Marvel’s Spider-Man Review (PS4)

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To be honest I wasn’t even supposed to play this game. I was either going to wait until it went on sale at Christmas time or I was just going to skip it all together. It just so happens that I went on a little bit of a game binge and purchased a bunch of games and this was one of them. I went in with really no hype or prior judgement because I didn’t read much into it. After almost two weeks, I fully completed the game and got myself another platinum trophy, so that means it’s time for a review.

In Marvel’s Spider-Man you’ll play well, Spider-Man. When you’re not playing a Spider-Man you’ll be playing as Peter Parker. So, everyone knows the story of Spider-Man, he was bitten by a radioactive spider and got spider like powers. Now he takes down the bad guys of NYC and tries to be a do-gooder. In this little adventure you’ll be taking down some small time criminals, someone that is close to Peter and he admires, and Peter’s mentor that has gone a little insane. During this time you’ll swing your way through NYC and take on various different tasks in various different locations. You’ll also get play as MJ, Spider-Man / Peter’s ex-girlfriend, and Miles, someone that Peter comes across later on in the game after some events. While they don’t have Spider-Man powers, they still have missions and have to be super sneaky and use their own ways to get around instead of webbing, punching, and kicking their way through missions. You’ll also see what Mayor Osbourne is up to during this time and how he plays a role in the whole scheme of things. The adventure is an overall interesting one and of course ends on a cliff hanger that leaves this series open to multiple sequels.

When it comes to this game, I’m 50/50 on the enjoyability of it. I really liked swinging through NYC and completing various side missions, finding the collectibles, and completing the many different hideouts and labs throughout the city. On the other hand, I really could not get invested into the story until the very end of the game. After that it felt like it was too late because the story was over and it ended on a little bit of a sour note. I do have to say that while I didn’t like the first post credit scene, that revealed something to Peter, I did enjoy the second post credit scene and it was one of those scenes that is going to make me buy the next game. That being said, I really feel that the story of this game fell flat. It tried to push too much into too little of a game. What are the chances that all of Spider-Man’s arch enemies get out of jail in one major jail break and wreak havoc on the streets of NYC? What does that leave for the next game then? I think that the story was just too much and would have been fine with just one main enemy to fight and then leave the other enemies for other games. It was like they just forced all of these huge enemy boss battles into a small period of time, which was the end of the game, and it made it less enjoyable.

The playability of this game isn’t bad. The kicking, punching, and webbing stuff kind of felt like a Batman game and got boring really fast. There are only so many times that you can just beat people up before it becomes way too routine and feels like a chore. The swinging through NYC and taking on the various other activities through was phenomenal and was some of the most fun that I’ve had throughout the game. At first I thought the swinging part would be difficult and just too complicated, but it was made flawlessly and it was done in a way where it was extremely easy to get used to and it felt like when you weren’t swinging it was a huge hassle. I really enjoyed the fact as well that the game just played flawlessly. There were no bugs or glitches or any other problems that I encountered throughout my whole playthrough. I didn’t have to worry about the game crashing or anything else and that made it even better.

My favorite part of this game was the graphics, but not all of the graphics. My favorite graphics were of course the city scape. How could you not love how NYC was built in this game and just how real it felt? The views were just amazing and one of my favorite part of the games was swinging through times square which was done perfectly. Like I said before though, not all of the graphics were great and I felt like a lot of the cut scenes suffered in the graphics department. The faces were a little awkward at times and although they looked real, in the same sense they just looked off. I can honestly say the only face that was done completely right in the game was the cameo from Stan Lee. The rest of the faces were just not that impressive. Not to mention the people in the street were the same repeat of people throughout the whole game. Once again I realize that there are a lot of people that need to be generated, but a little change in different areas would have been nice to see.

Now for the trophies, there are a total of 51 trophies for this game and each of them are super easy to get making this probably the easiest AAA platinum trophy that I’ve ever gotten. There is nothing that’s missable and as long as you complete the game to 100% and do everything this game has to offer, there isn’t a reason why you wouldn’t get the platinum trophy for this game. I can’t say that there was a time that I thought I wouldn’t get the platinum trophy because even though there are a lot of collectibles and things to do, they just come naturally during the course of the game. Even the little silly trophies that are thrown in there like getting on top of the Avengers tower, is just something that you’ll eventually do. Not to mention that all the collectibles are marked out clearly on the map and there’s no way that you’ll even miss anything.

This is strictly a single player game and I like that. Kudos to the developers of this game for not adding on some tacked on multiplayer although, I’m not sure how that would have even worked. I really like that a lot of the Sony exclusives concentrate on being single player orientated for us non-multiplayer people out there.

Overall I give this game a 3 out of 5.

What’s Great:

+ Swinging through NYC is the best part of this game and one of the most fun things to do in this game. Not to mention that it’s also flawless and it isn’t complicated at all.
+ This game is packed with content from story missions, to side missions, to collectibles, and just taking down bad guys, there isn’t a time when you’re searching for things to do.
+ Not only is swinging through NYC fun, but the graphics for the city are spot on and beautifully crafted. It’s really amazing how real and how life like the city looked in this game.
+ Can I just add I how amazed I was that there were no bugs or glitches in this game that hindered it in any way? This was a really big accomplishment and something you don’t see often.

What’s Not So Great:

This game tried to pack way too much of a game into too little of a time frame. The story was overloaded with almost all of Spider-Man’s biggest enemies and instead of doing this, the game could have concentrated on one main enemy leaving the game open to even more sequels. This would have made the story more personal and less of a big cluster fuck by the end of the game.
The kicking, punching, and webbing got old way too early as it was the same thing over and over again without change. Yes, you could use different webs and different abilities based on the suit you wore, but it just didn’t matter. It was the same thing for each fight and it got boring really fast.
While some of the visuals were nice, the cut scenes were sorely lacking, and the facial animations felt like they tried way too hard to project and they just didn’t. This was a big disappointment because the scenery was nice, but the main cut scenes were not. Not to mention the people on the streets of NYC were way too repetitive.

Even though I’m not the biggest Spider-Man fan, I was able to see both the good and bad of this game. I will say for the most part the game was a good one, but that the main story was lacking and that kind of took away from the immersion of the game. Story missions, especially the ones where you didn’t play as Spider-Man felt way too tedious and also had the insta-fail moments in them that made them frustrating. The game also ended on a bit of a sour note that wasn’t all that pleasant but in the same time the appeal of a sequel was there and will make me come back for another dose of Spider-Man. I would say that if you’re a huge Spider-Man fan, you’ll want to get this game. It features almost all of Spider-Man’s arch enemies and all the familiar characters that you’ll know and love. If you’re not a Spider-Man fan, I would say that if you like the feel of a Batman / inFAMOUS type game then you’ll enjoy this game. You might want to pick it up on sale though instead of paying the full $60 for it. If not, I would say that even though this is an easy platinum trophy to go ahead and skip this game because it’s going to get boring really fast and your money could be spend somewhere else.

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This Week in Trophies 09-30-2018 – 10-06-2018

This was another awesome week of gaming for me as I crushed it again in the trophy department. I really had a great time gaming this week and even though I crushed it in the trophy department, I still really wish that I had more time to game. Doesn’t every adult though? Anyway onto the trophies that I was able to get for the week.

Marvel’s Spider-Man – 100%

I finally got the platinum trophy for this game. This was a huge success for me and I can’t wait to talk more about this game in my upcoming review this Wednesday.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 12%

I was extremely hyped about this game and when I finally got it on Friday I couldn’t wait to play it. Turns out the hype is real and I am really loving each and every aspect of this game. I can’t play enough of it and at this point it feels like I have to force myself to play other games that I was playing in order to finish them up when all I really want to do is play this game 24/7.

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Far Cry 3 Classic Edition – 26%

I’m still enjoying this game as I’ve only really been playing it one day a week. I’m going to try and up that, but with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey I feel like it’s going to be impossible. I will try and switch things up a bit, but we’ll see how it goes.

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Life is Strange 2 – 18%

I finally finished the first episode of this game which means I’m not going to say a lot about it here and you’ll have to wait for my review which will be out next Wednesday.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider – 17%

I really don’t know what to think about this game. When I’m playing it I feel like I can’t put it down, when I’m not playing it, it’s the last thing on my mind. I’m on the fence with this game and I think I just need to progress through the story a little bit more and see how things go.

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Word Search by POWGI (PS Vita) – 67%

I’m slowly making my way through this game and heading towards the platinum trophy. Since I’m playing on the PS Vita it makes it a little easier to play since I’m just basically playing whenever I’m watching something boring on TV or something that I’m really not into. It’s a great game for that.

And that’s it for this week, a total of 42 trophies which makes me extremely happy since by the end of the month this is going to completely drop to nothing as I head off to Spooky Empire, which promises to be the darker side of comic-con. That’s not until the end of the month though so I have plenty of time to make up for all the gaming that won’t be done that weekend. For the upcoming week I’m going to try and mix things up and play some Assassin’s Cred Odyssey, Far Cry 3 Classic Edition, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. I want to give these games some equal time and attention so we’ll see how that goes and I’ll let you know my progress on the trophies next week.

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This Week in Trophies 09-23-2018 – 09-29-2018

Can I say that I’m pretty damn impressed with myself this week when it comes to trophies? You’ll know why by the end of this blog when I give you the actual number of trophies, but it was just pretty amazing. I couldn’t believe the final count myself because I haven’t had a week like this in forever. Anyway, onto the trophies!

Far Cry 3: Classic Edition – 17%

I bought and started this game last week because to be honest it’s probably one of my favorite Far Cry games. This is most likely because it was my first Far Cry game that I played on the PS3. So a little nostalgia came into the mix here as I decided to buy and play this game again. I’m having a pretty good time playing this game again and I’m pretty happy with the progress that I was able to make during one gaming session. I can’t wait to continue to play this game and get the platinum for the second time.

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Life is Strange 2 – 10%

I started this game really late last night and wasn’t able to fully complete the first episode, and by that I mean that I wasn’t able to go back and grab a few collectibles that I missed so I’ll be doing that this week. I’m still not sure what to think about this game at the moment and am going to need some time to process before writing my review of this game.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man – 57%

I would say that I’m progressing nicely on this game and I’m happy with my progression. As far as the game itself goes, I’m kind of on the borderline when it comes to this game. I think that maybe I’m not a part of the huge Spider-Man hype that has been going on for a while and I just basically jumped into this game blindly and it makes it a little less enjoyable for me. Don’t get me wrong I love swinging around NYC and seeing all the sights and how well they were done, but the storyline for this game is falling a little flat for me.

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Minecraft – 27%

I really had no intention of playing this game this week. It’s not like I had time to jump back into my game and actually play for an endless amount of hours, but someone on my friends list this week did and I was able to reap some of the rewards. So yeah, that’s basically what these trophies were, the hard work and dedication put in by someone else and I just happened to jump into their game, got my trophies and ran out.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider – 8%

I picked this game up last week when I went through my little binge buying state and I started playing. At the moment, while I’m enjoying the little time that I had to play this game I’m completely lost on the story. Guess I should have finished Rise of the Tomb Raider before starting this game. As I progress I think I’ll do fine though. We’ll see how it goes as it’s kind of going down the same path as the other newer Tomb Raiders and it’s getting a little boring even at the beginning.

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season – 31%

I played the second episode of this game this week, but unfortunately did not actually get all the trophies so like the first episode I’ll have to go back and play again. That being said I really did enjoy this episode and I’m really sad that Telltale is closing its doors and that this game may never be finished. I know I’ve complained about Telltale plenty of times with their wonky quick time events, crashes, horrible loading times, and the list can go on, but they were a decent company that made some pretty memorable games and they will be very much missed as a lot of their games go unfinished.

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Word Search by POWGI (PS4) – 32%

Do you know what this game is great for on the PS4? Playing while you’re on hold with the cable company because your internet isn’t working. I was on hold with the cable company a lot this week as I had problems with my internet and needing to keep myself busy I played this game. Turned out to be good in my favor as I was at least able to get a trophy in.

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Word Search by POWGI (PS Vita) – 64%

Do you know what this game is great for on the PS Vita? Playing while you watch a bunch of TV shows that no longer hold your interest because it’s TV season again. So many times this week when I watched TV I found myself picking up my Vita and playing because a lot of my favorite shows have become boring and unwatchable for another season so instead I played this. Turned out to be a good thing because I was able to get 12 trophies for this game.

Are you ready for my total number of trophies this week? I certainly wasn’t when I first seen it, but it’s 68. 68 trophies in the matter of one week! This is one of the best trophy hunting weeks I’ve had in the longest times. I’m super happy with this number and for next week, I’m going to try and do more of the same with less interruptions to my streaming. For this upcoming week I plan on continuing to play and maybe finishing Marvel’s Spider-Man, continuing to play Far Cry 3: Classic Edition, continuing to play Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and starting Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at end of the week. I’ll let you know how everything goes next week.

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This Week in Trophies 09-16-2018 – 09-22-2018

A lot of unexpected things happened this week, some good and some bad. Good like getting a platinum trophy in a game that I’m going to tell you about in a moment and bad like binge buying a bunch of games because of…REASONS. Anyway, I won’t get into all of that and instead just show you my trophies for the week.

God of War – 100%

YES! I finally did it. I finally went back to God of War and got the platinum trophy for it. I really hate when people tell me how easy something is because they did it and they’re just great meaning that I’m really not. So this was kind of done to prove a point, but I got the platinum trophy out of it so point proven and I’ll have my full review up for this game next Wednesday.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man – 20%

Remember when I said that I would probably never play this game or at least get it when it went on sale? Yeah, all that went out the window this weekend as when I’m upset at something I usually binge buy games and this one happens to be one of them. I also bought Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Far Cry 3 Classic, but that’s for a different post when I actually get to playing those games. Anyway I have to say that I’m really enjoying this game and I mean this as no offence but this game is like inFAMOUS, just with Spider-Man.

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That’s a total of 23 trophies for the week, including one platinum trophy which I am extremely proud of. I think it was a decent week of gaming seeing as I really didn’t game all that much until Friday and Saturday. Now for the upcoming week, I plan on to continue to work on Spider-Man, start Shadow of the Tomb Raider, start Far Cry 3 Classic, and maybe try to get the platinum trophy for Detroit: Become Human. I’ll let you know how things work out next week.

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