomniac could not be more perfect to work on this project, and if you follow this blog then you know it is my number one anticipated game of 2018. With the game around the corner, why not go through everything we know so far?
Release Date and Consoles
The game will release on September 7 and be released as an exclusive for PlayStation 4.
The game is not in the MCU, but there is a Marvel world within this game’s universe. However, this is a focus on Peter Parker and his adventures as Spider-Man so we won’t see any Avengers. Easter eggs and references will be in the game to show that other heroes are around such as Stark Tower.
Spidey’s Experience as a Character
You are not playing an origin story. Once you get started in the game, you are in the shoes of a Peter Parker who has been swinging around New York and fighting crime for eight years. This experience will be a significant part of the storytelling and the gameplay.
Lots of Villains
From what we got out of E3 which was a trailer and a sample of gameplay, we saw major villains throughout. We already knew Mr. Negative, and Wilson Fisk would feature, but we got a look at the set up for the Sinister Six. Yes, we will fight Scorpion, Rhino, Shocker, Electro, Vulture, Doc Ock, and many more. There is a reference in the same video that sounds like we will be facing against Mysterio too, but that is unconfirmed as of writing. Just expect to encounter at least a dozen or so of Spider-Man’s biggest foes.
Rumors have it that the studio is just trying to steer us away from spoilers and to surprise us, but they have said there will not be any symbiotes. So, in this story, we will not fight Venom, Riot, Carnage, or any other symbiote. Maybe we will be surprised, but even with that, they don’t want to waste every villain in one game in case they make a sequel.
What to do?
As Spider-Man, you get to swing around New York in this open-world game. You get to fight various criminals who will randomly pop up, collectibles will be around the map like any other open-world title, unlock more of the map like in Far Cry, and other we can expect other fun activities even though those have not been detailed.
You can craft different suits and gadgets for yourself. Each costume comes with unique abilities. If you love the look of one outfit, but prefer the ability of another, you can customize this aspect of the game to have the look and skills you want. Collectibles and other activities will you give you material to unlock more suits. It looks like Insomniac is diving into some obscure costumes such as Spider-Punk, Iron Spider, Spider-Man Noire, and many more. It seems to be close to twenty or more suits will be in the game.
The Map is Huge
This New York is not exact to the real one to make it easier for Spider-Man to maneuver around the city. Compared to other games Insomniac have made, this is much larger to the already huge Sunset Overdrive. How much bigger you ask? This game will be six times bigger than Sunset’s massive map.
Life in the World
Civilians will go about their day just like any other open world game. Since everyone in New York knows about you, they can interact with you positively or negatively. If people see you, they might want a selfie, a high five, or they might yell at you. The people of New York have a variety of feelings towards the web swinger.
Also, there will not be a day/night cycle. The time of day changes for story reasons. Once you have beaten the game, you will be able to change the time of day whenever you feel like it.
As Spider-Man, you can take selfies with your phone for hilarious and beautiful shots. Of course, there is a regular photo mode to fully capture the beauty of this world instead of being limited to Spidey’s phone camera.
You will not be spending all of your story time in the suit. Moments in the game will have you play as MJ for specific missions and as Peter Parker. Sometimes Peter will need to do something that Spider-Man cannot.
The gameplay is focused on being as fluid as possible. Whether you are fighting criminals or swinging around the city for fun, you should not have issues being slowed down at all. With a wide variety of gadgets, melee combat, and interactive items in the world, you have a lot at your disposal to take down the bad guys. Insomniac are known for their fluid movement and crazy weapons, this staple will be featured heavily in Spider-Man.
That is everything we know so far about Insomniac’s Spider-Man. The game comes out on PS4 and PS4 Pro on September 7. You can pre-order the game below:
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